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Holiday Goal Locations — Icecoffeecouture

Maybe I just really want to go on a relaxing holiday in the Mediterranean but these are some of my favourite pictures that have me inspired to work hard to achieve my dreams to travel around Europe. This scene just reminds me of Call Me By Your Name. That whole movie got me wishing for […]

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The Unauthorized Rules of Writing, Rule #2 – Don’t Fall in Love With Your Characters


Rule #2 of “The Unauthorized Rules of Writing”

When you say it out loud, this sounds like a rather ridiculous rule. Characters are not people. At least they don’t have physical substance. They sort of talk and walk around in your head. They are non-entities, figments of a writer’s imagination; so how on earth can a writer become attached to them in a personal way? That’s a hard question to answer. All I know is that as I was writing my first novel, Finding Ruby, I kept running into a wall known as writer’s block. I knew the plot. I knew the ending (sort of) and I knew that the excitement had to peak and wane. Yet, there I was in front of my computer dumb as a doorknob without a single idea as to how to move the story forward. I lamented to my editor, Jenna Kalinsky. What…

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Sunshine and Bees.

Life can be very unpredictable, cherish every minute of it.

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Do you ever just stop, look and listen to the natural world. Listen to the bees buzzing, watch the birds communicating as they sing their chorus. Appreciate the smell of the flowers in the garden, gaze in wonder at all that has been created. I often look out of our window at the birds feeding at the bird station. My wife always buys thes coconut shells filled with fat that the birds love. But then today I was wondering why I appreciated the small things so much, why I appreciated the smells and the world of nature. How I had become so grateful for my surroundings. Well I guess the answer to that is simple, and obvious.

I know what it’s like to be unable to smell the flowers, to watch the bees. I know what it’s like not to be able to here the birds. It was only 3…

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Every Word, Every Drop

Excellent post. It reflects so accurately how a child wants everything they see. Over time, they learn the value of money and become more selective.

My World With Words

Once I was grocery shopping with my friend Pam and her then four-year-old daughter Macy, who was nearly jumping out of the shopping cart seat in excitement at every turn.

“Ooooo!” she’d say, “I want THAT!” Another few steps, “And that! and that!” In vain, Pam tried telling her they didn’t have the money to buy all those things. I decided to step in.

“You know Macy, there are lots of things I’d like to have, too,” I began. “I’d really like a new dress, and some shoes to go with it. Maybe some earrings. But I can’t afford it right now, so I just put it on a list for someday.”

“But I want THAT!” Macy insisted.

Pam sighed. “There are lots of things I want, too, and things Daddy would like,” she said, “but we can’t have everything we want.”

“I’d really like some new makeup,” I went…

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Parenting Blogger Emily Austin on Turning a Hobby into a Full-Time Job

Sound advice on how to build your blog. This is a must read.

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Since 2011, Emily Austin has built a loyal readership at The Waiting, her blog on parenting and motherhood. Emily’s personality and humor have helped her carve out her own corner of the web among thousands of family blogs. Through blogging, she has built a community of readers and colleagues, and eventually landed a position as a paid blogger and social media manager — transforming a hobby into a full-time career. I chatted with Emily about the evolution of The Waiting and her growth as a blogger.

What were your goals when you launched your blog?

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Am I allowed to say that I didn’t have a goal other than to post once a week? I wish I had some inspirational story about how I had planned to write my magnum opus and find a cure for cancer by blogging, but I don’t. I just wanted to write. I don’t have…

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Making Conversation: How to Think Up Good Comments

Commenting on blog posts is good for you and the author of the post

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Here on The Daily Post, we’re always advising you to build blog relationships by leaving substantive comments on other people’s posts. That’s easy enough to say, but how do you think of more to say than “Great post!” when all you can think to say is, well, “Great post!”

I often have trouble coming up with things to say — both in blog commenting sections and at parties. Here are some questions I ask myself when I want to leave a comment on a post but find I’m at a loss for words: 

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Adapt Your Service Desk for Bimodal IT

The enterprise IT environment is very dynamic. The modern service desk must be flexible.

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Adapt Your Service Desk for Bimodal IT

The enterprise IT environment is very dynamic. Business needs evolve and solutions are sought to address new challenges quickly to remain competitive in the market. The modern service desk must be flexible in design and incorporate what Gartner refers to as Bimodal IT (Wigmore, 2013). In other words, it must be configurable to manage the stable business applications of Mode 1 while also managing the fast-paced Agile Mode 2 development environment. A solution like BMC’s FootPrints.( van der Merwe, 2016) can help you with your Bimodal IT strategy.

Bimodal IT is an approach to IT infrastructure that leverage’s both traditional and Agile IT Modes. Gartner research vice president Mary  Mesaglio (McCall, 2015) explained that one IT Mode will not address the complex needs of Today’s enterprise, so business should utilise the Bimodal IT initiative.


Introducing Bimodal IT into the enterprise is not an easy task. There are pro’s, Advantages of Bimodal IT (Danvers, 2016) and cons, Disadvantages of Bimodal IT (Danvers, 2016) to the process that the CIO needs to be aware of. However, when done successfully, Mode 2 creates the desired flexibility needed for fast-paced, Agile development, without impacting on stable, Mode 1 business applications.

Bimodal IT and the Service Desk

One of the first steps in the Bimodal Service Desk journey is to ensure that your Service Desk team starts at what Gartner refers to as Mode 0, the current situation. This is the foundation from where Bimodal will begin. The next step is to group your Service Desk tasks into Mode 1 and Mode 2 operations. The workspace design of a product like BMC FootPrints allows the CIO to separate the Mode 1 service desk operations into one workspace, and the Agile Mode 2 service desk operations into a separate workspace. This technique allows a more controlled approach to service desk management in Mode 1 and a dynamic, Agile, change management and problem resolution process in Mode 2.

Bimodal Service Desk Mode 1

Traditionally, all business critical applications are managed by the stable, Mode 1 Service Desk team.

Bimodal Service Desk Mode 2

Typically, Agile development using SCRUM methodology to fast track short projects with a fixed start and end date are managed by the Agile, Mode 2 Service Desk team.


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Disadvantages of Bimodal IT Operation

Gartner defines Bimodal IT as “an organisational model that segments into two categories based on application requirements, maturity, and criticality.” This approach necessitates the creation of separate investment, management, and governance techniques for each category. (Gartner, 2016)

For the remainder of this article, I will refer to the two categories as Mode 1 being traditional and Mode 2 the newer Agile mode.


There is a logical rationale to Gartner’s Bimodal IT decoupling of the legacy systems in Mode 1 from the Agile systems in Mode 2. However, one dilemma faced by all Bimodal IT adoptees is the transition of Agile Mode 2 projects back into the core enterprise processes and services located in Mode 1.

This article will focus on the disadvantages of Gartner’s Bimodal IT approach. This is the third article in the Bimodal IT Operations series. The second article in this series discusses “The Advantages of Bimodal IT Operations”.

IT Department Responsibilities

The responsibility of the IT department necessitates caution and it, therefore, adapts slowly to changing technology and business requirements. Traditionally the IT department focussed on stability and not speed. However, one of the key exceptions to this rule is the introduction of an independent Agile, Mode 2 team. According to Forrester Research, Bimodal IT is the wrong approach at a time when customer preferences for digital technologies are forcing companies to move faster.(CIO, 2016)

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Advantages of Bimodal IT Operations

Bimodal IT Operations can be described as IT operating in two different modes and speeds. Mode 1 being the traditional and safe approach while mode 2 is the agile and disruptive approach. According to Gartner, “Enterprises must learn to operate in two essential modes”. Bimodal IT (McCall, 2015). There are advantages and risks when embarking on a dual-mode IT model. This article will focus on the advantages associated with Bimodal IT for an organisation. Before discussing the advantages of Bimodal IT, let’s review what the 2 modes.

Refer to article 1 in the series where I explain what Bimodal IT is all about. What is Bimodal IT Operations? 

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What Is Bimodal IT Operation

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Microsoft Windows 10 Released

Microsoft Windows 10 has finally arrived. The wait is over and everyone that can is downloading a free copy. What is all the excitement about Windows 10? After the slow uptake of Windows 8 and 8.1 is Windows 10 really a great improvement?







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Microsoft is moving Windows away from its heritage of enabling a single device into a world that is more mobile, natural and grounded in trust. The new thinking is that technology must be behind the scenes. Your apps, services and content must move with you across all your devices seamlessly and easily. It must also be secure and private.

A Free Copy Of Windows 10

Microsoft has always been known to have an outstanding marketing department and they have come up with a gem of an idea to give Windows 10 away for free for a year. Unfortunately all the good intentions have been tarnished by the lack of transparency around the working of “free upgrade”. Is it free for a year, or free for the lifetime of the device that Windows 10 is installed on? A very interesting article by Gordon Kelly throws some light on the confusion and lack of transparency the wording of the “free” copy of Windows 10.


Privacy Concerns – Windows 10

One major issue that has occurred in Windows 10 is that of privacy. Firstly, by selecting the “express settings” upon first boot, you are actually agreeing to send a lot of data to Microsoft.


Free Upgrade – The Small Print

According to the Microsoft small print, Windows 10 is available to all customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on condition that they upgrade during the first 12 months after Windows 10 is released. After upgrading a device to Windows 10, all patches and service packs will be available free of charge for the supported lifetime of the device.

Financial Implication

Microsoft plans to coax consumers into upgrading to Windows 10 by offering it for free for the first 12 months. How is this going to affect their bottom-line? Also, a constant flow of free upgrades will negatively affect the computer manufacturers who historically have depended on computer upgrades to kick-start new hardware sales to the consumer and enterprise markets.

A New Update Cadence










Microsoft has listened to their enterprise customers who have complained that they cannot keep up with the continual update stream and new versions every three years. In an attempt to get these customers back into the fold Microsoft has introduced a conservative track that Gartner has labelled “long-term servicing”. This is aimed almost exclusively at the enterprise customer.

The plan is to take all the consumer speed updates and release them as a single update pack, without changing the features available. This cadence may give enterprise customers more time using a fixed feature set and allow them to upgrade only when new features are required.

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What Is Bimodal IT Operation

Bimodal IT can be defined as the practice of managing two separate, yet coherent modes of IT delivery within the same organisation. The term was first coined by IT consultancy Gartner Inc (Wigmore, 2013), which defines the two tiers as follows: “Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasising safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and non-linear, emphasising agility and speed.” 


The two phase Bimodal IT approach recognises that an IT organisations ability to quickly respond to business goals require different groups of people, processes, technologies and budgets than the provision of traditional and reliable IT systems.

Bimodal IT strategy enables an organisation to create space within traditionally conservative and risk-adverse IT organisations for some disruptive experimental start-up activities. However, managing the two modes within one organisation is easier said than done and can lead to increased conflict between business and IT. read more…


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2/3 of my Degree Complete!

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My Blogging Goals Of 2015

Blogging Goals! This is a question that I have asked myself many times and never been able to pin it down to a specific topic.I spend a lot of time in the IT space due to the nature of my work, but have not found traction in that segment. It is now time to re-align my focus.

So what are my goals for the remainder of 2015? Thanks to some of my readers that question has already been answered for me. One reader in particular is , without her motivation, my first goal would have died a silent death.











Goal One:

Develop a series of posts about the IT industry. The focus of the series will explain various IT concepts in a language understood by non IT people. This is a series that has been on my mind for some time. It is now time stop thinking about it and make it a reality.

Goal Two:

Increasing my reader base is my second goal for 2015. I want to grow my reader base to a level where I can start making money on my site. Admittedly, I have a long way to go before that becomes a reality.

Goal Three:

To post articles more consistently. I need to allocate time every day to write, otherwise I fall back into old habits and put it off indefinitely.

Each blogging goal is dependant on the success of the other. The remainder of 2015 will be busy, and I am looking forward to the challenge. Publishing my goals has forced me to move forward and do something to achieve them.



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I know who you Really are…

A sweeping emotional ride.

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I Know You

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I know you.
Your mother was abusive.
Your father left for another family.
But still they are not responsible for your happiness.

I know you.
Your sister was drug addicted.
Your brother molested you.
But still they are not the reason you cannot smile.

I know you.
Your stepmother ignored you.
Your stepfather mistreated you.
But still you cannot blame them for your sad circumstances.

Love your self.
You are not an abused daughter.
You are not an abandoned child.

Know your self.
You are not your sister’s illness.
You are not your brother’s problems.

Know your worth.
You are not an unimportant stepdaughter.
You are not your stepfather’s rage.

You can become responsible for your own happiness.

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Love Your Daughter

Daughters are put on this earth to be loved – no matter what. I recall reading something alone these lines a long time ago. What the author failed to mention is that these same daughters can be a tad challenging at times when they do not get their own way. Then again, that is what makes them so special.

Weekends are times to reflect on the week just past and your successes and achievements. Ah, but that is before Tes arrives home on Friday afternoon in one of her argumentative moods. The cats run and hide under the bed while the dogs disappear into the far reaches of the garden not to be seen for the rest of the day.

The heavy oak front door bursts open and thumps loudly against the wall, allowing the cold winter sunlight to stream into the house. Tes glides through the entrance heading for her room, “Hey dad, you home yet?” can be heard from behind the now closed bedroom door. “University was terrible today.  The lecturer did not arrive and the assignment he left us to do had a page missing”.  “Worse still, it rained on the way home and I got wet”. Can you fix this for me?” “Who me? Of course not! Remember, men do not understand anything” and with feminism the flavour of the day I decide not to try. A quote borrowed from the movie Madagascar, “Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave” seems to be very appropriate.


I have learnt to walk on egg-shells when Tes is in in one of her moods. Is it the right approach?  Definitely not, but sometimes it is the best approach. Do I understand her moods? Oh yes without a doubt. Any father that has raised a daughter on his own develops a very special bond with her and understands her in ways nobody else ever will. I know when she is happy or sad, when to leave her alone and pen an article like this or when to sit with her and let her cry on my shoulder.

Then along came dating and another new amazing yet concerning chapter begins in Tess’ life. The hormones are racing and dating is now the name of the game. Boyfriends come and boyfriends go (without my help of course). Some do not even get to the first date but who cares? Not me sir. The sooner they leave the happier I am.

I have a motto about dating that has served me well.



So, to all you wonderful parents out there, have fun raising your daughters. Even the bad days will be remembered fondly and your frustration will quickly be forgotten.