Thursday Thoughts on Friday

Mostly because I forget to hit send before I headed out last night.

I am psyched for my presentation at EMC World. Not only because they never have anyone like me on stage (I do love to be a pioneer), and not only because they really have not even once tried to manipulate me (many years together, maybe they gave up!), but because I've made 2012 the year of my Vanity Tour. I'm only doing huge rooms now, no more club gigs! Nothing gets the juices flowing like thousands of people staring at you waiting for you to make an ass of yourself. It's exhilarating.

I have a few surprises in store for this since it's such a big to do - coming soon. Let's just say I've gone above and beyond and convinced some very famous people to do some absurdly silly promotion for me. Love that. You Tube here we come.

By the way, my presentation will be setting the world straight on all this flash business. What's what, what's not, and what to care about.

Two, tonight is big Vince Wilfork's annual charity fundraiser for diabetes. He raises a good pile of money, and you should help out if you can. If you are a New England local, come on down to Pinz in Milford, MA and bowl with the big man. There are always a bunch of other Pats around so bring the kids. They sign a million autographs. It's a good time.

- If you were one of the zillion people who made it out - thanks. Vince raised about $200k last night! If you didn't make it, you should donate if you can. Diabetes blows. Vince and others sat and signed everything and anything, took pictures all night, and were just awesome with the kids. He is a very humble man when it comes to this stuff. Truly appreciates the help. Send a donation and he'll call you out on twitter.

Remember Falconstor? Seems they aren't ready to give up just yet. I just met with CEO Jim McNeil and crew and suffice it to say that after a tough year cleaning up a tough series of messes, they have a plan that looks not only doable, but pretty darned impressive. I love a realist, and Jim is nothing if not that. Clean up the crap, focus on what's important, and move ahead. Tough not to root for them. Early indications are things are working. Had a few customer calls, and they seem genuinely psyched with the quality improvements in the products and the general direction of the company.

I just interviewed a video dude with the best name ever. Octavius Horn. Pretty much have to hire him regardless, with a name like that. I'm no idiot. Video guy named Octavius comes to you, you hire him. Life lesson.

HP has met the enemy, and it is them. Change is hard in a mongo-big company. What's interesting is that I think they realize it - at least the powers that be. They have a really good team up top these days, who recognize that they don't need to focus too much on what other competitors are doing. They need to worry about themselves. Break old, bad, habits and develop new good ones. That's how they turn that big ship. I think it's true of all mongo-big companies. At some point, you become so big that the barriers to your success come from within, not from some competitor beating on you.

No one would ever draw up a big tech company to function the way that they do. They can only happen organically. For example, you would never, ever decide to structure IBM, Dell, HP, Cisco or others the way they are structured - organizationally or functionally, the way they operate. It could never work. Most of these big ships operate by brute force it seems, because logic is often the last thing considered when you deconstruct any specific functional area or operation.

People think about flash as a component of something. I think about it systemically - not inside a system, but inside the entire data center. The one who can orchestrate cache on flash throughout the entire data center is the one who will own the keys to the kingdom.

I dreamt the Pats actually moved up in the draft, twice. Couldn't be, could it? I was drinking. If only it were true, I'd love the picks.

I spoke to a group at EMC yesterday, and was asked about Netapp. A comment was made to the effect of "they seem to be hurting, people leaving, are they in trouble?" To which, I very candidly reminded the group that A: never listen to rumors - in companies, people are always leaving, and usually those are the ones who tell tales of trouble on the horizon, and B: every time in the last 15 years that someone (myself included) had concluded that Netapp's spectacular run has come to an end, don't they just go on and blow you away. I'm not going to bet against that company until they have been dead and buried. And even then, I may be cautious.

@storagebod tells me the Smiths have reunited. I loved them.

Does it not seem like there is more spam than ever lately? I still don't understand why anyone bothers, unless people really are dumb enough to reply and buy stuff. I firmly believe that we should track down spammers with every tool in our collective arsenals, and very literally, execute them. Ideally publicly. I can't think of a single more wasteful, annoying thing in my world day after day. A couple public executions and I have to believe it would stop, or at least slow down dramatically.


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