Useful Vendor Swag

Inspired by a question from @jfrappier, here is a bunch of vendor swag I’ve received over the years that has actually proved useful. Hopefully this will help marketing at the various vendors to invest in useful swag and not pointless landfill. The biggest issue with swag is its marginal utility: … Read More

Erasure Coding For Fun and Profit

As part of Data Field Day 1, we spoke to a company called HGST. A team from HGST actually invented the hard drive back in the 1950s, not far from their current office in Silicon Valley. They’ve been bought a sold a few times, most recently to Western Digital, and … Read More

Tech Companies With An OPiuM Problem, Part 3

If you haven’t read them already, check out Part 1 and Part 2 in this series. We discussed the rule of thumb for investor returns of 10-20x money raised in the first post in this series. Let’s have a look at some numbers that we actually know to see if … Read More

Video from Melbourne VMUG Meeting 14 May 2014

I recorded the presentations at the Melbourne VMUG meeting last week, and have finally uploaded them all to YouTube. You can view the entire playlist here, or watch pieces embedded in the post below. The slides for the talks are available here. Introduction and Update Craig Waters introduced the meeting … Read More