My Blog Archive

These posts have been through a series of imports and exports. Originally, flat files, then they became WordPress (LAMP), OctoPress (LAMP), GitHub Pages, Revue (crudely imported), Netlify, Linode, etc… not to mention the various themes blender at this point. So, please forgive any formatting issues especially from 2005-2012 (71 posts that need to be fixed).

2019

Fudge Sunday - Migration Edition

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  This newsletter will be quick – I’m migrating to a new newsletter service but plan to be back to publishing in a few weeks. :smile: Stay tun...

Fudge Sunday - Las Vegas Edition

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  This week I made the pilgrimage to Las Vegas for Dell Technologies World and had the chance to take a lot of car services but none were via ...

Fudge Sunday - Vacation Edition

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  This edition is going to be short. In fact, let’s just call this a vacation edition. I’m not going on vacation – but this edition will be. B...

Fudge Sunday - Roll Your Own

8 minute read

  When I started collecting links this week I had no idea how I would arrive at a conclusion. Thank goodness for the tech news cycle and, spec...

Fudge Sunday - Life at 34,000 Feet

4 minute read

  My travel has picked up in 2019. On a recent flight I discovered the captive portal experiences for the latest generation of in-flight broad...

Fudge Sunday - A Decade of GitHub

11 minute read

  I’ve been using GitHub for ~10 years. Over time I used GitHub more socially than for source code publishing. As my use increased so did my b...

Fudge Sunday - Road Warrior Redux

14 minute read

  If you follow my annual blog updates you already know I’ve been off the road for just over a year. As with any decrease in travel frequency ...

Fudge Sunday - Mic Check 1, 2, 3

6 minute read

  Just over 30 years ago I was enamored with the playing and recording of live music. Life back then involved analog recording rigs, tapes, he...

Fudge Sunday - Quantum Leap Years

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  The topic of quantum computing has steadily moved towards the realm of popular science. As with many other topics within popular science, wi...

Fudge Sunday - Issue #1

6 minute read

  I’m rebooting this newsletter for 2019. If you forgot you were on this list, there is probably a GDPR way to get off the list. Enjoy the fir...

Fudge Sunday

2 minute read

It was late December 2016. I had toyed with the idea of starting a newsletter. After a short run, I stopped. Things had changed.

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2018

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2017

On Twitter

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An examination of my Twitter archives

Converged Thoughts: Issue 12

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  Sometimes you see patterns. I see a few with regard to some of the software players that are often considered part of a past era in IT. Let’...

Converged Thoughts: Issue 11

8 minute read

  I just learned that Revnue will let you share items from ProductHunt. Unfortunately, few things I use are actually use are on ProductHunt. A...

Converged Thoughts: Issue 10

7 minute read

  Sometimes I read published research from Google. Admittedly, it’s often (usually?) way over my head. Sometimes I’ll find a familiar area and...

Converged Thoughts: Issue 9

9 minute read

  Yesterday, I had my first immersive VR experience. It was the total package. Headgear. Trackers. Haptics. Consoles. Rigs. Probiotic Yogurt. ...

Converged Thoughts: Issue 8

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  This will be my first SxSW as a resident of Austin, Texas. I’m looking forward to it. Part of the build up to SxSW is making sense of an abs...

Converged Thoughts: Issue 7

9 minute read

  Thanks for reading. At this rate, I’ll be creating these nightly for publication in the early morning.  Looking Back & Looking...

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2016

Converged Thoughts: Issue 6

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  I’m starting to get the hang of Revue now. Quirks? Yep. Workarounds? Coming. Publishing drafts to Medium? Yep. Sync back to GitHub repositor...

Converged Thoughts: Issue 5

9 minute read

  Two digests in one day? Well… I’m still new to Revue and missed my edits on the last digest. Thanks for sticking around and Happy New Year! ...

Converged Thoughts: Issue 4

8 minute read

  Happy New Year! Are we done celebrating? Cool. Let’s get started…As a warning, this update is probably entering long form essay mode due to ...

Converged Thoughts: Issue 3

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  For this update, I explore one item shared earlier on Twitter.Side note: One of the quirks of Revue is that the links for a tweet don’t appe...

Converged Thoughts: Issue 2

7 minute read

  Thanks for sticking around! My second installment is a bit longer but I plan to settle on a word count soon enough. "Set pha...

Converged Thoughts: Issue 1

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  Welcome to the first issue of my digest. I know… an email newsletter on the eve of the year 2017. Bold! :wink:Since 2007, I have shared cont...

Have Your AI Call My AI

5 minute read

For as long as I’ve been a professional worker, I’ve wondered why it is so hard to get a group of individuals to agree to times and durations for meetings. T...

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2015

The Perfect Team

2 minute read

I’d like to expend a few words about The Perfect Team.

My Fifth Year at VCE

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A quick reflection on my 5th year at @VCE 🚀 🚀 🚀 🚀 🚀 http://t.co/6rA6LgdFr8 #VCE #Vblock #VMware #Cisco #EMC #Dell ...

A Quick VCE Update

6 minute read

I’m still blogging internally and less externally. This post is a good reminder that taking a moment to reflect is always a good thing. Let’s get to it shall...

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2014

What Is Interesting?

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The year 2014 is coming to a close. To reflect that sentiment this post has been typed up using http://dillinger.io/. Then this post was saved to a GitHub re...

ESTEEM = STEM + Ethics + Empathy

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You can’t go very far on Internet or modern media before the term STEM is mentioned or extolled as a target to reach. STEM is the backronym associated with e...

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2013

Be My Advisor

8 minute read

Recently, I was invited to become an advisor to Racemi. I said yes.

A Timely Question

5 minute read

Sometimes the inspiration from a post comes from a question. This is a question I recently received from someone that is in the IT industry. Specifically, th...

Unstoppable March of Convergence

13 minute read

It’s that time again. Since 2008, South by Southwest (SxSW) has been one of my annual professional pilgrimages. SxSW is where anyone in the infrastructure bu...

SxSW 2013 Preview

5 minute read

It’s that time again. SxSW is my annual pilgrimage or it has been since 2008. (I cut and pasted that.)

Van Halen ISO 9000

1 minute read

As I was saying previously about Branch content that means a lot less now…

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2012

SF Thoughts So Far

6 minute read

“We are a mole on the back of the beast.” — me in an email sent 15 years ago when pondering a move to the West coast

Email Publishing

1 minute read

imported manually via copy/paste from tumblr.com… 6 years later

Road Warrior Thoughts

7 minute read

VCE is all about riding the rocket while constructing and reworking that same rocket in real time. – VCE 101

My Second Year at VCE

11 minute read

You are witnessing the transformation of an entire industry. _ Pay attention. It will be faster than you think._ – VCE Deal Desk Mission Control Room

Three Paths

8 minute read

I get a few recurring questions from time to time. :wink: When I look back in my sent folder or listen to some of my WebEx recordings I find myself answering...

Thoughts on OpenStack

6 minute read

This post might make some analysts’ heads explode and perhaps too in the land of the tech blogosphere but here goes…

Thinking About Innovation

4 minute read

As of this post I’m almost halfway through my speaking series and workshops on the topic of innovation for NTCA companies. I’m speaking to board members, GMs...

Road Report Redux

8 minute read

[digs VCE office in RTP. This is exciting for a host of reasons but the growth of VCE is remarkable. When I look back on the series of posts I’ve put up here...

Road Report

2 minute read

Life moves pretty fast when you are traveling for work. I’ve come back from each trip to learn that the VCE RTP office is growing by leaps and bounds.

My SxSW 20212 Report

7 minute read

Better late than never: My SxSW 20212 Report http://t.co/Zn0xogLD— Gone Fishin' (@Qthrul) April 7, 2012

VCE: 2012 Update

5 minute read

After providing over a dozen regular VCE updates every 30 days (or so… oops!) I’ve noted the difficulty of pointing to materials or opining on materials with...

Emerging Patterns

7 minute read

Don’t look behind the curtain if you want the magic show to be magic

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2011

Enhancement and Innovation

12 minute read

We’re in the stone age right now — but we can’t stop trying to reach the bronze age while dreaming of the iron age.

My First 330 Days

8 minute read

“Our goal is to become an internal service provider” – VMworld visitor to the VCE booth

On Metrics

3 minute read

[Ah, metrics. Everyone loves a horse race. Of course, in a horse race it is not as if the horses are allowed to take a hyperspace jump to various points in t...

King of the Apps

5 minute read

Last month saw the insanity that is Interop as well as EMC World. Both events were in Las Vegas. For me this was a week of back to back customer meetings and...

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2010

My First 60 Days

13 minute read

[Time flies when you are having fun… and freezing cold. In the past 60 days since I’ve joined VCE there has been cold weather in Boston, Montana, RTP, etc… ...

My First 30 Days

5 minute read

[there have been lots of emails, tweets, phone calls, IMs, and related reaching out to ask me one thing:

Stay tuned

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I’ll be making a blog post and announcement here on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 11am Eastern. Cryptic? You bet. Exciting? Absolutely. Kittens? Well, uhm...

Short URL Link Rot

6 minute read

The notion of “link rot” comes up from time to time in blog type discussions where someone has a passing preservation or historical bent.  The real-time n...

It’s Still Complicated

2 minute read

My experiment back on May 10, 2010 appears to have finally worked.  I deleted my Facebook account.  The Earth somehow still manages to rotate.  I know you w...

Face Time

3 minute read

[Today I happened to work with several clients that are not local to me. While we’ve met previously and periodic visits occur, it’s not as simple to grab a ...

Free Phones

3 minute read

[_**UPDATE: Winners Announced!!!

FreshBooks SPF Records

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A growing number of companies are using FreshBooks as an alternative to desktop and client/server oriented billing systems. The FreshBooks service sends ema...

Blackberry SPF Records

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If you use Blackberry Internet Service and have seen delivery issues related to SPF records when using your own domain name or company domain name you should...

On Data Centers

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[The first data center I walked into was at my first IT oriented job. I was a co-op at IBM. The data center was a huge and sprawling collection of clunky A...

Design Impact

1 minute read

[. The topic of my talk was “Design Impact: Broadband, Mobility, and the Cloud”.

Expiration Dates

2 minute read

[. I’ve followed his writing since his days at VentureBeat and now at TechCrunch.

Mayor vs Payor: Location-Based Services

3 minute read

I’m still thinking that checking in is still too much work. It’s the same if not greater friction of the earlier iterations of the “simple” Twitter update. Y...

10 years of LiveJournal

2 minute read

[This month I reached my 10th year as a LiveJournal user. I’ve posted 5,601 LiveJournal entries during that time. I’ve received 8,839 comments. I’ve made ...

Familiar Refrains

3 minute read

[It might be my 38th birthday coming up or it might be that the echo chamber is playing back moments from my past. Lately, I seem to have a knack for seeing...

Get off of my cloud

19 minute read

[Note: This is a draft of a longer article I’ll be publishing in an industry journal.

SxSW 2010 Happens

3 minute read

[This is a very late Friday Fudge. I have a good excuse though: SxSW 2010.

StartupRiot 2010, Chaos, and Coffee

5 minute read

[. It was a blast. 50 startup companies were pitching hard and heavy on the Fox stage. The weather outside the Fox was bone chilling but everyone inside wa...

The Waiting

6 minute read

_Note: Welcome to Friday Fudge #3 of hopefully many to come. _

Social Telecom

25 minute read

_Note: Welcome to Friday Fudge #1 of hopefully many to come. _ [

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2009

straight pool

4 minute read

Let’s not mince words: Cisco sells routers. Cisco sells a great many IP things but you’ve probably heard: Cisco sells routers. While Cisco has a massive port...

Too Much Text

10 minute read

Too Much Text IV: A NEW HOPE Google Wave vs. Email

Back to my consulting roots

1 minute read

After being a CTO since 2002 with NeoNova and Digitel the time has come to return to my consulting roots. I’ve had a great run as a technology leader with gr...

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2008

Balkanize, Rinse, Repeat ad infinitum

12 minute read

After listening to a podcast rant on the topic of the blog / web / Internet with terms like signal, noise, and other histrionics typically reserved for the s...

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2007

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2005

Google has AOL envy

3 minute read

AOL’s BYOB uses a tunnel/vpn approach. I wonder where Google could have ever gotten the idea… but the effect is clear:

Export restrictions

6 minute read

I’ve got a Mac. I have a metric ton of contacts (+10k). One might expect this makes for an elegant and natural fit since there is Address Book for the Mac.

Internet access

5 minute read

I was listening to TSOT on NPR this morning. This was made possible due to my new early to bed and early to rise experiment. The subject was related to produ...

Cat Diapers

3 minute read

I was trying to figure out where cat poop goes. Yes, this is my life.

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2004

Who am I kidding

4 minute read

I’d like to see a skit on SNL about the “Who Am I Kidding” calling plan from Verizon.

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2002

And for my next trick

3 minute read

From: Jay Cuthrell To: All Scient Global Cc: jay@cuthrell.com Sent: 7/8/02 7:46 PM Subject: And for my next trick. (farewell everyone)

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2001

Here It Comes

3 minute read

From the US Airways mailing lists for frequent flyers (emphasis mine):

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2000

Tel Aviv Traceroute

3 minute read

Greetings from Tel Aviv. My body says it is noon. Everyone else here says it is 7 hours later.

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1998

The Fudge FAQ

4 minute read

People often ask me “Why Qthrul? Why fudge?”

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