Explainer #4 – The week the sun went away

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This week was crazy. Life stopped on Monday as the sun went away and last night a pro boxer beat an amateur boxer. This week I’m publishing directly to LinkedIn to see what it’s like on this platform. I’ll also be sending this same content out through the newsletter so please subscribe if you’d rather get this in the ole inbox. Always Be Testing. As always, let me know your thoughts feedback or content you’d like to be covered.

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Last weeks news below…

Serverless is a Killer

Last week we mentioned serverless computing as an emerging tech and now ambitious tech bloggers are saying serverless computing is going to kill containers. Compute infrastructure is changing rapidly, and Google’s pet project in Kubernete’s might emerge victorious for a battle, but serverless computing is the war itself… according to serverless computing proponents.

“Serverless patterns are pulling the rug from underneath container cluster managers faster than the latter [are] becoming industrial grade.” – Subbu Allamaraju, Expedia VP of Cloud

Security is always a big issue when it comes to emerging tech, but Twistlock is already doubling down on securing serverless infrastructure.

But Kubernete’s is just getting started

Google has been developing Kubernetes for 15 years and there is no sign of it slowing down. Each week there is a treasure trove of announcements/partnerships/and new bits. When you see Microsoft opening it’s walled garden to Red Hat, you know this is important. This week the two companies announced Windows support in OpenShift, OpenShift Dedicated on Azure, and SQL Server support in OpenShift and Red Hat Linux. But don’t think for one second that Red Hat has all it’s eggs in one basket, back in May, they announced OpenShift and Amazon AWS are BFF.

Growth in the container space is so rapid that analysts are saying containers will overtake virtual machines in platform space very soon.

Google might be late to the dance but it’s still got some moves

Yes, they have a very small market share in the public cloud space compared to Azure and AWS, but that doesn’t mean the search giant plans on throwing in the towel. They are developing their own chips that are secured by root of trust, you can’t even physically break into this shit. They are also partnered with Box to deliver AI to Box’s unstructured data, all on Google Cloud. This cloud is so smart it can remove watermarks from photos which has Shutterstock’s panties in a wad.

And they’re taking it to Microsoft

Google launched Chrome Enterprise Edition this week which is a great idea. As enterprises move more apps to the cloud, the need for .exe apps on a local machine is shrinking each year. I have a Chromebook and like the idea, but my HW is several years old and it is not my daily driver. I think there is a use case and opportunity for Chrome OS and it’s exciting to see how the platform has matured over the past couple years.

Cisco acquires SpringPath and had talks with Turbonomic

The Hyperconverged market is so hot right now! We’ve seen more consolidation this week as Cisco purchased Springpath for $320M to fight back against HPE SimpliVity and DELL EMC. It’s been a hell of a year for Cisco as they’ve made more than 6 acquisitions. A power play that didn’t happen (yet) is the acquisition of cloud management startup Turbonomic. This acquisition would further cement Cisco’s pivot into the SW space, and the cloud management space is mighty important especially for Old Guard HW manufacturers.

Alibaba’s Cloud Business is no joke

AliCloud is a tiny fraction and barely a bleep on the radar compared to AWS, but it grew 96% YoY and Alibaba is cloning AWS to the best of it’s ability. Cheap intro cloud pricing and get em locked into higher margin product and services. That’s how they will win. It’s how everyone wins in this space.

Google will be getting my money for this

It’s not confirmed but the internet is speculating Google will be releasing a smaller companion device to the Google Home, much like the Amazon Echo Dot. I have an Echo and really like it but I really want a Google Home. I am all in on Google Services, and the idea of a smaller & lesser expensive Google Home is just what I am looking for. As the battle for the smart home is under way, Google and Walmart are joining forces to try and counter strike the Amazon Whole Foods merger. The two companies are working on shopping on Google Home that will be fulfilled by Walmart. You gotta do something or you go away.

Pixel Phone Refresh this fall

Evan usually calls it… October 5th is the magical day we get new Pixel phones.

Xbox One X is now available

Microsoft released the Xbox One X over the weekend at Gamescon. If you like feeling exclusive, you better act fast because there are some sweet limited edition skins. Microsoft is also working to make sure the One X is backwards compatible, which is the opposite of a dick move.

Remember Winamp?

Back in the early 2000’s, Winamp was the defacto MP3. Even after Apple changed the world with the iPhone and iTunes Winamp held onto a loyal user base. Over time, Winamp changed hands a couple times and now no one uses it. Sad story about a great product.

It’s all fun and games until the FBI cancels your contract

The FBI is telling other Government agencies that Kaspersky Labs is spying on them, NOT COOL, and to uninstall/cancel purchases from the “security” company.

Only the Essentials

The father of Android OS, Andy Rubin, started a hardware company called Essential. This week preorders opened for Essential’s debut device, the Essential Phone. Great name. This thing has got rad specs and the only negatives I am seeing is battery life and camera could be better. I’ve owned 1st gen HW in the past and battery life got better as the SW was improved post release, battery life could be moot. It really is a great looking phone, say goodbye to bezels.

Do You Even Mine, Bro?

19 GPU Mining Rig is now a thing. Damn.

In case you need to back up that PR0n collection

Western Digital released a 20TB desktop storage system. It’ll set you back $800+ at release but you will have more storage than any of your friends and your street cred will go up by 16 points.

BlackBerry keeps letting me down

What’s jet black, got a physical keyboard, fits in your pocket, runs android, hand has shitty specs?

I want BlackBerry to get it right, but the suboptimal processor and 3gb ram make me cringe. I still want it though…

King Troll

Talk shit about pharmabro and you risk losing the internet. He’ll buy your name in domain form and hold it ransom. What a guy. I don’t like him, but he is great character for the internet.

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Explainer #3 – Calm before the storm


Articles like this make me question this newsletter

I am literally my third newsletter into this “project” and then read an article like this. Why should I curate when a machine can do it, especially when it’s powered by the crowd… and valued at $20B? I’m not giving up any time soon but let’s face it, if a human can do it, a machine will eventually be able to do it better and cheaper than us. Here’s proof. Until then, I guess I’ll keep on keeping on. Gartner is even saying that AI will be in “almost” every new SW product by 2020. Let’s hope AI is put to some good use besides whooping our ass at games.

Docker Gets an Upgrade

The little whale that continues to mature and is now mainframe ready. Docker Enterprise gets an upgrade and now users can manage both legacy and new style services from a “single pane of glass”. This is especially relevant because IT leaders can now look to Docker Enterprise as a platform that can handle all workloads, not only these new apps and is no longer viewed as emerging technology. The Docker Team is doing it’s homework and has created a ROI calculator because let’s face it, you’re not a real player until you have a ROI calculator. Docker is also investing in tools around Application Modernization because platforms aren’t shit unless apps gen get there.

A Biased Look at Docker / Kubernetes / Mesosphere

Containers are HOT AF and you might not know all the differences in the platforms, looking at myself here. All the players in this space are beating their chests on why they are the best and this article gives us the landscape from Mesosphere’s POV.

CoreOS brings Kubernetes to Azure

I didn’t know that there were different distros of Kubernetes until I read this article. Just goes to show you that sales guys really don’t know everything. Anyway…. CoreOS has a Kubernetes distro named Tectonic, and the latest release brings it’s enterprise container management to the hybrid cloud via Microsoft Azure. This release of Tectonic brings users 1 click upgrades, which is a pretty big deal considering Staples has an easy button.

GitHub gets their Kubernetes Groove On

Github positions itself as the primo repository for open source innovation. The thing is, they have been doing things the old fashioned way, that is manually. GitHub announced this week they are migrating to Kubernetes, so no more manual bullshit. They are eating their own dogfood and practicing what they preach. This article is way over my head but it’s filled with so many buzzwords that you’d be a fool to not read it.

RedHat does Kubernetes Too

Red Hat’s distro of Kubernetes brings the value to open source by wrapping additional services and apps around the platform. This week they announced version 3.6 of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform which hangs it’s red hat on bringing all the tools together that have to do with managing enterprise container environments. Red Hat is all in on this tech, read this to get up to speed.

Greenqloud not Green Cloud

This isn’t a story about the worst name in IT. No, this is about Netapp stepping up its hybrid cloud fabric and orchestration game. File System old guard powerhouse Netapp announced the acquisition of Greenqloud which is best known for it’s renewable energy powered datacenters over in Iceland. They also, allegedly, do a pretty good job of hybrid cloud fabric and orchestration with their kubernetes engine, Qstack.
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WTF is Serverless

 I haven’t heard this term before, but Amazon is pimping Serverless, and now it’s the new hotness. IOpipe now let’s you monitor serverless infrastructure. It’s like watching something that’s not even there, man!

I don’t need this but I want it

The Elgato Stream Deck is the ultimate vlogging tool. I don’t vlog or live stream, but I desperately want this periphereal on my desk asap. It’s a customizable pad with buttons you can map to launch apps or actions within apps. Pretty shweet.

Newton Email Client for Windows 10

I had a Mac at one time, and you’ve got to give the platform credit when it comes to elegant applications. One of the most popular email clients for Mac is now available on Windows 10 and I’m test driving this for the foreseeable future. Nevermind, it’s $50 a year, but it is clean. Hot

Hot Handsets

The Essential Phone is live this week and is the most handsome handset I’ve ever seen.  Remember Nokia? Yeah me too. Nokia dropped the Nokia 8 flagship android that’s all about that #bothie.

The Last Nightlight You’ll Ever Need/Want

It’s cloud connected, motion activated, and live on kiskstarter. My little princesses will want this. I bought the 3 pack because I need some more pink ambient light in my house.

The Block Is Hot

Rebuilding the internet from the ground up for a blockchain world is noble and is now a funded cause thanks to the team at Blockstack. If you don’t believe blockchain is here to stay, you’re obviously not listening to Jack, Dorsey that is. Now there’s a blockchain powered cloud storage company and social network. I don’t know how much more mainstream this can get, oh wait, I still can’t explain this shit to my mother. Lastly, Intel and Microsoft have developed Coco Framework which aims to bring blockchain to the enterprise which promises 1600+ transactions per second and secure data management.

You Might Want to Rethink That Microsoft Surface Purchase

Consumer Reports claims Microsoft Surface products have a 25% defective rate on certain models and Microsoft is like, aw hell naw they wrong.

The DOD bans DJI then…

DJI tweaks security settings, then DOD let’s em back in. Now some Dukes are putting machine guns on drones. This is real life.

AMD Really is on top right now

AMD’s latest generation of consumer grade video cards, Vega, are now available. They are holding their own versus Nvidia and really kicking ass in multithreaded workloads with their new flagship chips. Meanwhile, Intel announces their next generation 10nm chip code named Ice Lake in a frenzy to calm the fire AMD has created. Here’s the kicker, Ice Lake won’t drop til 2019. Damage control?

I thought I was a bad ass because I can pivot

Then I see these kids and realize I ain’t shit.

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Explainer #2 – Working out the kinks

Explainer – Enterprise & Consumer Tech Newsletter From Joe Rodgers 



Threadripper is finally here.
This multithreaded monster is aimed at prosumers who need the threads.
Gamers, you’ll get great performance, but multiworkload pro’s, you’ll lose your shit.
The flagship specs are as follows:
              AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
              16 Cores / 32 Threads
              3.4/4.0 GHz
If you purchase a $999 Intel part you’ll get 10 Cores / 20 Threads, which will obviously not hand hang with Threadripper’s 32 threads.
PCWorld is calling this beast Godzilla and has an exhaustive review on YouTube.



I have to read another article about UBER’s Ex-CEO grabbing you know what and writing company memos about it…
NBC News
That dude who got fired from google for calling them out on inequality between the sexes at the search giant.


This isn’t the ruler your teacher slapped your hands with, no this is Intel’s new form factor SSD and it is DENSE.

We’re talking 1PB on SSD in 1U dense.



Consumer Reports gave Microsoft the smack down.

The non-profit is pulling the “recommended” rating from 4 laptops due to reliability issues.

The magazine estimates that 25% of owners will experience issues with Surface devices.

Consumer Reports

That being said, I’m writing this from my couch on a Surface Pro 3, my favorite laptop I’ve owned.

The form factor and performance have been exceptional, however battery life is poor (thanks google chrome).

I dropped the device once and had to pay $200 to get the screen fixed so they just sent me a refurbished device.

That’s how shitty field serviceability is on the Surface Pro.


That’s how much Apple is spending on self-driving cars and augmented reality.



SpaceX is giving HPE a piggy back ride to space.

HPE is sending a super computer to space.

Marketing is calling this machine “Spaceborne”.

Usually computers sent into space are toughened up in order to survive the non-earthly conditions.

This experiment takes off the shelf industry standard systems and sends them into orbit.

The purpose of this experiment is to get ready for the long trip to Mars.







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Explainer #1 – Launch

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A Cheaper Dot

Just what you’ve been asking for, an Amazon Echo Dot clone from your favorite cable manufacturer, Anker.

As if $49.99 wasn’t cheap enough, Anker’s knock off Eufy line is a budget line for smart home nerds and starts at $35.

This isn’t going to change the world but it’s further evidence that smart home gadgets are here to stay

Blockchain for Hire

When all the big boys start hiring for a specific role you know something’s brewing.

According to the job boards, you can and will get a job if you’re a blockchain dev.

All I know is that you better invest money in Blockchain R&D if you’re part of the old guard because these kids in the valley will disrupt your ass real quick.


USB Sticks Just Got Brains

You thought USB sticks we’re only good for storing your pr0n collection, think again!
Intel launched the Movidius Neural Compute Stick, Intel Marketing on point, aimed at empowering developers to bring AI and machine learning to the edge in a very small form factor.
$79 gets you SkyNet on a stick.

Kubernetes got that street cred

You know who likes Kubernetes? CNCF

You know who likes CNCF? MSFT & AMZN

Google labs pet project to orchestrate the clouds is growing up and now everyone wants to buddy up to cool kid Kubernetes.

According to The Information, AWS plans to use Kubernetes in the coming battle for AI.

What does this mean for Mesosphere and how do they stack up?

Can you blame AWS and Azure leadership?

Entry Level AFA from NetApp

What do you do if you need a NAS and/or SAN and entry budget?



Boring News

Elon says he’ll bring Hyperloop to the Boring Company at 600mph.


“They plan to test boring techniques in the tunnel as well as Tesla’s autonomous driving and powertrain technologies on electric platforms to move vehicles.”

The Best Post Title of the Year

Big Switch, HPE, in ‘You complete me. No, you complete me’ tryst

It really doesn’t get much better than that!

HPE announces partnership to sell open networking player Big Switch.


44 Trillion

That’s the number of cameras watching us by 2023


Sexy Speakers

Go look at these things and tell me you don’t want them on your desk.





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