Oh the Horror…

October 31, 2011

I guess Kim Kardashian won’t be moving to Brooklyn now…

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Super Cool Roosevelt Island

October 26, 2011

Obviously these are just preliminary plans by Bloomberg trying to get tech industry in NYC. But wow, this would be so cool for Roosevelt Island.


Biker Latte

October 26, 2011

“Only in Santa Cruz would you have biker wars over who’s going to control pumpkin spice lattes.”


Camtasia

October 25, 2011

I really need to give proper credit to a tool I’ve been using for years. Every video on Origami’s video site was produced using Camtasia Studio.

The key to Camtasia has always been that they nailed the sweet spot between ease of use and the ability to produce good quality videos. We aren’t talking professional grade here. But we are talking about hours to make, not days and a price within any company’s budget.

So belated thanks to TechSmith for an excellent product.


“The Cloud” is Now Meaningless

October 23, 2011

I guess it was inevitable. It started with “Cloudwashing” where PR folks started calling everything the cloud. Now we are to the point where the “cloud” simply means “not on my computer”.

When Aon eSolutions claims to be “the original cloud provider to the risk insurance and safety community” you know the term cloud has no real meaning.

I guess it should be flattering to Origami. At first, competitors were telling prospects not to use us because the cloud is scary. Now they are saying they’ve been cloud all along.

But cloud computing has real meaning. It’s about being able to harness resources on the fly with drastically reduced costs.

Here’s a simple example. Microsoft is close to releasing the new version of SQL Server, “Denali”. Everyone is excited about the new capabilities. There’s a release candidate out there to test. But it’s a bit of a pain to buy a new server, install Windows and everything else and then install Denali.

Amazon and Microsoft got together so that Amazon EC2 can offer a pre-built image of Denali. So we can bring up a Denali server to test with a click at minimal cost. That’s the cloud.

I always go back to Werner Vogels description of the key benefits of a true cloud. His point was that if your “cloud” doesn’t have these benefits then it’s not a cloud:

The cloud:

  • Eliminates Cost. The cloud changes capital expense to variable expense and lowers operating costs. The utility-based pricing model of the cloud combined with its on-demand access to resources eliminates the needs for capital investments in IT Infrastructure. And because resources can be released when no longer needed, effective utilization rises dramatically and our customers see a significant reduction in operational costs.
  • Is Elastic. The ready access to vast cloud resources eliminates the need for complex procurement cycles, improving the time-to-market for its users. Many organizations have deployment cycles that are counted in weeks or months, while cloud resources such as Amazon EC2 only take minutes to deploy. The scalability of the cloud no longer forces designers and architects to think in resource-constrained ways and they can now pursue opportunities without having to worry how to grow their infrastructure if their product becomes successful.
  • Removes Undifferentiated “Heavy Lifting.”The cloud let its users focus on delivering differentiating business value instead of wasting valuable resources on the undifferentiated heavy lifting that makes up most of IT infrastructure. Over time Amazon has invested over $2B in developing technologies that could deliver security, reliability and performance at tremendous scale and at low cost. Our teams have created a culture of operational excellence that power some of the world’s largest distributed systems. All of this expertise is instantly available to customers through the AWS services.

Of course, Origami doesn’t really argue that our product is better because it’s in the cloud. Sure, we do derive the above benefits from being in the cloud.

But we’re winning because Origami is just a better product.


I Report, You Decide

October 17, 2011

I make no judgments, I simply report the news.

1969-2011 Trend: Support for Making Use of Marijuana Legal


Bad Month for Tech

October 13, 2011

This is a much geekier remembrance than for Steve Jobs, but I might argue just as important in the tech world. I started my tech existence reading Dennis Ritchie, as did anyone who learned C.

If you are programming for the iPhone, you are probably using Objective-C which is an extension of original C. Frankly most programming these days owes something to the original C language (Origami is primarily C#, another extension of C).

So a farewell to someone that no one outside of tech has even heard of. But should have…