Nowhere to Go

As we look back through history it becomes apparent that the advancement of civilization is characterized by a few notable attributes: expanded economies, functional governments, advanced weaponry, an educated populous, sewer systems… If you’re scratching over your head over the last item, think about it, at the most basic level, is there anything that better says “advanced society” than indoor plumbing? Does a bear, obviously not a very advanced member of the animal kingdom, s**t in the woods? Although there is archeological evidence of societies that had some crude form of indoor commodes and associated sewer systems, the Romans generally get credit for making the bathroom part of the home, right down to the guest towels, via their sophisticated system of aqueducts and sewers and things have progressed from there. Sure, they dumped the accumulated refuse into the Tiber, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere. Nowadays we take these […]

Feud: Data Center Style

Just finished watching the season finale of the show Feud about the relationship between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and the events that took place during and after the making of the movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Man, those two gals hated each other. I’m not talking mild dislike. Theirs was a relationship based on outright loathing, a feeling they both carried to their graves. When Joan died, someone asked Bette what she had to say, to which Bette replied, “You’re not supposed to say anything bad about someone when they’ve died. Joan Crawford is dead…good.” Can you say meow? Now I like a good fight as much as the next guy, and it looks like we’ve got one right here in our very own industry. I speak of course of the recent little dust-up between Oracle and AWS.

For those of you unfamiliar with the mildly unseemly back and […]

Everyone Makes Mistakes

When Jesus said, “Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone”, what he meant was, “Hey, nobody’s perfect. Well, except me of course”. And don’t we all know that this is true? Try as we might for perfection, we all make mistakes. Some are just a tad bigger than others. History is replete with examples of this sad fact of life. In 1788, the Austrian army attacked itself and lost 10,000 men; whoever did the soil analysis for the Leaning Tower of Pisa obviously made a few miscalculations; some executive at Decca Records decided the Beatles just weren’t “sellable”; and just how sorry was the Trojan who said, “Hey, there’s a big wooden horse out here. C’mon guys, help me haul this thing inside”? No wants these types of things to happen, but sometimes they just do. In acknowledging our all too human predilection for making […]

Now They’ve Done It

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, its planner, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto said, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant”. Well I think there’s a few hackers out there who might soon be sharing the same sentiment. As we all know, there have been more than a few notable hacking attacks in recent years. For example, the Chinese absconded with a few million federal personnel records which was publicly denounced as being “really mean” by the State Department; the Russians hacked into the email accounts of the DNC and John Podesta proving that sometimes it’s not so good to put things in writing; and internet users along the eastern seaboard can attest to the devastation that can be wreaked when a few wifi security cameras are hijacked for malevolent purposes. Our responses to these instances were a sternly worded press release, calls to eliminate the […]

Do It My Way…Or Else

Couldn’t help but notice that the scolds at Greenpeace have once again committed a hissy fit to paper in the form of their “Clicking Clean Report for 2017” that reaffirms their position that, when it comes to energy usage, data centers really suck. Of course, they haven’t attempted to quantify the impact of many data center operators and providers efforts to improve their energy efficiency since they aren’t doing it the way Greenpeace wants them to and balance is the enemy of partisanship. Apparently, this has become an annual thing, maybe they time it to coincide with a major fund-raising campaign like they do on PBS only without the free tote bags and coffee mugs. Naturally, my curiosity got the best of me—it was a slow day–so I gave it the old once over. Upon concluding my perusal, a few thoughts came immediately to mind, and, because I couldn’t think […]

Take Me to Your Leader

Does anyone remember crop circles? For those of you who don’t, crop circles were these large elaborate geometric configurations that would mysteriously appear overnight in large grain fields across the globe. Turns out that the whole thing was started by two guys, with way too much time on their hands, who thought it might be fun to go out into someone’s cornfield in the dead of night with a fifth of Jameson’s, a two by four and some rope to trample the stalks into an interesting design. Since no one seemed to be able to catch the perpetrators, and their many imitators, in the act, speculation as to their origin naturally ensued. Although a number of theories were put forward, popular consensus coalesced around the idea that aliens were the true culprits. While it stretched the imagination to believe that superior beings would fly a billion miles just to etch […]

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