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Yellowstone HO!

Posted by on May 30, 2014
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It’s been an incredibly busy couple of months and the lack of activity here on the blog shows it. With very little warning, I found myself changing jobs and joining Cisco and diving into the final preparations for our first ever Developer Conference tied into Cisco Live! Cisco Live was last week (you can find my retrospective here), when 25,000 people descended on Moscone Center for the big annual conference here in the U.S. This was my first visit to Moscone Center in a long time — 15 years? — and a fascinating leap back...

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2014 NHL Playoffs, round 3

Posted by on May 17, 2014
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Time for the conference finals, and time for me to sneak in my picks — as I write this the Rangers/Habs game has just dropped the puck. Summary so far: First round: 6-2, and my cup final picks made it through. Second round: 3-1, but my eastern pick to make the finals — Boston — goes down to Montreal. Boston was also my pick to win it all, so, oh well. Overall: 9-3, which is pretty good. Now we’re down to four teams and the conference finals. Winners of these series fight for the cup. My predictions: Eastern Conference:...

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Come join us at Cisco Live

Posted by on May 14, 2014
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I need to apologize for the extended quiet here on the blog. No time or brain cells to write, and  I finally hauled myself out and fired up the cameras for the first time in six weeks on Sunday, but I haven’t yet had time to process them…. l’ve been busy getting going at Cisco and with the planning for Cisco Live (my high water mark happened today with two Webex meetings on two devices and five simultaneous chat sessions on various things). In any event, I’ll be manning the DevNet zone with the team at Cisco Live next...

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So….. Now what?

Posted by on May 6, 2014
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The Sharks go up against the LA kings again in the first round of the playoffs, and once again lose and end their season too early. This time, however, they were up in the series 3-0, only to lose 4 straight. The fans are pissed. With good reason. The team is pissed. The coaches are pissed. The GM is pissed. The exit interviews are fascinating. What happened? What does the team do? What can it do? One thing is clear. Changes are coming. What are they? I don’t think anyone knows — although I’m sure Wilson has some ideas...

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2014 NHL playoffs, round 2

Posted by on May 2, 2014
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Just a quick note to get my predictions in before too many games get played… Amazingly enough, I went 6-2 in the first round, missing Colorado and St. Louis. Congrats to the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks for not caring what I think.  I will say this first round of hockey was, overall, some of the best and most entrancing hockey I’ve seen in however long I’ve been following hockey. When the Rangers/Flyers series is the series that keeps getting forgotten in the larger discussion going on, there’s some really...

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“Superficial Changes”

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014
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“Superficial Changes” – Marco.org: There are plenty of problems with the iOS app ecosystem, but most of them that Apple could reasonably control — and most of Jared’s specific complaints — are App Store-related, not OS-related. The App Store team has a lot of work to do, and improving it must be a very low priority for Apple since it moves so minimally and glacially. It’s clear by their actions that Apple believes the App Store is mostly fine the way it is, which is sad, embarrassing, incorrect, and a...

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I have committed even more NAS

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014
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About six months ago I made the decision to upgrade my work setup to a Network Attached Storage unit and use it for data storage and backups. I talk about that decision here. How did it go? I’m quite happy with the decision and results. I didn’t get everything perfect, but I came close. My Synology DS413j is a nice, solid unit and it has been rock solid since day one. I did run into a few challenges and complications, which is why about two months ago I made a decision the solution was to buy a second NAS. So I’m now the...

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First week done at Cisco….

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014
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One week in at Cisco. The week started with with “hi, here’s your office, here’s your computer, we’re late for a meeting”, and never really slowed down. Nobody’s wandered into my office and yelled “you’re a fraud!” in my face, and that’s a good start. Seriously, I’m stepping in one month out form a major event (CiscoLive!) where we’re rolling out some big, new things (DevNet Zone at CiscoLive!) and there’s an incredible amount of stuff we need to get done before...

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2014 NHL Playoff Predictions

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014
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It’s a tradition. Even thought I don’t talk hockey that much these days, I still want to put my playoff predictions out there for all to see and laugh at. Annual warning: if you use these predictions to do any betting, you are an idiot. Note that I’m not. My track record is probably better than random chance, but not that much better (but it is well beyond the Panther’s power play results this season….) A quick comment on the new playoff seeding the NHL is using this year: I like it. There’s a strong...

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Back from Yosemite

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014
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Back from a couple of quickly planned days in Yosemite. With the early closing of Badger Pass, I noticed that rooms were available from spring skiiers who canceled and so I scheduled myself in for two nights at the Lodge at the Falls. The Lodge has just finished a $10m renovation and it was money well spent. My room was quite pleasant. I’ve commented in the past that staying at the Lodge sometimes felt like ending up in a 70’s Travelodge, but while the buildings are the same, the interiors have been significantly upgraded. Not...

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