Oh, The Places You’ll Go

You’ve got brains in your head…

I think it’s fair to say that most of us have followed an interesting path to end up in IT.  As you continue to progress, you may start considering what the next steps are in that path.  Here are some of the questions to consider.  FYI – this post was inspired by an excellent post that I absolutely cannot find and really wished I had bookmarked.

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Everything is Broken…Still

Earlier this week Amazon Web Service’s Simple Storage Service, better known as S3, was experiencing higher than normal error rates in the us-east-1 region, i.e. S3 was down.  To put that into perspective, it also means that several high-profile websites and applications were experiencing major issues.  As you may know, S3 has a 99.9% SLA uptime, and it’s been down for a couple hours now.  I’m no math genius, but that’s more than the 44 minutes a 99.9% uptime per month requires.  Continue reading “Everything is Broken…Still”

Trends for 2017

The end of 2016 is here, and I think many of us are breathing a sigh of relief.  The year has not been kind to some, and has been described as a “dumpster fire” by others.  On the whole, I actually think that 2016 was a pretty decent year, or at least no worse than most previous years.  But I am a bit biased since my second daughter was born in June, and she is awesome!  That’ll tip the scales regardless of what else happened.  Anyhow, I digress.  The tech industry has seen a lot of change, with new technologies emerging and companies innovating at a rapid pace.  I’d like to use this post to take a look at a few of those trends, and which ones I will be keeping an eye on in the coming year.

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Everything is Broken

Everything is Broken…

There’s more than one occasion where I have uttered the phrase, “Why can’t this just work?”  Usually after battling it out with some piece of software that the marketing fluff described as “simple” and “easy-to-use” and turns out to be more like incredibly complex and completely undocumented.  I want my technology to just work, but I also want it to be cutting-edge, infinitely configurable, and fully documented.  Those who are familiar with the Project Management Triangle may realize that having all three is impossible.  To which I say, what about in n-th dimensions?

Seriously though, I have noticed that with the speed of innovation, especially in the cloud, most things that are released are at least partly broken.  And that’s not just for beta or preview features, generally available features and functionality are buggy and partly undocumented.  Major releases of software have always had some bugs, which is why “It ain’t done till SP1” was a mantra among the Microsoft cognoscenti.

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