Main

Disclaimer: This is a personal blog. I do not speak for my employer in any way, shape, or form. kthxbai.

 

Recent Tweets

Monday
May262014

devops appops infraops all the ops

Donnie Berkholz wrote a great post about what’s actually happening as Dev vs Ops becomes DevOps [I know I know, keep your groaning to a minimum]. This is a conversation I had a frequently at Gartner. People would ask what kind of person they need to hire to do DevOps. I would respond with “Well you already have developers. You have some Unix admins hanging around? Yeah, get them.” I was once an Irix and Solaris admin. At that time, any good admin was dedicated to automating themselves out of work so they could spend most of the day on...

Click to read more ...

Sunday
May112014

fantasy founder - identify me

This is a recurring idea that’s been bouncing around my brain (and written about) since the days of using ICQ plugins to talk to every messaging system there was (irc, usenet, email, aim), more or less consolidating identity into that one application. This would only be useful in the case where you want or need to be identified. Consider this: Most of us have multiple online identities that don’t serve a purpose, other than there’s no infrastructure to do otherwise in a way that’s satisfactory to everyone who wants to be identified or everyone who

Click to read more ...

Sunday
Apr272014

fantasy vc - grand rounds

A few months ago, my friend James joined Grand Rounds. Most of Silicon Valley spouts a fountain of bullshit claiming change-the-world status. This team actually does it. Consider this: * It takes a very long time for studied, tested, proven and well known advances in medical and surgical practice to actually become conventional and prevalent—as in, a decade or more * The industry, as a whole, is set against advancement because advancement usually means more precise diagnoses and less money due to fewer surgical procedures, even though

Click to read more ...

Monday
Apr142014

design for service - affordances

In thinking about the importance of how space was set up, both for staff and customers, indesign for service - spaces—I wrote that one of the components of service is the affordances created in the spaces in which people work, provide service and are served. I’m not in UX, so I’m not entirely certain how “affordance” is used technically, but I’ll just assume it’s a reasonable derivation of the original term from cog pysch. If you’re at all curious, I’d recommend going to the source and reading J. J. Gibson’s The Ecological Approach to...

Click to read more ...

Sunday
Mar302014

what aws is not

In 2004, SQS and AWIS beta-ed. In 2005, MT beta-ed. In 2006, S3 and EC2 beta-ed. From there, the pace of releases has skyrocketed (something we should put value on). AWS started by turning basic computation services into utilities. They've since done the same to a wide range of technology capabilities--dozens of services, hundreds of options, a combinatorial explosion of capabilities. So far so that we could reproduce all the functions and services provided by any data center anywhere. That's where AWS is. AWS is not...

Click to read more ...

Sunday
Mar232014

fantasy vc - knodes

Continuing a series on startups I'd put a bet on if I could. At New York Tech Meetup last year I saw a presentation by the founders of Knodes. It got me then and, eight months later, I still think about it. Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc., are utilities [eventually] optimized for advertising revenue. This means they must generate noise to make money from your captured attention. I’ve asked: what if we were paid directly for our attention rather than those middlemen? Knodes asks: what if you could use the noise generating systems they’ve built to...

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
Mar122014

the web in twenty minus five

My friend Stu tagged me to answer these questions five years ago: - How has the Web changed your life? - How has the Web changed business and society? - What do you think the Web will look like in 20 years? Here are my answers, with minor edits and some commentary in []'s. The original post is here. --- Ok, but 1) I don’t think I have anything unique to say and 2) we’re all wrong about...

Click to read more ...

Saturday
Mar082014

fantasy founder - beta club

Continuing an occasional series about products and companies that I’d like to build or see built someday. Tech decision making does not scale. The last mile of commitment always comes at the price of actual use and trial. That’s why we have pilots, proof of concepts, bake-offs. If that last mile is the part we have to do, then the rest needs to be compressed—both the front end of qualification-to-selection to the back end of implementation-to-operation. Why some companies buy things that take months-to-years to get up and running baffles me. Why some companies spend months to figure out what...

Click to read more ...

Sunday
Feb232014

design for service - spaces

I spend a fair bit of time in bars and coffee shops. Service in these places is interesting because although the formula seems straightforward--produce what’s ordered efficiently with sufficient pleasantness (or unpleasantness if very hip)--it’s multivariate and at least one of the variables is utterly uncontrollable. Skilled labor, number and type of staff on, complexity of menu factoring to time and consistency of production, complexity of menu factoring to time to educate and serve customers, work space, work space set up, service space, service space set up, customer space, customer space set up, steps to produce items, distance traveled to produce items, flow of...

Click to read more ...

Sunday
Feb092014

ooda redux - digging in and keeping context

Putting together some thoughts from a few posts from 2012 on OODA [one, two, three]. For some reason, the idea had been getting a lot of airtime in pop-tech-culture. Like most things that get pop-ified, the details are glossed over—ideas are worthless without execution; relying on the pop version of an idea will handicap any attempt at its execution. I’m not an expert. But, I’d wager...

Click to read more ...