Words to be truly frightened of. Words that confirm the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality that leads to stagnation, over-extending the capability, and to fighting the fire of what results from your IT under-investment.

Cloud Computing (Cloud Services, Cloud IaaS, <add your chosen Cloud phrase here>) is not a panacea for all and every IT woe. Cloud, when properly implemented and implemented for the right reasons, brings measurable reward and return on investment and leads to a better way to do things.

Adopting Cloud requires that you re-visit the way you currently do things, even if they work perfectly well right now, considering both service and process aspects, and to look at the potential benefits a soundly investigated Cloud service can bring you.

If the “we’ve always done it this way” brigade were allowed to rule in the majority then we would have no Cars [“No man can survive moving faster than 20 miles per hour!”], Air travel [“If man were meant to fly he would have wings!”], Space travel [“What’s wrong with our planet anyway!”], Health Care [“The black death only killed off 60% of the population!”], Computing [“No one will ever need more than 64K of RAM!”] etc., and we’d probably still be sitting around a bundle of burning sticks wondering if the mammoth leg might taste better and be more digestible if it were roasted.

In un-related news it’s been a very nice sunny day.


I bought my original iPhone5 when it was first launched. It’s in pretty good condition considering its age. What was not so good was the battery. It would drain quickly and would jump from 30 or 40% to dying and demanding a recharge.

I took it to my local apple store and they ran some battery diagnostics. The output looked something like this.


Basically this shows that its on its last legs holding about a quarter of its original charge and with only a quarter of its expected charge cycles left.

So I bit the bullet and paid a Genius to put in a new battery for me and they did this in about a half-hour.

So I should now have another two years of life with my phone.

Until iPhone6 comes out then one of the kids will have it to play with….

…at least for hosting this website.

As a small user of hosting, with a very low and stable resource requirement, the flexibility of service you get from AWS, which you pay for, was just too expensive compared to a traditional type of hosting environment.

So, I’ve opted for some standard linux hosting on uk.GoDaddy.com and saved 80% of my annual costs. A significant drop.

What do we learn from this? A cloud service has its benefits but at the end it has to be cost effective for what you use it for. In my case the sums did not add up. I am still using AWS as a backup for my Dropbox content (belts and braces you might say) but that costs me about $0.09 per month so I think I can afford that.