Thursday, January 23, 2014

Geek Cage Fighting

Last night I spent with a few honorable colleagues cage-fighting.

The cages were at a co-lo center in El Segundo, where my colleague has a rack, 4 servers, some firewalls and a switch. The fight was not MMA, but to configure the kit so that we can get up private-cloud virtualized environment. Now that's a real fight. And there's not much chance of a knockout. But you know that already, if you fight with technology regularly.

TheHackerCIO is going to have to dust off his hardware and networking skills. But that is a wonderful thing, not a burden! We are so studiously kept away from the datacenter by clients and employers, that we start to lose touch with the blue-collar side of our art. I realized at the last big Hackathon -- the one with a "wearables" (i.e., hardware) theme -- that it was time to find some hardware hackers to start hanging out with. And now I'm making a move in that direction.

Luckily, we have a very serious member of our Technology Radar Group, who is now determined to set up a lab where we can all work to our hearts content, without management oversight and without fear of messing up production. And most of this is donated equipment! I've never attempted to solicit donations, but this is a charity cause that TheHackerCIO can unabashedly support!

So, if you're in Silicon Beach (for now), please take a moment to check out Richard Parker's Meetup, the Cloud Engineering Group Meetup.

I Remain,


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