Who Reads My Virtually Visual Blog?

blog figures

During July this blog hit 40k individual readers this year who paid an average 1.99 visits to my site. Most of my traffic is from google so I’m assuming very few of them intended to end up here. I’ve posted less than 10 blogs this year but have around 90 on the site in total plus a few pages so it’s on average 400 readers per article with a very wide spread.

I decided to do a quick audit of where folks are from. I think it probably reflects the fact I’ve a lot of material on CAD and Cloud and countries where those industries and technologies are popular.

I’ve no idea if these are good figures for readership – my content is pretty niche. So I’d be interested to hear what others think!

But thank you for reading! xxx


Can Virtual Reality (VR) mess with your head?

Is VR bad for you and your health? Back in March I was at the D3DLive 2017 show at Warwick University. There was a track on VR, AR and professional visualisation plus the chance to try out several pieces of VR/AR/visualisation kit both on the show floor and during a fascinating tour of the WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) labs.

The true VR applications seem to me very much limited to the preview experience for something remote or that doesn’t exist e.g. previewing a building or car interior options or for training e.g. firefighters/army etc. The preview experiences are something I imagine would be in general short experiences but training scenarios I imagine could last for a protracted duration. Continue reading “Can Virtual Reality (VR) mess with your head?”

Security and IoT – The Race to Regulation (Recent Updates)


Relegating my own smart toys to a high shelf – creeping me out in so many ways!


We’ve had the vision, we’ve had the quirky demos and there are now all sorts of smart devices emerging on the market ranging from the brilliant innovative down to the baffling “just because you could doesn’t mean you should have” (smart salt cellar – really!?!).

The race to network and connect everything is accelerating – smart cars, fitbits, home heating systems, retail logistics supply chains and an awful lot of these devices process a lot of data about how we live and to some extent control our lives. Continue reading “Security and IoT – The Race to Regulation (Recent Updates)”

9 Lessons on Digital Content Marketing from the humble printing press!

I love the internet and digital content. Rather than trawling through libraries for a book someone had always got to first, I have access to a wealth of interesting people, research and thoughts. I’ve never studied digital marketing but when involved in a marketing plan always try to get a goal

  • “create interesting, useful, visual pleasing and DELIGHTFUL content”

I love blogging and bouncing ideas at and sharing knowledge with the world and hearing what comes back. About 4 months ago though I stopped writing – I’d lost my digital-mojo. Continue reading “9 Lessons on Digital Content Marketing from the humble printing press!”

Code pondering – Number 1: Swapping two integers

Having done a fair few academic computer science courses and various coding jobs in a past-life I found that it was often thinking about the smallest code snippets carefully that you pick-up the raw building blocks for good, safe and efficient code. I haven’t written much code recently so have been brushing up my basics.

Compilers are now so good and computers so powerful that in practice you can write pretty terrible code and still make a perfectly performant and functional application.

One famous code problem is to swap two numbers without using an additional temporary variable. So you use only the memory already storing the numbers without requiring extra for the temporary variable. Consider…. Continue reading “Code pondering – Number 1: Swapping two integers”

Citrix Linux VDA now supports Ubuntu 16.04

Last year I wrote a blog on how to find out which Linux distributions are supported by VMware/Citrix, at the time I struggled to find some of the Citrix info as there wasn’t a master list in their documentation. With the recent 7.12 XenDesktop release though this changed and there’s now a nice clear list in the System Requirement Documentation (at the time of writing for 7.12), this reads: Continue reading “Citrix Linux VDA now supports Ubuntu 16.04”

Case studies in Education – NVIDIA GRID

There are now so many GRID case studies both from NVIDIA and the vast number of partners involved including:

  • OEMS (Cisco, Dell, Lenovo, Supermicro, HPE…)
  • Storage/HCI/SDN vendors: Atlantis, Nutanix, NetApp, EMC…
  • Virtualisation and protocol vendors: Citrix, Microsoft, VMware, Teradici…

And so many use cases, applications deployed…. That frankly I can’t keep track or remember the specifics so I’ve set myself up an index to track these by industry:  https://virtuallyvisual.wordpress.com/useful-links/remote-graphics-case-studies/

Taking Education as an example I’ve collated a vast list in a format where I can use ctrl-f to find a specific app or server… below are all the ones I’ve collated to date, split by VMware / Citrix….

Education and Citrix

Continue reading “Case studies in Education – NVIDIA GRID”

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