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Peter

About Peter

Peter is a Geocacher, competitive cribbage player, surfer, amateur magician, golfer and star watcher (the astronomical kind). In his day job for Datalink, Peter is a Senior Manager with their Cloud Service Management Practice helping customers build, manage and improve their legacy IT and Private Cloud infrastructures through Automation, Orchestration and clean living. We're not so sure on the clean living.

KinzuaKid Does Science

I heard recently there’s this eclipse thing coming on August 21 and while I’m going to be doing much the same as Randall Munroe’s character on the street (staring mouth agape at awesomeness) I’ll be pretending a bit at some actual … Continue reading

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The Message and the Medium

edit: updated video link edit: H/T to my brother, Paul Kraatz, for pointing to the one episode of The Office I had not seen for the video below. I’ve been meaning to write this post for years now but it … Continue reading

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Three Shut Up

Another year, another new crop of Analysts has suffered through my Speech Communication bootcamp. We ran out of time for one of my favorite sidebars, though, so I’m bringing it to you now, here: the “Three Shut Up” rule. The … Continue reading

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The Rule of 7…

…thousand You Don’t Have to Be Lonely When I roll out a new sales campaign, delivery toolkit, or training of any kind I am gently reminded by well-meaning colleagues about the “rule of 7.” You marketing wonks will be very … Continue reading

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Old Business: The Cue Ball Speaks

I participated in a panel event in April, 2016 and completely forgot about it. The Dallas CIO Forum “2016 Future Trends” panel had a couple good moments. The ugly mug flaps his gums starting at 10:58. Update: I found another, … Continue reading

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Almost as awesome as Brexit

http://www.zdnet.com/article/snoopers-charter-expansive-new-spying-powers-becomes-law/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark This is why we can’t have nice things. On the brighter side, I predict a LOT more Tor relays and exit nodes will be popping up in the UK soon.

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Values Mismatch

http://www.crn.com/news/networking/300082418/cisco-president-aws-model-is-a-gamble-and-a-hiccup-away-from-bankruptcy.htm?cid=nl_alert&utm_content=edit-alert-101316#li=MA1-fd5164b0d89cf7d5&cs=MA1-4162e50ec8b9f4d999a7591d5b834977 Article: “OMG AWS partner model is the suxx0rs and AWS is going to go bankrupt” The Channel: We’re pretty sure their partner model sucks by design, so they don’t go bankrupt. That’s why we don’t partner with them. Who … Continue reading

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Why yes, race to the bottom seems like a perfect description

http://www.itworld.com/article/3118815/cloud-computing/has-your-cloud-consultant-gone-crazy.html It’s hard to argue with much of what the author says.

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Viva la Shadow IT

The Register almost gets it.  I don’t blame them, really.  You can’t change the world overnight and articles about IT engaging the business mostly reflect the IT world as it is.  It’s no surprise they fall short when it comes … Continue reading

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Road Trip

Denver Comic Con is this weekend.  The younglings were unable to convince me to grow out the beard enough to cosplay as Heisenberg (the boy’s preference) or Gordon Freeman (the girl’s preference) but I can play a mean dork. And … Continue reading

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