Private Cloud

January 30, 2012

I’ve always argued it was an oxymoron, but Tim Bray has a better quote:

This whole “Private Cloud” notion is a conspiracy between CIOs who think they can do a better job securing data than professional shared-services operators (uh huh), and systems vendors who love the idea of selling enterprises way more hardware than they’ll ever need at one time, so they have the heavyweight infrastructure you need to support lightweight deployment.

He’s right. Not an oxymoron, just a way to get you to spend more money for less.

Stick with the regular cloud


Ode To Joy

January 26, 2012

Both me and my five year old love this…

Old, but not that old…

January 25, 2012

If you want to see what Google is guessing in terms of preferences, age and gender, you can go here.

Google has my interests reasonably accurate. Computers, news, politics, science and football were the main ones. It also listed “Reference – General Reference – Time and Calendars” which is accurate since I’ve been reading plenty about the leap second controversy (what? you aren’t riveted on that one?).

Google has no idea I’m interested in music, but frankly I don’t read that much about it online (and I’m not listening via Google Music). And they don’t realize I’m a huge Yankee fan, but it’s not baseball season.

So overall, pretty good.

But damn, under the “Your demographics” part, while they do correctly guess that I’m male, they have me as 65+.


Big fat ouch.

I’m not reading about FORTRAN, I’m reading contemporary computer stuff. (side note. Geek humor courtesy of Linus here. Hilarious.). OK, I guess old people are more interested in politics. But 65+? Really?

Interestingly, while there is an Edit link on the Google Preferences page, you can’t tell them what your age is. All you can do is remove the assumption. So I did.

I wonder how long before Google thinks I’m old again…

iBooks Author

January 19, 2012

When Gruber is slamming Apple, you know they messed up…

Welcome to Indiana

January 18, 2012

I went to Indiana University, though I am not from Indiana. The music school at IU is world class (I, unfortunately, am not). Bloomington Indiana (at least circa 1988) is not a hugely metropolitan area. The university was a bastion of culture in the middle of, well, Indiana.

I recall my first week there, in one of the practice rooms in the music school, reading the graffiti on the wall:

Welcome to Indiana. Please set your watches back 50 years.

Hilarious, and mostly true.

So it is with some shock today that I read this.

A problem that’s not a problem

January 18, 2012

I promise, this is my last SOPA link. And the check is in the mail…

But another great quote, this time from

Online piracy is like fouling in basketball. You want to penalize it to prevent it from getting out of control, but any effort to actually eliminate it would be a cure much worse than the disease.

Best SOPA Commentary

January 18, 2012

Kitten BBQ = bad.