Vote for my Blog!

It’s Social Media Award time again and brilliantly, this blog has been nominated in 2 categories:

IT Industry blogger of the year

IT Professional blogger of the year

I’ve been doing this blog for over 3 years now (since September 2008) and I’ve really enjoyed it. At first I was worried that no-one would be interested and I’d just be talking to myself on the internet but thankfully that hasn’t happened!

I love reading comments from people that my posts have helped and overall I love knowing that my posts are being read, shared and used the world over…it really shows the power of the internet and the “Global Village” it has created.

If you’re reading this then it seems safe to assume you’re a reader of this blog and/or someone good enough to “follow” me on Twitter so can I also ask you to pop over to the Computer Weekly site and vote for me in either/both of the categories please?! Smile


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 5 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 95 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 535 posts. There were 246 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 12th with 675 views. The most popular post that day was Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Centre (VLSC).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for windows mobile 7, windows 7 backgrounds, windows 7 presentation mode, windows 7 background, and sccm dashboard.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Centre (VLSC) December 2009


Windows 7 Presentation Mode June 2009


Microsoft Open Licensing (OLP) July 2009
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Microsoft BPOS: Sharepoint Online 2010 November 2009


Windows 7 RC New Features April 2009

Computer Weekly Blog Awards 2010 Nomination

The Computer Weekly blog awards are back for 2010, and I’ve been shortlisted in the:

“Individual IT Professional Male”

category, which is pretty exciting!

I can see I’m up against Mark Wilson and Steve Clayton so any and all votes will be most appreciated Smile

I’m also shortlisted in the:

“Company/Corporate: Large Enterprise”

category. I was in this section last year and again find myself up against the likes of TechCrunch, BBC and Cap Gemini!

The voting link is here:

I’m “Software Ruminations” in the list – vote away!


I do like it when my blog is linked to by others and this last week I’ve had a few really good links, which is nice 🙂

These are:

Mary Jo Foley over on ZDNet linking to my post on VLSC 3.5

4sysops linking to my post on VLSC 3.5

CRN (Channel Reseller News) linking to my post on VLSC 3.5

So something of a theme 😉

Thanks to everyone who reads this blog, and thanks to everyone who links to it 🙂

More focus on Microsoft VLSC problems

The Microsoft VLSC website has been suffering issues for a month now (as this post chronicles) but it has been hard to get anyone to pay much attention to it. Now however, Bill Snyder over at Infoworld has written an article about the issues which will hopefully get us closer to getting a response from Microsoft. Check the article out here:

As you can see from the title, Bill makes some good points about Microsoft’s reliability as a Cloud Service provider. These are points that I’ve been thinking more and more recently and I do feel there’s something here that needs to be addressed by Microsoft.

Let me know what you think of the article…

Bechtle @ Bett 2010

BETT “is the world’s largest educational technology event” and Bechtle will be there for our 2nd year 13th-16th Jan 2010. It really is a very important event in the world of Education…

 95% of exhibitors at BETT 2009 felt they met a good quality of visitor at the show

 88% of exhibitors have said that attending BETT is important to their business

 89% of visitors agreed that BETT is excellent for finding new products and suppliers

Last year our stand was hardware focussed, all about Thin Clients, Servers and other such things. This year however is different, as I’ve commandeered quite a big portion of the stand for Software 😉 I’ve been planning recently and, while it’s not 100% confirmed yet the set list looks something like this:


  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Touch
  • Office 2010
  • Sharepoint 2010
  • Semblio


  • Academic Licensing
  • Cloud Computing/BPOS
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 w/ Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 & Virtualization
  • Licensing in a Virtual Environment

I’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of me building and perfecting the demos, but it should be good fun. I’m also on the verge of ordering some of our swag for stand visitors and I think everyone will agree, it’s pretty awesome 😉

So if you’re at #BETT2010 @ London Olympia Jan 13-16…come and see me on Stand G118 🙂

Computer Weekly Blog Awards

I’ve just discovered that I’m in the running for Best Blog in the “Company / Corporate – Large Enterprise” category at the Computer Weekly Blog Awards 2009 🙂

I’m very happy just to be on the list but it’s be even better to win it…especially as I’m up against people such as Tech Crunch, Twitter, Google, the BBC and the Guardian! To that end, you can vote for me here:


Any and all votes are greatly appreciated…thank you!




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