• August 20, 2018

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Live from SHARE 2017: How to Get Millennials Programming on Big Iron

As a millennial I missed out on a lot (the Beatles, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and astronauts on the moon come to mind), including learning COBOL and Assembler when I was in college. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that there are fewer than 100 people my age or younger in the […]

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How can emoji analysis improve results in social analytics and social listening tools?

Emoji, the smileys and icons representing an idea or emotion and originating in Japan over a decade ago, are becoming increasingly popular on social networks. According to Instagram’s research, this popularity rose with support for emoji being added to major mobile operating systems iOS and Android. I’ve seen emoji used so frequently on social networks […]

EMC VPLEX Storage Technology

Simplified storage configuration on the EMC VPLEX

When managing storage on an EMC VPLEX, there are a few different storage elements that must be built before LUNs from storage arrays connected to back-end ports can be mapped to hosts on the other end. To handle this entire process step-by-step means executing commands to claim LUNs, create extents on storage volumes, create local […]

EMC VPLEX Storage Technology

A Quick Look at VPLEX Storage Elements

Although I have been writing about the EMC XtremIO lately, it is not the only EMC device that I have been working with this year. In that very same environment, there has also been the the opportunity to become more familiar with the EMC VPLEX, a data virtualization platform which is often found paired with […]

EMC ExtremeIO Partners Storage

Using Snapshot Refresh with EMC XtremIO

Since my blog entry on XtremIO last month, I have continued to work with an XtremIO storage array to drive snapshot and volume management commands. XtremIO has proven to be quite modern and sensible when it comes to management utilities, providing a few different intuitive solutions such as the GUI and REST API. The logical […]

EMC ExtremeIO Partners Storage

EMC’s XtremIO: Why all-flash storage arrays are great

Recently I’ve been given the opportunity to work with an EMC XtremIO storage array, and the more I learn about XtremIO the more there is to like. XtremIO as a brand is fairly new, having been acquired by EMC in 2012 and brought to the market in 2013. The key differentiator between the XtremIO and […]

Cloud Mobile Platforms User Experience

How much importance do you place on your OS?

A few months ago, I ended up installing Linux on a few of my computers, leaving Windows on the others. This isn’t the first time, either, having tried various distributions of Linux time and time again since about 2007. Each time, I’d learn a bit more about the particulars of the OS as someone must […]

Internet of Things Technology

Indoor Geopositioning Through the Internet of Things

While I was at IBM Insight last month, I attended a few labs and sessions on (or related to) the Internet of Things (IoT). My take on the Internet of Things is still along the lines of what I had written during InterConnect in February. That is, the Internet of Things helps us to gather […]

Business Intelligence & Analytics Data Technology User Experience

Live from IBM Insight2015: Analytics and ads of the future

Like them or hate them, advertisements aren’t going away any time soon. Companies want to spread the word about their products or events, and ads are one of the most visible ways to do this. This week at Insight, we’ve heard a lot about intelligent analytics that can be generated out of big data. Analytics […]

Mobile User Experience

Live from IBM Insight2015: Six tips for good mobile app design

This week at IBM’s Insight2015 conference I have attended a few sessions, generally focusing on mobile and Internet of Things. The mobile sessions have sparked my interest in regards to what goes into a successful mobile app. I’ve seen numbers stated such as that 2/3rds of mobile apps fail to meet their goal, whether it […]