- AI's dueling definitions - O'Reilly Radar -
- Want to Be Popular? Don't Be President - Bloomberg View - "In your second term, whatever happens around the world will be attributed to you by voters (however fairly or unfairly). If it is bad, then your approval ratings will go down, and there’s not much you can do, because the U.S. president is not the world’s parent and cannot send other countries to their room until they behave themselves."
- Instagram - Settled into Jakarta for the evening.
- Tim Cook, Making Apple His Own - NYTimes.com
- Zócalo Public Square :: You Say Blue, I Say Cerulean
- Animated Mean Centers of Population: 1790 to 2010 - Geography - U.S. Census Bureau
- Deming to DevOps (Part 1) « IT Revolution IT Revolution
- rm -rf remains
- Pain in the English — Forum for the gray areas of the English language
- Green Tea Press: Free Computer Science Books
- Home - Atomic Rockets
- LIFE Photos | Classic Pictures From LIFE Magazine's Archives | LIFE.com
- Online Journalism Is Suffering Print's Fate - Bloomberg View - "For starters, people either hate or ignore them; the more you try to get their attention, the angrier they get. I assume that whoever invented autoplay video ads is already in some sort of federal witness protection program."
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
I wrote this presentation for Cloud Expo 2014 in NYC on June 11. I plan to make a narrated version available one of these days but I'm taking off on some travel and I promised I'd make the slides themselves available after the conference.
Here's the abstract:
Software development, like engineering, is a craft that requires the application of creative approaches to solve problems given a wide range of constraints. However, while engineering design may be craftwork, the production of most designed objects relies on a standardized and automated manufacturing process. By contrast, much of what's typically involved when moving an application from prototype to production and, indeed, maintaining the application through its lifecycle remains craftwork. In this session, Red Hat Cloud Product Strategist Gordon Haff discusses how a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) like Red Hat OpenShift can bring industrialization to the development and deployment of applications. By abstracting irrelevant details and automating key activities, a PaaS can do for software development productivity and quality what assembly line innovations did for manufacturing.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Red Hat Embedded Program
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I've known James for a number of years now and he always has a great deal of insight to share. This podcast from the Cloud Expo 2014 show floor (apologies for audio that isn't quite up to my usual standards) is no exception. James talks about how IT has to build for the users--not just themselves--and the stories of the moment. (It's probably no surprise that Docker gets a call out.)
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Friday, June 06, 2014
- FedRAMP Compliance Deadline Tough to Meet for Many Government Cloud Customers
- Content Used to Be King. Now It’s the Joker. — Climate Confidential — Medium
- Were H&FJ Partners Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones Ever Partners at All? -- New York Magazine
- DevOps is actually a thing – and people are willing to pay for it • The Channel - RT @dwellington: Most #DevOps toolchains actually "growling, home-grown ball of duct-taped cats",says @cote Culture is a barrier here.
- Sick of hearing about DevOps? It hasn’t even started. | Standalone Sysadmin
- The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears - Charlie's Diary
- Only You Can Overthrow the Tyranny of Awful Stock Photos | Magazine | WIRED - "The problem is that most of this photography is desperately hackneyed. Search for “work” at a stock-photo site and you’ll get grinning corporate replicants shaking hands over some totally rad deal they’ve apparently just signed. Search for “family” and see phalanxes of white middle-class Stepford moms, dads, and kids."
- Conference Schedule | Cloud Computing Expo - I'm speaking 1:55p next Tuesday at #cloudexpo in NYC on PaaS:Lessons from Manufacturing.
- Twitter / joeweinman: At @SAPPHIRENOW , @erikbryn ... - RT @joeweinman: At @SAPPHIRENOW , @erikbryn shows old Radio Shack ad. Virtually every product is now a free app
- Is OpenStack Dead? | The Virtualization Practice - A bit all over the place and, despite the title, it really focuses on OpenStack as a platform for public clouds.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
I sort of hate to be the naysayer, which I seem to be being about a lot of futuristic things these days. But I’m having a lot of trouble with the whole SmartHome idea, Apple’s HomeKit entry notwithstanding.
I’m certainly not a gadgetphobe and I even still have some wireless X10 controlling some lights in rooms that were never completely rewired in my 1823 house. But it’s pretty hard for me to imagine what realistic relatively near-term benefits would lead me to any sort of wholesale upgrade of light switches and such. Heck, cool as the Nest looks, I can’t really justify replacing a perfectly functional programmable thermostat with one.
I suppose that really solid voice recognition and smart command processing for music, video, and communications systems could be interesting in a few years. (Though how long has it been since voice recognition has been on the cusp of good?) I wouldn’t mind telling my phone to turn on music to such-and-such playlist on the downstairs speakers only. But, as the hierarchy of my daily annoyances and chores goes, saving a minute to walk to the old iPhone that feeds my stereo and poke at it with my fingers a few times is pretty low on the list.
And, indeed, anything that's primarily about getting home digital things to do stuff isn’t hugely interesting. Maybe that’s a failure of my imagination, but so it goes.
It’s not that I can’t imagine useful home automation if I give my imagination carte blanche to embrace the possibilities. Load the dishwasher, run it, and put away the dishes? Sign me up. Do my laundry and hang it up. Please. But Roombas notwithstanding (which I don’t think would work terribly well with my house layout), I don’t see any of this coming about anytime soon. And, arguably, even more modest advances will tend to run smack into life cycles for appliances and kitchens that tend to run into decades.
Automation can be extremely powerful in controlled environments with well-defined tasks and constraints. My messy analog home? A lot less so.
Monday, June 02, 2014
- After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out - IEEE Spectrum
- The Internet With A Human Face - Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk
- Why Apple doesn’t do “Concept Products” |
- MIT and Harvard release de-identified learning data from open online courses | MIT News Office
- Sistine Chapel
- Girls on Film: How The Thin Man's Nora Charles became Hollywood's 'perfect wife' - The Week
- PaaS Standards: Standardize On What? | Openshift Blog
From Martin Weller:
Now ask yourself, how many academic books (or even fiction) have you read that were really a 40K word idea stretched out over twice that length? Me, I'd say nearly all of them. This is a classic example of old conventions dictating the possibilities of the new. My book will be available freely under a CC licence as an epub and PDF version. There will be a physical copy available at a reasonable price, so the need to make the book 80K words in length diminishes. I had made the case I wanted to make, explored it in depth, and kept it reasonably concise. People might even read it.This isn’t a new thought. Back in 2009, Philip Greenspun wrote: "Suppose that an idea merited 20 pages, no more and no less? A handful of long-copy magazines, such as the old New Yorker would print 20-page essays, but an author who wished his or her work to be distributed would generally be forced to cut it down to a meaningless 5-page magazine piece or add 180 pages of filler until it reached the minimum size to fit into the book distribution system. "
That said, Kindle Singles and long blog posts notwithstanding, I’m not sure that mainstream publishing has changed all that much. The gravitas that a book brings still requires a certain thunk factor as we used to say when writing reports when I was in the industry analyst biz.