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Corporate Breakfast

2013-06-29

One of the odd things starting at Dell was that they have a cafeteria in each building. I’ve never worked at a place big enough for that. Anyhow, they do pretty well with omelettes and refried beans. Slop in some … Continue reading

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Two very different estimates of cloud email usage and forecasts

2013-06-29 :: Coté & Charles

A while back I posted a quick quote from recent Gartner prognosticating about cloud email. The up-shot was that right now, it’s just about 8% for all types of companies, globally (except India and China for some reason). Someone from … Continue reading

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Why your company needs a single P&L

2013-06-29

On this week’s Critical Path, Horace gives a great overview of why a functional organization is a better way to achieve goals that are dashed by self-cannibalism FUD; that is: why your company should have just one P&L.…

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No one got fired for buying IBM cloud

2013-06-26

So what is the impact of IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer? This analyst believes this acquisition may be a fundamental signal to competitors that the old world of outsourcing is fading and that the only way to the future is delivery of … Continue reading

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All you need to know about working with people, aka, The Walter Sobchak Principle

2013-06-26

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How’s Microsoft doing with Yammer?

2013-06-26

If we look at it from Yammer’s perspective, it’s been a good year. Being part of the Microsoft family has helped it grow its total user base by 60% in the last 12 months to almost 8 million users, and … Continue reading

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Heterogenous Systems Management

2013-06-25

Increasingly, PC makers are experimenting with Android, given that Microsoft’s Windows 8 devices have struggled to attract consumers, according to analysts. Google promotes Android as a free and open operating system, and many tech companies are already relying on the … Continue reading

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A surplus of innovation

2013-06-23

Adrian Cockcroft, who runs all things cloud for Netflix, called it “technical indigestion.” His group is releasing an open source project a week – including new monitoring tools that came out this week. “We’re driving a lot of innovation but … Continue reading

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Elle-lectronics

2013-06-18

Also: the magic of Compact Discs.…

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Hemingway on interruptions

2013-06-16

The telephone and visitors are the work destroyers. –Hemingway…

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People stuck in the email backwoods

2013-06-14

Only 8% of office system users employ cloud-hosted email and desktop applications, according to analyst company Gartner Gartner expects that 10% of enterprise email inboxes will be hosted in the cloud by the end of 2014. …adoption will accelerate from … Continue reading

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Progress enabling SaaSify

2013-06-12

“Our ISV customers have said, we want to be able to compete in the cloud,” explains CEO Philip Pead. So Progress also announced that it would be gradually moving its software components into the cloud, to create an all new … Continue reading

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The Joys of Marginalia

2013-06-09

I can’t really concentrate on reading unless I have a pen in my hand. I love marginalia. I love used books and getting a glimpse of some stranger’s relationship to a book that is now in my life. I underline, … Continue reading

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OpenStack vs. Amazon

2013-06-08

The differentiation [between Amazon and OpenStack] is that OpenStack technology is driving an initiative, throughout the world, which can be adopted and molded in a non-proprietary way. If you, as a user, want to integrate some proprietary technology into OpenStack, … Continue reading

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Maybe this Internet of Things bit isn’t bonkers after all

2013-06-08

A new study from Rackspace titled "The Human Cloud: Wearable Technology from Novelty to Productivity" reports that 18 percent of the population in the United States and United Kingdom are using wearable technology, and the majority of those users (82 … Continue reading

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Amazon confirms CIA spook cloud contract

2013-06-08

Looks like that $600m AWS contract with the CIA is real, if not closed. Also of note: Amazon is bidding for building a private cloud – I think…? – more or less. More: Amazon confirms CIA spook cloud contract…

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Planning is fine, but generally over-rated

2013-06-07

He said he never sought lot of advice because if he had gone and asked people what he was about to do and work, they would have told him it wouldn’t work and dissuaded him from taking up the venture. … Continue reading

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Amazon Staff Meetings: “No PowerPoint”

2013-06-07

The traditional kind of corporate meeting starts with a presentation. Somebody gets up in front of the room and presents with a powerpoint presentation, some type of slide show.  In our view you get very little information, you get bullet … Continue reading

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Lazy robots, or, Is cloud meeting your expectations?

2013-06-06

As I mentioned earlier, Roy and and I had a webinar today about Dell’s cloud portfolio and strategies. Here’s a recording of it, enjoy. And, there’s also one on DevOps, from Barton and Willis.…

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New GTD strategy

2013-06-05

Lost in Translation, originally uploaded by cote.…

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The 100 person limit

2013-06-05

Size and internal vs. external coordination costs matter a lot. North of 100 people in a company, employees don’t all know each other. Politics become important. Incentives change. Signaling that work is being done may become more important than actually … Continue reading

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Bruce Sterling does Google Glasses

2013-06-05

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Dell VRTX

2013-06-05

Also, see TPM’s coverage.…

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Upcoming talk on Dell’s New Cloud Strategy

2013-06-04

I’ll have a little cameo on a webinar tomorrow, speaking broadly to Dell’s cloud strategy. It’d a good chance to see what we’re up to now-a-days and how we think about it. This will be one of the first, public … Continue reading

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Not sure which half works

2013-06-03

In a separate study, out of 3000 marketers surveyed 41 percent said they were “uncertain” about the effectiveness of Facebook marketing. –Brands allocating most of social marketing budget on Facebook, uncertain of worth That’s too bad. All this fancy Big … Continue reading

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Microsoft keeps fast following to the cloud

2013-06-03

In addition to Azure, Microsoft is offering other cloud services through Intune, its Internet-based computer management service. Developed for small offices with limited IT help, Intune provides a set of automated updating and management functionality for keeping Windows-based business computers … Continue reading

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The Internet is now the check-out isle

2013-06-02

I’m not actually mad at either Scalzi or Amazon; I’m getting good entertainment value for money. But I am in awe at the effortlessness with which successive instalments of cash are being whisked out of my wallet. In the hands … Continue reading

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Server sales

2013-06-02

Basically, if you sold a Unix or proprietary server, your revenues shrank. –The Server Biz Stalls In The First Quarter…

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All about SoftLayer

2013-05-28

Pretty detailed overview of SoftLayer and their approach to cloud: With over 100,000 servers under management in 13 data centers, SoftLayer has one of the largest IT operations in the world. –SoftLayer sticks with Super Micro servers, ponders Open Compute…

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Breakdancing at the food-court

2013-05-27

Contemporary American culture venerates the entrepreneurs who create the new corporate commons in which we now spend most of our work and leisure time—the mall inside our screens. -There’s a Zucker born every minute I haven’t read the rest yet, … Continue reading

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Oxford shirt that cleans your phone

2013-05-27

Just $98… More: Oxford shirt that cleans your phone…

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Netscape finally wins

2013-05-26

Chrome is doing its job: Google’s signals sit on top of an increasing number of PCs, slowly making the underlying OS irrelevant. –more……

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Why it’s so different now

2013-05-26

Compare the state of play in 2013 versus 15 years ago. 33% of the world is on the Internet on average of 3.1 hours / day. There are 138 million smart phones in the US alone and … wait … … Continue reading

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Who’s collecting Android profits?

2013-05-26

As you have probably guessed, the one making the most profit from Android is market leader Samsung, but the actual figure may come as a surprise, as it’s said to have taken almost 95 percent of the global profits earned … Continue reading

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How’s VCE been doin’?

2013-05-25

$1B annual run rate, 1,000+ vBlocks sold (cumulative?), with $1.3B investment, founded 2011. More: How’s VCE been doin’?…

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Mouseulater

2013-05-25

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Spiceworks Segmentation Stats

2013-05-22

three years ago 65-70 percent of Spiceworks users were from companies that had fewer than 100 employees. In the last 24 months, however, that has completely turned on its head, and now 75 percent of usage comes from companies with … Continue reading

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The beast known as Samsung

2013-05-22

If there was a common thread among everyone The Verge spoke with for this story, it was Samsung’s brutal dominance: the Korean giant’s own-sourced display and processor combined with an enormous marketing war chest make competing in Android extraordinarily difficult. … Continue reading

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Yahoo! ‘won’t screw Tumblr’? Then Tumblr will screw its balance sheet

2013-05-22

It’s all true, and yet it seems like a good idea still. More: Yahoo! ‘won’t screw Tumblr’? Then Tumblr will screw its balance sheet…

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Yahoo gives Flickr a new face, a new app, and a new business model | Ars Technica

2013-05-21

I love it when companies let you pay to stop showing ads: it gives you a good sense for how much each customer (each pair of "eyeballs") is worth. Here, $50/year. More: Yahoo gives Flickr a new face, a new … Continue reading

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Boss Power – More from Moral Mazes

2013-05-19

This book is fantastic. I’ve been recommending it to everyone.…

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QLIK Rising: As DATA Soars, BMO Cheers New Analytics Approach

2013-05-17

Watch over the next 2 years as the Big 4 of BI (IBM, Oracle, SAP, and Microstragy) battle distuption from well funded upstarts. Folks like SAS snd Terradata will have to pick sides. More: QLIK Rising: As DATA Soars, BMO … Continue reading

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A peek inside AWS

2013-05-17

The engineer says for $7,500 a month, Amazon will guarantee they will be on dedicated hardware, and not just have the IP addresses segmented through the VPC. Noisy neighbors are usually only a problem for larger customers though, he says. … Continue reading

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Tableau IPO’ing – Big DATA

2013-05-16

It’s expected to have a valuation of $1.4B. I love it when pure play software company IPO’s because you get a peak at their financials and how they’re run for a specific type of software. More: Tableau IPO’ing – Big … Continue reading

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PoS Disruption

2013-05-15

Local business owners take as a given that they need an ugly, slow, expensive and complicated point of sale system cluttering their counter. –Square unveils new iPad stand dubbed Square Stand The spread of iOS into retail/PoS is a great … Continue reading

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Virtualization Adoption as a Guide for Cloud Adoption

2013-05-15

“By starting with test and dev with virtualization, you could ensure that you had a high degree of success, gain your skills and then move on to infrastructure and finally tier-two apps. Then maybe three years later you got to … Continue reading

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Google pools cloud storage

2013-05-14

It’s a slow race to capture the white-collar worker segment. More: Google pools cloud storage…

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Verizon Enterprise M&A

2013-05-14

Look at the genealogy here, starting with our first move, the acquisition of MCI back in 2006. That provided us this very expansive global IP backbone network. [Then we moved] on to Cybertrust Managed Security capabilities in 2007, and then … Continue reading

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EMC World: Pivotal boss Paul Maritz talks up plans for new firm

2013-05-08

EMC believes that the third era will be one of mobile devices, cloud computing and big data…. "We don’t want you to build an app in Amazon’s cloud and have to pay Amazon a tax for the rest of its … Continue reading

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SAP Takes It All to the Cloud

2013-05-08

“We will do cloud-based ERP on a massive scale,” said Vishal Sikka, a member of SAP’s executive board and one of the people who oversaw the project. Of SAP’s regular product, he said, “At some point in the future, complex … Continue reading

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Internal marketing at work

2013-05-08

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Bowl Cherries, circa long ago

2013-05-07

Was the Renaissance something that you put on and took off like a diadem, or was it something you did even while you slept? –Bowl Cherries, circa long ago…

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You go to war with the knowledge you have

2013-05-06

“Managing the incompleteness of communications” is core to mastering agile software development. –Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game (2nd Edition) I recall reading the first edition of this book years ago. Man, that was fun.…

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Why developers are the king makers

2013-05-06 :: Coté & Charles

Last week I was at on a Dell event panel representing Dell cloud think. Our moderator asked if developers are really in the driver seat – here’s the answer! What else would you expect from a RedMonk? ;> Also, Andy … Continue reading

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Building a Great Team (Dell buys Enstratius)

2013-05-06

With the Enstratius acquisition, Dell is getting a group of people with deep influence in the community. Founder George Reese is an O’Reilly author and a cloud pioneer. He is supported by James Urquhart, Bernard Golden and John Willis, all … Continue reading

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The Money Shot

2013-05-06

At Stanford, Systrom opted to go abroad to Florence, Italy, for the winter term of his junior year, where he focused on photography. A teacher there persuaded him to switch from his Nikon to a plastic Holga that took square … Continue reading

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How would you define work in a networked world?

2013-05-05

Most of these dynamics predate the internet, but digital technologies are magnifying their salience. People keep returning to the mantra of “work-life balance” as a model for thinking about their lives, even as it’s hard to distinguish between what constitutes … Continue reading

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The Intel Opportunity

2013-05-05

Massive demand, limited suppliers, huge barriers to entry. It’s a good time to be a manufacturing company. It is, potentially, a good time to be Intel. After all, of those four companies, the most advanced, by a significant margin, is … Continue reading

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The trouble with our increasing clock speed

2013-05-05

Through it all, we don’t have to become hermits. But we must not allow ourselves to continue being junkies. –The trouble with our increasing clock speed…

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Enemies

2013-05-04

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99 Problems

2013-05-04

Some things are beyond my control. For example, this whole controversy about Jay-Z going to Cuba – it’s unbelievable. I’ve got 99 problems and now Jay-Z is one. –The President…

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That nasty tasting black stuff…that I’m drinking right now

2013-05-04

The flavour might best be described as being a cross between medicine, crushed plants, and bitter mud. … The drink’s numerous medicinal claims came in handy during the American prohibition; as a medicine, Fernet Branca was still legal. –Fernet Branca…

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Big Slugs

2013-05-03

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Livin’ the dream

2013-05-03

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How the kids learn about new stuff – DrunkAndRetired.com Podcast

2013-05-03

Check it out! Charles and I recorded an episode. In Video! Charles and I discuss DevOpsDays Austin, how programmers keep up with things now-a-days, and some detailed examples of the social parts of GitHub.…

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Mobile, Informed Consent, and the Permission First Web

2013-05-03

As IBM now cleverly says Mobile isn’t a Device, Its Data… We’re heading into a beautiful, bright, future where Data is Eating The World and solving tough problems… –Mobile, Informed Consent, and the Permission First Web…

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7 takeaways from DevOps Days Austin

2013-05-02

Some take aways from Rob. More: 7 takeaways from DevOps Days Austin…

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White Men Wearing Google Glass

2013-05-02

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DevOpsDays Austin

2013-05-02

I was in and out of DevOpsDays Austin over the past few days. It’s always a fun, event, packed with plenty of old friends and folks to catch up. We gave away a Sputnik to a lucky winner, a fine … Continue reading

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The Truth About Pattern Matching

2013-05-01

menswear techniques that sounds really important and next level, but, when you think about it, is really just a basic move you used to do all the time as a kid. –The Truth About Pattern Matching…

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Microsoft adds Azure to its billion dollar a year club | Ars Technica

2013-05-01

Amazon Web Services (AWS), by way of comparison, is estimated to have brought in $1.8 billion last year. –Microsoft adds Azure to its billion dollar a year club | Ars Technica…

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Report: IBM, Lenovo x86 server deal hits the skids

2013-05-01

Buying IBM’s x86 server business is the quickest way for Lenovo to rocket up the rankings and become the number four server maker in the world, behind IBM and far behind Hewlett-Packard and Dell. The deal would make Lenovo the … Continue reading

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The Secret to IaaS Success? Don’t Beat Amazon Web Services

2013-05-01

I suspect the prevalent “slow follower” mentality within the public IaaS companies that are chasing AWS will continue. So too will the confusion about their inability to catch up with AWS, let alone pass them by. At the end of … Continue reading

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CLOUD!

2013-05-01

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People will do more with Big Data than big companies can

2013-05-01

The history of computing over the last 30 years is one of lurches forward every time individuals got the power to do what only big enterprises could do previously — and to do a much better job of it. –People … Continue reading

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Forrester: Middle-Aged Developers Driving Cloud Computing – ReadWrite

2013-04-30

In other words, as with open source, these developers can’t be bothered with corporate bureaucracy. In an earlier Forrester survey, developers said the primary benefit of the cloud is that it’s the "Fastest way for me to get my project … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Bain, Golden Gate in the lead to buy BMC Software – sources

2013-04-30

My old company… More: Exclusive: Bain, Golden Gate in the lead to buy BMC Software – sources…

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IBM, you’re so specific

2013-04-29

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Why it’s an endless churn

2013-04-29

The endless search for an organizational handle on the market – that is, rational structures to deal with the irrational – coupled with managers’ ambitions and what I shall call their mobility panic, fuel a never-ending succession of personnel changes, … Continue reading

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Sputnik fun

2013-04-28

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Formula for success

2013-04-28

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It’s a floor wax, and a dessert topping!

2013-04-28

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Keep It Fun

2013-04-28

You know, fundamentally, I walked out of there thinking: OK, I’m not gonna do anything again that isn’t fun. And, that’s so Pollyanna-ish sounding, but I’ve applied it ever since and it’s worked. –Julia Louis Dreyfus on her turgid time … Continue reading

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In-N-Out Burger Coming To Austin: Austinist

2013-04-28

{{{Better get a bucket}}} In-N-Out Burger has reportedly applied for a permit to build what would be its first Austin location near I-35 and Airport Boulevard. The west coast burger chain had already announced plans to open a store in … Continue reading

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File under “cats eating sandwiches”

2013-04-26

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Cloud vendors name the price to go private

2013-04-26

For many punters, the economic benefits of a pay-as-you-go rented virtual machine start to disappear at around $10,000 of predictable monthly spend, and at this point it really does make sense for them to investigate other support options or even … Continue reading

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What’s right in the corporation

2013-04-26

What is right in the corporation is not what is right in a man’s home or in his church. What’s right in the corporation is what the guy above you wants from you. –Moral Mazes…

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Opscode cooks up deals to serve Chef automation from IBM, Joyent clouds

2013-04-26

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Amazon beats profit expectations, tops 90,000 employees for first time

2013-04-25

AWS has lowered prices 31 times since it launched in 2006, including 7 price reductions so far in 2013. –Amazon beats profit expectations, tops 90,000 employees for first time…

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Pivotal puts PaaS in the spotlight

2013-04-25

{{{So specific!}}} Paul Maritz, the former long-time Microsoft executive and VMware CEO who now heads Pivotal, says there’s a lack of an application development platform with built-in capabilities to manage and analyze large quantities of data geared toward the enterprise. … Continue reading

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Software AG buys LongJump for cloud PaaS

2013-04-25

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MuleSoft Buys Programmable Web From Alcatel-Lucent, Marking The Telco’s Departure From A Core API Community

2013-04-24

Alcatel-Lucent acquired Programmable Web in 2010. At the time, Alcatel-Lucent had hopes for fostering a developer ecosystem and build out its own API management strategy. But the effort never really seemed to take hold. Hopefully, it will be a different … Continue reading

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Nest’s Smart Thermostat Ties Into Austin Energy

2013-04-23

According to Nest, its new "Auto-Tune" technology connects into utility data, to learn about your habits and automatically fine tune the device’s schedule to save energy; the thermostat is also tied into a "Rush Hour Rewards" program with Austin Energy … Continue reading

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Nice lobby

2013-04-23

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Welcome to San Francisco

2013-04-23

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Agile Tune Out

2013-04-23

No doubt, agile methods will help them in certain ways, but no software method can compensate for poor technical practices overseas or folks on the phone tuning out during a three-hour sprint planning. From “The Friction of Agile,” Israel Gat…

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Online ticketing company Eventbrite raises $60m, puts off its IPO until further notice

2013-04-22

According to the WSJ, the financing round values Eventbrite somewhere between $600 million and $700 million. “Online ticketing company Eventbrite raises $60m, puts off its IPO until further notice”…

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Biscuit and Gravy at Snack Bar

2013-04-21

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Old Austin

2013-04-21

An old map of Austin, before even 183 went way far north.…

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A pipe before bed

2013-04-21

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2012 in review

2012-12-30

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this … Continue reading

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Video for #InnoIT – Enabling Innovation in IT – Dell World Social Think Tank

2012-12-19

The video for the think tank I mentioned last week is up. They say they’ll slice it into smaller chunks as well, but if you’re interested in a discussion of sorting out how “The IT Department” can do more than … Continue reading

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What is enStratus? – DellWorld 2012

2012-12-15 :: Coté & Charles

John Willisand I met up at Dell World this year, it was awesome to see him in town. After several bone-headed recording attempts, I finally figured out how to hit record. We talked mostly about what enStratus does, cloud management: … Continue reading

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Sputnik, DevOps, and Cloud on theCube at DellWorld 2012

2012-12-15

Barton and I were on theCUBE this past week at DellWorld. We talked about the recent news around Project Sputnik and then DevOps. We also discuss how Dell is working with OpenStack.…

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I’d prefer my toilet to not fail fast – #InnoIT Think Tank

2012-12-14

Earlier this week at Dell World I sat in on an afternoon Think Tank moderated by TechCrunch’s Alex Williams. Essentially, we discussed the challenging role of IT now-a-days. Per usual, there was much discussion of getting IT to be more … Continue reading

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Project RIPTide – the second Dell incubation project

2012-12-14

Among my other doings at Dell, I helped put together and now run the internal incubation program. The idea of the program is to provide a sort of internal angel investment fund and program for employees who want to develop … Continue reading

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Sputnik Cloud Launcher – Doing More DevOps

2012-12-14

One of the tools in Project Sputnik is the “cloud launcher.” The idea for this tool is to help instrument a DevOps life-cycle: the tool models out a simulated cloud on your desktop during development, and then deploys it to … Continue reading

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Project Fast PaaS and Dell Cloud Labs

2012-12-14

Dell releases Project Fast PaaS, a Cloud Foundry PaaS in Dell Cloud Labs. Continue reading

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Sputnik launches as the Dell XPS 13 Laptop

2012-11-29

Today is an exciting day for me: Dell is launching a product that I’ve helped put together and create along with a team of people across the company and, of course, the leader of the project, Barton George. We’ve been … Continue reading

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Does your dog bite?

2012-11-19

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Healthy Livin’ – DrunkAndRetired.com Podcast #175

2011-10-18

In a rare moment of free time, Charles and I record a new episode, out on his back patio. We discuss language developers vs. frameworks folks and some other hoopla. To listen to the episode, subscribe to the podcast feed in iTunes or whatever, download th…

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For just 30 minutes a day… – DrunkAndRetired.com #174

2011-07-05

Chalres and I discuss open source, scanning in paper, and summer shit: To listen to the episode, subscribe to the podcast feed in iTunes or whatever, download the episode directly, or click play below to listen right here: And, here is the “Leap …

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Google I/O, and other stuff – “Are you the one who says ‘truché’?” – DrunkAndRetired.com #173

2011-05-20

In this episode, we talk about Google I/O, the Galaxy tab 10.1, the Top Gun sound check, and more!…

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The parallel dimension known as “being an adult” – DrunkAndRetired.com Podcast #172

2011-04-29

To listen to the episode, subscribe to the podcast feed in iTunes or whatever, download the episode directly, or click play below to listen right here: In this episode, we discuss getting older.…

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All the world’s furniture – DrunkAndRetired.com Episode #168

2010-12-10

In this mini-episode, Charles talks about the excess of furniture, as he sees it, in the world. Audio only is also available, and in the feed if you’re subscribed to the podcast.…

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Debt, The Ruby Racer, Tales of Platinum Amex – DrunkAndRetired.com #167

2010-10-06

Finally, we record an episode. You can download it directly as well. I’ll put an audio version in the podcast feed soon!. The audio only version is now available, and in the podcast feed.…

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