Category Archives: policy

Rise of the Luddites

For the last year or so, my various news feeds have been filled with dire warnings about the “Rise of the Robots.” Apparently, the advances in robotics – hardware and software – are now beyond relatively simple home vacuums, and … Continue reading

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Changing Tech, Changing Jobs: What Serverless Means for SysAdmins

The New York City Subway used to have ads above the seats for some trade school. The general thrust was, technicians always will be in need, because things always will break. What happens when employers no longer need to manage … Continue reading

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Dangers of Bimodal Budgeting

One of the hot words over the last few years has been “Bimodal IT”. I won’t go into a complete definition – let’s leave the people who make much money off of the idea to explain it. The short form is that … Continue reading

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When Your Customers No Longer Adore You

Where will VMWare be in 5 years? For many years, VMWare was practically synonymous with virtualization. It provided multiple virtual servers on a single physical server, with a great feature set, good (for its time) management interface, and enterprise customer support. Lately, VMWare has … Continue reading

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Would Open-Source Windows Have Stopped Linux?

In the cellar of Westminster Abbey in London, lies a lovely little café called the Cellarium, with all of the architectural design and feel of the Abbey. Of course, as it is in the heart of London, it has good tea as well. Earlier this week I … Continue reading

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It’s Always Been a Matter of Trust

Yesterday, Vala Afshar tweeted out the following "You likely have to get management approval for a $500 expense… but you can call a 1 hour meeting with 20 people and no one notices." — Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) March 7, 2016 … Continue reading

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Small Efforts for Big Wins

This morning, I paid a visit to the American Citizen Services department of a US Embassy, for passport-related services. Anyone who has been there knows that this is not exactly an efficient experience. You need to make a reservation online in advance The … Continue reading

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Penny-Wise and Pound Foolish, Eh?

There is an old (obviously) English saying, warning people not to be “penny-wise and pound foolish.” As the main British currency is the pound, 1/100 of which is a penny, someone who is penny-wise and pound-foolish is someone who refuses to invest a small … Continue reading

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Put a Stake In Your Steering Wheel

When at the Container Summit, I heard a great (if somewhat perverse) line from Jacob Groundwater of New Relic. I liked it so much, I tweeted it out immediately: If you want people to drive slower, don’t give them an … Continue reading

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Ad Blockers Are Good Signals

Are ad blockers good or bad? Does it depend for whom? Advertisers and content Web site owners are up in arms over ad-blockers. A report from August 2015 suggested that the industry lost $22 BN in revenue in 2015 due to ad-blockers. Yesterday I visited a news site on … Continue reading

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