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History of the Internet: Over 50 Years Ago

By billpetro / October 29, 2023 /

HISTORY OF THE INTERNET: OVER 50 YEARS AGO On October 29, 1969, at 10:30 PM, a computer grad student at U.C.L.A. named Charley Kline sent a message to S.R.I. (Stanford Research Institute.) It was the first connection between computer networks. The Internet began!   We set up a telephone connection between us and the guys…

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Whither Twitter: What’s Next for the Social Platform?

By billpetro / November 10, 2022 /

Whither Twitter: What’s Next for the Social Platform? I wrote about Twitter several years ago because many people I knew “didn’t get it.” Endeavoring to explain what it was, how it worked, and what made it different from other social technologies like the better-known Facebook, I talked about Twitter’s history and its use at the…

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History of Erasing Unpopular Leaders: Damnatio Memoriae

By billpetro / February 25, 2021 /

HISTORY OF ERASING UNPOPULAR LEADERS: DAMNATIO MEMORIAE During the early Roman Empire two millennia ago, an emperor might be deified after he died if he was popular and good. (Think: the Divine Augustus.) Alternatively, if he was unpopular and wicked, he was “erased” from society’s memory. The Latin term Damnatio Memoriae means the condemnation of…

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VMworld 2010: Day 1 – Virtual Roads. Actual Clouds

By billpetro / August 30, 2010 /

VMworld 2010: Day 1 – Virtual Roads. Actual Clouds Although the opening reception was not until 4 pm, the excitement was already building here at Moscone Center in San Francisco at 8 am. There were hundreds in line at that time, though it was pretty efficient: step up to a computer, type in your first…

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How to Raise Your Visibility on the Web, Part 2

By billpetro / November 6, 2008 /

How to Raise Your Visibility on the Web, Part 2 We’ve talked about how getting your own domain name can give you immediate exposure on the Web in my previous article, for my friend who wants to use the Internet to find a job. It’s a first step, that provides the virtual equivalent of an…

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How to Raise Your Visibility on the Web

By billpetro / October 29, 2008 /

How to Raise Your Visibility on the Web, Part 1 Recently, a friend of mine who is doing a job search asked me:   Bill… Petro… dot com, how did you come to get a .com after your name, and more importantly, how could potential employers find me more easily on the InterWeb?   And…

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VMworld 2008: Day 2 Review – Virtually Anything is Possible

By billpetro / September 17, 2008 /

VMWORLD 2008: DAY 2 REVIEW – VIRTUALLY ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE VMworld is not just a trade show about virtualization, it uses virtual technologies and Web 2.0 technologies in a way I’ve never seen before. Here’s an example: Blogging: Not only is blogging encouraged, but it is honored. There is a special set of tables in…

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VMworld in Vegas

By billpetro / September 12, 2008 /

VMWORLD IN VEGAS This year’s VMworld, at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas September 15-18 looks to be the place where all things virtual will occur. Last year’s event in San Francisco attracted 10,000 attendees, this year’s conference in Las Vegas expects 14,000. The website is using Jive Software’s Clearspace social networking platform —…

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EMC World: Day 1 Recap

By billpetro / May 20, 2008 /

EMC WORLD: DAY 1 RECAP A full and rich day in the “city by the sand” Las Vegas. I attended a variety of talks during the day, but the best was: Virtualization Technology and Directions offered by David Black, PhD of EMC. He covered a discussion of a variety of virtualization techniques, but spent most…

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Las Vegas and EMC World

By billpetro / May 19, 2008 /

LAS VEGAS AND EMC WORLD I’m in Lost Wages, Nevada for the EMC World event being held at Mandalay Bay. The first night’s entertainment, the Goo Goo Dolls. 9300 attendees so far. While I’ll be writing daily about this huge show on this blog, for the first time, another technology will be used to update…

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