I recently saw an unusual post online that caught my eye. It was a standard
weather radar picture from a Wisconsin TV Station (WFRV-TV Ch. 5). In the
image you can see a large green area that normally denotes rain. What
particularly caught my eye was that this image labeled the large green swatch
over Lake Winnebago as "Lake Flies!"
My first reaction was that clearly this had to be a joke, but a quick
internet search on ‘lake flies radar' proved me wrong - there was even a
great article last year from Wired discussing it. Each "lake fly" by itself
is small (less than 1/2 inch), but have a mass hatching in May every year.
The sheer volume of the hatching can fill the sky, as well as show up on
weather radar, looking like a storm stretching for miles in all directions.
Fortunately for all living in the area, the life cycle of these flies is
measured in weeks and the ... (more)
Dorothy the CIO was walking the yellow brick road of planning. She was on her
way to the Emerald City to ask the great wizard of the agile data center for
advice. Along the way she met two other CIOs who joined her on the journey,
nicknamed Tin Man and Scarecrow. Their travels brought them to the edge of
the dark forest of datacenter hype and fear.
‘‘Do you think we'll meet any wild technologies and fears in there?'' she
asked her companions.
‘‘We might.'' responded Tin Man.
‘One's that devour IT projects?'' whispered Scarecrow.
‘‘Possibly.' said the Tin Man, ‘‘but mostly contain... (more)
I was recently on a business trip out to Wausau, WI. The purpose was to
conduct a training session on web application development for a new batch of
associates at our onshore development center. When I picked up my rental car
at the airport, I was very happy to discover it had built in Bluetooth
integration for my phone. I have this feature on both cars at home. I love
the convenience of having the car become an accessory for my mobile device. I
immediately bound my phone with the car's Bluetooth. Then something unusual
happened. My phone prompted me with a question: ‘Chevy/Malib... (more)
The Cloud, Security and Breaches – Are the Barbarians at the Gate?
Target. Home Depot. Community Health Systems. Nieman Marcus. Their names have
been all in the news over the past year, though probably not in a way they
would like. All have had very public data breaches affecting anywhere from
350,000 (Nieman Marcus) to 4.5 million (Community Health Systems) customers.
Add the recent high-profile celebrity nude photo hacking scandal and cloud
security has become the trending topic in all the news and social media. Some
of the discussions reminded me of a line from a short-lived TV... (more)
When was the last time you had a technology conversation that did not include
the word ‘cloud' in it? Gartner predicts that by 2016 the bulk of IT spend
will be for the cloud. Gartner also believes that ‘nearly half of large
enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.' Cloud
technology continues to evolve at breakneck speeds and business wants to move
to the cloud equally as fast. This presents significant challenges for
technologists who need ensure the business doesn't go crashing into a brick
wall while moving at these speeds.
Don't Let It Be by Accide... (more)