“the unsalvageable West”
Just links and wastebook today
Just links today, but first!
I’m giving the opening talk at the VMUG Belgium, on June 1st. It’s in Brussels, which is always a nice place to be. It seems like it’s free, so of course you should come in you’re in the neighborhood. There’ll be a wide range of talk from traditional VMware topics to whacky cloud native ones.
Relative to your interests
If you like the links I put in these newsletters, you’ll love Seroter’s daily links - I steal a lot of them!
Hoogspanning!: More Dutch Safety Posters - 50 Watts - Old Netherlands safety posters.
Adding A Product-Led Growth Strategy To A Traditional B2B Organization - Among other things: don’t forget they your sales model is going to drive your product management, eventually.
Josh Long at Devoxx UK: Showcasing Bootiful Spring 6 and Spring Boot 3 - “In his humoristic seriosity, Long mentioned that as he feels the compilation was taking too long he decided to ask for either elevator music or at least a notification, like the toasters, to alert him when the compilation is done.” Sounds about right.
Gartner Says Four Trends are Shaping the Future of Cloud, Data Center and Edge Infrastructure - Some predictions about how organizations will do public cloud stuff, if you’re into Gartner predictions. Here is one on migrating apps to public cloud: ‘The focus of refactoring cloud infrastructure should be on optimizing costs by eliminating redundant, overbuilt or unused cloud infrastructure; building business resilience rather than service-level redundancy; using cloud infrastructure as a way to mitigate supply chain disruptions; and modernizing infrastructure. According to Gartner, 65% of application workloads will be optimal or ready for cloud delivery by 2027, up from 45% in 2022.’ // I don’t have access to the PDF, so I’m assuming this means that 50% of workloads are not “read for cloud delivery” right now in 2023. Meaning…they run on traditional, on-premises VMs, bare metal, or mainframes. // As I did just there, I mostly use these predictions to get an estimate of the current state of things. Who know how things will be in 2027, but the analysis put into the more contemporary estimate is more usable.
The 90s Obsession With Transparent Technology - Clearly a good read.
EU AI Act To Target US Open Source Software - ’The list of risks includes risks to such things as the environment, democracy, and the rule of law. What’s a risk to democracy? Could this act itself be a risk to democracy? ’
MariaDB walks tightrope between commerce and open source - “It recorded a 26 percent year-over-year increase in revenue to reach $13.5 million, although it was still making a net loss of $11.9 million, partly owing to the cost of going public.” Quick analysis.
AI Act: a step closer to the first rules on Artificial Intelligence - “AI systems with an unacceptable level of risk to people’s safety would be strictly prohibited, including systems that deploy subliminal or purposefully manipulative techniques, exploit people’s vulnerabilities or are used for social scoring (classifying people based on their social behaviour, socio-economic status, personal characteristics).” Also summarizing copyrighted material, it seems.
Innovator’s Dilemma dynamics - “while a $40 million company needs to find just $8 million in revenues to grow at 20 percent in the subsequent year, a $4 billion company needs to find $800 million in new sales. No new markets are that large. As a consequence, the larger and more successful an organization becomes, the weaker the argument that emerging markets can remain useful engines for growth…. Not only are the market applications for disruptive technologies unknown at the time of their development, they are unknowable. The strategies and plans that managers formulate for confronting disruptive technological change, therefore, should be plans for learning and discovery rather than plans for execution.”
“Living in discovery is at all times preferable to living through assumptions.” –The Creative Act, Rick Rubin
“If we like what we are creating, we don’t have to know why… There’s nothing at all to figure out… Think to yourself: I’m just here to create." Ibid.
“the unsalvageable West” Here.
Talks I’ll be giving, things I’ll be doing, places I’ll be going.
June 1st VMUG Belgium in Brussels, free. June 7th State of Kubernetes overview, online. June 8th to 9th PlatformCon, online. June 21st Cloud Foundry Day, Heidelberg, speaking. June 22nd to 23rd DevOpsDays Amsterdam August 21st to 24th SpringOne & VMware Explore US, in Las Vegas. Sep 6th to 7th DevOpsDays Des Moines, speaking. Sep 18th to 19th SHIFT in Zadar.
Tomorrow is a Netherlands holiday. We’ll see what happens with the newsletter. I’ve been doing a lot of work studying banking and talking with people about software in banking. Hopefully I’ll be writing that kind of stuff up a lot. It’s, I don’t know…fun!
I have some new chips to sample. So maybe I’ll get to those videos and throw them in here. Also, there’s a Software Defined Talk recording tonight at 10pm Amsterdam time if you want to watch out live streaming - the raw, unedited stream.