Nic Burkinshaw

Nic is a highly adaptable and experienced Technology Specialist with a compelling track record in regional technical product management, account management, pre-sales and engineering roles across EMEA.
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Raspberry Pi Zero W – $10 Citrix endpoint, maybe

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on Mar 2, 2017 12:19:27 PM

I received an email from The PiHut on Tuesday, ordered a Raspberry Pi Zero W and case. It arrived two days later – the case, for £6, is impressive; 1 base and 3 lids – one plain, one for camera and one for GPIO access. Note that the case also came with the short ribbon cable required to connect the standard Raspberry Pi camera.

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Topics: Citrix, IoT, Raspberry Pi

RancherOS, A Docker Linux Distro Reaches V1.0

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on Aug 31, 2016 9:59:42 AM

Rancher OS is a Linux distribution where components exist in Docker containers and provides a comprehensive container management platform. It is a distribution you should consider if you are into CoreOS and considering that Docker releases code every two months, why not use a platform based on your chosen container tech?

RancherOS is tiny – the install ISO is ~40MB. They say “…We wanted to run Docker directly on top of the Linux Kernel, and have all user-space Linux services be distributed as Docker containers. By doing this, there would be no need to use a separate software package distribution mechanism for RancherOS itself…” (

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Topics: containers, Rancher OS

Is your Windows laptop/tablet feeling bloated?

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on Jul 18, 2016 1:32:44 PM

I really enjoyed the UK Citrix User Group meeting in London last week; great speakers, the chance to meet up with old friends and make new business connections.

One tip that came up was a free VMware tool that will optimize a Windows OS. Of course, their intention is for generating a sound base for gold images, but using it on limited-resource laptops can really help by removing unnecessary services and bloatware.

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Topics: VMware, OS Optimization Tool, Bloatware

The Critical Next Step for Software Escrow

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on May 18, 2016 9:10:13 AM

Software escrow provides a method where a 3rd-party holds a copy of key software source code in trust for a user in the event that the vendor goes bust, or ceases to comply with terms of their license agreement.

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Topics: CI/CD, Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery, Software Escrow, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery


Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on May 11, 2016 4:00:00 PM

I am a bit of a geek and consequently end up trying new hardware, apps and frameworks all the time. One issue with this is maintaining a reliable OS image. I am currently fiddling about with IoT hardware that runs a trusted connection to a web server to avoid broad internet access. Evaluating each new framework inevitably results in library inconsistencies and unstable platforms with unexpected errors. One way forward, is to run in containers and the consensus is that Docker ( is the leading solution.

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Topics: IoT, Docker

Raspberry PI Zero - MVP?

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on May 4, 2016 10:10:40 AM

I ordered two of these last Thursday from The PiHut ( and they turned up this morning. I am impressed by the size and the immediate compatibility with my existing B+ project. I splashed out on a board only and the bundle with their essential kit.

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Topics: IoT, Raspberry Pi

IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service - CHECKLIST

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on Apr 21, 2016 12:43:20 PM

First – some simple definitions:

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Topics: saas, PaaS, IaaS

IoT ThingSpeak Server on a Scaleway Arm Server with Docker

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on Mar 9, 2016 5:26:30 PM

In a recent post I mentioned the excellent value provided by a Scaleway ARM-based server instance ( ThingSpeak ( is well-known in the IoT world as an open source “Internet of Things” application and API to store and retrieve data from things using HTTP over the Internet or via a Local Area Network. With ThingSpeak, you can create sensor logging applications, location tracking applications, and a social network of things with status updates. Docker is a great way to abstract your solution into easily defined virtual containers (

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Topics: IoT, Raspberry Pi, ThingSpeak, ARM

IoT Server Development with Meteor Kitchen and Cloud9

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on Mar 7, 2016 4:42:04 PM

Once the sensors are in place and your board is publishing data to an MQTT broker, the next steps are to aggregate, display and action. I recommend you try a free account with cloud9 ( and developing in YAML ( with MeteorKitchen (

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Topics: IoT, Meteor, Cloud9, clooud, MeteorKitchen

Samsung IoT platform - wireless everything!

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on Feb 29, 2016 11:19:49 AM

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Topics: Internet of Things, Fedora, ARM

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