The following is a rough intro to DevOps, and notes I’ve made while compemplating how DevOps works, fits in, adds value to a business. I’ve had the question posed to me often “Well, what is DevOps, anyway”?...

11 October, 2020 · 4 min · Hamish Norton

Team Member Indicators

The other day on the way to work I had an idea. Well two ideas from others and putting them together. Use a Rating (without the 7) Use the 1 to 10 rating scale, but you are not allowed to us the number 7....

7 October, 2020 · 2 min · Hamish Norton

Great Books

What’s the point of having countless books and libraries, whose titles could hardly be read through in a lifetime. The learner is not taught, but burdened by the sheer volume, and it’s better to plant the seeds of a few authors than to be scattered about by many....

1 September, 2020 · 3 min · Hamish Norton

Data Analytics Infrastructure

For project at work I’ve had to quickly get myself up to speed with the components required to create a organisation wide data analytics infrastructure. The follow shows the basics of how the components fit together (as I understand it to date)....

31 August, 2020 · 1 min · Hamish Norton


This site ProZine is not just a web version take on a Zine, in that it’s about Mastery, Purpose, Fulfilment and Productivity. It’s also about sharing a bit of my story and challenges in the hope that helps other to lead a better life....

21 August, 2020 · 2 min · Hamish Norton


I’ve included Productivity as an aspect. It encompasses all the things that “Make it easyier for later”. The next time you have to do that thing it’ll be easier as you’ve make the effort now to setup it to reduce the effort/overhead of having to do it all again....

19 August, 2020 · 1 min · Hamish Norton


Yaml is probably the briefest common structured text data representation. And thus it’s often a go to for configuration, build and other pipeline files. It’s basically made up of lists of key:value pairs. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 orderitems: - code: 001 descritpion: ESP8266 feather board quantity: 1 - code: 002 descritpion: Transistors 200 piece pack quantity: 1 - code: 003 description: Red, Grean, Yellow and Blue LEDs 20 piece pack - code: 004 description: breadboard with sticky back - code: 005 descrtion: Jumper Wires, male to male, 100mm 50 picec pack Use Case: Application Configuration I discovered while developing the FileArchiver that I didn’t really know how to use ConfigurationManager in ....

16 August, 2020 · 3 min · Hamish Norton

Rename Files

A PowerShell snippet for renaming files. 1 2 3 Get-childItem 2020*.md Get-childItem 2020*.md | Rename-Item -NewName { $_.Name -replace '.md', '.yaml'} Get-childItem 2020*.yaml

6 August, 2020 · 1 min · Hamish Norton


Note-taking, it’s an important part of your personal informatino system, allowing you to either come back to useful information and or develop your thoughts on something over time. I’ve been using EverNote pretty happierly for quite a while now....

31 July, 2020 · 3 min · Hamish Norton