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Gigaom announced their new Artificial Intelligence event this week, reminding me just how long I've been in and around some of this stuff. Now off to feel old in a corner, quietly...
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Following a flurry of tweets yesterday, I try to explain why I think private clouds are occasionally real, useful in certain contexts, and eventually likely to go away.
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Got out of the habit of posting my blog entries here. Will try to remember in future!
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The Internet is currently getting all hot and bothered about allegations in The Washington Post and The Guardian that US agencies are spying on us. Unfortunately, the rhetoric is moving far beyond the facts... damaging real businesses as it gets increasingly extreme. We need to learn more, but we also need to retain a sense of perspective... and a grounding in fact.
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I've started a new site, on which I will publish just one post each day. That post will take a brief look at a topical news item, issue or trend relevant to the worlds of #CloudComputing or #BigData. The idea is to cut through the constant stream of information coming in via emails, tweets, news items, conversations, etc... and to distill a number of those signals into a single 'One Short Thought Each Day.'
Posts are available on the new site site, as full text by RSS, on the sidebar of my main blog, and by email. I hope you find it of some use.
I recently set up a new Tumblr site, in addition to my main blog here at cloudofdata.com. It's been running for a few days now, and I'm deliberately posting just one entry each day to explore a top...
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I'm doing a Mapping Session at Structure in San Francisco, to dive deeper into the whole 'multi-cloud' thing I wrote about last month. +Ben Kepes Jo Maitland  +David Linthicum   joining the fun...
Last month, RightScale's State of the Cloud report got me thinking about the rise of multi-cloud solutions. Next month, I'll be moderating a Mapping Session at GigaOM's Structure event to work out ...
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Planning on it - there's an Aussie trip and a half marathon race to fit in between now and then!
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Please write this book, somebody.
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My latest podcast, with Infochimps CEO Jim Kaskade. He has plenty to say about the industry, and the ways in which Infochimps/ CSC customers are evolving...
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Three different events in Yorkshire over the past few days... some common themes...
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I'm finding the same thing... I understand the point, and imagine it will work well for a 'normal' user... but I have too carefully defined a workflow and too many filters, for this to fit... I've turned the tabs off, everywhere...
 
Why the new GMail tabs don't work for me (but I'm not very normal)

It's neat that +Jason Cornwell was listening to me kvetch on Twitter a little about the new tabs in Gmail. He asked for expansion, so I thought I'd write it here. 140 chars not a great place for it, really.

So, first thing to say is: I'm an outlier. I actually think the new tabs are a really good match for how a lot of people use email. I am also thrilled to see innovation around email of any sort.

The main issue for me is the way I deal with my email. I'm "inbox zero"  oriented, so my workflow is something like this: as much non-direct email as possible is filtered and I check it at leisure. The rest I read and either reply right away, or star for follow up then archive. Nothing stays long in inbox.

(a) I used Smart Labels, but I have Promotions, etc, set up to auto archive, so I get to choose when to view them rather than having them in inbox. I don't want to "process" my Promotions, not even manually archiving them.

However, the tabbed Promotion only shows promotions in the inbox, so it's empty if I use the tabbed UI.

(b) when an email is processed and I need to follow up, I star it. Everything is archived. So my Starred Items folder shows the important things I need to work on. 

However, Starred Items is not among the things I can put in the tabbed interface, so that's not much use to me. (You can include Starred in Primary, but I don't like mixing inbox with to-do, it's distracting.)

(c) It's another layer of visual clutter. This is probably the most serious objection. I already have menus across the top and down the left.
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The UK's was this month the latest Government to implement a "Cloud First" strategy. The approach of mandating that public sector buyers must consider cloud before any other solution disturbs me, despite my enthusiasm for seeing ever-more adoption of cloud...
The #CloudFirst trend is spreading, with Government Minister Francis Maude finally committing the UK to the approach earlier this month. But I remain concerned that there's too much stick and not n...
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Agreed - it's always worrying when people jump on a bandwagon, (moral, racial, technological whatever) - cloud is likely for everyone, but absolutely not for everything....
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Virtual machines, we are told, should be able to easily move from one environment to another. Sounds sensible, right? But recent work by the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) suggests that current levels of interoperability are not very high. ODCA has invited me to moderate a panel at their Forecast event in San Francisco next month. We'll be exploring some of these issues, and this blog post serves as my introduction to the topic...
The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) is holding its Forecast event in San Francisco in June, and I've been invited to moderate the panel discussing Virtual Machine Interoperability. As moderator, I...
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