tshirtIf you’re trying to get to VMworld US and want a free pass, a number of vendors are giving them away, including my friends over at Coho Data:

We are giving away a FULL conference pass to VMworld 2014 to one lucky winner along with a few goodies to others as well.

Register for a chance to win:

  • One Full-Conference Pass to VMworld 2014 in San Francisco*
  • “Don’t FSCK with the Fish” T-Shirt
  • Coho Data Chrome Industries Backpack

*The prize includes the conference pass only. The winner will be responsible for their own hotel, airfare, and other expenses. Pass valued at $1,995 USD.

Winner will be announced on August 1st via email, so register for a chance to win!

A great deal especially if you live in San Francisco or the Bay Area anyhow. We’re within a month of the conference now, so I’d suggest registering for this and others today (I think SimpliVity’s giveaway deadline is tonight, too).

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Apple ComputerLate last week Apple disclosed to the folks over at The Loop that it would be ending development of another one of its professional products, Aperture. They committed to providing a round of compatibility updates so it would continue functioning on OS X Yosemite. Replacing it, and iPhoto, will be a new prosumer-geared “Photos” app which will be the gateway to the iCloud Photo Library.

Overall, cloud apps make me jumpy about performance, pricing, and intellectual property rights, especially for those of us that make 30 MB RAW format files every time the shutter clicks, in places where we’re lucky to get a bar of EDGE cell data service. More importantly, as a Windows Lightroom user I valued Aperture as competition. Lightroom still lacks many features Aperture has, like face recognition, decent support for multimedia, excellent metadata support, good workflow, and excellent library management, despite ongoing feature requests from actual customers.

Oh, but wait! Adobe announced that they are “doubling down” on Lightroom and Creative Cloud Photography:

Put simply we’re doubling down on our investments in Lightroom and the new Creative Cloud Photography plan and you can expect to see a rich roadmap of rapid innovation for desktop, web and device workflows in the coming weeks, months and years.

Quick quiz — with all of the competition out of the way, an honorable company such as Adobe or Oracle:

A) Doubles down on its investments in that product line.
B) Solicits customer feedback for new features in future versions.
C) Stops all development on the product line and raises prices because, as a monopoly, they can.

Apple also said that Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro remain under development, apparently ignoring their previous nerfing of Final Cut Pro with the Final Cut Pro X rewrite, and the subsequent & immediate loss of most serious video professionals.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it once again: Apple is no longer a computer company, and despite our nostalgia we really need to stop thinking of them as one. They are a media company, with a huge consumer device business geared towards selling their music, movies, and applications. Mac and Mac software represents a shrinking portion of their sales. Of that, professional users of their platforms are a tiny fraction of their overall users, and not even particularly vocal outside their own communities. As such, Apple just doesn’t care.

None of this is full-on panic, but I were a Logic Pro user I’d definitely start looking for a way off that platform, because you’ve seen what’s going to happen to you. And I give Macs and Mac OS a few years before it’s just all iOS, too. In the meantime, photographers will just have to muddle through, hoping another option comes along.

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SDN Industry Analysis

by Bob Plankers June 23, 2014 Converged Infrastructure

Tip of the hat to Ivan Pepelnjak over at ipSpace.net – a welcome three minute distraction this afternoon. Enjoy.

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VMworld 2014 Session Voting Open

by Bob Plankers May 6, 2014 Virtualization

One of the most interesting things about VMworld is the public session voting, which is now open. Not many conferences allow attendees to have a say in what gets presented at the conference. If you’re planning to attend VMworld 2014 it’s probably a good idea to vote for sessions that interest you. I am involved […]

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On Disabling Comments

by Bob Plankers April 28, 2014 General Rambling

There has been some variably constructive criticism of my disabling comments on the “Two Big Vendor Takeaways from Storage Field Day 5” post. This isn’t the first time I’ve disabled comments, and it won’t be the last. In fact, I had my post ready to go 48 hours before I published it, postponing partly because I […]

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Two Big Vendor Takeaways from Storage Field Day 5

by Bob Plankers April 26, 2014 Tech Field Day

Storage Field Day 5 is now over and was a marathon of vendor information and tech information. A marathon. I’m tired from 17 hour days, I’m addicted to caffeine, and my brain and body hurt. We had some great people along, on both sides of things. We had great vendors all around, even if some […]

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The Eternal Wait For Vendor Software Updates

by Bob Plankers April 16, 2014 General Rambling

There’s been a fair amount of commentary & impatience from IT staff as we wait for vendors to patch their products for the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability. Why don’t they hurry up? They’ve had 10 days now, what’s taking so long? How big of a deal is it to change a few libraries? Perhaps, to understand […]

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8 Practical Notes about Heartbleed (CVE-2014-0160)

by Bob Plankers April 9, 2014 Security

I see a lot of misinformation floating around about the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug. In case you’ve been living under a rock, OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f are vulnerable to a condition where a particular feature will leak the contents of memory. This is bad, because memory often contains things like the private half of public-key […]

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