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Moving on. This blog has moved.

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:45:06 -0400

Hi, this blog has moved. It's now at Please stop by and say hello. Thanks, Jim

The Dash Button - Can you say lock in?

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 10:52:59 -0400

Amazon announced the Dash Button this week and most of the buzz was of the “is this an April fools joke?” variety. That’s unfortunate because it’s a really interesting development and deserves more careful consideration. The Button is simple but...

Getting out of my Skinner Box

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:10:30 -0400

When I was a kid my teachers told me I was “hyperactive,” and they gave me lots of demerits to emphasize their point. I’m pretty sure, had I been born later, I would have been considered ADHD. I coped reasonably...

Public vs. Private Cloud: Price isn’t enough

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:11:47 -0500

Last October Simon Wardley and I stood on a rainy sidewalk at 28th St. in NYC arguing politely (he’s British) about the future of cloud adoption. He argued, rightly, that the cost advantages from scale would be overwhelming compared to...

Net Neutrality: They're too mad, we're too happy

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:02:30 -0500

The Net Neutrality vote is over and to some people the results suggest an end of America as we know it. To the net neutrality haters an un-elected body just voted on an impenetrable secret protocol whose true purpose is...

Hacking Authenticity

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:55:42 -0400

Have you heard of Shinola? I first heard of the company when my brother called: “Hey, there’s a really cool new company making watches in Detroit. They’re the first watch made in America in a long time. I pre-ordered one.”...

Velocity Conference talk - DevOps and Intentional Emergence

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:51:51 -0400

I'm going to do some more writing on this topic but in the meantime, I've posted the slides from my recent Velocity Conference talk: The main point of this talk is that the information age is having as large an...

Maybe it's time for emergence on purpose

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:24:57 -0400

For ten years I owned the domain “” It seemed obvious to me when I bought it that the world had become post-modern and networked but that companies were still behaving like Napoleonic government bureaus. Their industrial age information designs...

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:24:18 -0400

Silicon Valley and traditional corporate enterprises aren't just manifestations of different processes in action, they are different evolutionary branches, based on a completely different set of assumptions. Silicon Valley corporations aren't a different tribe, they are a different species. The...

I'm not looking for an iPad shaped like a car

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:17:00 -0400

Last year at OSCON I heard an automobile manufacturer employee describe their product as a “mobile container for electronics, now it’s an iPad shaped like a car.” More recently I spoke with a chip manufacturer about their vision for compute...

A room with a (limited) view

Sun, 07 Sep 2014 15:44:24 -0400

I have always had trouble with focus and attention. When I was a kid they didn’t call it ADHD, they just said I was hyperactive. That term also works, to a point, but it implies a higher state of stimulation...

Emergence works best when it's planned

Sun, 07 Sep 2014 13:10:55 -0400

In a moment of energetic ambition (or, maybe it was a lapse of judgement) I proposed a talk for the upcoming Velocity conference in New York. DevOps, and operations in general, isn’t my usual haunt, but I felt inspired to...

Bringing back Limn This

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:45:08 -0400

I’ve been writing at the Radar blog for the last few years and as you can see, have allowed this personal blog to languish. Maybe I’m part of a trend though, because it seems that there is a subtle renaissance...

Digital Tramp Stamps - Your friends are tattoos you may regret

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:16:48 -0400

I read somewhere that the single most important predictor of an individual's obesity risk is whether or not their friends are obese. Eventually we can count on Facebook's implementation of machine vision, weight estimating algorithms, and the publicness policies to...

Redistribution goes both ways

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:19:22 -0400

This is SO much easier than blogging. My first every twitter essay.