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    Monday
    Feb012010

    Attending IBM’s Pulse 2010 Service Management event in LV Feb 21 - 24

    I’ll be attending IBM’s Pulse 2010 Service Management event in Las Vegas, Feb 21-24.

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    Feb. 21-24, 2010. Las Vegas, Nevada. As physical and digital assets converge, the planet is getting smarter. Food and retailproducts are tracked with RFID tags. Traffic and energy systems are now managed with sensors. Cities are more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent.

    This convergence challenges today’s infrastructures, but also offers the opportunity to integrate operational assets with hardware, software and services for improved service management that drives greater business value.

    As this is my first time attending IBM’s Service Management event, I have high hopes to learn how IBM and its partners are addressing service management.

    Here is a map of the exhibit area, and some areas that look interesting.

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    If you are attending the event, drop my an email at dave(a)greenm3.com and we can try and meet at the show.

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    Monday
    Feb012010

    Taiwan’s Cloud Computing Data Center, $31 mil USD investment

    China Tech News has an article on two Taiwan institute’s jointly setting up a cloud computing company.

    Cloud Computing Center Planned In Taiwan

    February 1, 2010

    Chunghwa Telecom, Trend Micro, Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute, and Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry will jointly set up a cloud computing center and will invest NTD1 billion to establish a cloud computing company.

    According to reports in Taiwanese local media, because of its telecom business and technology advantages, Chunghwa Telecom will be in charge of the basic construction and operation of this new project. Trend Micro will be responsible for the expansion of international market via its subsidiaries worldwide. Industrial Technology Research Institute will be committed to the hardware development; and Institute for Information Industry will combine industry resources to develop cloud computing services and applications.

    The Taiwanese see a trend many of us do in that companies could go direct to Taiwan to buy the complete cloud computing data center infrastructure and hardware.

    Taiwan's related government departments reportedly plan to create a complete supply chain incorporating a cloud computing-based Internet data center, cloud computing devices and cloud computing services. The entire supply chain will be sold to overseas markets and is expected to gain sales and peripheral business opportunities of USD10 billion by 2014.

    Why buy from HP, IBM, Dell when you can direct to the manufacturer?

    The Taiwanese have also done a good job of focusing on market segments for cloud computing.

    For the application planning of cloud computing, Taiwan will initially establish two major industries focused on the cloud computing medical industry and cloud computing education industry. In the long run, it will develop six cloud computing-based emerging industries, including green energy, tourism, health, agriculture, culture, and innovation.

    If you look at their area of focus and overlap it with what I blogged about at Mizzou there is an overlap – health, education, energy, innovation, agriculture.

      1. Food for the Future
      2. New Media
      3. One Health, One Medicine
      4. Sustainable Energy
      5. Understanding and managing disruptive and transformational technologies.

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    Monday
    Feb012010

    GreenM3 Browser Market Share vs. Industry

    Netmarketshare has a report on the market share of browsers.

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    Periodically I check what the browser share is for www.greenm3.com based on google analytics.

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    The number of IE and Firefox users are almost equal at 39% each.

    Chrome and Safari usage is almost twice the % on greenm3 vs. the overall market.

    Bottom line: www.greenm3.com tech savvy forward thinking audience are using Firefox, Chrome, and Safari more than the rest of the industry.  My assumption is at least 95% of the readers know how to pick their own browser.

    Is the above an indication of what could happen to IE’s overall market share if the total installed base knew how to switch browsers and was tech savvy like GreenM3 readers.

    How will the browser usage shift as IE6 support is dropped?

    Browser wars: Google and Government turn on Internet Explorer

    Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser has come under further attack, as both Google and the Department of Health announced that they would be phasing out use of IE6.

    By Matt Warman, Consumer Technology Editor
    Published: 9:58AM GMT 01 Feb 2010

    Comments 11 | Comment on this article

    Internet Explorer security alert: how to protect your computer

    Microsoft has released a software update for Internet Explorer that will patch security flaws -- but should you switch to a different browser?

    The ageing version of Microsoft’s browser is still used by some 300,000 health workers, but the Department of Health is now advising that hospitals and other users upgrade to at least version seven of the software as soon as possible. Security flaws are the main reason that has been cited, but poor performance is also a problem for users of IE6.

    Google, which is currently marketing its own browser Chrome, has said that it will begin to phase out support for IE6 from March 1. From that point Google Docs, the online word processor, and Google Sites, the website building tool, will cease to offer the bulk of their functionality in IE6. Both currently invite users to upgrade to a more modern browser, as does Google’s YouTube video site. The company has said that it will phase out all support, including for Gmail, from IE6 by the end of the year.

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    Monday
    Feb012010

    What does a Cloud Computing Data Center look like? Comparison version 1

    There are a flood of cloud computing content out there.  As a thought experiment I start comparing conceptually what cloud computing is versus the existing data centers.  Many take the approach of building data centers to be solid as a rock which interesting enough is an opposite of clouds.  Rock is Earth.  Clouds are water and air, and electricity (lightning).

    Below is a first version of thinking about how there are differences between cloud computing data center vs. a Rock data center.

    When you start thinking about Cloud Computing as the future, what kind of data center fits business needs? 

    I am having some conversations with data center designers on this concept.  Cover up the right side, and only look at the left side.  When I look at the left, who doesn’t want this?  Except maybe those who may their money on the right side.

     

    Cloud Data Center Rock Data Center
    Water + Air + Energy = Clouds with lightning Earth = building built in a capital intensive redundant manner
    Business Alignment to current conditions Over-provisioned for the unknown future, but ironically many times limit businesses
    Speed is an advantage for less resources and changing business (minutes) You have no choice so you move at our pace (weeks/months)
    Systems integrated to reduce costs for business services Silos of self-optimization are used to prove efficiency
    Pay as you go service use Costs are not transparent or directly related to what you use
    Virtualized servers, storage, and network abstract discussions to capabilities for business Staff discusses specifications of servers, storage, and networking
    Energy efficient and high utilization are standard discussions Energy is viewed as a small cost paid for by someone else
    Commodity hardware Specialized hardware
    Healthy, growing vendor ecosystem Static ecosystem that is growing slowly, maybe even declining
    Exponential growth currently, innovation Declining as users migrate to Cloud, maintenance mode, cost reduction

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    Monday
    Feb012010

    Are multi-taskers the high tech version of Emperor New Clothes? PBS show digital_nation: life on the virtual frontier

    PBS Frontline has a show “Digital Nation: Life in the Virtual Frontier”, showing Feb 2, 2010

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    Going through the synopsis I found this interesting discussing bright students and multitasking.

    "I teach the most brilliant students in the world," says MIT professor and clinical psychologist Sherry Turkle, who describes the challenges of teaching students who are surfing the Internet and texting during class. "But they have done themselves a disservice by drinking the Kool-Aid and believing that a multitasking learning environment will serve their best purposes. There are just some things that are not amenable to being thought about in conjunction with 15 other things."

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    A multitasker herself, Dretzin travels to California to the Communication Between Humans and Interactive Media (CHIMe) Lab, where Stanford professor Clifford Nass has been studying the effectiveness of self-proclaimed multitaskers. After taking one of Nass' tests, Dretzin is shocked by her poor results. "It turns out multitaskers are terrible at every aspect of multitasking. They get distracted constantly. Their memory is very disorganized. Recent work we've done suggests they're worse at analytic reasoning," Nass tells Dretzin. "We worry that it may be creating people who are unable to think well and clearly."

    Which brought up an interesting observation of multi-taskers.  We all know people who are proud how of how many things they can do at the same time.

    But, are they living in an illusion, like The Emperor’s New Clothes

    An Emperor who cares for nothing but his wardrobe hires two weavers who promise him the finest suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or "just hopelessly stupid". The Emperor cannot see the cloth himself, but pretends that he can for fear of appearing unfit for his position or stupid; his ministers do the same. When the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they dress him in mime and the Emperor then marches in procession before his subjects. A child in the crowd calls out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor cringes, suspecting the assertion is true, but holds himself up proudly and continues the procession.

    Douglas Rushkoff makes the point of fooling ourselves.

    So what does it mean if we multitaskers are actually fooling ourselves into believing we're competent when we're not? "If multitasking is hurting their ability to do these fundamental tasks," Nass explained matter-of-factly, "life becomes difficult. Some of studies show they are worse at analytic reasoning. We are mostly shocked. They think they are great at it." We're not just stupid and vulnerable online—we simultaneously think we're invincible. And that attitude, new brain research shows, has massive carryover into real life.

    If you believe this, then the next step is to think what is a better way than being an obsessive multitasker.  One place to look is Matthieu Ricard a famous Tibetan monk.

    Matthieu writes on dealing with stress and anxiety, and interesting enough he quotes the same Stanford research.

    Tip #2: One thing at a time
    If you have many things to do, do them one at a time. You will work faster and better this way. Recent studies conducted at Stanford University revealed that multitasking actually reduce people’s ability to concentrate and even slows down the capacity to switch between several tasks. Multitaskers perform worse and non-multitaskers in all attention tasks that have been studied. In other words, multitasking takes us more time to achieve worse results.

    The other two tips are:

    Tip #1: Do away with your worries
    If there’s a solution, then there’s no need to worry. If no solution exists, there is no point to worry.

    Tip #3: A bit of meditation
    If you are gripped by anxiety, pause for a moment and simply try to be aware of this anxiety. As you «examine» your anxiety with the eye of mindfulness, it will loose its potency. Why? Because the part of you mind that is aware of the anxiety is not itself anxious. It is simply aware. As mindfulness expands, the anxiety that upset you will gradually fade and make way for renewed inner peace.

    Are you going to spend more time muiltasking or meditating?

    Confession: I”ve been mediating since I was fourteen.  So, I am biased on this subject. :-)

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