Posts in "Technology"

MLB 14 The Show for PS4 is going to be AWESOME!!!

I am really looking forward to the next installment of MLB The Show. There are a lot of innovations in MLB 14 The Show which I've been not so secretly hoping for for years. From more diverse crowd models, to even more realistic stadium architectures and more detailed player models with realistic movement. MLB 14 The Show looks to be freaking AWESOME!!! C'mon March! Aren't you hear yet! Only 144 days until Opening Day baby!

Healthcare.gov (ACA / Obamacare) and Why I’m not Concerned

Healthcare.gov launched a couple weeks ago. I’ve yet to be able to sign up for the service, though I admit I’ve been a mix of nervous and eager to do so. Self-employed as I am, I tend to earn more than the ACA would like to provide a discount on a care package at any “medal” level.

Nonetheless, the wankers in Congress and the technically uninitiated have been griping and complaining that it’s broken, and are pushing for either sweeping changes, or the abolition of the program altogether.

I remain unconcerned, un-phazed and disinterested in their complaints. I am much more ticky tacky about the fact that the contractors on the program, suckered into appearing before Congress today are passing blame to higher powers in the hierarchy.

While it’s true Kathleen Sibelius is head of HHS, it’s hardly realistic to expect her to understand the inner-workings of the technical components of the program. It’s likely she was assured by those under her it looked good, and on-track for launch, and she would have been satisfied by simple demonstrations of being able to signup and login.

It’s also unlikely the contractors are completely to blame. They probably built exactly what was designed and spec’d for them to build.

So who then do you blame?

 

I blame the planners. The requirements masters who were supposed to completely map the system out and deliver to the contractors actionable blueprints with which to construct the system we were to depend on.

But it’s not the end of the world. The system will be fixed.

 

Democratic  Rep. Anna Eshoo of California said “Amazon and EBay don’t’ crash the week before Christmas,ProFlowers doesn’t crash on Valentine’s Day.”

I think this comparison is deliriously blind of the fact that those sites have “grown” over time to be able to handle that traffic. Fifteen years ago, those sites barely existed and certainly didn’t handle the volume of traffic or commerce they do today. Nobody knew how much traffic to expect on day 1, and I can tell Congress from my experience that systems do some pretty wonky things when overloaded.

I blame no-one for the “debacle” that is Healthcare.gov. It sucks it broke from day 1, but the interest and traffic is something any brand new service would kill for.

3 Reasons LinkedIn Skill Endorsements are Stupid

I’m an open-networker. I pretty literally will connect with anyone, anywhere for any reason. I’ve met new friends through LinkedIn and business contacts through Twitter. The Internet is an amazing place, and LinkedIn, good and bad, is the hub of professional networking online.

LinkedIn Skills Endorsements

LinkedIn Skills Endorsements

Last year LinkedIn introduced a new feature called “Skills,” whereby your connections can crowdsource-verify your expertise. Simple in theory and exciting at first. But then the inevitable happened… The internet found it. There are a bevy of reasons why I think the Skill Endorsements on LinkedIn are rubbish, but for brevity, I’ll list just three here.

1. People Make Assumptions

We all do it, we meet someone new and we find out what they do. But we only really know on a very basic level about their expertise. If we connect and you tell me you work in the financial industry, I could connect any number of dots to decide you work in derivatives. But perhaps you don’t. Perhaps you work in insurance, or bond investments, or non-profit financial planning services.

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This is why I believe Teaity will do well…

Vertically focused startups are pulling some of the best performances around. Why? Because they're not so broad as to try too much and be great at nothing. Instead, they're focused enough to treat their target user-base like VIPs. This is why I think my startup, Teaity, will ultimately do well.

ServiceMesh – Cloud Control

So today I started toying around with a new tool I think would be awesome for the work I do with enterprise organizations and their cloud environments. The tool is called ServiceMesh.

With ServiceMesh I can create a new instance in any of a number of clouds, build the instance from a script and deploy applications to it. OR I can design a blueprint for an environment (LAMP with separate instances for different work (disk, DB & compute let’s say)) and use that blueprint to easily create new editions to an environment when an app sees an infrastructure need change, or if I want to blueprint an app’s environment to rubber-stamp the next level up (say when building QA after building & testing DEV.)

ServiceMesh is a really exciting tool, and not the only one of its kind, but certainly one of the most interesting from my perspective.

 

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