Revisionist history has a rocky perception in the public imagination. But all it (should) refer to is a reexamination of the historical record in light of new or neglected historical information. Sometimes this is castigated as biased or politicized history, because it often bucks the norms of a given historical narrative. But if we realize […]
Now that we’re into December, my spouse as a distressing habit of letting me know how many days until Christmas. Now Christmas and me, we’ve got a pretty chill relationship. I watch White Christmas every year, enjoy the banal simplicity of “Feliz Navidad”, and in general keep my Grinchier inclinations at bay for the holiday season. […]
The physical server market is already getting eaten by software, which is in turn being eaten away by the cloud. The market is racing from the metal to increasing layers of abstraction. But from what he’s seeing from HPE, admittedly far more agile since the spin off, is still far too invested in the diminishing server market. To be fair, as the worldwide leader in server revenues, they’d be foolish to turn away completely. But where is the strategy going forward?
Going into their building for their presentation, I was immediately struck by the building as an institution. Other companies we saw had offices, perhaps a floor. Dell EMC has a campus. When you’re there, the company surrounds you, ensconces you in a building created just for them. It was a space you could explore, perhaps get lost in. Luckily we were given generous supervision to get us to the Isilon presentation.
I think it was a TED Talk with Jonathan McDonald where I first heard the idea that today will be the slowest rate of technological change for the rest of my life. Of course, I have no way to measure if this is true, it could well just sound cool. But assuming it is, the implications […]
Justin Warren asks a pertinent question: Is your IT automated or autonomous? He starts off this discussion by breaking down the roots of the words in Greek to suss out the subtly in their meaning. In the spirit of the language, I would call it an ontological etymology. Indeed, Justin gets into some fairly deep […]
Crowdsourcing is one of the true revolutions of the Internet. It’s nothing short of remarkable, the ability to work collectively with a group of people remotely at a scale and responsiveness that could never have been imaged in ages past. Of course, like much of the issues surrounding the Internet, at scale, very rare problems […]
These days, it’s hard to be impressed by storage capacity. Every year Seagate or Western Digital rolls out a new slate of drive, each with more bits crammed onto more precisely dense platters. The emergence of flash storage didn’t seem to reignite any enthusiasm for capacity. If anything, high initial prices, the bandwidth limitations of […]
Last year I went through my own Mac migration. My wife’s ancient 2006 MacBook in lovely white polycarbonate had a good long life, but was just about becoming unusable. With a maxed out 2GB of RAM and a Core Duo (not a typo) processor, I was actually impressed how long it was relatively functional. This was […]
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