Earlier in the year I did a live Pluralsight webinar to about 700 people talking about what a Blockchain is? Why you would want to use one? The differences between a Blockchain and a Database and other interesting facts about the technology.
The recording of that Webinar is now available to watch on YouTube.
If you are interested in learning more about Blockchain from either a high level executive briefing standpoint or more as a software developer and architect, then I have the following courses available at Pluralsight.
I have been very busy recently making new courses for Pluralsight and I am delighted to say I have just released two of them over the past week. The first course is called, Executive Briefing: State of Blockchain. This couse is a little different to the normal content on Pluralsight in that it is a short filmed course as opposed to screen casts and demos.
The idea of this course is to teach information to tech leaders and C level execs quickly as they won’t normally have time to sit and watch long courses. My course is all about blockchain where I talk about what it is, why you would need it, potential use cases. I also run through a matrix of questions about whether a blockchai is suitable for your company and the key differences between a blockchain and a database.
This course was good fun to produce as I had to setup all the lighting and camera myself aswell as record good audio. This is much harder than you think with getting the lighting right to reduce glare from the computer screen and my glasses. I am really pleased with the results though.
Asynchronous Messaging with RabbitMQ and EasyNetQ
The second course I have released this week is a more traditional Pluralsight course called, Asynchronous Messaging with RabbitMQ and EasyNetQ. This course is about the RabbitMQ messaging platform and how to use it with the EasyNetQ client library. The course is aimed at C# developers using .NET Core or the .NET Framework, and it will get them up and running and productive very quickly as it is very demo focused.
This course works as a great companion to my other course, RabbitMQ by Example, which builds up the same sample application scenario but using the much more complicated RabbitMQ client library. If you want to compare the default client library to the EasyNetQ client library, then both courses will give you that information. If you just want to make your life easier and go straight to EasyNetQ, then this course contains everything you need.
Since I have been working for myself I have been trying to make sure I get more exercise by walking more. The problem though is that I then go to an office and sit down for 8 hours which is not good for you. To remedy this I decided to invest in an electric sit-stand desk so that I can make sure I stay more active during the day.
In this video, I talk about my new desk and the reasons for getting it.
If you are interested in the desk I got, then the details are here.
For my job, I tend to travel a lot to conferences. When I am away I like to get as much work done as I can, but sometimes it isn’t really appropriate to get my laptop out, for example on a smaller airplane, train or in a restaurant; but in those times I like to get some work done like answering emails or drafting blog posts. To make these times more efficient, I have developed my little wiring rig that uses my phone, a copy of the Ulysses Writing App and the excellent Microsoft Universal Folding Keyboard which allows me to be productive, yet more discreet or in smaller spaces when traveling.
The keyboard itself is very thin, even when folded which means it takes up hardly any space when packed in my laptop bag. It’s not the best typing experience as it takes a little getting used too, but it is indeed very workable. You can pair the keyboard with Windows, Android and Apple IOS devices which gives you a lot of flexibility. I pair it with an iPhone and an iPad. I don’t usually take the Apple Keyboard with me for the iPad when I travel as it makes the device quite thick in my bag, so I think this is a better solution for occasional typing; this setup has helped me remain productive when using a laptop isn’t easy to do.
May 25th was a day that went down in privacy history as the new European GDPR regulations came into force for everyone in Europe and any company in another country that does business with European companies or citizens.
Companies have spent years trying to make sure they are going to comply, but now that date has passed, it doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels; GDPR is something that needs constant attention and understanding for people working in organizations that deal with peoples personal data.
In my latest book, A Gentle Introduction to GDPR – Resolving Compliance Challenges in Business, I had the aim to try and make the GDPR regulations easily understandable for ordinary people by cutting through a lot of the legal jargon. By the time you finish this short guide, you will have an excellent understanding of what GDPR is and how it applies to companies and individuals. Regulations should not be feared, and you can reduce this fear and uncertainty by fulling understanding them.
A Gentle Introduction to GDPR is available both as a Kindle eBook and as a paperback directly from Amazon. Don’t let the GDPR regulations confuse you; let me help guide you through the jargon.
In this book, I explore what social engineering is, and take the reader through the basic framework to launch an attack against someone including Information gathering, Pretexting, Elicitation, and Manipulation. Once I have taken the reader through these steps, I then talk about different ways to protect yourself and your companies so that you don’t become a victim of Social Engineering.
This book is aimed at anyone who works in a professional environment from office workers through to high-level executives. Everyone can potentially be a target as criminals will target multiple people in an organization, so this book will help you be prepared to recognise the signs.