Category Archives: Opinions

The Risk of Aircraft Navigation Modernization

We love technology. If you’re reading this, you at least can use a computer, possibly have an RSS reader, probably have an interest in geeky things, so I don’t need to go into proving that statement, methinks. One problem with … Continue reading

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Go

As you may or may not have heard, some monkeys  at Google have been working on a “new” language called Go. Several features of the language interested me, and as such I’ve spent around 200 hours writing and debugging in … Continue reading

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Generating Work

Accidents happen. No seasoned analyst, admin or engineer I know hasn’t typed ‘reboot’ in the wrong term window, deleted the wrong file, created the odd network loop, etc. These are generally accidents: what was being done was judgmentally sound, however … Continue reading

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The Next Five Years of Storage

[NOTE: This essay was commissioned by a client in December 2006. It’s the third in a series of old-yet-relevant position-papers whose exclusivity has expired, that I’m editing and posting. Things for the next five look “similar”. There is no formal … Continue reading

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The Next Five Years of Bandwidth

[NOTE: This essay was commissioned by a client in December 2006. It’s the second in a series of old-yet-relevant position-papers whose exclusivity has expired, that I’m editing and posting. Things for the next five look “similar”, yet scaled up in … Continue reading

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Disposable Appliance Computing

[NOTE: This essay was commissioned by a client in February 2007. It’s the first in a series of old-yet-relevant position-papers whose exclusivity has expired, that I’m editing and posting] The hosted systems industry has turned another critical point. Several years … Continue reading

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Ruminations on "The unspoken truth about managing geeks"

Jeff Ello wrote a great piece in Computer World about managing “geeks”. It’s getting a lot of press, good and bad, and really sparked me back into this conversation. If you replace “geek” and “IT pro” in the article with … Continue reading

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RIP Nortel

[UPDATE: Avaya did indeed win the auction, for nearly twice their stalking-horse price. We’ll see how that plays out.] This Friday, Nortel’s enterprise products division will be auctioned. Avaya is the stalking-horse, with numerous other companies additionally submitting bids. If … Continue reading

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A Rebuttal of a Rebuttal…

Somehow, while clicking away at the Internet, I managed to get to this blog post, which is a rebuttal of this article by Cory Doctrow about cloud computing. Please keep in mind I dislike most of the things that come … Continue reading

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Distributed By Design

The Internet, by taking its name literally, means “the network between networks”. 40 years ago today, the Men and Women that first started implementing the technologies that grew up to be the Internet didn’t want to create one network- they … Continue reading

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