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DevOps Shrugged

In a well known book, Atlas Shrugged, the heroine Dagny Taggart instructs her engineer to design a bridge to be constructed with the revolutionary new Rearden Metal. Disappointed with his proposal she rejects it, claiming it doesn’t take into account the metal’s strength and other innovative properties. It’s basically a copy of a steel bridge. This part of the story caused me to reflect on DevOps, where we find “innovative properties” of agile development, merging with the innovation of virtualized and cloud-based IT operations. But are individuals and companies working in DevOps really innovating? My sincere response is a qualified “yes.” When I learn about new products promoting cloud bas

60 Minutes Gets it Wrong about Capitalism

Last night 60 minutes on CNBC ran a show about the sub-prime mortgage meltdown. In it an interviewee said, “the Capitalists almost brought down Capitalism.” If there’s one thing the average Jane (and Joe) needs to understand if she wants to play a role in reviving America’s economy and spirit, it’s that Capitalism had nothing to do with the financial meltdown of 2008. Capitalism is synonymous with “Laissez-faire Capitalism,” which from Wikipedia, ” describes an environment in which transactions between private parties are free from state intervention, including restrictive regulations, taxes, tariffs and enforced monopolies.” How in an arena with the likes of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the FDI

Economic Child Abuse

I believe it was Mark Levin who coined the phrase “Economic Child Abuse.” During an interview on the Sean Hannity show in April of 2009 he commented that our children will be compelled to work for generations for money that is already spent, while their opportunities and liberties will be limited. He continued to correctly observe that our government was gluttonous, stealing money from the future to pay for benefits of today. I agree with Mark and add that economic child abuse is compounded by the fact that our young people are mislead into believing that the way out of the mess is greater government involvement in both the economic system and our lives in general. Many of them graduate f