May, 2009

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    A stunning gallery from Richard Avedon at TIME – this one if my favourite. Timeless elegance.

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    Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure



    Though I get to do less direct customer and partner gigs in my current role, I still try to keep a regular “reality check” with both of them by meeting with partners who have become good friends and taking on customer presentations where I can. I don’t want to get Borg syndrome :)

    I’ve been asked to give a few presentations in the last year in cloud computing as part of a wider discussion on Software plus Services and the topic I can guarantee will always come up is security – and rightly so. I want to know my bank is secure and when I visit the branch is has the trappings of security with locks, checks, signatures and the like. The same can’t be said of cloud computing where you trust your data to, well….a service that comes out of the clouds. People want reassurances. The City of Carslbad in California is a good example.

    That’s where a couple of new whitepapers from Microsoft released today may help



    Our Global Foundation Services team who build and manage our data centers have covered this today with a blog post - Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure.

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    Bing in the changes



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    Zune HD Industrial Design


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    [udpate] Bonus – Steve Ballmer demos the Zune HD at the D Conference. Kudos to Engadget

    I’m a student of industrial design and detailing (albeit not a very good one) so I thought it may be worth taking a closer look at some of the detailing on the new Zune HD.

    Upper Rear

    I like the brushed aluminium look and particularly the deep etched Zune logo on the back. I wonder how susceptible the device will be to scratches….I guess I’m just going to have to buy one to find out :)

    I also like the screws which are somehow reminiscent of a MacBook Pro and it’s robust design. That’s not a bad place to take your design cues from.


    Lower Rear

    I’m assuming the black section contains the wifi hardware as I seem to remember something about the original iPhone using the black part of the housing for the cellular radio. It looks slightly incongruous to me but one thing it does give you is a very quick visual recognition of the orientation of the device.

    I wish they’d found a way to etch much of the lettering and logos on the side or perhaps even in a different shade of black as they spoil the rear for me. I’m hopeful too that the shipping units have the “hello from Seattle” as sported on the original Zune series. Sure it may ape the iPod’s “Designed by Apple in California” motto but I like it.


    I’m looking forward to seeing a Zune HD first hand to see if it lives up to my expectations on the design front.

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    A Thorough Lesson In New Media from Wired



    As one commenter on this (very) long thread noted, this post and its comments will likely become a staple on the syllabus for media studies in years to come.

    I love Wired magazine and I think is brilliant. In a post titled Welcome, Wired. We call this land "Internet", Joel Johnson opened up a debate about the future of both that is stunning. Largely because all of the players have joined the fray in what is perhaps the most open, honest and frank discussion about the future of new and old (aka print) media you will see. Chris Anderson, Kevin Kelly, Leander Kahney…all big players at Wired over the years.

    If they have any sense, they’ll put this in a future edition of Wired.

    One particularly intriguing quote I liked is from Leander


    the mag's ad troubles stem from the collapsed car industry. More than 50 percent of Wired's ads were automotive -- the old economy propping up the new


    Take note Wired UK.

    For that it’s worth, I hope Wired is around for a long time as though there is some irony on a publication that had such long lead times talking about “the future” as it unfolds daily on the web, I also agree with Kevin Kelly that

    Wired magazine will be among the last print magazines to go because they exploit the merits of paper more than most magazines.

    I hope to anyway.

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