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Mitch Wagner

Mitch Wagner

Freelance journalist, Internet marketing consultant, podcaster @ CopperRobot.com, hiding from the sun in San Diego.
"Oh, for Pete's sake, Erika prefaced her comments by saying she loved the movie. I thought she made some good points. I'm not sure whether I agree with her -- it's been a few years since I watched this movie -- but I certainly wouldn't ascribe her opinion to Evil Social Justice Warrior Agenda. Anybody who starts a comment by saying that they wince whenever a woman appears on a nerd podcast is someone whose opinions are automatically suspect. What The Minister is saying here is that women are fine on nerd podcasts -- encouraged, even! -- so long as they follow the male agenda. Which is hogwash. There is no male agenda or women's agenda. There's just people giving their opinions about movies and TV shows and stuff, saying what they like and what they don't like." - Mitch Wagner
The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) coupled with operators’ move to SDN and NFV is driving the need for advanced analytics that can make sense of a tsunami of big data. +Sarah Thomas on +Light Reading #tech - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) coupled with operators’ move to SDN and NFV is driving the need for advanced analytics that can make sense of a tsunami of big data.
+Sarah Thomas on +Light Reading
#tech
SDN levels the playing field for smaller service providers. #tech - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
SDN levels the playing field for smaller service providers.
#tech
I don’t know what Minnie thinks she’s doing here but she seems really into it. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
I don’t know what Minnie thinks she’s doing here but she seems really into it.
ON.Lab Intros Open Source SDN OS | Light Reading - http://www.lightreading.com/carrier...
Troubled Cisco looks to ‘bust silos’ Troubled Cisco has reorganized its 25,000-person engineering team in two tidy groups, hardware and software, in an attempt to “bust the silos” in the company, says a top engineering executive. The goals for Cisco are threefold. First, “to build the products that customers want us to build,” says Pankaj Patel,... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Troubled Cisco looks to ‘bust silos’
Troubled Cisco has reorganized its 25,000-person engineering team in two tidy groups, hardware and software, in an attempt to “bust the silos” in the company, says a top engineering executive.
The goals for Cisco are threefold. First, “to build the products that customers want us to build,” says Pankaj Patel, Cisco EVP and chief development officer. Second, “to bust the silos.” Cisco had too many business units in engineering, and is looking to streamline development. The third goal is to be able to re-use technology across the company to solve a range of problems.
The changes come as the engineering behemoth stagnates. Cisco reported a year-on-year revenue decline in its latest earnings in August, and announced 6,000 layoffs, downsizing for a fourth consecutive year. Moreover, the industry shift to virtualization and commodity hardware threatens Cisco’s core business selling expensive, proprietary equipment — though Cisco sees the shift as an opportunity.
But Patel remains upbeat, saying the organizational change will invigorate Cisco. “A change like this happens once in a generation — every 10 or 15 years. I am more excited today than I ever have been,” he says. “Our customers are demanding that we change and they are working with us. They want us to succeed.”
Me on +Light Reading 
 #telecom
Google Teams With Carriers for Cloud Interconnect | Light Reading - http://www.lightreading.com/service...
New York’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum gets a visit from Rita Ascione, 88, the last surviving person who remembers living there.  Julie and I visited the museum years ago. I think my parents probably grew up in apartments like those, although truly I don’t know. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
New York’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum gets a visit from Rita Ascione, 88, the last surviving person who remembers living there. 
Julie and I visited the museum years ago. I think my parents probably grew up in apartments like those, although truly I don’t know.
Michael Dell is “having the time of his life” after taking his namesake company private.  Also: Michael Dell demos a ruggedized PC for Afghanistan, which “led to a story about a Pentagon general who asked for a ‘kill’ zone, so the machine’s hard drive could be destroyed with a pistol shot during a fast getaway.” #tech - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Michael Dell is “having the time of his life” after taking his namesake company private. 
Also: Michael Dell demos a ruggedized PC for Afghanistan, which “led to a story about a Pentagon general who asked for a ‘kill’ zone, so the machine’s hard drive could be destroyed with a pistol shot during a fast getaway.”
 #tech
I was going to skip voting this year but then I remembered California Prop. 47. Even a die-hard law-n-order type ought to support restoring full rights as citizens to people who’ve done their prison time. There’s an old-fashioned phrase to cover this: “He paid his debt to society.” - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Headline of the week. Lede is pretty great too. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Headline of the week. Lede is pretty great too.
Striking, historic Silicon Valley photos from the 80s and 90s. This terrific photo essay includes a muscular defense of much-criticized ex-Apple CEO John Sculley: > He overcame severe shyness and a stutter to eventually become CEO of Pepsi and was then convinced by Steve Jobs to join Apple in 1983. After forcing Steve out, John grew Apple from... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Striking, historic Silicon Valley photos from the 80s and 90s.
This terrific photo essay includes a muscular defense of much-criticized ex-Apple CEO John Sculley:
> He overcame severe shyness and a stutter to eventually become CEO of Pepsi and was then convinced by Steve Jobs to join Apple in 1983. After forcing Steve out, John grew Apple from $800 million to $8 billion a year in revenue. Despite this incredible achievement, he was often dismissed in the Valley as the man who fired Steve and for being a marketing guy, not an engineer. In fact, he worked hard to find and encourage the best ideas inside the company, such as the Knowledge Navigator, which in 1987 anticipated many aspects of today’s internet, software agents, and the potential of tablet and voice-command technology. At the height of his power, in February 1993, he was seated next to First Lady Hillary Clinton at President Bill Clinton’s first State of the Union address. John knew then that despite outward appearances, Apple was tilting toward chaos, unable to rewrite its operating system and innovate against the threat of Microsoft. Once tech companies have successful cash cows such as the Mac, it becomes inherently more difficult to innovate because it often means killing the cash cow. Apple’s Macintosh was profitable, but its market share was dropping fast due to the growth of Windows. Meanwhile a small team at Apple were exploring a handheld computing device. John’s solution to provide a new revenue stream alongside the Macintosh was to green-light this rebel unit to develop the world’s first personal digital assistant, or PDA. The Newton, as it was called, would be a new type of product for a market that did not yet exist. It was an ambitious gamble. Although the Newton ultimately failed, it validated John’s vision for leading to billions of smart devices and paved the way for Palm Pilot, then iPhone and iPad. Ironically, he was fired in 1993 for refusing to license the Mac OS.
So basically Sculley pioneered the business model that Jobs succeeded with a decade later. 
Sculley also championed women leaders in Apple, recognizing that whoever wrote the code controlled the product and therefore it was important having people other than men writing the code. 
Also, this bit from Bill Gates 20+ years ago: ““No one should ever pay more than fifty bucks for a photograph.” 
So other people’s intellectual property is crap not worth more than a cheap dinner for two, but your IP is a valuable prize worth hundreds or thousands of dollars? Thanks for clearing that up, Bill!
 #tech
Is Health the Killer App for the IoT? | Light Reading - http://www.lightreading.com/iot...
Shockingly, the guy who created Wonder Woman was kind of a perv. William Moulton Marston created comics about a muscular woman who went around tying men up and making them obey her. Who’d’ve thought a guy like that would be kinky in real life? Marston lived with his wife and mistress in Rye, NY. He had children with them both. By all accounts they... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Shockingly, the guy who created Wonder Woman was kind of a perv.
William Moulton Marston created comics about a muscular woman who went around tying men up and making them obey her. Who’d’ve thought a guy like that would be kinky in real life?
Marston lived with his wife and mistress in Rye, NY. He had children with them both. By all accounts they were a happy family, and the wife and mistress remained together after he died. 
Wonder Woman was a feminist icon before feminism. 
Marston also invented the lie detector.
Forget the philosophy. Aynd Rand’s novels captured the dignity and camaraderie of work. Any kind of work.  I keep meaning to re-read Rand. I went through about six months as a fire-breathing Objectivist in college. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Forget the philosophy. Aynd Rand’s novels captured the dignity and camaraderie of work.
Any kind of work. 
I keep meaning to re-read Rand. I went through about six months as a fire-breathing Objectivist in college.
Domestic abusers often use GPS to track victims, and cops are far more likely than most people to be abusers. Another reason why the FBI insistence on requiring surveillance backdoors in smartphones is a terrible idea. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Domestic abusers often use GPS to track victims, and cops are far more likely than most people to be abusers.
Another reason why the FBI insistence on requiring surveillance backdoors in smartphones is a terrible idea.
In which a young woman learns about love and Jar Jar Binks. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
In which a young woman learns about love and Jar Jar Binks.
A brief history of the “Monster Mash.” An unexpectedly heartwarming story about a nice guy who got the good fortune he deserved. A nice guy who liked to wear a bloody lab coat. Like you do. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
A brief history of the “Monster Mash.” An unexpectedly heartwarming story about a nice guy who got the good fortune he deserved. 
A nice guy who liked to wear a bloody lab coat. Like you do.
A brief history of the banner ad. Banner ads today have an abysmal 0.08% clickthrough rate. Otto Timmons, who created one of the advertisements that ran on the very first day banner ads ran 20 years ago, now uses ad-blocking software. That ad was for AT&T, one of six signed on to launch that day on HotWired. Advertising was then viewed as part of... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
A brief history of the banner ad.
Banner ads today have an abysmal 0.08% clickthrough rate. Otto Timmons, who created one of the advertisements that ran on the very first day banner ads ran 20 years ago, now uses ad-blocking software. 
That ad was for AT&T, one of six signed on to launch that day on HotWired. 
Advertising was then viewed as part of the utopian ideal for the Internet, a way to keep the net free.
The early, awkward days of “portable” computing —- You kids today are spoiled by your modern-day razor-thin ultrabooks. Come take a look portable technology that required some muscle. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
The early, awkward days of “portable” computing
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You kids today are spoiled by your modern-day razor-thin ultrabooks. Come take a look portable technology that required some muscle.
A 4-acre spider web encompassing an estimated 107 million spiders engulfed a Baltimore wastewater treatment plant in 2009. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
A 4-acre spider web encompassing an estimated 107 million spiders engulfed a Baltimore wastewater treatment plant in 2009.
Podcasting is taking off in popularity, driven in large part because it’s extremely easy to listen to podcasts in your car. I listen to 8-9 hours of podcasts and audiobooks every week, mostly when out for my daily walks. I use the +Downcast iPhone app. I’ve been meaning to try the new Overcast app but I’ve been happy with Downcast over the years. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Podcasting is taking off in popularity, driven in large part because it’s extremely easy to listen to podcasts in your car. 
I listen to 8-9 hours of podcasts and audiobooks every week, mostly when out for my daily walks. I use the +Downcast iPhone app. I’ve been meaning to try the new Overcast app but I’ve been happy with Downcast over the years.
My take on Doctor Who “Dark Water” (with spoilers) I liked this episode a lot. I almost never find Who scary, but this episode did it for me. Lock-in is one of my big phobias. Speaking of which, I see an echo here to the Scalzi novel. Danny had better not be permanently dead. He’s a great character. Also, “The black guy dies” is a cliche, and it’s... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
My take on Doctor Who “Dark Water” (with spoilers)
I liked this episode a lot. I almost never find Who scary, but this episode did it for me. Lock-in is one of my big phobias. 
Speaking of which, I see an echo here to the Scalzi novel. 
Danny had better not be permanently dead. He’s a great character. Also, “The black guy dies” is a cliche, and it’s not a nice one. 
And there are plenty of dramatic (and comedy) possibilities if a somehow resurrected Danny climbs on board the TARDIS and travels as a man without a country. He’s not only legally dead back in Britain, but lots of people have seen and handled his body. And he’d have a roommate he doesn’t get along with at all. 
I was on the verge of dumping DOCTOR WHO at the beginning of this season and now I’m glad I stuck with it. It’s now one of my favorite seasons, and Capaldi is very close to edging out Tennant as my favorite Doctor. 
(I didn’t watch the show in the 20th Century, which narrows the field of Doctors to four. Of the top three, it’s a photo finish, with Tennant in #1, Capaldi a millimeter behind in #2, and Eccleston a micro-millimeter behind in #3. Matt Smith is a distant #4, but still putting in a respectable pace.) 
I loved Clara threatening the Doctor. It was just plain evil, with no mitigating circumstances whatsoever. It was also terrific writing and completely in character. Clara as we’ve seen her is simultaneously small, plump (by TV standards), adorable, childlike, smart, and ruthless. She’s easy — and dangerous — to underestimate. 
Go back to the very first episode of this season. Clara is so terrified she’s weeping pathetically, and the Doctor notes correctly that’s precisely when she’s most dangerous. 
The exchange that followed her betraying the Doctor was by turns heartbreaking and uplifting. If I weren’t such a big tough guy I might have had a spot of moisture in my eyes. 
#tuf
Rob Kutner on Twitter: "The new "Hobbit" film is subtitled "SMAUG IN A MUCH... - https://twitter.com/apocaly...
Safety is no laughing matter! "Safety garb for women workers, the uniform at the left, complete with the plastic ‘bra’ on the right, will prevent future occupational accidents among feminine war workers, Los Angeles California 1943." Via http://www.reddit.com/r... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Safety is no laughing matter!
"Safety garb for women workers, the uniform at the left, complete with the plastic ‘bra’ on the right, will prevent future occupational accidents among feminine war workers, Los Angeles California 1943."
Via http://www.reddit.com/r/TheWayWeWere/comments/2l2p0l/safety_garb_for_women_workers_the_uniform_at_the/
Hillary is the defining issue of the 2016 race so far. The Republicans are struggling to find a reason why people should vote against her. Her age, the Obama connection, Benghazi, Bill, unanswered questions about old Arkansas and White House scandals, etc. — none of these seem to get traction with voters. If things continue as they are, Clinton... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
Hillary is the defining issue of the 2016 race so far.
The Republicans are struggling to find a reason why people should vote against her. Her age, the Obama connection, Benghazi, Bill, unanswered questions about old Arkansas and White House scandals, etc. — none of these seem to get traction with voters. 
If things continue as they are, Clinton seems like she’ll coast to the White House.
And yet the Clinton campaign is having trouble coming up with a coherent reason why people should vote for her. She doesn’t stand for anything.
New sexual revelations about Bill seem like the most likely to disrupt the Clinton campaign. As long as his horndoggery remains safely in the 90s and earlier, it’s all old news. But a nice juicy Bill Clinton sex scandal from the 21st Century could do Hillary’s campaign a lot of harm. 
For all the big data, a Presidential campaign is all about telling a story. And neither Clinton herself nor her Republican opponents have come up with a coherent story to tell voters about Hillary Clinton. 
As for me: Given the options available now, I’d vote for her in a minute, but I’d do it without enthusiasm. America is in slow decline now, but she’d keep things from accelerating to a crash and that’s something. And who knows? Maybe she’ll exceed expectations. 
 #tuf
This is my take on #GamerGate and the reason I haven’t had much to say about it. It’s not about ethics in game journalism or harassment of women. It’s about the same thing most internet political arguments are about: Tribalism. Our side is the good guys, your side is the bad guys. It’s fed by +Salon and +Breitbart News and +The Colbert Report and... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
This is my take on #GamerGate and the reason I haven’t had much to say about it. 
It’s not about ethics in game journalism or harassment of women. It’s about the same thing most internet political arguments are about: Tribalism. Our side is the good guys, your side is the bad guys. It’s fed by +Salon and +Breitbart News and +The Colbert Report and other media outlets that appear to be enemies of each other but are in fact engines of the social media outrage machine.
The four essential elements you need for a good story. Richard Kadrey: Since it’s NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d repost this helpful 4 Essential Elements You Need For A Good Story. - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
The four essential elements you need for a good story.
Richard Kadrey: 
Since it’s NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d repost this helpful 4 Essential Elements You Need For A Good Story.
The anticlimactic cable modem I spent too much time yesterday configuring a new cable modem from +Cox Communications. It’s supposed to double my throughput. Actually, I’m seeing more like about 1.3x the performance I had before, which is well under what Cox claims I should be getting. I think I’m supposed to be getting 100 Mbps now, and actually... - http://mitchwagner.tumblr.com/post...
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