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Thoughts on British ICT, energy & environment, cloud computing and security from Memset's MD

About Kate Craig-Wood

Kate is a multi-award winning technology entrepreneur; co-founder & managing director of Memset, the UK's best Web host.

She is a nationally-renowned expert-advocate of ICT’s role in greening the economy and cloud computing.

Kate is also in the final year of a part-time PhD researching energy intensity of cloud computing and in her spare time enjoys hacking on things like her pet robot BOB. See her personal site for a full bio.

Articles and comment

The Biggest Threat to G-Cloud is Amazon

G-Cloud has been one of the most effective initiatives implemented by the government to date, but is far from perfect as its relatively limited adoption shows. You just have to look at the numbers. As of January 2016 the latest published figures show that the current total of reported G-Cloud sales is over £1bn. But you have to remember that…

10% Topics for Liam (IL3, SMEs & G-Cloud)

I’m seeing Liam Maxwell tomorrow afternoon for a long-overdue catch up. As well as some usual updates and so forth I have a handful of generally-relevant topics I want to raise with him. I wish to give the SME community a last-minute chance to say if I have missed off anything important. Remember that the topics need to fit into…

Who is John Galt?

We just watched the first two parts of Atlas Shrugged. I was unfamiliar with Ayn Rand and her works until today. I found the films exhilarating and eagerly await the third installment. They depict a near-future world where economic collapse and enduring recession has enabled politicians to seize increasing power over private individuals and corporations. In the name of “the…

Hacks and projects

How to use OK / Google Now to create Tasks/Reminders/Notes on the move

An exploration into getting more power out of Google voice commands / Google Now, specifically aimed at creating Notes, Tasks and Reminders (includes a description of what those different things actually mean within the Googleverse) “on the move”, ideally with AndroidWear SmartWatches. I also explore Commandr, AutoVoice and Tasker as possibilities for extending the power of OK Google.

Field notes of an alien observer: Homo-canis symbiotic pairs in the wild

Having observed the behavior of native homo-canis symbiotic pairs of grid theta-592 (aka. “Surrey”) for some months now I am able to discern clear behavioral patterns. They tend to emerge from their nests in small, dispersed herds – generally within a few hours of dawn and dusk – to roam the grasslands for a short time. The symbiotic pairs do…

How to increase the Mac OSX bash shell history length – step by step

What is the bash shell history and why would I want it to be longer? Every time I upgrade my Mac I seem to lose my bash shell history length settings. What is this, you may ask. I use the Terminal (under Applications->Utilities) a lot; everything from connecting to remote servers via ssh to moving files (I often make mistakes…

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