fighting the lack of good ideas

do not commit to anyone – law 20 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 20

It is the fool who always rushes to take sides. Do not commit to any side or cause but yourself. By maintaining your independence, you become the master of others – playing people against one another, making them pursue you. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

irony at olf2013 – the olpc and sugar

I played with the OLPC for a little bit at the Fedora table at OLF this past weekend.

The Sugar desktop environment works on the metaphor of circles. It took me a few minutes to figure them out, but as soon as I was pointed at the right button (a dot, of all things), I was off and running.

The irony? Several years ago I had a paper published in the ACM‘s Ubiquity entitled, “Why Do Current Graphical User Interfaces Not Work Naturally & How They Can Be Fixed?“.

It’s nice to see some thoughts I once had published on ergonomics turn out to be practical in the Real Worldâ„¢ 🙂

#moosefs @smartfile – distributed, redundant file management (#olf2013 talk)

As promised, some follow-up to OLF.

Chris from SmartFile gave a great talk at OLF this year on MooseFS and how SmartFile leverages it to handle their rapidly-growing storage infrastructure.

Specifically, he compared it to Ceph and GlusterFS.

In short, MooseFS provides better configurability than either Ceph or GlusterFS, runs with lower overhead, and provides more flexibility for their environment.

One of the other cool things Chris said was they adopted the BackBlaze StoragePod design for their “green monster” storage units. Nice to see open source being leveraged not just in software, but hardware, too 🙂

olf 2013 in the bag

This past weekend I went to OLF with my friend Peter and a fella who’s now more than an acquaintance, Nathaniel – one of the lead devs for FreeIPA at Red Hat.

Got to go to a variety of great talks and sessions, met some awesome folks, and just generally enjoyed the geek weekend 🙂

I’ll be talking about the weekend at tonight’s BGLUG IRL Meeting – if you’re in the Lexington area, come on out to Eagle Creek Library at 1800 (I know – short warning … but come anyway).

I’ll post more throughout the week on the different sessions and what I learned – also, I was one (of many) who live-tweeted large portions of the fest: #olf2013 and #ohiolinux on Twitter.

know who you’re dealing with – do not offend the wrong person – law 19 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 19

There are many different kinds of people in the world, and you can never assume that everyone will react to your strategies in the same way. Deceive of outmaneuver some people and they will spend the rest of their lives seeking revenge. They are wolves in lambs’ clothing. Choose your victims and opponents carefully, then – never offend or deceive the wrong person. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)