Updating blogging tools with iOS 11

Last month I wrote about iOS 11 being a desktop OS http://www.greenm3.com/gdcblog/2017/9/20/ios-11-the-mobile-os-that-can-replace-desktop-for-more-people?rq=iOS%2011 

A test for me was could I use my iPad Pro for blogging at 7x24 Exchange this last week. It worked. 

So what did I used to do? I used to use a Canon SLR 6D or 7D. Transfer images to my laptop with an SD Card. Import the images, then crop and paste.  Well I used to paste when I used MarsEdit, but when Squarespace updated to version 6, MarsEdit no longer worked and you needed to use the online authoring tools in HTML or iOS tools. I was comfortable with my Mac and MarsEdit. Before that I used Windows and Windows Live Writer. Working on dedicated editor has a better feeling for writing.

What did I try this last week? iOS 11 on iPad Pro and iPhone 7 Plus using Squarespace blog tool. I could have Squarespace blog up and Apple Notes for taking notes side by side. Take pictures with my iPhone, syncing to Photos in iCloud with wifi connection and within seconds the photos would be on my iPad. As much as it may seem like it takes a while so much faster than using an SLR. Using the iPad as a camera is just too awkward. For the slides I could go to the 7x24 Exchange app and screen grab the presentation, then crop it to get just part I wanted. And here is the main part I could save the cropped image to file. I needed images to be saved to a file on iOS to make it easy to upload the image in Squarespace blog.

It all worked well enough to use my iPhone and iPad. Next is the iPhone X. My iPad Pro is working well and maybe the 2018 version is what I upgrade to next. 

Tim O’Reilly bans Robert Scoble from his events for sexual harassment

Going to technical conferences is what we all do. What a few do that doesn’t belong at conferences is sexual harassment. 

ArsTechnica has a detailed article on Robert Scoble and his sexual harassment history https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/10/several-women-accuse-tech-pundit-robert-scoble-of-sexual-harassment/

Below is the tweet thread of Tim O’Reilly banning Scoble from future events.


Scoble sat on the same floor I was on in a Microsoft building and I didn’t like him then, and now I would avoid him with all effort. 

CNN has an article for men on what they can do in response to the #MeToo movement. http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/21/opinions/what-men-can-do-me-too-stamp-opinion/index.html

Facebook Social Networking applied to Data Center Operations

Facebook’s James Swenson and Schneider Electric’s Bill Westbrook presented “Driving Business Results through Collaboration”

In Facebook’s DNA is social networking and you can see the application in its sharing of its collaborative effort to resolve a data center operations issue. 


The topic discussed is a series of arch flash events. James made the point how difficult it was to pull the trigger to include the below image. A picture communicates so much and supports root cause analysis.


Below is the Root Cause Analysis shared



Robbie Bach, 7x24 Fall 2017 Keynote - The Xbox Story “Shaping the Future”

Robbie Bach gave the opening keynote and he used the Xbox Story to tell the story of “Shaping the Future.”

Robbie covered the 3P as a key theme of his presentation which is detailed in this link.  https://www.robbiebach.com/3p/

“Robbie Bach is convinced that solving difficult problems requires a tremendous ability to simplify – getting caught up in the complexity of a situation reduces our ability to grab the low hanging fruit that can create great momentum. To that end, his book Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal explores the 3P Strategy Framework which simplifies problems by focusing on the critical items of Purpose, Principles, and Priorities. These 3Ps, when combined with a short list of action items, help teams and individuals tackle almost any type of problem, but especially those that feel the most intractable or complex.” 

Targeting the mission critical audience, Robbie talked about Uptime and users, making the point that mission critical now means business critical. Online services is not a support. Online is the business.

A story Robbie told is the beginning of Xbox. December 1999 is when Xbox was born with no strategy. What they thought was strategy was ship it by this date and make sure things explode really great.

For the 1st 18 months of Xbox development it was  hell. 15 months into the project Robbie wanted to resign. November 2001, Xbox shipped. Success. Well Xbox lost $5-7 billion dollars. Team of 20 grown to 2,000 people. This is not success so the have an offsite.

As part of the offsite the result was the 3P framework.

To change pace Robbie told story of how Apple Music’s $0.99 song was business innovation for transform the music industry.

It is now Weds, two day is after Robbie’s keynote and I have time to reflect on Robbie’s presentation.  His presentation was well received by the attendees, but I  knew there was something missing from Robbie’s story. I was at Micosoft from 1992-2006 and had plenty of friends who worked in Xbox. I have one friend who is still in Xbox, but it is not in the hardware group. He is is the Xbox Live group.

Xbox Live is the business opportunity that changed the business model of console games. Xbox Live is a separate business unit that has a different business model than Azure and given a different business model the data center environment, equipment, and network are designed differently.

It’s too bad Robbie didn’t tell the story of Xbox Live development and its history. The Xbox Live story has not been told and I don’t think it will every come out. 


Chris Crosby #7x24Exchange Hyperscale DC + Network Mesh

Chris Crosby gave a thought leadership presentation on “Understanding Hyperscale Campus Compartmentalizations”

One of the great observations Chris discussed is when a redundancy of 2 is not enough. Really need 3. Ideally 5. 


Consider the below network mesh image shows how 2 connections would not be enough.


How do you compartmentalize the stuff that runs on the intermesh network. The below slide goes through the logical and physical elements to support the network mesh.


So What do you do? Chris presents the idea of Intermeshed Networking applied to the physical building.


Consider Chris has spent much of his time in the past building huge data centers while at Digital Realty. In 2011 is when Chris left Digital. Think about how much the data center environment has changed in these 6 years. The physical data center have not changed much for many, but what is in the data center has changed in ways like Network Fabrics.  And now Chris is saying that there are limits to giant buildings that need to be designed for Intermeshed Networking and there are many details in the physical and logical design.

Chris’s summary is something that interestingly are conclusions I have arrived at my own, but haven’t taken the time to write about publicly. 

When you take the Intermesh within the data center it is a logical step to apply it to the portfolio of facilities and how they work in a mesh. 


Here is what a data center network fabric looks like.  This is what data centers are being designed for.