In the immortal words of Noddy Holder, it’s Christmaaaaaaaas!! Happy Christmas to all our fabulous readers from everyone here at the ITSM Review. We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and a brilliant 2016.
For shift workers and all our readers who have to work over the Christmas break, we’ve put together a little care package to keep you going. Some of it’s work, some of it’s fun and we’ve even thrown some funny cat videos into the mix; if you’re working over the holidays, consider this a Christmas hug from us here at Enterprise Opinion towers:
Here is the link to some of our most popular articles this year, from DevOps to SIAM and from Shadow IT to Knowledge Management, we’ve got you covered. You can also check out our sister sites, the ITAM Review and Tools Adviser. For everything itSMF related, check out the itSMF UK and itSMF Ireland websites (hi @BarclayRae and @itSMF_ie) and for ITIL towers check out the AXELOS website here.
The British and Irish computing societies are always full of interesting content as is the Back2ITSM group on Facebook and a big hello to some of there other ITSM sites out there in particular All Things ITSM and Service Desk 360. For a geektastic look at anything techie related, check out vulture central at The Register and if you fancy super charging your ITSM qualifications check out our friends at Pink Elephant.
Because I’ve worked in IT forever, I’ve done my fair share of Christmas on calls or working over the holidays so here are some of my favourite sites:
- Buzzfeed ; for life the universe, quizzes and funny cat videos, Buzzfeed has it all including some fab fan theories on the latest Star Wars film (spoiler alert obvs)
- The Daily Edge; an Irish website that has a daily round up of funny things that have happened on t’interweb as well as news, views and entertainment.
- Digital Spy; UK entertainment site which has all the latest on Strictly, X factor and all things Christmas telly related. They also have all the latest spoilers, trailers and pictures from the set of the latest Bridget Jones diary film (squeal!!!)
- Entertainment Weekly; a US based entertainment site with recaps of all the big TV shows including THAT Big Bang theory episode #teamshamy
- The Oatmeal; a humour site that always makes me smile; their Tyrannosaurus comic is funny as.
- XKCD; stick people comic and source of geektastic humour.
- Mumsnet; best parenting website in the world full stop. Helped me keep my sanity when my three were tiny and even now they’re 10, 5 and 3 it’s one of my first ports of call when I have one of those “holy Christ it’s like herding cats” parenting moments. You know the ones, we all have them. There’s also a Dadsnet and Gransnet as well as the world famous AIBU section of the site.
- Her.ie, Herfamily.ie and Joe.ie; magazine sites for men, women and families. Huge kudos for their support for #underthetree where every tweet means a donation is made to the National Children’s Hospital.
- Twitter; @mariankeyes , @rossock and of course @dustinofficial
Remember guys it’s Christmas so if all else fails, Quality Street for breakfast (but the green triangles are mine OK?) stick The Pogues, Band Aid and Slade on the radio and check out this video (nothing to do with Christmas but was the best thing on the internet this year):