Power BI support for Amazon Redshift data source

Redshift connectivity officially announced for Power BI Service

Last year, Microsoft added a preview connector enabling Power BI to query Amazon Redshift.  This wasn’t publicised as an “official” data source, and took some steps in order to be able to even see the connector in Power BI Desktop.  Crucially, you could only use this connector in Power BI Desktop, not when workbooks are deployed to the cloud.  Yesterday, Microsoft announced the connector is now available within the Power BI Service, which means that workbooks containing Redshift data connections can now be deployed to the cloud.  I’ve been working a lot with Redshift over the past year or so, and Power BI’s still my go-to data-viz solution, so I’m delighted to see the this announcement, as it means that Redshift-based workbooks can now be shared with others via powerbi.com. Continue reading…

Doom 2016 gameplay

Reboots: heresy or homage?

Hollywood is obsessed with reboots.  Total Recall, Star Trek, Big Trouble in Little China (I’m gutted about that last one)!  It’s wide open for debate as to whether all these reboots are a good thing, or whether people should stick to creating original stories.  This practice has bled over to the gaming industry as well in recent years.

A chance to do it all again

At its best, a reboot can be an opportunity to produce a new experience that riffs on the nostalgia of simpler times, while updating gameplay and graphics to meet modern expectations. Continue reading…

Quantum Break screenshot

My Top 5 Games of 2016

We’ve hit that time of year where everybody’s doing a “top games of 2016” write up.  I’m not going to differ.

2016 releases

The following titles are my top five games of 2016, in no particular order.  This is from the list of games that I’ve actually played, there are plenty of others that I haven’t managed to get around to yet.  Blame a combination of having a toddler running around and working on the biggest Bean Dive that I’ve attempted yet. Continue reading…

10 Years of Achievements

12th December 2006.  The day the world bid farewell to disk drive pioneer Alan Shugart, and grumpy grandad Frank Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond).  A Tuesday.  Also the day I unlocked my first achievement on my brand new Xbox 360.

A lot can happen in ten years.  People can forge a career, a relationship, move house, raise children, or simply end up turning tricks under the bridge due to bad life choices.

In addition to some of the above (I’ll let you figure out which), I’ve somehow managed to rack up 100,000G on Xbox. Continue reading…

Amazon Quicksight now in General Availability!

Late last night, Amazon announced that their proprietary AWS data visualisation tool, Quicksight was now generally available in the US and Ireland.  Quicksight aims to be a PowerBI-esque drag and drop visualisation tool, that allows you to access your data from AWS (and other sources) in seconds, regardless of scale.  I’ve had a very quick go this morning, and visualised some data from a modest 1TB Redshift cluster after just a few minutes.  The biggest challenge was finding out the correct IP range for Quicksight to enable access to my VPC (Thank you serverfault).

More to follow…In the meantime, try Quicksight for yourself here: https://quicksight.aws.amazon.com