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What is it about working on an airplane that puts me into such an unbelievable productivity trance? Sure, I’m a big fan of GoGo in-flight internet, but that alone can’t be the only thing, because, well, I have internet basically wherever I go. Also, it can’t be the pe...
I. Want. This. Bad. I mean, I’m so incredibly cool when no one is looking… now there is finally a device that allows me to prove it to everyone! Narrative – the automatic life-logger
GeoWorld Magazine has published an article I wrote on the “Sharing Costs, Improving Service and Spurring Innovation: Benefits of a Cloud-First Approach in the Public Sector” in their latest issue. Thanks for GeoWorld for the publication of my ideals and concepts… I ho...
Man, CDN’s have come such a long way.  I remember not that many years ago , some of my customers paying hundreds of thousand’s of dollars (upfront) to Akamai for content delivery of their imagery associated with mapping applications, while having to plan, send, and wait day...
As most of you know, the last 6+ years of my life have been dedicated to injecting the use of Cloud Computing into (what I would consider) legacy IT environments. The path hasn’t been easy. Enterprise IT departments are strong willed and resistant to change. With help from collea...
All I can think as I read through this Inc.com Article on “Why not to respond to RFP’s” is… “Man, I really hope our competition is reading this and decides to follow their advice, ha!” Although the author makes a couple of good points about the negat...
If you’re an IT manager calling your internal VMware or other virtualization farm a “Private Cloud” in an attempt to prove to your leadership that “public cloud is insecure” or “I built the same thing as Amazon Web Services (AWS)”, you need to ...
Most of you that know me personally or follow me online know that I am pretty much neck deep in preschool hell.  With my three boys at the ages of 4 1/2 yrs, 3 yrs, and 4 months, it isn’t going to end anytime soon either.  Between making sure they have their backpack full of [......
Go Falcon Falcon Antelope Nittany Lion! Don’t you wish there were such an animal?!   It took us more than 4 years after graduating, but my wife and I finally framed and hung the most expensive pieces of paper we’ll ever own.
Amazon has released some of the most awesome office artwork that I have ever seen. No, I’m not talking about knockoff copies of a Jackson Pollack on Amazon.com… I’m talking the about application and industry-specific cloud reference architectures now available on Amaz...
Another Cutting Edge Use of Accelerometers and Gyroscopes Two entrepreneurial woman in Sweden decided hard plastic on the head was not only bad for your hair, but also you’re health because the #1 reason people don’t wear a helmet is the fashion/hair-messing-up potential of...
As you might have noticed, I’ve done some house-cleaning on the blog today. Today I rolled out a new, cleaner interface  (based on the WordPress  Bueno theme) that features my latest posts better, but also gives you all easier access to follow, contact, or learn more about me on ...
I was recently interviewing a gentleman for a lead sales position and he said something that really rubbed me the wrong way. It was so upsetting to me that I don’t really remember the rest of the interview.  He was a nice enough guy, unassuming with middle level industry sales ex...
I recently was taking a look at some of the more interesting case studies surrounding the use of MapReduce and Hadoop… and came across this case study by AWS on how Foursquare uses AWS Elastic MapReduce (EMR). Read the full case study:  Foursquare Case Study: Amazon Web Services....
I became aware of this cool little tool that maps out all your reciprocal relationships to your connections on LinkedIn.  Not only does it map out your personal relationship to each of your connections to you, but also the relationship of connections to your other connections. Confused...
To steal a line (but not the scream nor props) from Jim Cramer, “I am moving from a SELL to a HOLD!” on ArcGIS.com. Like most Esri customers I talk to, I have been skeptical of Esri’s ArcGIS.com from the start. Their whole “mapping for everyone” slogan jus...
UPDATE 07/12/12:  Netflix posted this downtime explanation and plan to prevent further downtime on their website in a very informative post-mortem style: http://techblog.netflix.com/2012/07/lessons-netflix-learned-from-aws-storm.html VentureBeat also had some nice insight as to the ste...
I’ll be participating in a tweet chat today on twitter, hosted by CloudCommons.com on “The end of Cloud… Long live the Cloud”. Sound confusing, it is, but add in folks from all around the cloud industry and you have the recipe for some hotly contested view point...
I was a little surprised to see today that MailChimp (a service that I have used at Skygone) announced that they have moved their STS transactional email system off of the Amazon Web Services SES service and onto their own infrastructure (renaming it “Mandrill”). MailChimp ...
If you talk to the average software user, geospatial or not, about open source software you usually find three camps: Lovers, Haters, and Converters. Let's put these camps in crudely defined boxes: Open source "Lovers" are the lifers that live, breathe, and have never used anything bu...