It’s been almost four years to the month that I took on Gartner’s horrible anti-FCoE diatribe, and since then I’ve jointed Cisco, written a few more blogs, and even gone toe-to-toe with the technology’s largest critic – Brocade. For the most part, the tete-a-tete has been cordial, if a little snarky (just the way I like it!), and generally falls within the general margin for error afforded to marketing excesses.
Something happened this week, however, that brought up the ugly spectre of blatant dishonesty that exposed a disturbing trend of vendor-media collusion that I feel harms people, especially those who would otherwise be the most helped.
For that reason, I’m posting these thoughts here. These are my personal thoughts, and do not reflect those of my employer, my manager, my friends, family, or the direction of the technology I work with (disclosure for those that don’t know me: I’m a Product Manager for Storage working for Cisco – at least at the time of writing this blog!).
So, something snarky this way cometh. Read more…
Not surprisingly, Porkchop needs new brakes. All of them. Front brakes, rear brakes, parking brake, brake lines, master cylinder, everything. So, I went ahead and bought everything I needed for a complete rip-and-replacement of all the brake parts I need.
With that, I got ready to get to work. Read more…
After spending a week in Namale, I feel like I can finally get my head wrapped around the experience enough to write a review of the resort. Since we never left the resort, I can’t make any claim about Fiji, the Fijian people, or any of the cultural experiences that were on offer while we were here. So, take what I write as a resort review, rather than a Fiji review.
“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome, interpreted to mean ‘more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.”
Can read more on Cicero here.
I can’t even begin to express how much this troubles me. I saw this infographic last week and tried my best to put it out of my head, just one of the many emotional gut-grabbing ideas about “believe in yourself” stuff that gets a zillion ‘likes’ and ultimately winds up doing far more damage than good.
This is the reason why we have parents pitching to their own children at little league games, where there are no strikeouts.
This is the reason why we no longer have “championships.”
This is the reason why Americans consistently fall in the lowest category for general knowledge amongst our international peers.
This is why cheating is so rampant in schools.
This is why people are so easily offended and have lost any precepts of shame.
This is why too many people do not understand the difference between “deserve” and “earn.”
In my first post, I was talking about how the SNIA Storage Developer’s Conference really met and exceeded expectations in a lot of ways. There were many shining moments, but unfortunately there were quite a few disappointing ones as well. Read more…
This past week I went to the SNIA Storage Developer’s Conference in Santa Clara. It was the first time that I came to a conference as an attendee in a very, very long time. Overall, the experience was positive and interesting, but there were some moments of disappointment as well, as some of the major limitations of storage perceptions came out and hit you across the face like an 18-pound sledgehammer. Read more…