Three Choices for the future Smart Phone for Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer is famous for his statements against the iPhone. Here is his Youtube video.

Saw Steve yesterday morning and I was thinking what is his next smart phone?

Would Steve get one of the market dominating phones from Apple or Google? Those two choices are obviously no.

Then I thought the 3rd choice. What is his other option? Given the low price and abundance of inventory of Windows Phones Steve could have hundreds, thousands of Windows phones in his garage replacing it every year.  Every year, heck every month, week. Maybe more often and he would always have a new Windows Phone.

Windows 3.1 is still running. 24 years after it was released in 1992. Hey, 1992, that is when I joined Microsoft. :-) Do I still run Windows 3.1? No. I think I fire up Windows now maybe 2-4 times a year.  I run Mac OS. Which may seem like a sacreligious act given I spent 14 years at Microsoft. But, I spend 7 years at Apple. I have Google devices and Kindle. I have an Amazon Echo. Don't really care.  :-) Just things to play with.

Are you Blind? I am, can't see everything

Blindness is typically referred to as a visual impairment associated with vision loss. Seeing is believing. I saw it with my own two eyes. She was an eye witness.  There are so many examples of how seeing things is considered proof of the truth. Is your vision perfect? Is your memory of visual events perfect? Do you know about the things that you can't see?

This last point of not knowing about the things that you can't see is why I say I am blind. I am blind to the things that I did not see and may not remember accurately. Vision is not a perfect recording of events stored in memory and you can recall with perfection.

Part of what got me started thinking about this is conversations I have had with Microsoft's John Jendrezak regarding accessibility. John has a blog post on the latest features in Office 365 for accessibility.

To mark the fifth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), I encourage Office 365 users to do a few simple things to make the digital world more accessible—including making a habit of running the Accessibility Checker on your documents (currently available in Office for PCs and coming by the end of the year to Office for Mac and Office Online). In addition, to help advance accessibility awareness, I’m pleased to share more about some of the enhancements we’re bringing to Office 365 that ensure people with vision impairments can work seamlessly with built-in accessibility settings on every device.

What I have started to realizeis how many times that systems aren't designed for when people are blind. I don't mean visually blind, but they have limited ability to see things beyond what they have seen. Part of what makes your eye sight special is you trust it. You can see the cup of steaming hot coffee. Your mind can gauge how hot it is and whether you should take a small sip or you can take a big drink.

I have been using the perspective of thinking what are we blind to.

Are you blind? I am. Because I can't see everything.



Tips for spotting the foolish leader

We have all seen the leaders who act like fools. But it can be hard to be specific.  I found this post while sitting watching a presentation that was particularly foolish.  The post is good here is a snippet.

How do we know if a potential leader is foolish? The principle is in this statement that Jesus made: “Every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit” (Matthew 7:17). We must examine the fruit. And the Bible is quite clear on what the diseased fruit of foolishness looks like:

The foolish look with haughty eyes (Proverbs 6:17).
The foolish engage in slander (Proverbs 10:18).
The foolish joke about their wrongdoing (Proverbs 10:23).
The foolish make great boasts (Psalm 12:3).
The foolish are stubbornly right in their own eyes (Proverbs 12:15).
The foolish are quickly annoyed by insults (Proverbs 12:16).

Words of wisdom on the application of Computer Technology to Process from 50 years ago, Pete Dawkins

At the 7x24 Exchange Keynote Alison Levine mentions General Pete Dawkins and his great words on the "Freedom to Fail." His document is here. And the 1st paragraph is so good I had to share.

"it was a genius who developed a machine which could calculate every day the total amount of toilet paper used by the entire United States Army; but was a damn fool who ordered us to keep track.

"it was a genius who developed a machine which could calculate every day the total amount of toilet paper used by the entire United States Army; but was a damn fool who ordered us to keep track.

Bet you have all experienced something similar to this.

I think one of the top things artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks could do that would make all of our lives so much better is to find the processes created by the damn fools who made our lives worse tracking stupid things.

7x24 Exchange Keynote lesson - Networking is Everything

One of the highlights of the 7x24 Exchange conference is the opening keynote. This year it was Alison Levine, the leader of the 1st all women's expedition to climb Everest.

Alison covered many topics and if you want an overview of the concepts you can read her book "On the Edge." If you want a shorter version here is a Forbes article.

The #1 thing I enjoyed from Alison's talk is her emphasis on networking. My notes from her talk.

Networking: build relationships - networking can save your life. Who can you work with outside your team. This is why the smart people go to a DC conference like 7x24 Exchange.

Instead of writing a long post on all the things I liked I am going to through up short words. Blog posts. :-)

Do people think about how the data center bulding shapes the Internet Services and its team?

Winston Churchill is know for a well known quote.

In October 1943, following the destruction of the Commons Chamber by incendiary bombs during the Blitz, the Commons debated the question of rebuilding the chamber. With Winston Churchill’s approval, they agreed to retain its adversarial rectangular pattern instead changing to a semi-circular or horse-shoe design favoured by some legislative assemblies. Churchill insisted that the shape of the old Chamber was responsible for the two-party system which is the essence of British parliamentary democracy: ‘we shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.’

Data Centers look like warehouses from the outside.  Their efficient and over time determined as the lowest cost way to house the equipment for Internet Services.  Just like any other commercial building design.

Like Winston Churchill says "we shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us."

What happens if you are focused on a creative collaborative team who would run a data center. Should the data center be designed differently?

An example of different is Pixar's headquarters covered by Buzzfeed.

The beating heart of the campus — and of Pixar itself — is the two-story Steve Jobs Building that provides a tremendous 218,000 square feet of space for roughly 700 people to work, eat, and play. The name is not just an honorific to the late Jobs, who bought the company from LucasArts in 1986 and served as its Chairman and then CEO until it was purchased by Disney in 2006. In a very real sense, the building is Steve Jobs.

“Since Steve didn’t actually make our movies, the building itself became his project,” says company President Ed Catmull, one of Pixar’s co-founders with John Lasetter. “This is the only building that Steve ever designed and built and carried through [with finishing] it.”

How many data centers look all the same? Data halls, electrical rooms, mechanical rooms, and last the office space.