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In the last few weeks I’ve been trying to get a handle on The Cloud (not the company, but the computing services approach) and the ramifications of the almost inevitable rise of this way of doing … well, everything. When you get past the mists of the new acronyms (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS for example) what looms is a “disruptive” technology, and it’s going to be a huge game-changer as far as I can see…  [See Updates at bottom]

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Part 1: Wherever We Look, The Universe Is Expanding Away From Us

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Read Episode 1 first before you read this episode. It makes better sense.

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A: When Microsoft says it isn’t…

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In my youth (age 16 to mid 20s) I experienced three periods of clinical depression. The longest lasted more than two years, the shortest about 18 months. I never received any treatment or medical management during these periods, and I can’t say whether that was a good or bad idea. I survived but as a result I have a strong appreciation for what it’s like to be clinically depressed, and a concomitant empathy for those going through the hell it can entail. [Updated; see end of article] (more…)

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In 1949 the English novelist and journalist Eric Arthur Blair wrote a novel that has had a considerable impact on society’s perception of government. The novel was called Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Blair’s pen name is well-known: George Orwell.

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On March 1st (my birthday, as it happens) Microsoft published a security advisory about yet another vulnerability within their products. This time it concerns Windows 2000, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2003 and Internet Explorer. But their attitude about it is – to my mind – all wrong.

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