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The thrust of the US House Judiciary Committee hearing was pretty clear: Congress needs to act. And while the Supreme Court has taken some steps, it is not a substitute for legislative actions focused on the fundamental issues in the system that abusive patent litigants use to game the system.
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I've expanded on some thoughts from last week when I was interviewed by Datamation.
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Cool article if you're into design and/or journalism. 
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Quite the blast from the past although it doesn't quite square with my recollections of the time. While the LCD screens of the time were pretty awful, I'm not sure I agree that "The word processing and spreadsheet packages commonly available for them are intended to accomplish tasks to which laptop computers are simply not well suited." Grey-on-grey LCD notwithstanding, a system like the DG/One was as suited to spreadsheets or word processing as a desktop.

My memory is that price was really the big issue. Laptops--as opposed to luggables--carried a big premium over desktop systems that were already (by today's standards) pretty pricey. It's probably also worth noting that most business travelers wouldn't have been able to connect to company systems from the road (and many wouldn't have had email anyway) so the utility of traveling with a computer in 1985 would have been pretty limited in most cases.
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I seem to recall that word processing was precisely one of the programs toward which they were suited.

To think there was a time when the death of Comdex was still 16 years in the future, and when the NYT would print a company's phone number.
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My latest podcast with Mark wherein we discuss microservices and decomposing applications to use containers and Kubernetes. There's also a transcript if you prefer reading to listening.
This blog comments on a variety of technology news, trends, and products and how they connect. I'm in Red Hat's cloud product strategy group in my day job although I cover a broader set of topics here. This is a personal blog; the opinions are mine alone.
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Nice OpenShift Enterprise customer story. It nicely illustrates some of the benefits of PaaS.
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(And how to deal with it). Some quotes from me and my mate Andi Mann.
Most private clouds fail, according to Gartner. And the public cloud also has its challenges. There are many reasons why.
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My latest with +Mark Lamourine. We take things up a level from the prior podcasts about container management in this series to discuss the goals of configuration management and how things change (and don't) with containers, what's the meaning of state, promise theory, and containerized operating systems such as Project Atomic 
This blog comments on a variety of technology news, trends, and products and how they connect. I'm in Red Hat's cloud product strategy group in my day job although I cover a broader set of topics here. This is a personal blog; the opinions are mine alone.
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Thanks. I updated a script to automate posting and I must have messed something up. 
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A quote from me as well. 
Back in 1982, many pundits in the business media were raving about the publication of "In Search of Excellence" – a book written by Tom Peters and Robert Waterman.
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The latest redux on my in-person podcasting setup.
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I'm in the cloud product strategy group at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, I wrote hundreds of research notes, was frequently quoted in publications like The New York Times on a wide range of IT topics, and advised clients on product and marketing strategies. Earlier in my career, I was responsible for bringing a wide range of computer systems, from minicomputers to large UNIX servers, to market while at Data General. Among other hobbies, I do a lot of photography and enjoy the outdoors.
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