Some thinkers in IT-land draw parallels between IT and manufacturing. The most recent thread seems to have been started by The Phoenix Project. (You've read it, right? Oh good lord go out and do that now. It's the best novel you've ever read about IT and DevOps.) Here's a list of blogs about reliability - mostly manufacturing, but some IT. This is a weird link for us, but I think if you're into ops and reliability, there will be some interesting cross-cultural reading here. I came across this because @standaloneSA was mentioned. Top 50 Site Reliability Blogs by Nicole Pontius at the Camcode blog.Amazon's 2020 revenue won't just be $40 billion spent on AWS. It will be $160 billionnot spent with traditional vendors. As Leong notes, the ongoing growth and price reductions on the part of public cloud providers makes on-premises infrastructure – and therefore kit from legacy infrastructure vendors – decreasingly appealing. Cloud computing will dramatically change the nature of IT organizations as well, transforming their charter from asset ownership to infrastructure management.
Yes, they're screwing with you. If you were interested in the Facebook stuff, here's more on OKCupid. Listener's Guide to Christian Rudder explaining why OKCupid experimented with unwitting users by Jay Rosen at his blog PressThink.orgThree posts we like from Standalone Sysadmin:
You like old computers? Here's Dinosaur's Pen. No, please don't email me to tell me what your first computer was. (Mine was a PDP-11, shown here.)6. Rudder doesn’t put it this way, but he’s really sneering at the whole concept of user trust. Users don’t trust us to never put our interests before theirs. They know we sometimes do that. They know we don’t tell them about it. Mainly, they just want the site to work. We do too. End of story! Trust, “ethics,” legitimacy, consent: aren’t these terms a little full of themselves?
I read a bunch of technical stuff this week but none of it stuck with me enough to share with you. Feel free to forward links to me for next week.
@millardjkMy favorite gathering from a personal level is my annual cookout. It is getting bigger each year but is filled with family and friends that can make it and filled with a lot of good food and laughs.
On a business level the VTUG winter warmer and Summah Slam will always be my favorites as they were my first exposure into the community. Having witnessed the community grow and change was an awesome experience.
@TexiwillYou said we couldn't answer "VMworld," but I have to point out that there are a ton of gatherings that happen in the wake & eddies of VMworld itself. True, none of them would happen in their current form without the people-concentrating effect of VMworld, but it wouldn't surprise me if some people's motivation for going to VMworld were some of the gatherings rather than VMworld itself.
After that, my favorite gathering is the social event that precedes the Kansas City VMUG's annual conference. Although I am a little biased (I am one of the leaders of the KC chapter), by the time the social event arrives, the conference is planned and will pretty much happen the way it does: there just isn't that much "steering" left to be done. That means we can finally relax, hang out with friends old & new and look forward to the next day.
@billpetro:My Favorite Gathering is not a technical conference, but where I sit on the deck at the lake with my family and friends just relaxing from the stress of technology. But for technology conferences, I really like the smaller technical conferences such as VMUGs, InfoSec World, etc. These conferences give me a chance to meet and talk to folks; the conversations last longer and are in many cases more in-depth. I was recently reunited with the 3D Graphics industry at the smaller and more academic Nvidia GPU Tech Conference, this was a rush and incredibly technical including the keynote!
@dancwilliams:But the best I ever attended was Promise Keepers in Washington DC in 1997. Around a million men showed up on the Mall. I brought my young (at the time) son. Historic assembly of men singing, praying and worshiping God. I've never seen the like.
@jfrappier:I always look forward to SOFIC, the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, in Tampa, FL every year. It is not solely an IT conference but rather a gathering of vendors that showcase their new technologies to assist the special forces warfighter in their mission. I worked in the DoD contracting space for years and I made a lot of friends at SOFIC over that time. I continue to attend year after year even though I have moved on from that arena. Between seeing old friends, playing a lot of golf, and being introduced to some new war tech, it is always a great time! I always walk away from that week with at least a dozen new ideas from making thing lighter, faster, and stronger.
@haslund:Favorite gathering is the #NerdHerd by far - Matthew Brender, Sean Thulin, Luigi Danakos and so many more, love getting together with this group to share geek, professional and just fun stories. A close second is the regional New England VTUG events at Gilette Stadium (home of the Patriots - GO PATS!) as they are easy to get to and not a lot of traffic as compared to events in the city (both Boston and Hartford)
@NakedCloudGuy:My favorite gathering is VMUG. The community here in Denmark is fantastic! People are happy to stand up and present on topics we can all use. I guess there is a reason these usually fill up in a few hours :-)
@jeades63:My favourite gathering is at Christmas with my friends back home in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England and is famous for being the party town of Europe!! You’e not had a proper night out until you’ve been ‘Oot on the Toon!’ (in English, Out on the Town). Always good to catch up and find out what’s been happening throughout the year!
@SQLRockstar:My fav gathering is Thanksgiving. We don't celebrate it in England and it's become a favorite of mine. It's all about friends and family and just hanging out and enjoying each others company - no presents, no expectations...other than eating too much.
@bknudtson:My favorite event is the PASS Summit. I've been going to the Summit since 2004. As a DBA, we tend to work alone, and going to a place like Summit is a good way to commiserate with fellow data professionals as well as to connect, share, and learn from each other. We expect over 5,000 attendees again this year, making it the largest gathering of SQL Server and BI professionals. DISCLOSURE: I am currently President of the Board of Directors for PASS.
I enjoy any place that we can unofficially gather and not have to shout. Alcohol is not required, but does help "grease the skids" for some people, and is sometimes just the excuse to gather (vBeers?). The ability to have a meaningful conversation with a small group that can easily flow in and out of technology is invigorating. Getting the perspective of others on life, liberty and the pursuit of bits without the hang-ups and barriers of "official" gatherings.