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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…

how microsoft changed

The NY Times has a brilliant article about Microsoft which is probably the best resume for their future and current strategy. We’ve seen Microsoft acting weird under Ballmer command…

digital in local government

When they say they started doing some digital projects: When digital consultants arrive: Local Gov agile expectations: Agile delivery: Images from http://www.ridingvintage.com/

Shadow IT and CMO power

CIO.com has a quite interesting article on how the Shadow IT favours the Chief Marketing Officer and their agenda, rather than the regular IT Manager or CIO. Shadow…

future idea; world first bitcoin (physical) bank

1) Use this as a bitcoin wallet; 2) fill a datacenter with them; 3) sell it as the world first bitcoin bank 4) profit It comes with built-in…

#truestory

ARM as the new Spectrum

Back in the 80’s, we had this (actually, I had one of these made in Portugal): This was a Timex 2048, which was a “clone” of ZX Spectrum….

comics is the thing that keeps you young

Just found out this new documentary about cartoons and comics, called Stripped, released this year. As you might figure out by now, I’m a huge fan of comics…

storage over privacy

Storage was that beautiful thing that used to be just yours, to put whatever you want into it and have it for yourself. It was like a no sharing…

new year resolutions

My new year resolutions as a long tail diagram.  

dress code for those who don’t care about it

This guy landed a spacecraft on an asteroid. This guy landed a probe in Mars. Now these, are consultants. Any kind of them. And they are happy as…

Cisco predicts that the cloud is going to be the future

Old habits die hard, they say. Network is one of them. Network in the datacenter is not actually a modern habit. It’s rather vanishing because more people are…

IE for all

Finally Microsoft launched an Internet Explorer for developers and designers to test their own websites. It’s free and it’s not a virtual machine but rather an Azure (free)…

apple smartest move ever

Is actually the Apple SIM, that they launched today. Pretty clever move. Have a SIM that could connect to a bunch of mobile carriers, being sold as ‘agnostic’…

google supply management made easy

Sometimes I get asked if companies should have more than one technology supplier (to have discounts) or a bunch of them (to have choice). It’s indeed a matter…

when a dumb pipe controls your data access

A few years ago, Telcos ruled the world. They controlled our calls, messages, games, apps, payments, address book, location and even music. Those services were all provided by…

quick review of yesterday apple announcements

mutts nails it

really love how much Mutts is perfectly synced with my life  

you’re the product

This is a graph that Jawbone released from yesterday earthquake in Napa, Northern California.  Pretty cool, when you have access to data of thousands of users and you can…

throwback thursday – the pager

20 years ago I had this pager. My mom used to “call” me on that. It had a good alarm and news service. Now we use twitter.

everyone thinks they’re special

When you work for the public sector, there’s this need to create your own walled garden and make yourself the guardian keeper of something. It might be some…

knowing your fears

There’s a lot of talk today around startups and how nice it is to build something for people to use or consume. Some do it for themselves (which…

data is like water

– Clean data is like clean water. It’s expensive, scarce and we should save it for hard times. – If data is like water, then it doesn’t matter…

the genius behind Apple products

Jony Ive is known as the genius behind latest Apple products, such as the iphone, iMac, Macbook, iPod and even the new iOS. So I thought that this…

half way

Today when I opened google I saw something different… Oh, yeah, it’s me. One more year and half way of expected life. But then someone shared with me…

is Apple the new Microsoft ?

“Apple is the new Microsoft“, some say. Almost every hipster and Apple fanboy will tell that’s not true and will fearlessly say it’s the opposite. Because Apple will never loose…

Amazon Zocalo – hands on

Amazon has given me the privilege to test their new service Zocalo, which is like a nice dropbox alike frontend for S3.  My first initial feeling is that the…

the strange case of Foocall

FooCall is one of those strange cases of an application with lots of potential, yet unleashed. For those who never used it, Foocall is an application that allows…

captains log; mostly doing this

Lately I’ve been using Windows. No, this isn’t a OS war again, but just a personal thing. Windows 7 was really good. Now with 2012 and the 8 thingie,…

first world cloud problems; your code

Rackspace launched a new service, the “bare metal cloud” (more info here), because neighbours can be loud and you need some privacy and performance. Basically it’s Openstack on…

Fire – Amazon new shopping device

Everyone’s talking about the new phone from Amazon and its new 3D features. Which are rather cool, such as the device itself. But for me the most important…

opensource; the latest PR stunt from Tesla

Disclaimer: I love Tesla cars! The Good: Tesla Motors yesterday did something that no one would ever expected. They opensourced their patent portfolio and give it to the…

why I ONLY share content on Linkedin

Linkedin has for some time now articles from known sources and famous people, but recently (last few months) has opened that to everyone on the network, to post longer articles…

when Wired goes bananas

So, Wired came up with an article regarding the new iOS 8 notifications, which in their own words are going to be awe-what for it-some! The full article…

the evolution of cloud competition on the magic quadrant

A couple of weeks ago I’ve wrote about how Amazon is leaving its competition behind when it comes to cloud computing – “mirrors and snails in the cloud”….

API’s are the new karma

Today, Simon Wardley on twitter while in a talk regarding Amazon AWS innovation and competitors, said that there’s not that much innovation from Amazon competitors, just pointless differentiation, e.g….

heartbleed && wireless

At yesterday Portuguese security meetup in Lisbon, a friend just talked about heartbleed and wireless, showing an exploit for it. Here’s the presentation, the code you can ask…

the IT world will be a container shipping industry

If we look at the current IT world we can see that people want to move their infrastructure, services and business into a more cloud environment, because running…

cloud is new the new opensource

A few years ago, when people pitched opensource to government, it was all about the price, lower operational and infrastructural costs and to improve technology. Then the professional consultant…

mirrors and snails in the cloud

Mike Kavis wrote a recent article about cloud computing and how for Amazon (AWS), objects in the rear mirror appear closer than they look. He pretty much describes…

the problem with projects that you don’t have the full picture

Apple, updating what people don’t need

Hipsters all around the world, rejoice. Apple has released an update to Mavericks. The 10.9.3 (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6228) Thing is, along all the updates (who’s using 4k right now ?!?), they…