Colin has been playing with computers since he was a teenager. Since leaving university with a Master's degree in Information Technology Systems (shortly after computers were invented) people have been paying him to do this. Having previously worked in software development and systems administration, he now focuses on Service Management, particularly in areas of Security, Performance and Data Integrity.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can just remember my parents reading to me before I could read myself. Story time was a special time and one I have tried to share with my children. Perhaps because of that early experience I have always been something of a book-worm.
While I don't remember the first book I read myself, I do remember a treasured copy of Dr Seuss stories (where my internet nick comes comes from).
How do you approach cover design?
With blind optimisim?
I have learnt not judge books by their covers, but this is the face my book presents to the world. So I did invest time and effort into producing something I thought had aesthetic value. Having said that, I think its great that online retaillers now provide previews for books (and customer reviews).
A guide to great website page speed and improved capacity. The book covers the journey of data from a server's disk to the mind of the user explaining the bottlenecks/providing practical solutions. Covering content optimization, tuning your TCP stack for mobile clients, what the ZOP+ optimizer flags do, how SaaS/backoffice systems differ from public facing websites, and more.