First of all, I want to wish each and everyone of you a Happy New Year!
For me 2012 was the middle story of a trilogy. You know, the one where we kill off some characters, create a little more back story for the existing characters and define a “rising action” where the story becomes much more apparent. 2012 did suffer a little from Middle Book Syndrome, where there was no start or end to the plot. Sure, there were a lot of subplots that kept the story moving along, but it just turned out to be that necessary story that sets us up for the third installment in the series. 2013 promises to be the action packed adventure, full of twists and turns, and a feel good ending that you would expect from a good trilogy.
After seeing darn near 50 years with my own eyes, I can honestly say that each and every year has had its own trials and tribulations. While it’s safe to say that some years were a little more challenging than others, I have to be honest and say that each year has been precisely what I’ve made of it. It’s how we deal with those trials and tribulations that define who we are and how each year will end for each of us.
So for 2013 here’s an old Irish blessing to get it started just right….
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Anybody can make wild predictions about the future, but the real skill is the ability to look back and see where you’ve been. This is one of the reasons I take notes, but in this particular case I have the Internet.
Five or so years ago, we only knew cloud computing as SaaS (Software as a Service). 2012 is the year the cloud truly rolled in. 2012 is The Year Cloud Computing Took a Bite Out of IT http://t.co/HhesdcE2. This is an excellent article and a must read if you want to get up to speed on where we’ve been with the cloud.
Charlie White over at Mashable came up with eight things from 2012 that were enlightening. 8 Things I Learned About Tech in 2012 http://t.co/O453TybN. Pretty insightful article covering tech on Steve Jobs to Hurricane Sandy.
The Government certainly had a fun technology year with The White House being hacked, intellectual property battles, mobile broadband and privacy issues. Government Tech Policy Highs and Lows of 2012 http://t.co/D7qfobDq. Frankly, it doesn’t appear that 2013 is going to be any easier for them.
“We bought a dog. Nobody wants to sell Sun. It baaaalllllooooows” is just one of my favorite quotes from Memorable Tech Quotes of 2012 http://t.co/CxJJ5ww1.
All I can say is I hope 2013 will be just as much fun.
Waiting On The USS Tigerfish
I hope you had a very merry Christmas! Today was the day we were to officially return to work, but mother nature had other plans for us. A line of storms from the Northern US border to the Southern US border resulted in resulted in rain and tornadoes in the south and blizzard conditions to the north. I happen to live in the latter part of that equation. While I should have stayed home as I instructed the rest of the team, I decided to take the Jeep in to the configuration lab/warehouse just to make sure everything was fine. While everything was just peachy, travelling empty roads to get to an empty office is a bit eerie. Maybe it was the military parka I was wearing, but I feel like I’m waiting for the USS Tigerfish to arrive.
After securing the perimeter, I settled in to get caught up on a little paperwork. Waiting in my read me file was a nice thank you for contributing to The Penske File. The Penske File is out! http://t.co/Jc9jSVMT ▸ Top stories today via @BillSanders1. You should check it out if you get a chance. Always nice to get a little recognition.
From the where-are-they-now file, D-Link Expands Line of Cloud Routers, SharePort Mobile Solutions http://t.co/dTtXrsQO. I’ve always been a huge fan of D-Link. I believe they are an example of a company that has always done very well with research, development and production of their products. They just don’t have the market penetration. That said, that strong R&D and quality product keeps them chugging along. Happy to see they have new product rolling out and have their heads in the cloud.
VMTurbo has managed to keep their head in the cloud and beyond. Cloud Management Startup VMTurbo Making Enterprise Inroads http://t.co/pdL0bc0P. Their VCE vBlock certification and support for Red Hat’s new Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 release put them in a good position to expand their presence in larger companies. Plus, any company developing for Linux has a place in my heart.
The people responsible for looking after my heart…and yours don’t have the heart for social media. As it turns out, Cardiologists may just be shy people. 2012 In Review: Social Media In Cardiology http://t.co/LmoYZ6An. Forbes gives a shout out to a few brave cardiologists who are at least making an effort. Hey, I workout every day. The least they could do is use a little technology.
Does anyone know if there’s a Fox Photo near Ice Station Zebra? I’ll be back tomorrow. Enjoy your Wednesday evening.