Who hasn’t had the “all I’ve done for five years is micro improvements to a paid-search algorithm” existential crisis?

Your parents want to know why on Earth you’d leave a job at Google. “Honey? Aren’t they worth billions of dollars?” “Yeah, Ma. But I’m working on a large team of people trying to figure out how to make micro improvements to a paid-search algorithm. Fun stuff, I know, but it’s time for me to try something more stimulating.” “Oh, OK, Honey. But aren’t you getting married next year? How are you going to pay for the wedding?”

Who hasn’t had the “all I’ve done for five years is micro improvements to a paid-search algorithm” existential crisis?

DrunkAndRetired.com Recording #181 (by Michael Coté)

If you don’t like video, here’s the audio only, and it’s also in the podcast feed.

Show Notes:
– Charles is getting paid to write command-line tools! Namely, rumm a tool that wraps around Rackspace cloud.

  • We discuss multi-cloud management , the theoretic problem and what we’re seeing in the wild right now – not much beyond DIY fun.
  • Cote dreams about setting up a cheese private cloud that can be imaged with OpenStack, CloudStack, VMware, etc. with some dummy apps to test out cloud management software.
  • Using OmniFocus – a light conversation of contexts vs. projects, and Charles lack of focus. Charles says he uses Org Mode in emacs just fine.

Getting ahead of Internet of Things sprawl

The common thread behind node-RED and Temboo is that as we’re connecting thousands of devices and building interconnected services we will be forced to think differently: about how to deploy dumb devices and about how to program thousands of devices while keeping the resulting program flexible enough for change.

Getting ahead of Internet of Things sprawl

Doing cloud means offering services, middleware

Bailey also sees growth in sales of disaster recovery services. In fact, customers are now more interested in premium services. The average number of services customers are buying is nine – and the overall expectations are higher. But there’s no clear playbook yet. The theme this year is building that digital playbook.

SaaS applications are changing as well. “What’s coming is cloud native applications built specifically for cloud, built for scale,” said Bailey. “With that everything changes. There will be definitive SLAs around these applications.”

Doing cloud means offering services, middleware

Michael Dell on what a private Dell may look like

From a brief interview by Arik Hesseldahl:

We like the opportunity to invest in R&D in our own growth, hire more salespeople, and think about the business in a three-, five- and seven-year time frame.

And on M&A:

There aren’t any huge deals that we need to go do.

Michael Dell on what a private Dell may look like