Monthly Archives: November 2018

Quick Update

Little universes…

Lions Head
  • Week of 19-25 November.
  • Health week 1/4 – warm-up week.
  • Monday, work, gym, swim, sauna, PS4 tinkering.
  • Video: ASICs For Network Engineers
  • Tuesday, office, hardware shopping, Cape Quarter meeting, gym, swim, sauna.
  • Make good art – including businesses, systems and software.
  • All I want for xmas is a John Oliver vs Jordan Peterson debate.
  • Wednesday, office, dev meeting, late lunch omelette, sauna, swim, sauna.
  • Had a quick look at my podcast app stats. 38 days of listening over the last ~two years. Around 55GB of data. Or, R8250 in Vodacom 1GB top-ups… would have been an expensive hobby if not for sensible internet sources.
  • Updated my list of groups to support: Fighting the Commies
  • Thursday, work, gym, swim, sauna, worked at Harveys, a Campari soda at La Vie – so much better than Aperol (who drinks that?), watched a bit of Hamiltons S2.
  • Some things pay in freedom.
  • Friday, office, net-ops meeting, Amazon.co.uk shopping – figured I needed an external SSD for backups, biltong shopping, fetched Mia, Campari at Rockpool with Dan (and Dan’s little one), Fred, Daryn and Georg – nice to catch up, Mia and I watched The Play That Goes Wrong at The Theatre on the Bay – good show, Mia loved it, time well spent.
  • I got an email back from Derek Sivers this week.
  • “I wasn’t trying to make a big business. I was just daydreaming about how one little thing would look in a perfect world.

    When you make a business, you get to make a little universe where you control all the laws. This is your utopia.

    When you make it a dream come true for yourself, it’ll be a dream come true for someone else, too.” — Derek Sivers, Anything You Want

  • I kinda experienced something similar – not really knowing it at the time. I remember when we started Frogfoot we had “All rights reserved. The Sovereigns of Frogfoot” at the bottom of our website – 2003 days – yeah, php config is broken, but scroll down. I just wanted to play with routers and open source tools and we had the freedom to – build our own little world. It’s a struggle to keep these little universes independent and fun, but they can be lots of fun, many good memories.
  • Saturday, gym, swim, sauna, BIA machine visit, Waterfront, we watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald at the VIP cinemas – I was a bit lost, but Mia seemed to know all the details, we shared a greek food platter at Mykonos Taverna – which was excellent, food coma nap, Kirstenbosch, we watched the James show – old music was good, new music was lame, time well spent.
  • I always liked the James : Pleased to Meet You album (2001). The album’s front cover features a composite image of all the band members’ faces.
  • Alt-J at Daisies 2013. Good memories.
  • Mia says the Aliens movies did not scare her.
  • Soda water vs mineral water? They seem to add salt to soda water.
  • Sunday, upgrades and backups, lazy brunch at Manna – the whitest place in Africa, Moro gelato, nap, swim, sauna, smoothie, Kloof corner hike with Mia, Glen Beach and Camps Bay beach sunset walk, burger in a bowl at Da Vinci’s, time well spent.
  • I’m still very happy with my hiking shoes.
  • I kinda have this sense that technology has happily stalled for a while, at least in the general computer tech world. I think it’s good – stable, simple, well understood, but not so exciting. Maybe slower moving tech gives people a bit more confidence to invest time in learning and building.
  • Which technologies are you excited about these days? I can come up with maybe: 5G, open networking hardware (routers and switches), 10G fibre to the home, 802.11ax wifi… hmm, after that it gets a bit hard to point at something – cheaper SSDs and memory would be nice. Even 5G mobile tech is not very exciting. Maybe machine learning, but it seems you need a lot of data to play that game.
  • On personal nerd tech, I can’t really think of anything exciting. We have all the screens, phones, solid state storage, cpu speeds, cameras, apps, watches, gigabit ftth etc – maybe arm64 based laptops.
  • I should probably add – maybe the stuff we should be getting excited about is: food, farming, health, smarter towns… robots and full unemployment.
  • Duncan Trussell on the Cacophony Society
  • Tune of the week: James – Getting Away With It

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Las Vegas for Telco Nerds…

Sunset
  • Week of 12-18 November.
  • Not a health week.
  • Quick Update week 550.
  • Monday, podcast school run, gym, Stone Three visit, office, late lunch omelette, sunset podcast promenade walk – podcast queue zero, watched some youtube over ipv6 – the history of unix.
  • Pocket Casts app now has an episode search feature. Only had to give them a one star rating and complain about it 3 times. I gave them a 5 star rating this week.
  • Tuesday, AfricaCom at the CTICC – booth babes and hardware, AfricaCom opening party with Sybren, AFest party at Shimmy’s with Ben – managed to get a VIP upgrade, Seacom party at The Grand, long day – three parties in one night was maybe not the best idea.
  • Wednesday, AfricaCom, meetings, more meetings and more meetings – some interesting info on whitebox switches and a plan to start an open networking group, walked up Long Street, Moro ice cream, in bed early, watched a bit of Alien Covenant – no aquarium party this year.
  • Thursday, walked to the ZAPF event at the Radisson, I was on a panel discussion about network automation – hopefully I said a few sensible things, sunset drinks at the Radisson.
  • Friday, office, brain food at the Mojo Market, podcast nap, El Buro dinner with Georg and a few tequilas.
  • “Basically a Raspberry Pi for 100Gbps switching.” — Georg, about a whitebox switch – new toy.

  • Saturday, meeting in Constantia, lunch with Nick and Simone at Loading Bay – go there for extra slow service, epic nap, sunset podcast promenade walk, Waterfront, watched A Star Is Born – good movie, Den Anker, watched the 2nd half of Alien Covenant.
  • I never really liked the last two alien movies.
  • I really like Den Anker. Been a favourite for 15 years. Good memories.
  • Sunday, home wifi troubleshooting, drinks at Harvey’s with Wouter and Barry – great burger, Clifton 1st swims and sunset with Georg, Nick and Simone, dinner at Georg’s, time well spent.
  • Do meaningful work.
  • Good ideas and bad ideas should go to war.

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Swimming and saunas…

The Longtable
  • Week of 5-11 November.
  • Monday, office, dev catch up, omelette at Knead, management meeting, Greek salad with halumi at Mykonos Taverna, tinkering and hardware shopping at La Vie.
  • Tuesday, up early, played with a PS4, gym, swim, sauna, sunset walk.
  • Wednesday, office, dev meeting, Nu, wifi troubleshooting.
  • The History of Unix
  • Thursday, office, dev meeting, Woodstock, data fixing, walked home, podcast nap, extended sunset podcast walk, dinner at the Waterfront, phone chat with Paul.
  • Friday, work, Woodstock visit, biltong shopping, fetched Mia, gym, swim, sauna, smoothie, Clifton 1st sunset with Georg, ribs at Da Vinci’s, time well spent.
  • I suspect I managed to induce a classical music ear worm in Mia – seems you have many more ear worms when younger.
  • Saturday, started a new project – did a little mvp branding workshop, made omelettes, device upgrades and backups, braai at Jacques’, time well spent.
  • Radical pragmatic centrism – my latest political ideas.
  • “Alexa, play Fleetwood Mac!”

  • Sunday, breakfast at Jacques’, late lunch at The Longtable at Haskell – great Chardonnay, Clifton 1st sunset with Mia and Georg, brain food and bubbly at the Mojo market – Mia seems to like oysters now, time well spent.
  • I introduced Mia to the 6 Alien movies. I remember watching Aliens when I was 10yo, in the cinemas around 1986 – crazy scary – but still one of my all time favourite movies.
  • “Did you name your laptop Ripley?” — Mia

  • Tune of the week: Re:Stacks, Bon Iver

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

Quick Update

Speak softly and carry a big idea…

Sea Point
  • Week of 29 October to 4 November.
  • Monday, woke up in Botrivier, made Mia some scrambled eggs, school run – epic views from Sir Lowry’s pass over the cloud cover below, WW Cafe, gym, swim, sauna, podcast nap, sunset promenade walk, excellent salad at Mykonos taverna.
  • Sleep: car wash for your brain.
  • Tuesday, office, mid day visit to De Waterkant, long afternoon meeting, podcast promenade walk.
  • Wednesday, work, Nu – interesting meeting, Korean supper down the road with some spicy kimchi.
  • Thursday, work, a few interesting phone calls, omelette at Nu, gym, swim, sauna, Green Point Park walk, nap, general tinkering at La Vie.
  • “Fight Club was the beginning, now it’s moved out of the basement, it’s called Project Mayhem.” — Tyler

  • Pivot me bro
  • Friday, office, backups, dinner at Raj Camps Bay with Georg, Al and Adrian, time well spent.
  • Saturday, made bloody marys with extra lime, pretty much drank bubbly and watched sci-fi – seemed like a good idea, watched 2010 (the sequel to 2001) – not bad, drinks with Georg and Adrian, time well spent.
  • I remember being on IRC when I heard about 9/11.
  • We’re lucky to be able to build things. Smart people like to hang out with smart people.
  • Sunday, rainy day, watched a few episodes of Hamiltons Pharmacopeia – finished watching season 1, nap, steak dinner at The Butcher Shop & Grill in Mouille Point with Georg, watched Primer – strange movie – pretty involved plot.
  • Tune of the week: Air On The G String, J. S. Bach

Have a fun week, crazy kids.