It is Not All About Changing Your World
A funny thing has happened in the technology world, the hype cycle has become
far more than a cycle that you watch and smile at. It has become a sales
frenzy, while people try to make a name and/or sell you stuff before the idea
or product category has even solidified. You can see it all around you, and
as has been going on for years, the trend seems to be worsening.
I call it a funny thing because the truly revolutionary technologies – like
server virtualization – really didn’t need a full-on hype cycle at all.
Virtualization just kept growing year after year. People would declare “the
year of virtualization!” and the year would pass, with more servers
virtualized but no mass shift from one paradigm to the other.
I think it may just be time to consider that as long as the hype cycle is
revving for a product or technology, it i... (more)
July 31, 2014
Continuous Integration or Continuous Improvement?
One funny thing about DevOps is that it is often touted that constant,
on-the-fly changes are the way of the future in operations, and DevOps
enables those changes. While this sounds really good, and some organizations
are actually doing this type of DevOps, I think it is time that, for the
enterprise, we strongly question that premise.
While it is really very cool to think about moving an entire web server from
a farm to the cloud with just a script, upgrading a system while it’s hot,
or spinning up more instances ... (more)
Ask two politically opposed people in any given country about the causes of
the country’s problems, and guess what? Each will give you an answer
filtered through their world-view. Through what they know, and what they
believe. That is not to say one is right and one is wrong, both simply see
things in the manner their background and experiences tell them is right.
We definitely live in interesting times. Server virtualization has just about
reached saturation, application development is going through a wide range of
changes from the return of automated testing to continuous integr... (more)
Connecting via SSL in Android. Correctly and securely. Mimic browser
functionality with untrusted certs and hostname mismatches
Okay, for those of you who’ve been waiting, this is the blog. For those who
haven’t, welcome, we’re going to talk about https connections
(specifically) on Android (TM) from within a native app and connecting to
sites that Android views as possible security risks. Easy like learning to
drive if your face was in your navel. But I’ve tried to make the issues and
the code as clean and clear as possible for you. Hope it is of some
I’m going to ... (more)
Military science has a simple mechanism utilized at almost every level of
both tactical and strategic thinking: Pin the enemy down with a distraction
(a feint or an actual attack, either way), and then hit them where they’re
not looking. This maxim has worked very well from squad level tactics where
you pin them down with a base of fire while half the squad creeps around the
enemy to hit them from the side to strategic tactics like when you attack on
the entire front, but keep a massive reserve to push through any point that
shows weakness. While the correlations of security to w... (more)