10 years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, perhaps the most revolutionary technological product in history. There have been many important products introduced before and since, but nothing else was as groundbreaking as the iPhone. Watching the introduction, it's amazing to see just how many things were introduced that day that have become integral to daily life … [Read more...] about The iPhone Revolution 10 Years Later
Lately, it seems like everyone just can't stop talking about containers. But I'm sensing a distinct lack of real understanding of the technology from many people, not to mention lots of confusion about what containers really mean for today's datacenter folks. So I set about learning more and figuring out for myself what the deal is with containers. Here's where I'm … [Read more...] about What’s the Deal with Containers?
Have you ever wondered if mounting a hard disk drive on its side or even upside-down affects its lifespan or reliability? According to every drive manufacturer, it's perfectly acceptable to mount a hard disk drive in any orientation as long as it's not tilted and has sufficient cooling. File this under "now you know"... My new server case, the NZXT H440, has five drive … [Read more...] about It’s Fine To Mount Hard Drives On Their Side Or Even Upside-Down
I've really enjoyed experimenting with the Raspberry Pi, and have even deployed a few as UNIX servers in my home and office network. The quad-core performance of the latest Pi models is awesome, but serious I/O limitations remain. With just one USB 2.0 interface shared for all network and storage operations, you aren't going to be able to do much with the Pi. That's why I was … [Read more...] about Here’s Something Your Raspberry Pi Can’t Do: Gigabit Ethernet and SATA in the Olimex A20-OLinuXIno-LIME2
Last week I headed to Austin, Texas to attend the semi-annual OpenStack Summit there. Along with the usual socializing, I was looking to understand the current state of the technology: What does OpenStack really mean these days, and where is it going? Let's start with "free". As "the Internet" is quick to point out, this critical word has multiple meanings, and corporate … [Read more...] about Free as in Coffee – Thoughts on the State of OpenStack