(Tech Nation) Interview with John Hagel
Ever consider what role passion plays in your career? Do passionate people interested in a common topic group geographically? This interview with John Hagel discusses these topics. The most interesting quote from the interview: “…the larger the organization, the lower the level of passion; whereas people in smaller businesses show higher levels of passion. Entrepreneurs,…
(Smart City) Carjacked
http://www.smartcityradio.com/show/2783/carjacked Wonderful discussion on the uniquely American problems of divorcing ourselves from our cars. I found the point about how automobile culture actually economically represses the not-rich because the proportion of income spent on petrol, tolls, and maintenance is so much greater. If public transit were used, that’s thousands of dollars a year more in…
Remember “In the Trenches”? That’s How I Learned of LOPSA #lfnw
I chatted with a few of the guys at the LOPSA booth and mentioned that I first learned about LOPSA by listening to Kevin Devin’s In the Trenches podcast. This Friends In Tech show was insightful, informative and inspiring in that it presented intelligent and professional discussion about the profession of system administration, not merely…
When NOT to Use a SAN?
The vast number of filesystems, distributed file systems, and network replication schemes available for Linux all come with learning curves and caveats. When does one actually want to avoid merely picking out an average SAN solution and go with a Linux oriented distributed storage solution like Gluster or NFS on DRBD?
50% Female Tech Employees?
Enrolling women in technology has been an ongoing topic for quite a while. Various communities like Ubuntu Women and many other groups have are focused on women in technology. Scott Hanselman conducts a surprising interview with some women programmers in Egypt, showing an impressively equitable gender mix. Very inspiring!
Coping with Loss of Affluence
This article on coping with loss of affluence was rather apropos of this weekend’s Transition Whatcom event. Basically, the summary points outlines that in a transitioning economy, walking is an important activity for first world economies to re-learn as it becomes more necessary for mere transit, the coping with the loss of status of having a…
In Another Life: Solar Power
I am occasionally reminded of how much I admire the concepts of solar power and the future it could sustain. If I were in a different line of work, it would likely be in the solar power industry. Renewable energy is a concept that’s satisfying to get behind, like it has become satisfying to become…
Just now–looking at Slashdot and reading the post about 20,000 lawsuits of copyright infringement against BitTorrent users–makes me think that that copyright litigation is going to be a growth segment for the next decade. Like online advertising, online marketing and online gaming…copyright litigation is backed by solvent clientelle. Back when I was first out of…
Diffed and Merged…and Ported
“Hard at it,” is how you’d describe me these days. I’ve really learned a lot about programming C# in the last three weeks. There’s some stuff I like, even. I’m still, rather instinctively, feeling hesitant to praise Microsoft for anything…but it’s melting. Consider this latest Tools episode from The Commandline podcast. Thomas Gideon describes a…
Great gobs of FAIL from Amazon
Here’s a great write-up of the Amazon-Macmillan fight. I hadn’t realized how lame Amazon came out in this event.