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Thoughts and Commentary – 3 Deep, Dark Secrets of Cloud Computing –

August 12, 2013

I read this article the other day and thought about some “take-aways” that I believe are relevant and need to be considered.

Here is the original article –

3 Deep, Dark Secrets of Cloud Computing –

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENTS, TEAMS AND PROFESSIONALS definitely still matter and are highly relevant in the Cloud Computing Era.

As Mr. Taber’s article points out the cloud is typically replacing the CapEx side of the information technology equation. Too often, however, the purchasers of cloud services are user groups (departments, individuals, teams, etc. within an organization) outside of traditional IT. The challenge here is there is very often no consideration for the processes and business practices that guarantee the delivery of services – the processes and business practices that traditional, internal IT organizations apply in order to effectively support the business.

The marketing department, or other user group within the organization that consumes cloud services, is not trained, or experienced in knowing what data matters, or how to set policies for retention of information. To use Mr. Taber’s term, the marketing department doesn’t have the “data steward” skillset. These skllls are critical for the long term success of any IT infrastructure, system, etc.

As a result, IT organizations are uniquely qualified to manage cloud services. Why? If for no other reason than to “own” data life-cycle management as well as to manage and hold cloud providers accountable for performance and service level agreements of the infrastructure.

The analogy I would use is as follows: as an individual, I can go to a “self-help” legal services web site, draft a will, or business registration (LLC, etc.), and these documents would be valid legal instruments. But if push comes to shove, I am not going to go into court to defend those documents, or pursue legal action in support of my will, or business without an attorney.

Those are my thoughts, do you agree? Or do you have a differnet point of view?



Innovative music school “ROCK NATION” turns out next generation of rock’n’roll stars

August 12, 2013

5th and 6th grade rockers The People, are proof that Rock Nation Music Schools are on to something. Focus on learning songs and performance first (and then learning to read music) keeps kids interested in musical learning.

Why VMWare Fusion is a Lifesaver (Virtually Speaking of Course)

February 4, 2013

By way of introduction to this topic, I should disclose that I have been a user of VMware Fusion since v3.0 (3.02 to be specific). I started using the product roughly four years ago when I worked at VMware running partner services in the West.

My reasons for running the software on my home Mac were:

1. Setting up several flavors of UNIX and Linux to “fiddle about” testing things like Eucalyptus’ cloud offering as well as work on my command line skills.

2. Setting up several flavors of Windows so that I could take some distance learning/live on-line training classes through VMW Education as well as to support a few dedicated Windows gaming environments for my two sons.

I just upgraded to Fusion v5 on my home computer over the weekend (I have been using v5 on my work macbook pro for since summer 2012) and I have to say this is by far the most seamless and painless upgrade I have been through (for any software product) ever.

The disk image (.dmg file) was @453mb but downloaded in less than 3 minutes. Once downloaded, the disk image mounted flawlessly. After mounting, I simply double-clicked the VMW Fusion icon, clicked a few checkboxes (license agreement, etc.) and “voila!” my work was done.

All my previously saved virtual machines from the older version of Fusion automatically transitioned to Fusion v5. (see below)

Fusion 5 VM Library


Of course, I was not surprised by the migration of the vm’s to the new version -I actually expected this. It’s just very reassuring that all the work that went into building those vm’s (particularly 64bit Solaris 10) was not lost. Thank you VMware.

Also important was the fact that all my virtual machine guest OS preferences, settings and applications were intact. This was a huge relief in terms of my sons’ games; some of which only work on a particular flavor of Windows. If I had to re-install all the games on each of the various Windows vm’s, I would have probably punted the whole project.

Now, with Fusion 5’s simplicity of administration, I can delegate future upgrades as well as guest OS (and game application) administration to my oldest son who at 16 is starting to get serious about computing technology. Another win IMHO.

In summary:

1. VMware Fusion v5 is a breeze to upgrade/install.

2. Guest OS vm’s remain intact following the upgrade. Major win for me!

3. Fusion just works! I have been a user of Fusion for over 3 years (since v3.02) and in that time, I have never had a problem with anything related to the Fusion product itself. My biggest challenge is not having NAS, or SAN storage at home currently, so I have had to delete/archive some virtual machines to save space on local storage. This is not Fusion’s problem.

Thanks for reading.


2006 “Shorttakes” Film Festival Recap – 07 Festival Sneak Peek

February 21, 2007

By Pete Stone

The May 2006 UCLA “Shorttakes” Student Film Festival was the 13th annual running of the acclaimed short-subject student festival. Based on attendees, quality of entries, the judges panel, media coverage and number (and quality – Kodak, Theta Chi Fraternity, Sundance Channel,, Campus Circle Media, Universal Music Group to name a few) of sponsors, last year’s festival was a resounding success. Here is a sample of the media coverage for last year’s festival;

Last week I wrote a blog on the history and merits of the UCLA “Shorttakes” Student Film Festival (see below, or click here . The abridged version of the post is that “Shorttakes” is way cool.

Photos of the 2006 “Shorttakes” Finalists’ Screening Event in UCLA’s famed Ackerman Grand Ballroom:

Photo 1 

2006 Shorttakes Screening Event

The Campus Events Commission student leaders introduce the 2006 Finalists Screening Event in Ackerman Grand Ballroom

 Photo 2

2006 Shorttakes Intermission

Intermission as seen from the stage

Photo 3

Rich Wilkes and Steve Evans

Entertainment industry pros Rich Wilkes (l), writer for such hits as “xXx” and “xXx: State of the Union” as well as “Punk Like Me” and Steve Evans (r), VP – Sundance Channel present 2006 “Shorttakes” awards.

As a UCLA alumnus, it just so happens that I am honored, and privileged to serve as a volunteer “contributing producer” of “Shorttakes”. This year (2007) will be the fourth year I am involved with securing sponsors, financing and entertainment industry judges.

I am personally very grateful to the following entertainment industry professionals who were gracious enough to “take my calls” and generous enough with their time to serve as volunteer judges for the festival last year.

Jeff Probst – Host of CBS’ “Survivor”; writer/director/producer of the independent feature “Finder’s Fee”.

Rich Wilkes – Screenwriter of “xXx” and “xXx: State of the Union”; writer/director of “Glory Daze”; writer of “Punk Like Me”.

Steve Evans – VP Sundance Channel

Bonnie Biehl – Actress with numerous TV roles and the critically acclaimed independent film “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss” to her credit.

Peter Abraham – Producer of “I am Trying to Break Your Heart”.

Bob Dohrmann – Production manager “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Thank you for Smoking”; line producer/production manager “Sunshine Cleaning” (2008 release).

Brian Maeda – International Licensing Manager, Microsoft XBox; formerly of Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Atom Films/

Paul Robinson – Acclaimed photographer; writer/director/producer of “Rock the Vote” television campaign; director of the short feature “Halfway House”.

Charles “Chip” Schner – Cinematographer for “The Greatest Show Ever” (TV) and “Surveillance”; camera operator for “Master and Commander: Far Side of the World” and “Zathura”.

The 2007 UCLA “Shorttakes” Festival is in the pre-production phase right now. I am honor-bound not to give anything away at this point, but suffice it to say, this year should be bigger and brighter than ever.

Stay tuned for more details at .