Your Friday Link Roundup: “Adventures in Cloud Marketing” Edition

It's Friday and we're emptying our pockets of links and bric-a-brac before heading home. This week we've got cloud stuff, Mac stuff, sweaty stuff, and old (but good) stuff. Enjoy!

Like Goldilocks, Were Goldilocks Still Into for Loops

Citrix says that VMware doesn't really get the cloud, and that Amazon doesn't really get old things. So the company's cannily positioning itself between out-of-touch Gen X'ers and self-absorbed millennials. According to Network World, Citrix says "its cloud platform --which is based off the Apache CloudStack project -- can span both private on-premises deployments and public clouds and is the only one in the market that takes an application-centric approach to architecting clouds. VMware is ideal for virtualized legacy applications, but not new, cloud-native apps, Citrix says. AWS, on the other hand, is perfect for these new apps that were born to run in the cloud, but not legacy applications."

Gartner, on the other hand, sees a hole in their game:

"Gartner analyst Chris Wolf says the platform still has a ways to go. Unlike VMware, Citrix does not have tight integration with tools like Chef, Puppet and Salt that help users automatically deploy and manage virtual machine templates."

Update: Mark Hinkle is Senior Director of Open Source Solutions at Citrix, and he called Gartner's characterization out:

That's a good point. In fact, here's a deck from a recent Puppet Camp about Puppet and Apache CloudStack:

So Long and Thanks for All the Zunes

Steve Ballmer held his final company meeting as Microsoft's CEO yesterday. The Verge paints a perfectly adequate picture:

"I want to say thank you ... this isn't about any one person. It's about a company that's important, that's forward thinking, that's innovative.' Ballmer ended his emotional speech with Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' 'I've had The Time of My Life' playing in the background before he screamed 'I've had the time of my life' and continued to dance and run around the stage. Microsoft employees in the audience shook hands with Ballmer and screamed 'we love you' as they cheered and clapped throughout his final speech."

And some equal time on the whole "Developers, etc." thing.

Bonus Ballmer anecdote from Aliza (other managing editor here at Puppet Labs):

Years ago, when I was a new technology reporter, I was sent to the Memorial Coliseum to interview Steve Ballmer right before a Blazers game. There was a senior reporter from a competing publication also sitting at the table in the VIP suite. He rapped out questions, one after the next, and I sat, taking notes, too shy to insert myself.

Finally, Mr. Ballmer turned to me, focusing his gaze in a way that told everyone else to keep quiet, and asked gently, "Do you have any questions?" Well, I did - and he answered them completely and carefully. Whatever anyone else has ever said about Steve Ballmer, I've always remembered that gentlemanly moment.

Overheard

Not So Fast

This chart says the US ranks 33rd in consumer broadband speeds, right behind the Ukraine (but edging out Uruguay, and it's safe to forget Poland again!) Andrew C. Oliver says there's something distinctly un-American about the whole thing. He posits that other regions with faster, more affordable broadband will make better progress with cloud technology.

Blinkenlights

This is either really funny or really sad.

... and it's just like prod, if prod's on macminicolo

Virtualization helped me stopped caring about whatever it was Apple was doing to make web development on a Mac harder. When you can spin up a VM running the same stack as prod, there's not a lot of appeal to figuring out where Apache went, or dealing with MySQL hell. Karen Stevenson at Lullabot, however, says it's not that bad these days: She ditched MAMP and reports that she's doing pretty well with the built-in Apache and PHP, with Homebrew handling MySQL. She offers a clear and concise howto to get up and running.

This Is a Very, Very Long TechOps Reading List

Very long.

Oleksiy Kovyrin is looking for techops engineers. He asks candidates what they like to read and how they keep up. One of them turned the question around, so he published a long list of books, podcasts, blogs and conferences that ought to keep you busy. I know my Feedly subscription list just grew.

This Is Neat

A little JavaScript, some CSS and some bits from HTML5, and you've got a faithful recreation of the first universally accessible web browser.

"If it's not obvious to them, it's not obvious."

Do you have to help other people use computers? Seventeen years later, this is still awesome.

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