smell your way to happiness

So, the daily prompt is ‘Scent’ and I’m going to honest with you the first thing that popped into my head was…Ok-that’s a little weird. And then, it struck me! I always right these posts about the first thing that pops into my head but, in that case I’d never write about anything. So, the second thing that popped into my head was my favourite perfume…Lady Gaga’s Fame. In essence, I’ve been thinking about it all day because I’ve just run out of my other perfume and so, I get to open my new bottle which of course will be may favourite perfume.

However, that inspired myself to write a post about my favourite scents! You see scent can be defined as:

“A Distinctive Smell, Especially One That is Pleasant”

And yes, a scent can be something that smells bad, whiffy, odorous but I want to focus on my favourite scents, especially on this particularly wet day in England, South Yorkshire. You see, my friend messaged me this morning about the rain and how she did not like it but, there is just something about rain that I love. I do not know why, maybe it’s growing up in England where rain is almost always constant, or just having fun times in the rain when I’ve been camping with my family? So, here is my list:

The Fresh Smell in the Air After it Rains!!- I hail from a small ex-minors village, with the Peak District on my doorstep and fields surround my little village and so, when it rains the air smells so fresh which I love! Who wouldn’t? It makes living around farms, walking trails and the countryside seem worth it for the smell of fresh rain air. Not that it smells horrible otherwise, it just has a smell of freshness after rain as if all the clogged air clears and the day is fresh? Also, having camped my entire life- it seems we get caught in a lot of rain. It’s actually a running joke in my family that the weather thinks:

“The Watson’s are going on holiday, and look they have all their camping stuff…lets follow them and rain!”

But, I love it and the pitter patter sound and the smell after is even better!

My Favourite Perfume- So, you already know that it is Lady Gaga’s Fame but, now I’ll tell you why. I honestly do not know… you see I got it for Christmas one year, and I loved it from the very first spritz. All I do know, is that it is my favourite perfume and I love the smell. You know when you stand in the train station and get that slight whiff of a women’s perfume, or men’s aftershave (provided it doesn’t smell like they’ve bathed in the stuff so much that you don’t want to walk behind someone because the smell is blinding), I can be putting my scarf on and catch a slight smell of the perfume and a smile comes to my face.

Mum’s Bread- So, my mum has started making bread and it’s been very successful. The smell is amazing, she pulls it out and when it is cooling the smell spreads through our kitchen. It definitely makes you hungry, and wanting to eat it but, obviously it needs to cool down first.

Mums First Attempt at Bread

And finally,

Fresh Bed Sheets from the airing cupboard…- I have always liked this smell for some reason, after my bed gets made I just want to dive in and be surrounded by the smell of fresh bed linen? Odd, but it just smells of home! We all have something that reminds of us home, and that scent just reminds me of home, and the family including Jet (the dog). I guess that is one reason I like to bring my stuff home from Uni, so I can bring them back after my visit with a little reminder of home.

So, why don’t you all just think about the scents you love,  and if you are a blogger then maybe write a blog? Just be happy, and this little thought exercise will make you smile, think of memories (hopefully good ones) and distract you from the world for a while…

via Daily Prompt: Scent


Getting Out of a Christmas Slump!

If your active, an exerciser or just like to keep in shape sometimes around Christmas you let your workout routine slip. It can be for a variety of reasons- some beyond your control and others completely in your control! For example, I was hankered down by deadlines and suffering from a knee injury which turned out to be a ligament issue so, every time I walked, did stairs or stayed in a position where my knees were bent for a period of time- I was in agony. On top of that I had ASSIGNMENT deadlines to focus on, and that meant exercising slipped.

I managed to find some time, I slipped in a couple of days of yoga and did plenty of crunches, press-up, leg raises, squats among other exercises as well as maintaining a healthy diet I didn’t put weight on over the holidays-SCORE! But, once assignments were in, illness had been beaten and my knee finally healed I had no excuses and so, last weekend I completed my first run of the year-just under four miles and it was bliss which has led to the kick start in my exercise routine again. However, I will have to build some fitness back- four miles felt like what six miles felt like last year so, I have some work to do but, my trusty new running gear with some old favourites should have myself back in shape, in no time!

Now, I’m looking for more videos on YouTube to kick start the fitness, and fit it ALL around University, Dissertation work etc. Its back to normal life, I will say I need to get my food habits back in check- we all have cheeky cheat days over Christmas and I was one of those few. I will say being ill helped, I didn’t feel as hungry all the time and I’ve drunk so much green tea to get warm, I think I’ll being pee-ing tea soon enough! Anyway, there are a few ways to get out of that Christmas slump from my own experience and here they are:

  1. Don’t Stop Exercising Over Christmas- If you stop exercising you are bound to get into a slump so, even if it’s walking your new dogs (remember dogs are for life, not just for CHRISTMAS) or going for a walk to get away from the stress of wrapping, decorating and speaking to the countless family members, do it! It’s exercise, and I can tell you that the stress will disappear and you’ll feel like you can conquer the world. And yes, I know it is cold but that should be no reason for you to stop- there are hats, gloves and scarves to help you equip this. And, if it really is to cold then, fire up that dusty exercise DVD you got a few Christmases ago and get started with that, or google exercises on the internet. There is no reason for you to stop.
  2. Get the Family Involved- Your family may not exercise, they may tell you to give yourself a rest because you’ve exercised all year and when you see them gorging on chocolate and sweets, buns and mince pies it is hard to resist but, if you exercise you won’t have to. If your family try to get you to join the couch potato-way get them involved. If you have young kids go for a walk, its the holiday’s and even for the kids after the first week off we become bored and we’ve played with everything. If you have family members talking about wanting to lose weight, vowing to start after Christmas get them involved early, or start together in the January and be each others motivator.
  3. Just Get that First Exercise Day Over With!- Yes, it is hard to get back into the exercise after a break so start small and do some crunches but, if you are a runner like me, it is all about getting that first run out of the way and then you’ll remember why you exercise in the first place. So, go the gym and get started and you’ll feel the burn but, that is how you know its working!

And I know, you may attend the gym year round, or go to the park for your run and there is more people out that normal and your running route is clogged but, that’s the way it works. It may be frustrating that you cannot get onto the treadmill but, soon the people who are purely there for a “new years resolution” will disappear because until they are exercising for themselves, NOT a resolution they’ll stop turning up to the gym and by February order will be restored. So, that is my few tips and I apologise for not posting in a while but, assignments and other tasks that needed completing got in the way and made me busy.

Assignment Two

Hybrid Cloud Computing: Same issues, New Generation


Due to these security issues, regulation and legality become also Political. Government must intervene to mediate between the protection of the citizens data and the warranty of their access to the services provided by big corporations (and their terms and conditions). In this sense, the European Union (EU) has made several attempts to retain privacy in The Cloud through data protection agencies whom must approve third party organisations outside of the EU, providing guidelines they must follow when receiving the data of a member living in any EU country (Winkler, 2011). But, outside of the EU, it is harder to regulate the organisation and countries wherein the data is stored. Mitchell (2012) states the laws of some countries give them the power to confiscate data stored within their borders, this will give them power to sell or access the data and to leverage the capitalist system. Hence, abolishing security and trust of Cloud platforms as well as creating a demand for regulation within the Cloud industries. Furthermore, due to an unregulated Cloud system the data stored is upheld to a lesser standard of law allowing law enforcement and state surveillance agencies to access the data without search warrants. So, via keeping an unregulated system the government also gains access to data that if regulated would be subject to privacy issues. Kshetri (2013) indicates that a lack of cloud-related legal systems and enforcement mechanisms, privacy, security and ownership issues fall into legally gray areas but that previous generations of Cloud technologies regulations favour cloud providers. Therefore, the regulations are unclear and more regulatory frameworks need to be put in place to fix security issues and hold Cloud computing to a higher standard, which will lead individuals to trust in the Cloud platform.

Digital Enclosures

Andrejevic’s (2009) argues that today’s society is mediated by convenience of digital technology, therefore information about the consumers becomes subject to commercial capture. He refers to “function creep” which is the widening of a technology or system beyond the purpose for which it is intended, such as the breach of privacy in the Cloud system. This demonstrates that The Cloud is a data mine for law enforcement and state surveillance agencies which they want to gain access too. Richard Thomas-UK information commissioner (2009) implies that consumers have “sleepwalked into a surveillance society” (2009). Andrejevic (2009) discusses the digital capitalism era which he suggests reproduces existing economic relationships through the generations of new privately controlled productive platforms and resources, the development of the Hybrid Cloud environment allows for organisations and countries to privately control, store and access personal data to improve or create economic relationships therefore, this system is part of the digital capitalism era. Consequently, this raises the issue of a surveillance society and can be considered as a societal implication. By mass storing our data enclosures are created, which allows us to fenced in and monitored. The digital enclosure echoes Bentham’s Panopticon (McMullan, 2015), the internet/data centers are the guard tower and society are the monitored, submissive prisoner.

A Look to The Future

Theorists have written little on the future as security, privacy, third-party access and regulatory issues have taken centre stage however, studies have been completed using questionnaires, asking experts in the technology industry about the future of The Cloud. Anderson and Rainie’s (2010) study results suggest that Cloud computing will become more dominant than the desktop in the next decade due to its ease of access on any device, anywhere. They suggest that browsers will act as the Cloud interface, allowing people to access and store data with ease. It will be weaved into everyday life, as Weiser predicted- an epoch of ubiquitous computing. Furthermore, it is expected that data centers will be smaller, with servers able to hold more information although, experts believe privacy will still be an issue. It is difficult to predict the future, Hybrid Cloud Computing is a step forward but progress is slow…and could easily get creepy.


To summarise, security is the biggest issue organisations face, in developing The Cloud. The regulations are based on software of the past, and can easily be affected by the laws of singular country’s. However, these security issues serve as a hindrance of The Cloud as individuals and organisations are less likely to trust Cloud services. The Cloud is everywhere, it’s a ubiquitous technology that exists around us with many people beginning to use it for example, students using google docs to produce group work. This clearly indicates that Weiser’s prediction, the third wave of computing has begun. But, the progress into the future is slow and unpredictable so, there is little speculation on this technology and some experts believe that desktops and The Cloud will combine hence, the third wave of computing may alter from Weiser’s vision.


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Hybrid Cloud Computing: Same issues, New Generation

Assignment Two

Hybrid Cloud Computing: Same issues, New Generation

In the next section of my theoretical discussion about the development of Hybrid Cloud Computing, I will discuss the implications of this technology on security- questioning whether our data is safe and secure and data privacy, political implications- how this technology is legislated and utilised via the government and the problems around where the ‘data center’ physically is. Andrejevic’s (2009) digital enclosure is defined as the “creation of an interactive realm wherein every action, interaction and transaction generates information about itself…” and that as customers participate in the new digital enclosures, it opens you up to surveillance and monitoring. Finally, I will discuss the future of cloud computing before summarising my discussion.


The Issues with Cloud Computing


A major issue in Cloud Computing is security. Kuyoro, IbIkunle and Awodele (2011) imply most cloud computing services are provided by a third-party provider whom owns the infrastructure thereby, having access to stored data which they may use for capital gain in their own organisations. It is important for trust in a Cloud environment, which has been slow to gain by those producing Cloud platforms as individuals and organisations prefer to be in strict control of their own information while a Cloud platform removes that control placing data on servers around the world. Zissis and Lekkas (2012) state it is “impossible to place a virtual moat around an organisations castle…ability to clearly identify, authenticate, authorise who or what is accessing the assets of an organisation…” inferring that it is impossible to completely secure the data organisations store on the cloud and, that Cloud organisations or the third-parties who store the data need access to keep your data secure further, implying trust is important in the Cloud environment.

There is a threat of data compromise as more parties, devices and applications are accessing the stored data. This is because the more access points to the data, the less secure it becomes which allows hackers/criminals and uninvited organisations access to the stored data. Also, a question around ownership, arises in the analysis of security. Kannankott and Gupta (2016) say that the person who uploaded or stored the data, owns the data however, they have no control where the data is placed within the Cloud environment. Furthermore, they analyse data privacy regarding this question of ownership and indicate multiple legal concerns: for instance, when the data is moved around the system by crossing jurisdictions. Data location is important in consideration of security issues because it is subject to privacy laws in the country it resides, but not necessarily in the place where the headquarters are stationed (Winkler, 2011). Developers in Hybrid Cloud Computing claim this system gives the customer more control however, these security issues such as privacy, data location and third-party access have plagued each version of Cloud Computing hence, it is probable it will plague the next generation of Cloud software too. Through accessing customer’s private data-a breach of privacy, or allowing third-parties to, security carries also ethical implications consumers should consider.

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Assignment Two

Hybrid Cloud Computing: Same issues, New Generation


Hybrid Cloud Computing is the next generation of Cloud software, it is the future of The Cloud. Hybrid Cloud Computing is the mixture of Public Cloud services, with Private Cloud Services. Yet, each embodiment of The Cloud receives the same critiques. They are still being debated now ultimately, affecting the development of Hybrid Cloud Computing. Theorists have debated many issues including state surveillance and monitoring (Andrejevic, 2009), risk of data breeches including hackers (Kuyoro, IbIkunle & Awodele, 2011), a question of trust in the Cloud infrastructure including confidentiality and privacy- who have access to the data (Zissis and Lekkas, 2012), and the secondary use of data (Winkler, 2011). Firstly, you must understand what Cloud Computing is, at a basic level it is “data centers or server farms” (Kerr and Tang, 2012). Mell and Grance (2011) expand upon this stating it is “…a shared pool of configurable computing resources e.g. networks, services, storage, application and services”. In simple terms, if you run a business and acquire a lot of data which needs storing, take pictures on your mobile or tablets or create a document that you need access to later, it can be saved to ‘The Cloud’. It’s a set of servers, in a big room somewhere (data centers), which hold all your data allowing you to have access to it creating a feeling that technology is everywhere, can be accessed anywhere, at any time. It is a ubiquitous technology.

Ubiquitous Computing is considered as the third wave of computing, it is the period in technology where it recedes into the background so, Cloud Computing is a ubiquitous technology. Mell and Grance (2011) suggest this within their analysis “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access…” hence, the epoch of ubiquitous computing has begun within the technological world. Dourish and Bell (2011:9) quote Weiser (1991) describing ubiquitous technologies as “the most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are

My Cloud Software

indistinguishable from it”. The Cloud platform has ‘weaved’ itself into everyday life for example, when you purchase a laptop Cloud software is offered as part of your deal, or comes readily installed onto the computer. Knowhow offer cloud services as part of purchasing their insurance for your laptops.

Over a year ago, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Microsoft announced their partnership and plans to develop Hybrid Cloud Computing through Microsoft Azure- Microsoft’s Cloud using HPE’s infrastructure and services. Microsoft News Center (2015) published an article providing details of their partnership, claiming their aim is to help customers optimise their IT environments through Hybrid Cloud Computing. To solidify their partnership to the public, two software programs were released during their partnership announcement. They are HPE Converged 250 for Microsoft Cloud Platform System and HPE Flexible Capacity and Support for Azure demonstrating they had begun working towards the next generation of Cloud Computing beforehand, producing working support systems. Schwartz (2015) describes the HPE Converged 250 for Microsoft Cloud Platform System as “…a converged rack mountable system designed to run Microsoft Azure within the data center” simply the beginning stages of producing a Cloud Platform out of their two services. However, technology-based blogs run by experts indicate that there have been concerns about the partnership such as the similarity to Amazon Web Services whom are also producing Hybrid Cloud Computing demonstrating that they are not the first to attempt to bring Cloud Computing into the next generation. Also, the market for Cloud software and platforms is continuously developing, with competitors bringing new products to sell to consumers which has left some concerns that both organisations may fall behind in the market.

Around five months ago, at a Discover London Tech Conference representatives from the partnership made three announcements about their progress in the Hybrid Cloud environment which will be released later this year. Firstly, new enhancements to HPE Flexible Capacity and Support for Azure that will coincide with the Azure Stack Release, to include support for it. Secondly, HPE/Azure Stack Solution that they have built on a ProLiant DL380 Server- a complete compute storage, network and software system. It has been explained as an “integrated system that will deliver Azure-compatible infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to businesses from their on-premises data center’s (HPE, 2016). IaaS and PaaS are the service models, which The Cloud service is built as for example, you could purchase a Cloud service which offers ‘platforms’ to you as the customer. Thirdly, HPE Oneview and Microsoft Operations Management Suite and this allows the customer to retain visibility and control across their Hybrid Cloud System.

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