Strategic Informatics

A blog about the strategic application of technology


Bye Bill…


Bill Gates has officially left Microsoft as an active executive in the day-to-day operations. Is Microsoft in trouble…hardly but this iconic leader and visionary has certainly transformed the modern landscape of computing and making computers a household name. I can vividly recall purchasing my first Microsoft based PC running Windows 3.11. A lot has changed since then and I feel we are certainly better for it. One thing I think we can all look forward to is his philanthropy efforts to make the world a better place to live. I can certainly admire this effort and think this will probably eventually transend his work at Microsoft and create yet another legacy Bill can be proud of. Go do good work Bill and don’t stop being a visionary!


Here comes the Mac hackers…

New Trojan Leverages Unpatched Mac Flaw. A tool for exploiting an unpatched security hole in Mac OS X systems has been developed and until earlier today was being distributed through an online forum that caters to Mac hackers, Security Fix has learned.

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My wife’s eCommerce site has launched here Princess and the Peas and she is adding products like crazy… It has been an interesting experience watching this come together. My wife has done a lot of work and the design is awesome. She as let me totally take care of the technical aspects of the site which is great and has allowed me to setup a Linux based Open Source PBX system called Asterisk; complete with a toll-free and local numbers, voice mail, VoIP phone for the desk, softphone and web based voice mail system.


sudo make me a sandwich

Make me a sandwich…


As I download another copy of Ubuntu 8.04 to install on the HP Laptop I have I found this great linux cartoon. My wife was quite confused when I explained this to her the first time but she humored me none-the-less. Now all I need is this on a T-Shirt. 🙂


Apple announces ZFS on Snow Leopard

Finally, a modern file system on a consumer OS As if Grand Central weren’t enough bad news for Microsoft, now they have ZFS to contend with. Building a reliable, high-performance file system takes years and Microsoft doesn’t have years to respond. The formal announcement is for Snow Leopard server, which is how Apple introduces new file systems.

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Inside Microsoft’s $550 Million Mega San Antonio Data Center

This certainly bigger than the 10k sq. ft. data center we constructed with Relera adjacent to the Level3 co-location facility on the east side of San Antonio.  Of couse our IDC was about  1/10 the cost of Microsofts as well.  The higher the 9’s in availabity the more money, infrastructure, and resources you must to put into place.  InformationWeek provides a brief picture tour of Microsoft’s gargantuan, under-construction San Antonio data center that reveals a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure on an truly large scale.

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Deep Fried Bytes 4: Scaling Large Web Sites with Joe Stump

Have you ever wanted to learn how top 100 web sites are architected? Deep Fried Bytes hosts Keith Elder and Chris Woodruff sat down with Joe Stump, Lead Architect at DIGG to discuss scaling large web sites, his life, development experiences and team building.

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Harvard Team Creates the World’s 1st Synthesized Cells

A single cell is the most awesomely sophisticated molecular machine yet produced. A self-directing, self-replicating micro-factory capable of complex constructions, automated repair and even (like all good sci-fi-sounding devices) self-destruct. The first cells, however, were much less “complex mechanisms” and significantly more “Shake and Bake”

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Google’s Android Innovates

Apple is very innovative with the iPhone but that gap won’t last long with features like this taking hold in mobile devices and an army of open source developers providing the catalyst for new and interesting features.



My very first iPod has passed it’s second birthday so I thought I would share the podcasts that have frequented and often filled its 1.8″ hard drive over the past couple of years.

Cranky Geeks

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The Digg Reel






GigaOm Show


Linux Action Show


MacBreak Weekly


MacWorld Video

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Onion News Network







Security Now


Shoot the Baby (Don’t worry it’s a photography podcast)





This Week in Photography

This Week in Tech


Window Weekly


43 Folders

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FLOSS Weekly