* Posts by Knieriemen

31 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Nov 2011

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you


Re: You can turn it off...

It works fine without it. Location tracking on my S7 edge has been off since I bought it, never been an issue. This looks like a complete non-story to me.


You can turn it off...

If you go to Settings->Applications->Application Manager->Google Play Store->Permissions you can toggle Location 'on' or 'off'.

Speaking in Tech: The Gartner and OpenStack smack-talk episode



You can listen to the podcast for some details, but to clarify the twitter discussion between Lydia and I, Lydia has clearly stated that OpenStack simply has "Narrow and specific use cases" (see https://twitter.com/cloudpundit/status/725703809574535173).

I responded by asking her for any Gartner research to support that claim since OpenStack has a very diverse list of customers and use cases (see https://www.openstack.org/user-stories/) and 451 Research has actually done the user research Lydia claims is "extremely difficult" (see https://451research.com/report-short?entityId=87456).

For me, the bottom line is that Lydia's opinions about OpenStack are not based on actual research that Gartner has done on users (there is no Gartner published research on user adoption). Alan Waite (from Gartner) has published reasonable and nuanced opinion's about OpenStack but it isn't user research.

As I tweeted to Lydia, OpenStack may or may not be a huge success, but we need good research to make that conclusion and Gartner hasn't done that yet.


Speaking in Tech: Can Tesla make enough spare parts? Can it make enough CARS?


No... like a company where I can walk into a factory store and buy a car. Waiting two years (probably closer to 3 years) for a car? That's not revolutionary, it's de-evolutionary.

Speaking in Tech: Batman vs Superman... absolutely sucked


Re: Transcript?

Agree, totally bush league! And who cares about Australian bike bells? These guys have no clue!

Cloudian's better at Amazon S3 than anyone else, apparently


Re: S3 Compatibility

Does anyone at Cloudian do any competitive research before making broad claims like this? The Hitachi HCP also provides native S3 support with full compatibility. We also have over 1,000 HCP customers as validation.


A quick note about V4SIG support

(Disclosure, I work for HDS)

The article states...

V4SIG support is required, Ash says, for all new AWS regions and: "Today Cloudian is the only Object vendor to support V4SIG."

This is not correct. The Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) is S3 compliant and supports V4SIG (and has for some time). Some of the largest AWS customers in the world leverage HCP's object storage with S3. In terms of the number of HCP customers... let's just say it's greater than 1,000.

Happy to answer any questions without getting into a sales pitch :)

SwiftStack's multi-modal 'we're so much better than you' FUD play


Re: Native support

Scratching my head, again. Does anyone at Cloudian do any competitive research before making broad claims like this? The Hitachi HCP also provides native S3 support with full compatibility.

Don’t get in a cluster fluster, Wikibon tells NetApp users


True Private Cloud?

One minor nit:

Wikibon also says true private clouds need to have chargeback which is, candidly, bullshit. Chargebacks are an accounting function, not a cloud operations function. Chargebacks are also not recognized inside of NIST's definition of cloud either: http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-145/SP800-145.pdf.

What if an org doesn't need chargeback? Is it not a cloud then? It's a silly argument.

Again, a minor nit but it is an example of how "one true cloud" definitions don't always work.

Remake, remodel: Toshiba Chromebook 2


My favorite Chromebook

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is my favorite Chromebook and I've used quite a few. Screen is fantastic, just enough power and it's fanless (a big place for portables, in my opinion).

For *most* regular computer users, this could be a replacement. if you need specific Windows or Mac software than logically it is not. My Chromebook is my primary laptop at home but I do have a Macbook Air for work.

Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise



Apple would rather talk about how other companies manage privacy than their walled garden.

Speaking in Tech: Uber and Google on the road to DRIVER-FREE cars


Re: Forget the Superbowl

OK OzBob, will you come on the podcast after the World Cup of Cricket and give us a summary?

Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?


Toshiba Chromebook 2

I'm still really impressed with my Toshiba Chromebook 2. Great performance with an IPS HD screen that is probably the best Chromebook screen I've seen on the market.

Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway


Re: 1000 years?

The thing to keep in mind is that with Blu Ray, you won't have to do the periodic (and expensive depending on size) tape migrations.

Storagebod wrote a great post on the time it takes to do petabyte-scale tape migrations - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/27/storagebod_petascale_archives/

Storage faithful tremble as Gartner mages prep flashy array quadrant



[WARNING: PIMPING] It's ironic that HDS was excluded since we are one of the leaders in shipping flash - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/05/nand_shipper_numero_uno_aint_who_you_think/

Speaking in Tech: What do you MEAN, US court can demand OFFSHORE public cloud data?


Re: Not sure if anyone else has ever asked this …

True, possible, but not feasible based on costs... thanks ;)


Re: Not sure if anyone else has ever asked this...

I'd love to provide a transcript but it is VERY expensive for the transcription services I've seen. We don't make any revenue from the podcasts so... for now... it's not possible.

Speaking in Tech: Cloud storage FAIL (as airline loses suitcase)


Re: who is broadcasting from the kitchen?

I think that was Mark. Makes it a bit more authentic doesn't it?


Re: would you

We have done a couple of episodes as Google+ Hangouts which are available on YouTube. I'd like to do more in the future. Do you think video is a better media for these discussions?

HP dishes up FAIL-filled public cloud


Calling BS

I'm in no position to defend HP on all of this... but parts of this are not accurate.

"HP has apparently dropped support for both Amazon EC2 APIs and private cloud Eucalyptus tools. The AWS EC2 APIs are widely used and have become a de facto standard for building cloud apps."

Contrary to what Eucalyptus and AWS want you to believe, EC2 API's are *NOT* the defacto standard for anything other than instances being built on AWS. HP (or any OpenStack-based cloud) do not have to have to incorporate EC2 API's. Additionally, most OpenStack clouds being built today have no interest or requirement to use AWS EC2... it's a red herring argument.

Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling


Re: high end hardware

The Galaxy Nexus will NOT be updated to KiKat - http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/31/google-galaxy-nexus-kitkat/

But... I think this is by design. I bought my Galaxy Nexus almost 2 years ago and contract will be up soon so I'm guessing the road map will continually end every two years to encourage upgrading. I'm jumping on the Nexus 5 just to avoid the bloatware that's more common now on high-end smartphones.

Speaking in Tech: So you've built a data centre - but is it UNDER THE SEA?


Re: Transcript please

Great suggestion and it's something I've kicked around for awhile but only one other person ever requested it. I'll look into it again.

Speaking in Tech: The worst PR in the tech industry


Re: Worst PR in the Tech Industry? I think I can trump that:

OK... I think this tops Huawei's PR... good find

Speaking in Tech: How to grill an American VC


Re: Came to article expecting secret sauce

LOL, that is awesome.

Let me say... Chris Lynch was definitely "well done" during the podcast.

Speaking in Tech: The worst government IT deal of ALL TIME


Re: safe search is ON

We have a picture of the Bacon Sex Log here: http://speakingintech.com/sit-8/

Nekkid Tech: Where are the new enterprise bibles?


I would love to...

I would love to... but I'll be in London 2 weeks beforehand at the Dell Storage Forum

Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos


Great Comments, Thanks

I love all of the comments, thanks.

First, you cannot simply sideload a Google app... have to first install the Google Services Framework apk first. I have instructions for this here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113139726938588189465/posts/3UZGtF8H9aU

The problem is, your typically Kindle Fire user is probably not tech savy and probably won't want to take these extra steps to sideload apps.

I also have a post on 'must have' Kindle Fire apps here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113139726938588189465/posts/ZaKkJKMbLba

Ultimately I think this is an Amazon AND a Google problem and it's all about control and licensing for the app market... be it Amazon's or Google.

Shame on Google for putting hooks in stand-alone apps like Gmail that require Google Services Framework (you don't need the Google Services Framework for the iPad). Shame on Amazon for not making popular Google apps a part of the Kindle Fire user experience.

One other note - the Kindle Fire OS is a "wrapped" version Android and not a "fork" as Linux users understand forks.