All Roads Lead to Zope3

It seems I have come almost full circle in my search for a new web application server framework. While attempting to find an alternative to Zope2, and Zope3, I stumbled across Grok by way of Pylons. I’ll explain. Spot the Difference TurboGears, which I gave my impressions of in my… Read More

Bold Steps Ahead

I’ve been contemplating moving away from Zope 2 as a web framework for a little while now. Once upon a time, I had high hopes for Zope. I thought that it might provide me with all the Role Based Authentication and template based stuff I might need, and with Python,… Read More

NetApp + VMware = Impressive

Check out this video of how you can use VMware with NetApp storage to provision 100 virtual Windows machines in under 15 minutes. Wow. Imagine linking this stuff with a change management framework like ModiPy instead of just writing some custom shell scripts. Read More

Issues of Scale

Over the years, I’ve had some frustrating times at work due to the… shortcomings… of some people who purport to be IT professionals. Once upon a time, a project team was in a dither about a ‘performance problem’ with the storage their application/system was using. I was working in the… Read More

How to Fix IT

Ok, so you’re a business person who wants to fix the broken IT in your company. This is an admirable goal indeed, and one worth pursuing, however, before you get stuck in, there are a couple of things you need to know: It’s hard. It’s really hard. If it was… Read More

The Robustness Principle

Joel Spolsky has written today about web standards, and how standards are wonderful things because there are so many to choose from. It’s a long article, and in it he mentions Jon Postel and the Robustness Principle, and his is a different interpretation of the idea from mine. The Robustness… Read More

Save Money On Hardware With seafelt

In recent days, I’ve noticed that a couple of monitoring products out in the market are still doing something dumb. Cacti is one, and NetApp’s Operations Manager (nee DFM) is another. They both do the same dumb thing: They both poll everything in their database all at once. Cacti polls… Read More

More ModiPY

In the last week I’ve managed to prove, and improve, the extensibility of ModiPY to be able to provision anything with a command and control interface. I have extended the base classes to use NetApp’s ZAPI, which is a form of XML-RPC. In so doing, I’ve cleaned up a lot… Read More

ModiPY v1.0 Released

I’ve just checked in and tagged ModiPY v1.0. This is the first version that I’m prepared to say is ready for use doing real tasks. Grab it at I’m really excited about it. :) I tested it out today running on a linux box, and using a NetApp simulator… Read More