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dropping magsafe on macbooks

Today was the announcement everyone was expecting. The new new macbook pros 2016. The brand new and improved chassis. The new CPU. The new graphic board. The new…

the you society

10 years ago Times chosen ‘you’ as the person of the year. ‘You’ as in the person behind the screen, the center of social media, where things should…

the power of small print #iphone

There’s a new iPhone in town. It’s called the 7 and it doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack – which is good because I only use bluetooth headphones….

serverless

Serverless architectures will be definitely the future. I’m sure of that. But they are a pain to manage. Companies are still doing the transition from physical -> virtual…

live photos on the iPhone; shhh! they’re listening!

So, live photos have been around for sometime now on the newer iPhones and latest iOS, but until recently we only had paid tools to create gifs out of those live…

It’s the data, Sherlock!

About the Mexican data leak The data was stored in a publicly accessible MongoDB database, that required no password or authentication to be accessed. The database was hosted on…

when agencies don’t communicate

Everyone knows the case of FBI vs Apple, which started with a weird request to Apple. But now the FBI dropped the case, since it doesn’t need Apple’s help…

software is not eating the world. hardware is.

Dropbox just quit Amazon Web Services and the most interesting thing (beside that) is that they’re doing their own hardware now and seeing that as a huge competitive…

Code of Practice – Equipment Interference

So the UK has a draft for Equipment Interference that could soon become law.  (local cache) With this, instead of having the Government trying to hack systems and…

TNW; 6 years ago

One of my first interviews was with Charlie Kindel, 6 years ago, for The Next Web and it kinda reminded me that time does fly.

oscars, startups and quitting

Yesterday, Chris Rock delivered a great monologue about diversity, but there was something more to it, mostly when he thought about boycotting the whole thing… How come there’s only…

15 years of a State of Trance

So, I’ve been privileged of following Armin Van Buuren for the past 15 years. I still remember those first days at DI.FM where we could get his sets…

cyber celebrity

This is rather old now, but Kevin Spacey went to the Davos forum in November and was wired by WISeKey Security. Now, we’ve all seen celebrities doing more ‘tech’ stuff for money…

the corporate information

One of things I’ve recently seen is that no one in the corporate world ever mastered the way they produce information and consume it. Let’s face it, we…

gartner might be wrong. machine learning is just picking up (again)

We all know about the Gartner HypeCycle 2015 and their predictions. One of those is around machine learning, which is down on the peak of inflated expectations, going to…

blunt 2016 predictions from microsoft

It’s that time of the year again when companies and researchers are asked about their work and what they think it will happen next year. Microsoft has just…

money over privacy

VTech was recently hacked and it was really bad for everyone, as Vice Motherboard reports: a hacker broke into the servers of VTech, a Hong Kong-based company that…

banking and the cloud (by Investec)

Yesterday we had one of the largest AWS User Group meetups ever in the UK at Investec, and was quite epic to be honest. We had drones, flashing hoodies…

Jira, the favourite tool of bad managers

Three days ago, Ben Hughes wrote on Medium that the use of Jira is quite often a symptom of a management problem. Which I completely agree! In my…

the credit card killed the banks

Where do we use credit cards to buy stuff ? Well, for me it’s pretty much everywhere: google play, apple store, paypal, online groceries, amazon, domains, hosting, cloud…

cloud white labeling

We all heard that Microsoft is opening an UK datacenter in 2016. Which is quite good to overcome some ‘boring’ law gaps regarding data issues. Even if data…

key management at the bank of england

The Guardian has today a piece about the Bank of England and with some pictures illustrating how it works and what’s inside. What intrigued me was their key…

the power of data

We already get Google usage reports regularly and they’re pretty much comprehensible and it’s interesting to see how we spend our time with GMail. But just now I…

cyber, cyber, cyber, security, cyber, cyber, cyber

There’s a huge security market report by Cybersecurity Ventures out just now http://cybersecurityventures.com/cybersecurity-market-report/ (pdf) It’s ‘cyber’ all around, commercially sponsored (might have some bias), but never the less some interesting…

AWS; cloudy London

The cat is out! Werner Vogels on its blog today wrote about the third AWS EU datacenter, right here in the UK. “”The AWS UK region will be…

dumb pipe, smart pipe

I’ve already talked about dump pipes, which is what common network providers are. They’ve lost services to startups, apps to the app stores and capabilities to technology; GPS…

first they fight you, then you both win

That was an RedHat commercial back in 2005, when they were hitting Microsoft and closed source every month with their “Truth Happens” – legendary – campaign. 10 years…

Hackers: Marvin Minsky

I found Marvin in the book already mentioned here, which I advise everyone to read: Hackers. One of the things I remember back then was about “the enthusiasm of…

cloud computing as renewable energy

Yesterday on twitter, Larry Carvalho was talking about the next big AWS step; on-premise availability zones. That’s interesting, but if we think of it on a broader scale; why…

2015 hype cycle

It’s that time of the year when Gartner launches their predictions and state of technology with the Hype Cycle.. Here’s some interesting notes: Hybrid Cloud Computing is half way…

paper, rock, security

Sends email to IT with security details IT emails back with User/Password Changes password to a pass phrase Too long pass phrase Changes back to a random password…

you also need an opensource strategy

Not all companies produce software and from those that do, not all make them available as opensource projects. Closed source and IP is still considered a form of…

europe weird wide world

From the same guys that brought you a mobile roaming free Europe, now they say that you should have a fast and slow lane to the internet. And…

oracle has a cloud

Oracle had yesterday (Sunday, yes) its Oracle OpenWorld and Larry keynote was on late night here in London – for everyone’s standards… … and it felt like this:…

cloud versioning

As you might’ve noticed by now, we don’t have the cloud versioning thing as we had in the silly web times (1.0, 2.0, 3.0…) or as we still…

about passwords

XKCD nailed it quite well. “I don’t care about passwords, honestly” is more stronger than “[email protected]$vv0rDs” For the record, if you have a phrase like the one about…

when a CEO says its company was hacked

It’s all over the news; TalkTalk was hacked. We’re talking about customers personal information and bank details. So, pretty much their core business – not core function, as it still…

the economy of cloud scale

We all know by now that AWS is massive not just on cloud capabilities, but also infrastructure wise and with revenue + investment. The same with Google and Microsoft. With…

the opex vendor lock-in of fragmentation

“No one got fired for buying IBM” – that was the status-quo of vendor lock-in two decades ago. It was so much entangled into the IT culture that people wouldn’t…

what happened to linux on desktop ?

… this happened This quote came from Joyent presentation about Linux containers on illumos (opensolaris fork) and represents two things: 1) the people that loved linux on the desktop…

time sharing systems

So, I wasn’t around when Compatible Time-Sharing Systems (CTSS) were in place  – hard to believe, eh? 😛 – but my father was and he still has a box…

if you’re not using the cloud, you’re doing IT wrong

Big enterprise has their gold plated, enterprise grade hardware, and all of their enterprise software support and there are huge bills there. With cloud, this gets cleaned out,…

Tesla business plan for the next 5 years

Tesla cars will reach 620 miles on a single charge within a year or two and be fully autonomous in three years. Simple and clear message.

#AzureCon 2015

I’m not the biggest Microsoft fan in the world. Heck! I was never a Microsoft fanboy – neither Apple, btw. But I see that now, with Google and…

git out of da choppah!

Recently I’ve found some interesting data on our github, under the punch cards graphs. It currently describes three projects and how we approach them. – Case 1 –…

what’s up

It has been two months since my last post here. Which is really alarming, since I promised myself to right every month at least a post. Guess that…

going back in time – part I

For future reference, I’m going to leave here two links for you to explore: http://readonlymemory.vg/the-making-of-lemmings/ http://www.vice.com/read/in-conversation-with-games-industry-legend-ian-livingstone-551 The first one tells the story of Lemmings – one of the…

Calvin and Hobbes – timeless piece of art

Calvin and Hobbes was created for 10 years. It lives forever in me. In 2013 Bill draw this.  http://zenpencils.com/comic/128-bill-watterson-a-cartoonists-advice/ Priceless!

my Sony Z3c little annoyances

I have a Sony Z3 Compact from Three UK. The phone is one of the best phones I ever had and its form factor is superb, along with…

it’s the cloud economy stupid

In two recent news: In 2009, Zynga was a marquee customer for Amazon.com ‘cloud-computing services. Two years later, it spent $100 million to build its own data centers…