With every generation of computing comes a dominant new software or hardware stack that sweeps away the competition and catapults a fledgling technology into the mainstream.
I call it the Canonical Stack (CS).
Think the WinTel dynasty in the 80s and 90s, with Microsoft on 95% of all PCs with “Intel inside.” Think LAMP and MEAN stack. Think Amazon’s S3 becoming a near universal API for storage. Think of Kubernetes and Docker for cloud orchestration.
The stack emerges from the noise of tens of thousands of other solutions, as organizations look to solve the same super challenging problems. In the beginning of any complex system, the problems are legion. Stalled progress on one blocked progress on dozens of others. …
One of my best friends died suddenly and it got me thinking about crypto.
Maybe that sounds strange but Peter was the guy who got me into digital currency in the first place. When I dismissed it as nothing but stupid, Internet nerd money, he convinced me that it was something much, much more. We bought our first Bitcoins together.
We had a long debate about whether that was too expensive.
Despite my deep technical experience, Peter was always ahead of me when it came to trying out new tech. He dove in fearlessly and never worried if it went wrong. …
Everyone knows they need to act now to stop the coronavirus.
We don’t need to flatten the curve. We need to smash it.
Some of what we’re doing is working. Daily confirmed cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are leveling off in some of the worst hot zones. That’s great news, but it’s not even close to enough. It just means we’re no longer totally back on our heels.
The novel coronavirus demands novel solutions. I’ve spent the last few weeks huddled with think tanks and the smartest people I know all over the world to come up with fresh ideas. …