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Geoff Arnold

Expat Brit. Software engineer. Traveller. Music lover. Mac user. Liberal. Atheist. Dreamer.

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Update on moving in

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 03:19:33 +0000

As we continue unpacking and getting set up, I’ve found one system that didn’t handle the move too well. About four years ago, my storage system (for music, photos, videos, backup, VM images, and so forth) consisted of two Firewire 800 boxes: a WD Macbook Studio (2TB) and an 8TB RAID enclosure. Since my latest Read More

Hello world!

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:11:27 +0000

The website has been moved to a new hosting system. You may see some cleanup activity for a while.

How would an average user handle this?

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:29:54 +0000

I’ve been using an iMac as my primary home computer for the last five years. Nice system, both as a desktop and as a server for the rest of the apartment, with a string of FireWire drives hanging off the back. It came with 4GB RAM, and in 2012 I added an extra 8GB so Read More

Oliver Twist on bandwidth…

Sat, 13 Jun 2015 23:53:03 +0000

The obvious quote is “Please, sir, I want some more.” However perhaps more apposite is another from the same book: “Some people are nobody’s enemies but their own.” A year ago, we moved from Santa Clara to our new apartment in downtown San Jose. We’d been using an old DOCSIS 2.0 cable modem together with Read More

All the planes I've flown on

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 01:30:30 +0000

This post was prompted by two things today. First, Tom Gill remarked on how important it was to pick the right kind of aircraft for the season (e.g. avoiding range-limited types when there are lots of delays, headwinds, etc.) and tagged me in his post. And second, I realized that my second flight today (IAH-SFO) Read More

My OpenStack podcast

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:34:56 +0000

I recently took part in the OpenStack Podcast hosted by my friends from Metacloud (now part of Cisco). The video and transcript are available here.

When something entirely familiar changes unexpectedly

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:42:06 +0000

What happened to my credit card? I’ve been using credit (and debit) cards for around 40 years. In that time, the card has barely changed: 85.60 × 53.98 mm laminated plastic, rounded corners, with the number embossed across the middle, my name and the expiration date embossed below it, and a signature panel on the Read More

Switching ecosystems (again).

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:41:13 +0000

Yesterday I bought myself a Google Nexus 5 phone to replace my iPhone 5C. Although I’m a rock solid Mac user – I couldn’t imagine trying to live with either Windows or Linux on my desktop – I find myself drifting away from the iOS world. In the last year, for example, I’ve used my Read More

This blog has been very, very quiet for the last year

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 01:10:23 +0000

2013 was an eventful year in many respects. There were professional moves – first to Vyatta, and then to Cisco – and a number of changes affecting family and friends. I remained interested in the topics that I’ve written about over the years – technology, politics, philosophy, atheism, books, music, and so forth – but Read More


Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:13:01 +0000

I’ve been at the OpenStack Summit in Portland, OR this week. I’ve posted a couple of blog pieces on the topic of interoperability and governance over at my other blog.