Take a moment to contemplate. Anything is possible

Fidelis habentes fiduciam vitae doctrina et sperans

— Ashley Taylor

This is the first post of my new blog. It will be about pretty much anything that interests me. From Technology, to food. Hopefully it won’t be too deep and intense, but here to inspire anyone to imagine what is possible. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. And excuse the Latin grammar. My Latin is a little rusty. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

My name is Ashley Taylor. Before anyone second guesses, I am a man – more about that later… I live in the United Kingdom in the fair county of Essex, in an old market town called Maldon. I have been fortunate to have lived there almost my whole life, because it is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places to live.

For many years I have worked in Information Technology, specialising as an Analyst troubleshooter, in industries ranging from Pharmaceuticals, Law and even spent time at a technology vendor. I originally had the idea of starting this blog to share experiences and inspire other Information Technologists to think about what is possible. But the idea inspired me to also think about what is possible, so this blog will also be about my other interests, ranging from food, cooking and my other hobbies. There will even be a post about medieval calligraphy.

As I mentioned before, the first idea came when I decided to try and build a unified desktop between Windows and Linux, personal project just to see what was possible. I use Windows primarily for a few things. Microsoft Office and Photoshop / Lightroom. Could I do it with Linux and use the same software in Windows? Turns out I could. Libre Office and GIMP. Linux is now my primary desktop. More about that in a later post. I need a new job and Cloud is the way to go. I’m the best Analyst that I have done, but need to learn new things…. Cloud.. So what better way than to build your own cloud? My next posts will be about Kubernetes and Raspberry Pi, but I promise I will get back to you about medieval calligraphy. But before I get into clouds and calligraphy. I have just purchased a new Nikon DSLR. They now come with Wi-Fi which allows you to connect your phone. I can take a photo and instantly share it… but more I can remote control the camera from my phone. Life is too short to miss moments

As I mentioned I am a man. This little private joke started when I would email customers when I worked at BlackBerry. The reply would always address me as Mrs Ashley Taylor. It sometimes helped since in the same team there was also a girl called Ashley.

Finally for this post, my new motto. Fidelis habentes fiduciam vitae doctrina et sperans

In literal terms, it translates too Believe, trust, live, learn and hope. Believe in oneself and others. Trust in oneself and others. Live life to the full. Learn from your mistakes and most of all, have hope. We never know what life can bring and as a good a friend once told me, “What Will Be Will Be”

Kindest regards,

Ashley Taylor


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