Hey, I’m James, a sysadmin by profession, self-confessed geek and all-round tech-enthusiast.

Based in the North-East of England, I work for a small MSP who provide solutions to Education and business customers.

For more on my professional life, check out my LinkedIn.

The man behind the beard

Outside of work, I love spending time with my fiancée & two boys, trying to make as much of the British weather as possible.

When I’m not spending time with my family, I enjoy learning and exploring different technologies, reading fiction and playing D&D.


I find the constant development and refinement of computer systems and technology as a whole fascinating, and try to keep my skills and knowledge relevant.

While there’s always something new to learn, my biggest kicks come from…

  • highly-available server & network infrastructure (virtualisation, storage & networking)
  • cloud, cloud, cloud
  • containerisation & orchestration
  • automation & configuration management
  • observability, monitoring & auto-remediation

Any pretty-much anything that related to the lifecycle of server infrastructure/application deployment, from provisioning, to configuration to monitoring.

As well as the hands-on stuff, I also like to expand my knowledge on different concepts & ideologies, and I’m keen to try and adapt some of the enterprise/cloud-scale technologies for the smaller scale.


The aim of this blog is to have a place for conversational documentation, for both myself to reference later down the line and anybody else who might be in my shoes.

I’ll try not to preach or treat this like a diary, but if there’s anything I think will be useful, I’ll share it here!

This blog is freely hosted on GitLab.com using their GitLab pages service, and the is powered by Hugo, a static site generator written in Go.

Any views on this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of any agency I am working on the behalf