walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

No More IPOs and a history of virtualization

Recently, I've been trying to feel less cranky by reading less short-form writing, and reading longer pieces that are more substantive and less reactive. I have such a habit, however, of reading short pieces in a variety of places that it's not something I can just _stop_ doing, other than to go read a book, say, but I was doing a ton of trashy reading for the first few months of the year and it really was not adequately displacing the reactive, judgy shit that was making me so angry all the time. I have been avoiding book length non-fiction (with the exception of Ronson's book) for months, because I've been trying to get more exercise, and if I'm deep in a really interesting read, I just won't go for a walk. And if I've already gotten my exercise, I'm too tired to focus on book length serious non-fiction.

I thought to myself, self, there must be longer, less reactive pieces out there on the glorious web that are not about economics or politics. Let's go find some. Here are two:

Mostly, this is characterizing something in detail that I've been wondering about since December, and which has reached the mentioned-off-the-cuff-by-Mark-Cuban when interviewed on an unrelated topic on Bloomberg.


h/t Medium for that one; someone else wrote a reaction to it (positive) and expanding on a couple points. But this piece is worth reading.

It reminded me of a16z, so I went over there, and read this:


That's really great. It's quite high level, which has sort of the mixed effects of leaving a lot of detail out and probably confusing the hell out of anyone who doesn't already know a lot of what is being described. I don't know. (Also, I had somehow never heard of AMQP, so it prompted me to go read a little about that, which was interesting.) Having lived through almost the entire time frame, and having had my own career right smack in the middle of it (in terms of time and where I was working), it was great to have a sort of business-case, almost anthropological view of how update time frame needs and the differing speeds of progress in hardware vs software have influenced how the work gets done.

The second to last paragraph is kind of darkly humorous:

"This emerging smart software layer will soon free IT organizations — traditionally perceived as bottlenecks on innovation — from the immense burden of manually configuring and maintaining individual apps and machines, and allow them to focus on being agile and efficient. They too will become more strategic users than maintainers and operators."

I'm pretty sure that's code for, layoffs, attrition and get rid of the old guard. But I could be wrong!
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