Chris J Powell

Applying Game Theory to Life

Applying Game Theory to Life

The concept of looking at Game Theory and applying it to my life has been an ongoing concept that has been driving me towards success.  As I look deeper into the concept and focus on the applicability of the structure and concepts that power the Game Layer of our lives I wonder if it is really possible to turn my life into a Multiplayer Game that every move is planned for and in -some way choreographed? I have been accused of being far too analytic about everything that I do and this concept does not change that accusation but the reality is…Life is a Game…why not play it! There are lots of great resources out there on the Interwebz to point you in the direction of the application of Game Theory to your life.  I like the idea that there is process for building a better tomorrow and that every action that we take today has a butterfly effect that expands out like ripples in a pond. The 7 week course that I am taking on this concept is really … Read more

The Future is NOW! But Are We Really Getting Dumber?

The Future is NOW! But Are We Really Getting Dumber?

Never before in human history has there been the ability for anyone to find anything the way we can today.  There really is no excuse for any person to say…I Don’t Know anymore.  Some may say that the advent of the internet has made us stupid…I say that we may not remember things the same way but that option to offload the memory capacity to an external resource like Google or any other Search Engine has freed up our ability to process information! Back in July of 2008 there was an article published in the Atlantic titled “Is Google Making Us Stupid” and there are several key points that while they may be true…or at least generally true, there was not the consideration that Human Evolution kicks in and we adapt to our environment. One of the obvious areas that has changed is our attention span.  Gone are the days for most of us when we would head off to the library or to the book store and purchase a good book, bring it home and voraciously read it…now that … Read more

Will ARM Based Servers be the Next Big Thing?

Will ARM Based Servers be the Next Big Thing?

With a Global movement to reduce the power consumption of Data Centers (a report from Green Peace last year pins the carbon foot print of Data Centers at about 2% of the total world wide), ARM and Intel Atom based servers are moving up stream at a very fast pace.  I did some digging and most of the big players are leveraging ARM Servers in clusters…and are currently in proof of concept.  I thought I would take a look at a few of them today. We have all experienced the power of ARM based processors take our Mobile phones from Text Messaging devices to fully enabled mobile computers but to think that this same power could be then applied into a Data Center is absolutely incredible.  Combine that with the maturity of current Virtualization technology and it is actually an impressive move towards energy and space efficiency! The HP Project MoonShot is one such proof of concept design that leverages the power of Cluster Computing and in many cases could replace a large chunk of a Data Center with a … Read more

The Best Part of a New Year

The Best Part of a New Year

One of the great things that I love about the fresh start of a New Year is all the wonderful Technology Predictions that float around the Interwebz, so I thought I would throw my moderately educated guesses into the fold thanks to having read 100’s of other predictions and spent the past two years trolling the web for content. Broadband for All – the Global push towards high speed internet as a global imperative (hey the UN says it is a Basic Human Right) takes a radical step forward with new Mobile Technologies that drive down the cost and dramatically increase throughput speeds. Apple will Stumble – The push towards building for the lowest common denominator and a focus on its mobility devices (iPhone and iPad) take a major knock as a shortage of a key component for the “Retina Display” occurs.  Stock prices plummet and consumer confidence causes a shift towards the alternatives. Resurgence of Blackberry – This is partly wishful thinking but until Blackberry can work out a licensing deal with a competitor…there is a global uptake in the Blackberry 10 … Read more

There is a Battle Brewing…and It May Turn into an All Out WAR!

There is a Battle Brewing…and It May Turn into an All Out WAR!

We have all seen the power plays in the Mobility Space.  Fingers being pointed from one company to another about who owns what patent and what shape a Smartphone or Tablet should be, but if you thought 2012 was a challenging year to keep up with when it comes to the fast and furious Mobile Device War…hold onto your hat…2013 is likely gonna be a whole lot more interesting! Right now there really is three phones leading the way as far as being truly cutting edge and battling for the hearts and minds of today’s mobile computing Geek.  Those three phones account for more than 55 million units sold in 2012 so what are the Big three? The iPhone 5 with its elongated screen, Apple Maps getting 1000’s of people lost and the cult of Mac drooling over what the Post-Jobs idea farm will pump out next not to mention the rendering of 1000’s of accessories obsolete! The Samsung S3 with its monster screen, slick Android Interface and sleek “this is not Apple” styling and form and function that is … Read more

OpenCompute and the Future of the Cloud Data Center

OpenCompute and the Future of the Cloud Data Center

The reality is, IT Departments are being push, pulled and in some cases dragged to the promised land of Cloud Computing.  Whether this is good, bad or indifferent it is a simple reality and a matter of economy of scale that has brought us to this position.  I took a look at the future, and it was interesting to see Facebook at the center of an interesting project call OpenCompute! It is incredibly interesting to see just how indepth this project is and how much Facebook is willing to share with others on this grand scheme to add efficiency and reduce the cost of a modern Data Center.  If we look to how this could impact a fledgling Cloud Service Provider the anticipated savings of 24% on the $3000 per square foot cost is pretty dramatic. When I looked closer at the OpenCompute project itself it is broken down into several sub sections that get even more interesting: Virtual IO – by tailoring the hardware to the Virtual Environment that is built it dramatically increases the efficiency (according to Virtual … Read more

Welcome to the End – Or the Beginning????

Welcome to the End – Or the Beginning????

Today if you believe in the Mayan Long Count Calendar is the End.  The exclamation mark on a 5000+ year run…and the universe will now do a grand reset destroying and recreating everything!  I would like to think that this is all just a bunch of silliness and considering that it is now already Saturday in New Zealand the entire concept is really over.  We can do the recalculations, we can pretend that we didn’t fully understand the message but at the end of the day…they were wrong and we couldn’t actually ask them how they made their calculations! So if the End is not here, is it possible to have a New Beginning?  A personal Reset?  We strive to do this each year with New Year’s Resolutions so why not apply our “borrowed time” to a grand Reset of ourselves! What will you do with your “Extra Time”?  Take a step back and think of what is missing from your life.  Is it more money?  Stronger connections to your family?  Committing to Charity Work?   Getting a Promotion at … Read more

Patent Trolls – Can there Really be change coming?

There are rumors and plans on the table to change how the Patent System in the United States operates.  Will this mean that companies will not be able to patent the rounded rectangle???   It is more than obvious that reform needs to happen as two of the greatest innovators Google and Apple each spend more on Patent Litigation than they do on Research and Development.

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