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The lost outpost

a weblog by Andy Piper about technology, photography, and life

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At the edge of historyandyp

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:47:36 +0000

On Saturday, I attended the Unite for Europe March in London. Together, for now It was the first time I’ve ever taken part in an organised protest or march, and it was probably also the first time I’ve ever felt strongly … Continue reading

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Minimum viable smartphoneandyp

Mon, 09 May 2016 20:39:43 +0000

Minimum viable smartphone - how I coped when I lost my iPhone in the back of a cab in Tokyo... Continue reading

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A little bit of Spring and MQTTandyp

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 01:13:50 +0000

I’ve been involved with Spring (the Java framework, not the season…) for a couple of years now – since I joined VMware in 2012 through the former SpringSource organisation in the UK – and I’ve remained “involved” with it through … Continue reading

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Pivotal CF – the enterprise platform for software developmentandyp

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:33:44 +0000

My boss and mentor, James Watters, just blogged about the launch of what we’ve been working on since before Pivotal was formed earlier this year – Pivotal One, powered by Pivotal CF (based on Cloud Foundry). As I wrote back in … Continue reading

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Upcoming speaking gigsandypplatformSpringOne2GXstructure-europe_media-badge_see-me-speak

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:04:51 +0000

Fresh from a quick presentation and supporting Hackference this past weekend (more on that soon), I’ve turned my attention to the next couple of months of travel and events. There’s a lot of stuff happening! Firstly, to my enormous regret … Continue reading

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Embracing my inner geek and fandom: Nine Worldsandyp#nineworlds #geekeryBig Finish PanelLast evening fun - geek singalongOops #schwag #books #autographs #lego #geekout

Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:02:24 +0000

In February, I backed a Kickstarter campaign for a new conference event called Nine Worlds Geekfest – an event which promised to be a first-of-its-kind mixed genre gathering of geeks, sci-fi fans, gamers, cosplayers and (as you can read below) lots of other … Continue reading

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Keeping the faith in Shoreditch Village Hall!andyp

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:45:06 +0000

Last month, my friends at Shoreditch Works (a pair of amazing co-working spaces in the Silicon Roundabout area) ran a Kickstarter campaign to support their goal of repurposing an empty warehouse building in the area into a “Village Hall” – … Continue reading

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Running tinytinyRSS on Cloud FoundryandypScreenshot_21_06_2013_14_58-4Screenshot_21_06_2013_15_16-2

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:33:26 +0000

Google Reader is going away in a week or so, and my friends have been asking me where I’m migrating all of my feed reading activities to. The answer for me is a combination of Flipboard and Feedly (both of … Continue reading

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Busy times, but let’s talk Cloud Foundry!andyp

Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:31:50 +0000

Users of the existing beta Cloud Foundry hosted service were sent emails this week explaining that we are almost ready to launch version 2 of the service. If you’re a current user, or if you have signed up in … Continue reading

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Cloud Foundry has gone Pivotal – so what’s new?andypI am PivotalDeploying #cloudfoundry v2 on Amazon

Thu, 16 May 2013 20:11:57 +0000

A few weeks ago I was privileged to be at the launch of Pivotal – a new organisation formed by VMware, EMC, and with investment from GE. You can read all about our new company at What does that … Continue reading

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Two weeks with a Nokia Lumia 920andypThe Nokia 920, customised to tasteno HDRLive tilesThe alphabetical list of apps is useful

Thu, 16 May 2013 13:51:14 +0000

Just in time for Nokia to announce the Lumia 925 (and 928), I’m belatedly posting my review of a Lumia 920 (d’oh!). As a techie and long-time disparager of Microsoft technology, the Xbox 360 was the MS product which turned … Continue reading

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Go Pivotal!andypIMG_0116.jpg

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:25:55 +0000

I’m in San Francisco today for the launch of a new company – Pivotal. Pivotal is bringing together a number of key technology assets – our Open Source cloud platform (Cloud Foundry), agile development frameworks like Spring, Groovy and Grails, … Continue reading

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M2M Community at EclipseConandyp

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:54:58 +0000

Day 2 of EclipseCon 2013 and we’ve already been seeing some strong interest in the M2M community and the kinds of projects we have been working on! The story so far There were two  M2M events on day one. The … Continue reading

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M2M, IoT and MQTT at EclipseCon 2013andypKoneki, Paho, MihiniM2M hardware kits

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:15:23 +0000

EclipseCon 2013 is here, and I’m in Boston with the great folks from around the community this week. There’s a LOT of content around the machine-to-machine space this year, and growing interest in how to use instrumented devices with an … Continue reading

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Free Spring Schwag? Well, why not!andyp

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:45:25 +0000

One of the aspects of my work on Cloud Foundry at VMware / the Pivotal Initiative is, of course, the superb support for the Spring Framework offered on the platform. If you, too, “speak Spring” like my good buddy and fellow Developer Advocate Josh Long (aka @starbuxman, … Continue reading

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Book Signing 2.0?andypIMG_9515

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:28:20 +0000

Last night I attended a unique event – what we think is the first ever “virtual book signing”! Well, you’ve just published a book… it’s all about working digitally and online “in the cloud”… and you want to publicise it … Continue reading

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On ageing, and a wake-up callandyp1978 // 2012

Wed, 13 Mar 2013 01:53:27 +0000

Oldness Yesterday, I turned 37. I’m often mistaken as being younger than I am. At first that was funny, then it became annoying (mostly when every bar in the US demanded ID), and then it became flattering. I think… A … Continue reading

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