Category Archives: Work

Programming Philosophy

Ask three Computer Science geeks their “programming philosophy” and you’ll get four different answers. I don’t have a direct answer, as I borrow from different schools of thought, and simply have a handful of Canon. Canon of Simplicity Following the … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Work | Leave a comment

MySpace Openly Selling User Data

Per thisĀ  /. post, MySpace is now openly selling user data. If you don’t think FaceBook et. al. can and will (and do) do the same when it benefits them, you’re sorely mistaken. “one-time leading social network is now selling … Continue reading

Posted in Life, Work | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

On Leadership

[NOTE: This essay was originally written for a now-defunct publication, and was never published. The exclusivity period granted to them has expired, and it is being reprinted with minor edits.] It’s rare that I quote the US Military, however they … Continue reading

Posted in Life, Work | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Architecture, Opinions, Work | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Architecture, Opinions, Work | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Architecture, Linuxy, Opinions, Work | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Life, Opinions, Work | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Opinions, Products, Work | Tagged | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Architecture, Opinions, Work | Tagged | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Architecture, Life, Opinions, Work | 1 Comment