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The power of standards

The power of standards

Have you ever wondered why railroads are the width they are? US railroads are 4 feet 8 ½ inches in width, this may seem like a weird measurement, but there is actually a good reason for it.

Shareholder Value versus Lifetime Customer Value.

Shareholder Value versus Lifetime Customer Value.

A business has to choose a pathway, either to focus on the needs of shareholders or the needs of customers. No one likes to hear this, because in the perfect world, we’d love to think that we can do both.

Veni, Vidi, Vici!

Veni, Vidi, Vici!

Julius Caesar is quoted as saying “Veni, vidi, vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered), if Caesar had been a businessman in 2020, I think he may have said Collectas indicium Lunaris examinetur et sententiis (I collected data, I analyzed, I decided), and he may have added I used Nastel XRay to do it.

A Really Big Blog Part 2!

A Really Big Blog Part 2!

After reading Richard’s blog about large balloons in India, I felt the need to explore this topic a little further. A few years back I was on a business trip to Bangalore, and one night while in my hotel room reading the paper copy of the Bangalore times (a free paper left in my hotel…
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A Really Big Blog!

A Really Big Blog!

On my first trip to India I stayed right across from the gateway of India. This is a tourist area, especially popular for the locals, and some international travelers.  From my hotel window, I could see street vendors with these really big balloons. They were probably 6 feet in length. Later that day I decided…
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Advances in technology solve problems while creating new ones

Advances in technology solve problems while creating new ones

Previously I wrote about the difference in technology today compared to when MQ first came out. One of the areas that is most notable is network speed and how that relates to I/O as well as reliability.   Not that long ago, you probably were saving changes to your Word or PowerPoint documents every few minutes…
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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

As experts in data, we all recognize the importance of focusing on alerts, signals in the data that indicate an abnormal event. And it’s clear that there is a spike in the data that shows a critical event. The number of people of color who have been targeted by law enforcement must be addressed. This…
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Profile Java Apps with RemoraJ

Profile Java Apps with RemoraJ

RemoraJ is an open source java byte code agent designed to help developers profile running java apps with little overhead. The focal point of Remora is to provide visibility into what’s coming in and out of your java app by tracking calls such as HTTP, JDBC, JMS, WebSocket, IO Streams, Kafka and other inter JVM/IPC…
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Running Solr 6.6 in Production

Running Solr 6.6 in Production

I thought I’d share our experiences of running Solr in production. So far Solr 6.6.6 has been very stable provided GC, memory and other system resources are carefully managed. Here are some of the technical details which I hope will be useful to anyone considering this platform. We have been running Solr 6.6.6 with Java…
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Next Window Please!

Next Window Please!

It is amazing how MQ has managed to stay relevant over all of these years. Looking back to when it first came out in the 1990’s, we were dealing with 2400 baud modems connected to remote locations running a number of different technologies, over spotty telephone lines using token ring protocols. Computing power of the…
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