Happy Thanksgiving


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Holiday shuffle. I’ve been trying Carbonite on-line backup now for awhile. I was doing Mozy until they decided that consumers weren’t important to their business and virtually doubled their prices.

The risk of on-line backups:

  • Takes a long time
  • no data portability (kind of kills the whole cloud concept)
  • Their software on your computer.

The first thing of course to consider is what are you backing up. Today I backup all the family media files to an off-line store (as well as three separate on-line stores) because well those are the memories that I don’t want to lose. Do you backup all the documents you have created over the years? I make two or three copies of most documents I create, as well as two or three copies of the one’s the wife and kids do. But I don’t push those up to the on-line backup system. I may have to eventually but so far I haven’t really found a need to do that.

I usually upgrade and replace old hard drives about every three years and to date it has worked. I suspect I could, if I found the time put the entire system onto a series of blu-ray disks and further insurance – but that sucks a lot of time and effort. Plus what do you do with those disks, ship them to someone you trust? Then hope they sent them back quickly enough?

I also use windows home server (2011) for local backups. That really helps for computer restores. Today I am connecting the first Macintosh to that system, been a long time since I was a Macintosh user.

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all – and to my mother if she gets a chance to read this – we are thinking about everyone else as we sit down to lunch today. (PS MOM – we won’t be late this year!)

 

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Welcome back Mainframe (with apologies to Welcome back Kotter)


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What was, what will be and frankly what probably already is.

Many years ago I heard the great sage Arnold Horshack with his truly inspiring mantra (what is will be, what will be was, what was was but will be again). The most circular view of the world I had heard at that point. But someone so true. When I think about cloud computing and how it is moving into the various phases of business and architecture it really is a return to a mainframe view of the world.

It however, a view modified by the reality of the intervening years. Networks are better now than they were 30 years ago. Chips are faster, and storage that once cost a 1000 dollars or more, can be had for 100 dollars at your local retailer. And that 100 dollars is nearly fast enough to render real time video. You could never do that with the older drives (with less than a mb of throughput – it would take hours to render videos).

Bandwidth remains the primary limiter however. More from a perspective now that there is more data to move now, rather than before. In fact I suspect there is probably 10 to the 10th more data on the wire now than just 10 years ago.

So the centralized data store returns.

What do we do with that going forward?

In my book “the Syncverse” I talk about computing as a force for social change. A reality created by simply applying the technologies that are available to us today and using them in effective ways to make the world a better place.

The time has come to begin.

What was, is (new and different but similar) and will be is up to us.

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Cloud-Crowd-Sourcing the future is near…


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The cloud as a vision of what could be.

In my blog series (and maybe someday book) on the Syncverse I talked about a lot of concepts that the internet could help humanity as an entity improve. Freedom, communication, structure and information processing are all things that will continue to improve the further into the cloud age we head.

It is the future but it is also a view of what could have been better in the past. We began the computer age in the mainframe era, centralized computing that allowed multiple people to have the same view of data. The data was far more limited then than now so of course what you could do with that information was also therefore limited. And if you ever spent more than an hour on a green screen you will understand the eye strain concept created out of the initial era.

The problem now is the reality of crowd sourcing. That is the single thing about cloud computing that I think will change the world. In the time of Edison you had one really smart guy (and quite a few helpers) working on a core set of problems in a specific geography. They were limited by what they knew, where they lived and the very cultural experience that led them on the path. Yes they eventually succeeded, but what if they were able to crowd-source that idea?

What if they were able to throw the idea out to the ether and have hundreds, thousands even millions of people look at the idea? Some of them not bound by the rules and strictures and that may enable a solution faster. A crowd-sourced solution becoming more and more flexible over time. It is the inherent promise of cloud computing.

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Last door and change


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On the day the door closed

and

I heard I slam

change around me

change in front of me

riding my mount to change

and like the 600

I knew it was the end

as I looked ahead

to look behind

to see what was

and what will be

in the quiet

just ahead of change

in the light that became

to quiet

and the door

still closed

slammed against the passing light

the last door

before the change

the last door after the change

the last

door

now closed.

and I

move on…

 

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The children of a lesser man


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The lights are shining

throbbing into the room

pulsing with an intensity that

filled the room with power

a burning desire

to rise

and forsaking coffee

leaping into the fray

chasing the pulsating light

dancing around the room

each beam a unique identifier

a single reliance

what does it all mean?

Find me the statue of Ozmandias

find me the head of Alfredo Gumar

on a silver platter

staring blankly

at the pulsating lights

that dance

just out of reach

of jellyfish nets

and diving shortstops

how will we catch them

tame them

lock them in boxes

to be watched when we wish

when we want

not in the morning

not dancing freely

controlled

managed

when will we catch them?

 

Sandler Boggs

How often do you have to post to call it a blog?


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I ran across an interesting blog yesterday that hadn’t been updated in more than two months.  I looked at the “log” of previous blogs and saw that in fact the blog hadn’t been updated more than once a month and more than once a quarter, ever.

So I started to think, is that a blog?

Now I understand that blogging everyday prejudices my opinion of what a blog is. I also know that at my worst (2005) I was blogging once a month and three or more times a quarter. I understand that I have some bias but when you are talking about content that isn’t updated that often, even if it is really good content, is that a blog?

I wonder about that – its my long random thought of the day.

Random Thought:

Do you have something to say? If so, say it. There are hundreds of places you can post a blog to, or blog or for that matter simply throw up a web page and replace it from time to time (let’s say around once a week).

But if you only have something to say once a month, why not write a single, simple web page and not call it a blog?

What is the value of having a blog?

That is the question I leave you with today – what is the value of blogging?

 

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Last night at the movies


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The quiet people flow

like a mountain stream

from the door to the street

over rocks and soda cups

empty popcorn containers

and candy wrappers around half eaten

chocolate bars

the water flowing

the people water

flows quickly

gathering speed now

as it rolls into the parking lot

and spreads thin

and thinner

until it breaks into drops

and separated

each drop flows in a different direction

with their windows closed

and the AC on

its hot

one says

as the drops become human

and the wall of water is gone.

 

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