Posts Tagged 'Mixed Bag'

Saturday night mix

The PersonalMBA on “Experimenting with Delegation and Outsourcing“. Sure he is inspired by Tim Ferriss, isn´t he? But this might be an interesting approach, especially when you want to offload work to free up your capacity.

WebWorkerDaily: 6 Strategies Freelancers Can Learn From Corporate Cost-cutting. Yes, when everybody is tightening the belt, also freelancers have to adjust.

The Crisis of Credit visualized. Excellent.

Mindfuck Movies:

Some movies inform. Some movies entertain. And some pry open your skull and punch you in the brain. MATTHEW BALDWIN gathers up the films that have caused him to clutch his head and moan.

David Pogue shares his greatest hits from TED.

I had a separate post on better presentations a few days ago, but here are Edward R. Tufte´s Presentation Tips – not dependent on a particular tool.

Going for a Netbook? GigaOM with 5 Resources for Netbook Helps, Hacks and How-To’s

Louis Gray asks: Is there room for anyone else besides Twitter? Yes, there is, even though Dave Winer is still looking for Twitter´s WordPress. Look over to identi.ca, folks. I am @arminauth

Quite some commentary on the deal between IBM and Amazon to Deliver Software via Cloud Computing With Amazon Web Services.

Nick Carr: Another little IBM Deal

It doesn’t seem like such a big deal, and it probably isn’t. But you never know. The licensing of MS-DOS seemed like small potatoes when it happened.

Vinnie Mirchandani: Will IBM regret this also?

So, IBM now announces a relationship with amazon for its web services ostensibly to expose more of its software to the lower end of the market.  In the meantime,  it continues to do similar stuff in its own data centers for larger outsourced clients.

The question is will history repeat itself.

Dana Gardner: Who makes most rain from IBM-Amazon cloud deal? Oracle.

So we come to Oracle. Larry Ellison’s entertaining position on cloud is a hedge. He knows the substantial cloud economy is inevitable, and he knows its at least 10 years in the making. And he knows the transition will be ugly and bloody.

It’s too soon to tell whether the rainmaker-enabled marketplace approach of IBM (remember Java, Linux, n-tier) will beat out the shoot-for-the-moon strategy of Microsoft when it comes to the cloud. But I like Oracle’s margins better through 2016 as the battle ensues.

Twitter 10 Commandments from @thealmightygod:

I saw God the other day – he had just come down from the mountain (OK, so it was Camelback Mtn) and Tweeted to me in my sleep. He told me he had come to bring me the 10 Commandments of Twitter

The NY Times (Registration required) on Mark Shuttleworth and Ubuntu: A Software Populist Who Doesn’t Do Windows

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Afternoon Firefox Tab declutter

Ahhhh well, I just need to close some of the quite long open tabs in Firefox. So please enjoy what I had open and was hesitant to close up to now. Maybe some pearls for you as well:

  • Nick Carr: Googley treats for Goose Creek:

    There are a few things we know about Google data centers:
    1. They cost $600 million.
    2. They employ 200 people.
    3. They open with a down-home ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring politicians, oversized scissors, a local band, balloons, and a tent stocked with “Googley treats.”

  • Scott Berkun: Asshole driven development (via)
  • Google Mobile Blog: Gmail for mobile 2.0 – I have it on the Bold and it is much better than the old version
  • Suzanne Vega in the New York Times: Tom´s Essay (via)
  • Jack Cheng: Stuff I love (via) – geniale Idee für einen Kalender
  • heise.de: SAP will sich von Outsourcing-Tochter trennen – Wahrscheinlich skalieren die nicht genug. Und SAP-Hosting ist mittlerweile ein Commodity, das erst oberhalb von 10.000 Seats profitabel zu betreiben ist.
  • Loic le Meur: 24 hours with a G1 Google Phone: “Put a G1 next to an iPhone and it feels like a poorly designed cheap Huyndai next to the latest BMW coupe.”
  • Nick Carr, again: And now for the enterprise … – Why 2009 is a crucial year for Amazon Web Services and which opportunities the current situation brings
  • Dave Winer playing with Windows on AWS: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 -This seems to have some rough edges, but hey, they are still in Beta (for Windows on AWS, at least)
  • Mike Chirico: SQLite Tutorial – Good reference, if you need to work/play with SQLite.
  • heise.de: SAP erwartet Abwärtstrend – War zu erwarten. Der Mittelstand steht auf der Investitionsbremse, die Großunternehmen sind versorgt und die Adoption des neuen Lizenzmodells geht auch nicht so wie erwartet.
  • Vinnie Mirchandani: What software consolidation? – “MISO (Microsoft, IBM, SAP and Oracle) only accounts for a third of the total global revenues of roughly $ 450 billion.”
  • Tim O´Reilly: Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing and the response from Nick Carr: What Tim O’Reilly gets wrong about the cloud – Both worth to read. What is your view? Update: Tim has commented on Nicks post and Nick responds: Further musings on the network effect and the cloud
  • The Economist on Cloud Computing: Let it rise. A free PDF of the special report is available here. (via)
  • die FAZ in der Besprechung des Buches “Marke Eigenbau” von Holm Friebe und Thomas Ramge: “Das alles aber schmälert keineswegs die Bedeutung des Ansatzes von Friebe und Ramge, der einen weitreichenden Perspektivwechsel mit sich bringt. Am Beginn des Rundfunks standen die Radiobastler. Schnell schon wurde ihnen verboten, selbst zu senden. Schließlich ging man auch gegen den Zusammenbau der Empfangsgeräte vor. Nun sieht der Rundfunk seinem Ende entgegen – der Bastler aber hat ihn überlebt. Vielleicht und hoffentlich gilt ja tatsächlich Ähnliches für die Rundökonomie.” Cem hat das Buch bereits Anfang September kurz vorgestellt.
  • heise.de: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 ist fertig – Unterstützt Virtual Server, Hyper-V, VMware Server, VMware ESX and VMware GSX. Interessant.