Paul Toal

Rootless Voicings Practice App – v4.1.0 What’s New?

I have just published the latest version of my Rootless Voicings Practice App. This is a minor update driven by a review I received over the weekend. If you have used my app, one of the features is the ability to either show or hide the notes that make up the chord being displayed. This is shown in the two screenshots below, where you can see the notes for the… Read More »Rootless Voicings Practice App – v4.1.0 What’s New?

Home Piano Recording Setup

I’m part of a wonderful online community of pianists and players looking to learn and improve their skills. The community is Piano With Jonny. If you want to learn the piano from a world-class expert, with support from a wonderful community, I can’t recommend it enough. As part of the learning process, the group encourages its members to post videos of their performance. I sometimes see friends struggling to understand… Read More »Home Piano Recording Setup

Amateur Photographer – Lightroom Alternative

I have been playing around with photography for a couple of years now. As much as I like Lightroom and Photoshop, I can’t justify the £10 a month for the small amount of photo editing I actually do. I’ve been on the lookout for a good value alternative for some time now. I’ve played around with some of the opensource alternatives like DarkTable, but I wasn’t that impressed. Recently, I… Read More »Amateur Photographer – Lightroom Alternative

Israel as a westerner

I don’t usually blog about my travels, but i’m just coming to the end of a 4 day work trip to Tel Aviv and felt compelled to share my thoughts and experiences. When I got the invitation in my inbox a few weeks ago, inviting me to Israel to speak at a conference and meet a number of customers, I was a little apprehensive. Why wouldn’t I be? As a… Read More »Israel as a westerner

Being Positive – Why I love my job!

As Brits we like to moan! We complain about the weather, we complain about queues, we complain about our politicians, we complain about each other. I’m no exception and I’ve been known to have be muttering under my breath for a whole variety of reasons. Maybe, someone is dawdling (I love that word) along when I’m trying to get somewhere, or a driver in front of me is being particular… Read More »Being Positive – Why I love my job!

2018 – Autonomy vs Automation

At OpenWorld 2017 last year (it still seems strange saying last year), Oracle announced “The world’s first Autonomous Database”. The marketing literature states:  “Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud eliminates complexity, human error, and manual management, helping to ensure higher reliability, security, and more operational efficiency at the lowest cost.” When I first heard about the autonomous database, I didn’t quite get it. I’m no database expert but I thought that we… Read More »2018 – Autonomy vs Automation

GDPR – it’s all about technology and fines, isn’t it?

Unless you are new to my blog posts, you will know that I spend most of my time talking to organizations about security, whether that is data security, cloud security, people security, or application security. If you are new to my blog posts, then welcome. I hope you enjoy them and find them useful and informative. For the last 12-18 months, a fair amount of my work and many of… Read More »GDPR – it’s all about technology and fines, isn’t it?

Can you trust your cloud provider?

“Trust is like the air we breathe-when it’s present, nobody really notices; when it’s absent, everybody notices.” This quote from Warren Buffett is particularly relevant in today’s world of the cloud. As I explained in my previous post, whenever you use a cloud provider you are entering into a shared responsibility model where the cloud provider will be responsible for the security of the cloud and you are responsible for… Read More »Can you trust your cloud provider?