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Fear and Loathing at Information on Demand

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I’m getting desert fever.

Scott Laningham and I got together earlier this week and recorded this podcast to give a heads up to folks about all the good stuff happening at next week’s Information on Demand event in Viva Las Vegas.

As I explained there, what happens in Vegas goes on this blog, and hopefully that’s what you’re counting on.

Though I didn’t get asked to a return engagement with Wayne Newton at the Tropicana, Scott and I will be roaming the halls of the Mandalay Bay…and points beyond…listening, learning, and playing back for all of you what we unearth.

We’ll be your eyes on the ground…you know, the kind that pop out of the glasses and hang down from their springs.

And, if I can find a few spare moments, I may even try to channel my inner Hunter S. Thompson.  Allow me to quote freely from his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas para uno momento:

And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave…

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

Ah, Hunter S., we miss your crazy and wise words — they’re as fresh in 2009 as they were in 1972.

So, yes, that’s what Scott and me will be in search of, among other things: the information high-water mark.

But mostly, we’ll be trying to get underneath how establishing an information on demand environment can help our customers and IBM build a whole lot smarter planet.

One filled with continually emerging new intelligence, insight, and actionable analytics…and, in the process, one which can also make me a better blackjack player.

Ye ever faithful Twitterers in the audience, please follow hash tag #iod2009, and be sure to hang on tight: it’s gonna be a wild and information overloaded ride!

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October 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Car Windows

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Is anybody but me getting a sudden influx of Facebook SPAM?

I’m suddenly getting notices from my “friends” with links to some Blogspot address asking me to watch some video.

Oy vey.  I wonder if that could somehow be a viral video campaign related to today’s Windows 7 launch.

Speaking of which, I haven’t yet figured out how to get Windows 7 on my Acer netbook.  It’s currently got a dual boot with both Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Windows XP, but because most netbooks don’t have a DVD or CD-ROM drive, upgrading is going to be a big challenge.

I’ve visited both the Windows marketing pages as well as the Microsoft store, and there’s no information on the Netbook upgrade version (from which you can load via USB device, or so I had heard) of Windows 7.

So, all that hard work by Microsoft on getting W7 tuned up and ready for the netbook market…well done!

I did stumble onto this post from the Windows 7 blog, which announced a number of special offers and promotions, including a Windows 7 launch party in NYC.

You know, I really would try and make it, but alas, I have to head to a meeting to watch some paint dry.

David Pogue has a review on The New York Times with the following headline: Windows 7 Keeps the Good, Tries to Fix Flaws.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but then again Pogue is an unabashed Apple fanboy (Full disclosure: So am I.)

But, being a technology dude, I find it is my geeksworn duty to try as many technologies as I possibly can, from IBM and from our competitors, so that I can better understand the state of the market.

That said, I never tried Microsoft Vista, save for one time when I was at a Gartner Symposium in the fall of 2003, and I got to try out an early beta.

I thought it really cool that Vista was going to include RSS feeds (RSS feeds were pretty new back then…amazing how so many people still don’t know what they are!)  Other than that, I just couldn’t see it, especially with all the additional horsepower it required.

No, for me, Windows XP was always good enough, and like so many, I never found a compelling reason to upgrade to Vista.  And then, I discovered Mac OS X.

For my money, operating systems should be like car engines…they should just work.  Turn the key.  Engine cranks.  Off you go.

And for me, Mac OS X has been a pretty good working engine, and considering that it’s basically a UNIX derivative with a nice GUI overlay, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

If Windows 7 can provide the kind of stability and an elegant GUI that OS X has been providing for years, then by golly, knock yourself out.

I’d certainly consider putting it on my Acer netbook…but I’m definitely not interested in spending days under the hood trying to figure out how to do so.

Kinda defeats the point if I can’t get in and just turn on the engine and drive.

Written by turbotodd

October 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm

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