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October 3, 2020
by sjvn01

Would we even know if Trump were dying?

I only cover health and politics when they intersect with technology. But, boy do I know how to listen to press conferences to separate the wheat from the chaff. So, after listening to Trump’s doctor Sean Conley press conference, I can say:

Conley’s lying. If Trump is “slightly overweight,” I’m fashion model thin. If he’s going to lie about something so obviously untrue, nothing else he says can be taken seriously.

Trump’s been on oxygen. He may still be. Conley’s lousy at dodging questions and it really showed up on this point.

They knew he had COVID at least two days before Trump admitted it. Had he not come down with symptoms, it seems clear they’d never have admitted to it.

Conley dodged basic questions on: When was his last negative test? Has the president had lung damage? How was he infected, and when? What was his fever temperature?

So much for reporting, now for some analysis:

We need honest reports from the Water Reed doctors in charge of his care. Conley’s unreliable. For all we know, Trump could be declining.

I won’t be shocked if during this weekend Pence takes over as acting president. If he does, it will be because Trump is on a ventilator or otherwise completely incapacitated. I cannot see Trump giving up power unless he’s totally incapable of wielding it.

P.S. CNN’s Chief WH Correspondent, Jim Acosta, just reported “The WH TV pool just received this quote from ‘a source familiar with the President’s health <sjvn: Probably Mark Meadows>…; – ‘The President’s vitals over last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery.'”

P.P.S. If he’s really well why isn’t he tweeting?

July 17, 2020
by sjvn01

Outlook Woes: I have no email and I must scream

I get it. Really, I do. Microsoft has to deal with tens of thousands of different hardware configurations and not every application or operating system update will work smoothly with every possible setup. But, seriously, Microsoft, two – count ’em two – show-stopping Outlook update bugs in as many months!?

What’s going on here?

To refresh your memory, in June, when the June 2-or-later version of Microsoft 365 (aka Office 365) met the June Win10 cumulative update, all hell broke out when Outlook stopped working.

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July 9, 2020
by sjvn01

Docker partners with AWS to smooth container deployments

On July 9, 2020, Docker and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced they would make Docker application developers’ lives easier by streamlining the process of deploying and managing containers from Docker ComposeDocker Desktop, and Docker Hub to Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and Amazon ECS on AWS Fargate.

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July 8, 2020
by sjvn01

Google open sources trademarks with the Open Usage Commons

Google has announced it is launching a new organization, Open Usage Commons (OUC), to host the trademarks for three of its most important new open-source projects. These are Angular, a web application framework for mobile and desktop; Gerrit, a web-based team code-collaboration tool; and Istio, a popular open mesh platform to connect, manage, and secure microservices.

While it only covers three Google projects, for now, OUC is meant to give open-source projects a neutral, independent home for their project trademarks. The organization will also assist with conformance testing, establishing mark usage guidelines, and handling trademark usage issues. The organization will not provide services that are outside the realm of usage, such as technical mentorship, community management, project events, or project marketing.

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July 8, 2020
by sjvn01

SUSE to acquire Rancher Labs

SUSE, a major Linux and cloud company, has announced it will acquire Rancher Labs. Based in Cupertino, Rancher is a privately held open-source company with more than 37,000 active users and 10 0million downloads of its flagship Kubernetes management program, Rancher.

Rancher provides a complete Kubernetes software stack. This stack can handle the operational and security challenges of managing multiple Kubernetes clusters across almost any infrastructure. Specifically, it supports any Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)-certified Kubernetes distribution. This includes Google GKE, Amazon EKS, and Microsoft AKS.

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July 6, 2020
by sjvn01

The 5 most over-hyped tech devices

I just noticed the Segway is being retired (sigh) and that many publications are labeling it the most over-hyped technology product of all time, which, of course, got me thinking.

At my home in Asheville, we sometimes have tourists cruise by on Segways, and I always liked the two-wheeled self-balancing devices. OK, the Segway never changed the world, despite venture capitalist John Doerr predicting it would reach $1 billion in sales faster than any company in history, and that it might be bigger than the internet.

But there have been many over-hyped technologies. Let’s look at some of these high-flying crashes.

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