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In ten days' time it will be three years to the day since I was successfully operated on for pancreatic cancer.  Some of you reading this may be unaware of the
“What makes for a red-hot company?” IDG Connect Editorial Director Martin Veitch asked himself rhetorically in November 2013. “Knowing which closely-held companies have the strength in depth to succeed is an inexact science,” he answered, “but there
"The unexamined life is not worth living," said Plato. There's no doubt he was on to something. The observation, from Plato's Apology, is a recollection of the speech Socrates gave at his trial...and for all that Socrates may have lived a little before Tim Berners-Lee and knew nothing ...
Today it is exactly two years since the weirdest Valentine's Day I have ever experienced, or indeed hope ever to experience again. February 14, 2011, in short, is etched into my diary and my brain as the day when I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Here's how it went down 365 days ago in Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), which is where I had the Whipple procedure - in which, as one fellow pancreatic survivor recently put it, "Everything around the pancreas that can be removed, cut, whacked, chopped, is."
With his passing just six weeks after stepping away from his role as CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs has made Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, one of those days that many of us will remember for the rest of our lives - a day when someone whose shining brilliance and persistence brought him victo...
I just this morning received the following enthusiastic message from Klout. No matter what Klout may say to the contrary, this was for me a summer of seaweed rather than sagacity...and I apologize to those who were expecting me to show greater resilience to my chemotherapy. No one has ...
Strange just how much can happen in one-third of a year.Four months ago to the day, I was wheeled into an operating theater in Denmark's top hospital. In the intense few hours that followed, a gifted surgeon and a deeply professional team obtained a dream result.
One can add the word "social" to any other word in the English language right now, and somewhere, sometime, a group of software developers will turn the colloquy into some kind of a website or application. Take "social" + "comparison" for example.
May 1st seemed the perfect day to just take a few moments to pause and take stock. This is going to be the only year of my life (I hope!!) involving an escape from death, and in those circumstances it is difficult to prevent oneself from wondering how best to use the gift that has been...
Okay, things have been happening so fast and furiously just recently that many people have asked me to just take a deep breath and help them play catch-up. Here goes...
Occasionally in the life of every commentator, even those of us who look at the future of the future day and night, you experience what amounts - yes, there is no other word for it - to an epiphany.
Major props to the Cloud Expo New York support team in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey - three of the dedicated team of masterminds behind 2011 Show Registration, East & West coast, the Conference website and the logistics of all the Exhibitors & Sponsors
So James Franco has declared that 'Social Media Is Over' and done the unthinkable...he has shut down his Twitter account. Will the world stop spinning? Is this the end of western civilization? What next, will people stop asking questions on Quora, will they cease to publish photos ...
While not as debilitating as some other forms of chemotherapy, the drug Gemcitabine (a.k.a. GEMZAR) is most likely to become my new poison of choice. I won't know until the oncologist tells me how long the treatment will last, but I gather it may come in 21-day cycles. Given the proxim...
What has one of the deadliest forms of cancer got to do with "New Media"? Quite a lot, it turns out. Because thanks to the Internet, I was able - before my consulting surgeon could even say it to me - to learn that in cases such as mine where by some quirk of fate pancreatic cancer is ...
As America - on the East Coast anyway, including in Washington, DC - tucks up in bed, the sun is rising on Egypt. Which seems an appropriate time for @jg21 to briefly explain what I had in mind when resolving for the past 12 hours or so to re-Tweet as many of the comments and links fly...
As America - on the East Coast anyway, including in Washington, DC - tucks up in bed, the sun is rising on Egypt. Which seems an appropriate time for @jg21 to briefly explain what I had in mind when resolving for the past 12 hours or so to re-Tweet as many of the comments and links fly...
"Even though this is a personal financial matter, I want to be clear about this to avoid any confusion," wrote Microsoft CEO Ballmer on the Microsoft website, to quell fears that his sale of $1.3BN worth of shares in the company was maybe a sign of an imminent departure from the hot se...
Speaking Thursday in Tokyo at The New Context Conference 2010, the founder of Twitter, Biz Stone (pictured), put onto the record two sentences that will stand the test of time in the era of social computing: "Twitter isn't a triumph of technology it's a triumph of humanity. A more conn...
"Larry Ellison is borderline bat-shit crazy on a good day," the analyst Rob Enderle is quoted as saying in a piece last week by Sam Gustin - a senior writer at DailyFinance, an AOL Finance & Money site. Enderle was prompted to utter this remark by speculation that perhaps the Oracle...
If Tim Berners Lee had thought for a moment, back in 1990, that his invention at CERN of http + HTML + server + browser was going 20 years later to eliminate Newsweek from newsstands worldwide, he might have gone back to studying physics instead of ushering in the World Wide Web. Bu...
Investigative writer Stacey Higginbotham, who is never happier than when immersed in SEC filings, tech specs or poking through a data center, and who has spent the last ten years covering technology and finance for publications such as The Deal, the
Is imitation the best form of flattery, even in business? This question sprang to mind last week when VMware's private-cloud initative, known as "Project Redwood" internally, accidentally made it into the limelight when by mistake details of vCloud Service Director, which is what VMwar...
Agathon Group - A dedicated grid environment that allows charitable and non-profit campaigns to scale on demand.
Adaptivity - Adaptivity "provides integrated solutions that automate IT Delivery optimization across enterprise computing environments." Those behind the company built the largest private cloud while at Wachovia and are today building
Abiquo - Newly re-launched with the help of $5.1M in VC money, Abiquo is now headquartered in Redwood City, CA, and has a new CEO, Pete Malcolm. the company's flagship Cloud management
10Gen - Co-founded by Dwight Merriman, who also co-founded DoubleClick and served as its CTO for ten years, 10Gen is a commercial entity offering "innovative
3Tera - Offering what it calls "Cloud Computing Without Compromise," 3Tera enables the provision and deployment of "scalable clustered applications in minutes
3PAR - Recently announced its "Cloud-Agile" program, a new partnership initiative "to promote the adoption of cloud computing and cloud-based services offered by leading providers with
3Leaf Systems - Describes itself as a provider of "next-generation server solutions to enable cloud computing." Specifically, 3Leaf
It is often said that becoming an entrepreneur is the modern-day equivalent of choosing to be a pioneer on the old frontier. Only people with certain strength of fiber decide to found companies. They tend to be forward thinkers by nature, natural born pathfinders. But in age that lo...
As for the right name, what more need be said than that Cloud Computing has caught on in a way that "Grid Computing" or "Utility Computing" or "Elastic Computing" never did? As a metaphor is sums up perfectly the spirit of compute capacity that can be set up and torn down programati...
Someone once asked Ernest Hemingway if it was difficult to write. He replied "Not at all, you just sit at the typewriter and bleed!" Hemingway must be turning these days in his grave, because if Cloud Computing has done anything it has shown once and for all that technology commenta...
No one can properly understand anything related to enterprise-level Cloud Computing without having first gained a deep understanding of the capabilities of different Cloud players. SYS-CON's pioneering Cloud Computing Bootcamp is designed with that in mind. It is a one-day, fully immer...
Expo, of which Microsoft is a Gold sponsor and one of the biggest exhibitors (out of over 70 leading Cloud companies exhibiting), came out of the corner swinging. Specifically Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, gave a speech on Thursday to computer science students at the University of...
Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz has been reviewing Sun's three major strategic imperatives, and the company's progress going in to its next fiscal year. As industry blogs go, the three entries he's produced so far are miniature masterpieces.
Would Microsoft be able to use its acquisition of Yahoo! to 'shake its obsession with catching Google and instead look to the next generation of the Internet,' asks John Markoff in The New York Times this morning. Writing in his popular 'Silicon Vall
'HTML has long been at war with itself,' writes Yahoo! Architect Douglas Crockford, one of the most popular speakers at AJAXWorld ever since it began life early in 2006. 'Is it a document format or is it an application delivery format? You can see th
When Microsoft parted with $240M for a 1.6% stake in a company with $140M in revenues and $30M in profits, was it over-paying? Conspiracy theorists were quick to say that the move was deliberate, to inflate the overall value of Facebook to $15BN and