War and Technology

I recently finished reading the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Hillenbrand, 2010) about the life of an American POW during World War II, Louis Zamperini. It is an amazing read and I recommend all to pick it up. It is a beautiful story of life, determination and forgiveness. If you don’t read, please go see the movie.

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Christmas Magic!

Ever heard of a 3-D printer? It is a lot like Christmas Magic. I purchased an entry level model about 6 months ago and have been learning how to use it to its full potential ever since.

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IT Dinosaurs – is the Mainframe Extinct?

I was playing with my grandson and he loves dinosaurs. As we were playing my mind wondered to the mainframe being called a dinosaur over 25 years ago and how it was soon going to be extinct. When I first heard this, I assumed that it would happen in 5 to 10 years. As I know today the mainframe is still running many critical applications and transactions every day. So the mainframe is not extinct…yet the people that administrate them are retiring at a very fast pace, so it makes it hard to find someone to take care of the mainframe on a daily basis.

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The 3rd Platform

One of the many perks of working for a company such as FNTS is the ability to evaluate, test and prototype new and emerging technologies.

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Blast from the Past: A Timeline of Historic Hard Drive Facts

1956 – IBM announced the IBM 350 Drive (5MB) on 50 x 24” disc platters  1,200 RPMs with an average seek time of 600ms (milliseconds), weighed over a ton and cost $3,200 per month (lease)

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Are you going to the Extreme? You should be…

As a follow-on to a previous post “The EXTREME IO Test”, we have since deployed EMC’s purpose-built, all-flash array, into production with phenomenal success.

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B2B B2C H2H

I recently saw a post on LinkedIn that stated “There is no more B2B or B2C.  It’s H2: Human to Human”. Quick translation: B2B is business to business, B2C business to consumer.  The sarcastic side of me said “duh – when did that ever change?”  But the inquisitive marketing side of me said, is it really human to human?  Ultimately if you are selling socks to a consumer or socks to a reseller, humans are making the decision to purchase.  The sales pitch and the motive to purchase will have different but ultimately it is a human to human transaction. So why is this statement so perplexing?

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Looking for the Right Answers

Deemed as the first major algorithmic change in 12 years the implementation of hummingbird by Google might have changed search engine optimization (SEO), or at least the way we get our results.  Catering to the popular voice commands of “ask and answer” this new implementation will bring you the answers you are looking for….or will it?

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Defining the Midwest Tech Industry Part 1

Enjoy this two part series written by our guest blogger from KCNext, Kaitlin Motley.

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1996 Flashback

A lot has changed in nearly two decades. In 1996, internet was on the rise, Windows NT 4.0 was released, DVDs were launched in Japan and my cell phone was a Motorola MicroTAC 650.

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Netflix & Cloud: Nothing to be Afraid of

Netflix, founded in 1997, is championed as the spearhead for “Cloud Computing v1.0.” But with great power comes great responsibility. Since it’s the first of its kind, it hasn’t quite worked out all the kinks. For example, in 2012 four outages occurred. These outages happened at the most inopportune times- like on Christmas Eve when your family has finally gathered around for the traditional yearly viewing of the classic Die Hard.

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Spooked by Technology

To keep with the theme of fear it seemed appropriate I write this week’s blog too since it is so close to Halloween.  Halloween, once referred to as All Hallows Eve, was celebrated by lighting bonfires and wearing scary costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.  Today it has evolved into more social gatherings, costumes and sweat treats, marking the beginning of fall, shorter days and colder nights.

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The Evolution of Disk Storage

Back in 1956, IBM introduced us to the first commercially available disk drive.  It stored 5MB of data, weighed over a ton, and could be leased for $3,200 a month.  Today, with the prevalence of solid state storage, you can fit a 128GB Flash Drive in your shirt pocket for under $100.
Although I wouldn’t store my most critical database on a $100 flash drive, it’s a testament to the advances we have seen within storage industry in a relatively short period of time.

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Lawrence Welk & IT Managers

For those of you around my age (uh… more than 40), you may remember your parents or grandparents watching The Lawrence Welk Show on Saturday Evenings.  If you are not familiar with Lawrence, allow me to educate.

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