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For 2023 - we are now fully retired from IT training.
We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.

Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!

I am also active in many other area and still look after a lot of web sites - you can find an index ((here))
Hostnames spring forward

I remember Seal (Capital S as that was really the name) nestling in the bottom of my carry-on bag as I flew from London to Miami way back in the last millennium. There are only certain things you want to check in and - well - Seal was the Sun IPC workstation of 1992 vintage that formed the core of the Well House Consultants course development resource, running Framemaker and Perl for the purpose. A carefully wrapped keyboard in my case, and a monitor borrowed from David in Naples, and Lisa and I were well able to enjoy a week together AND get on with the exciting new course development.

Why was the computer called "Seal"? Well ... host names change from generation to generation. I remember trees, colours, planets and famous painters from way back (and I remember Snow White's seven dwarves too), but more recently we've been through generations of fish, water mammals (so Seal was around at the same time as Whale, Otter, Walrus and others), then on to the "Indian Cuisine" generation and we're now largely flowers and plants.

At each generation, hardware costs drop. I recall running course with two people sharing one computer. These days, with something like Apache Tomcat admin courses, delegate may even have two computers each - one to use as their own workstation (typically running Windows) and the second to use as the server that they're administering via the network (often running Linux). And so it is that I look through a list of the computers that I've got on site this week and I see ..
Buttercup and Campion, Nutmeg and Dandelion, Bhajee and Vindaloo. Foxglove and Flipper, Parsley and Tansy, Daisy and Chopsuey. And that's not to forget Snowdrop and Tormentil, and Elderberry and Thyme.

Yellow Crocuses are peering up through the gravel on our driveway, even through there was a vicious frost yesterday morning and snow fell while I was on site in Oxfordshire. Driving home, a discussion on the radio was arguing whether Spring should be considered to start on 1st March or 21st March. Whilst it certainly feels like winter, there's already signs here of an exciting spring ahead.

(written 2006-03-02, updated 2006-06-09)

Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
Q912 - Object Orientation and General technical topics - Network Programming Principles
G913 - Well House Consultants - Hardware and Devices
  [1281] Latercomer to the technology - (2007-07-29)
  [1827] What a shock - (2008-10-08)
  [1993] Load Balancing - Hardware or Software? - (2009-01-15)
  [2033] Huawei D100 Wireless Router - Mobile Internet - (2009-02-10)
  [2055] Effect on server when memory runs out and swapping starts - (2009-02-26)
  [2188] Camera to record where a picture was taken - (2009-05-18)
  [2667] Web page to telephone calls / links using an iPhone - (2010-03-08)
  [3058] MacBook Air - hardware and system review - (2010-11-17)
  [3075] Change of balance, of attitude, and of work method - (2010-11-30)
  [3457] Away to train - but still around by video for Melksham meetings - (2011-09-25)
  [3596] Want to learn iPad and iPhone programming? Come along and learn with me for free. - (2012-01-28)
  [4134] Setting up your MacBook Air as a mobile broadband router - (2013-07-07)

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