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Top 10 Tekhead Posts of 2016

I’m pleased to say that I upped my game somewhat over the past year, managing to churn out 62 posts in 2016, more than double the 28 posts I produced in 2015!

There were a few other interesting trends over the previous year. The balance between VMware and other subjects has definitely shifted for me, where for example, I wrote well over a dozen posts on AWS.

I guess this is probably representative of both my recent role change, as well as the shift in my customers from being 90%+ VMware houses, to a broad mix of different cloud platforms, both public (AWS / Azure) and private (VMware / OpenStack).

This trend is only going to accelerate in the future, and I suggest Scott Lowe’s Full Stack Journey podcast would be well worth your time subscribing to for great information on how to avoid being left behind as our industry morphs over the coming years!

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It’s worth noting that this trend is also mirrored in the top 5 articles alone, which include popular newer technologies such as Docker and AWS. That said, it’s great to see the Intel NUC Nanolab series is still as popular as ever, and people are obviously still keeping their vSphere skills and certs up to date, based on the VCP delta study guide popularity.

You may also have noticed that I have been a little quieter of late. The main reasons for this have been down to starting my new role earlier this year, studying for exams, plus a number of other projects I’ve been involved in (such as the Open TechCast podcast). Hopefully I can find a little more balance between them all in 2017, though I already have a couple of podcasts, a VMUG presentation, and a possible exam lined up for January so I’m not really helping myself on that front!

Tekhead Post Stats 2016

So, enough jibber jabbing! Here follows the top 10 most popular posts of the past 12 months.

Tekhead Top 10 Posts of 2016
  1. My Synology DSM Blue LED issue was actually just a failed drive!
  2. Installing Docker on Ubuntu Quick Fix
  3. NanoLab – Running VMware vSphere on Intel NUC – Part 1
  4. Fix for VMware Remote Console unrecoverable error: (vmrc)
  5. AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Exam Study Guide & Resources
  6. VCP6-DCV Delta Exam (2V0-621D) Study Guide and Exam Experience
  7. NetApp – Is this the dawn of a new day?
  8. NanoLab – Part 10 – Your NUCs are nice and cool, but what about your stick?
  9. Index of Tekhead.it Blog Posts on Amazon AWS
  10. Quick Fix for “The task was canceled by a user” when deploying OVA in vCenter 6

Something Mike Preston and I discussed on our recent Open TechCast podcast episode, was how it can be a little frustrating as a blogger that often an opinion piece which took ages to write and edit will get a small number of views, whilst a quick tip which took a couple of minutes to jot down, might get thousands or even tens of thousands over time!

Gladly, my top 10 this year includes both types, so my time wasnt completely wasted! 🙂

Anyway thats enough from me for now; all the best for 2017 folks!

Re-enabling Blog Post Comments on Tekhead.it

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A couple of years ago I got to the point where I felt I had no choice but to disable comments on the site, purely because of the insane amount of comment spam I was seeing.

It was a real shame to do so as it reduced the amount of interaction I had with readers, as well as the amount of engagement, etc.

With some trepidation, I have decided it is time to re-enable comments, starting with all of my recent AWS posts. Fingers crossed I don’t regret it and get inundated with spammers!

For now, I will only be enabling comments for registered WordPress / Gravatar users (although I am also testing Twitter and Facebook integration), and will monitor to see how things go.

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So what do people think? Are comments on blog posts so 20th century, or a worthwhile re-addition to the site?

Domain Migration to http://tekhead.it is Now Complete!

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This is just an uber quick reminder that as per my previous post, I have now updated the domain for the blog from http://www.tekhead.org to http://tekhead.it.

The changes went live tonight (27/02/2016) around midnight, and all previous blog paths are now 301 redirected to the equivalent address on the new site. Hopefully I won’t lose too much Google juice with the new address!

So, if you have any difficulties whatsoever accessing paths or content, please let me know via Twitter, and I would be very grateful!

100th post and time for a change…

Wow! Little did I think that when I posted my first couple of silly posts in May 2010, that 6 years later I would actually be doing this thing on a regular basis and that it would have given me so many amazing learning and networking opportunities!

I originally built the blog both to remind myself of stuff by blogging about it and to test out running Ubuntu in my homelab; more fool me however, I chose Joomla as my CMS platform…

I’m sure it’s a great product, but frankly as a novice blogger it was really not a friendly platform, which discouraged me from actually using it, and for the first two years I managed a sum total of three posts! Woohoo!

I then made what was in hindsight, a very sensible decision to switch to WordPress. Since then I haven’t looked back… averaging a couple of posts every month for the past 4 years.

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The funny thing I have found about blogging over this time is that I do this mostly for the enjoyment of writing and sharing information etc, yet I find myself in a permanent state of mental flagellation over not producing enough content or publishing often enough.

Like everyone I have my excuses, not least my two small children and crazily busy job, but I do what I can! I am always in awe at the amount of content some bloggers manage to generate, whilst still staying sane and having a personal life!

I don’t believe I’m the only one who feels like this… Perhaps we should start a support group and give the condition a name? How about “Bloggers Contrition”?

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Anyway enough jabbering…

As to the title above, if you are a regular visitor to the site you may already have noticed some small changes going on with the domain name and titles. I am not rebranding, but I felt that switching from .org to .it and dropping the www was a nice way to give the site a bit of a refresher going into 2016.

http://tekhead.it/blog

The process itself will probably take me a couple of weeks to complete as I want to make sure I have all of the right 301 redirects in place before the final switch, but I am not anticipating this being a huge issue. If for any reason you happen to spot any of the content becoming unavailable, please let me know via a wee tweet!

Anyhoo, I’ll just wrap up by saying thank you all very much for allowing me to continue ranting on this little corner of the internet and for all the positive comments and feedback over the years. I shall endeavour to keep it up – if I can think of anything to write about!

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