The independent R&D project ‘Virtual Reality Check’ (VRC) (www.projectvrc.com) was started in early 2009 by Ruben Spruijt (@rspruijt) and Jeroen van de Kamp (@thejeroen) and focuses on research in the desktop and application virtualization market. Several white papers with Login VSI (www.loginvsi.com) test results were published about the performance and best practices of different hypervisors, Microsoft Office versions, application virtualization solutions, Windows Operating Systems in server hosted desktop solutions and the impact of antivirus.
In 2013 and early 2014, Project VRC released the annual ‘State of the VDI and SBC union’ community survey (download for free at www.projectvrc.com/white-papers). Over 1300 people participated. The results of this independent and truly unique survey have provided many new insights into the usage of desktop virtualization around the world.
This year Project VRC would like to repeat this survey to see how our industry has changed and to take a look at the future of Virtual Desktop Infrastructures and Server Based Computing in 2015. To do this they need your help again. Everyone who is involved in building or maintaining VDI or SBC environments is invited to participate in this survey. Also if you participated in the previous two editions.
The questions of this survey are both functional and technical and range from “What are the most important design goals set for this environment”, to “Which storage is used”, to “How are the VM’s configured”. The 2015 VRC survey will only take 10 minutes of your time.
The success of the survey will be determined by the amount of the responses, but also by the quality of these responses. This led Project VRC to the conclusion that they should stay away from giving away iPads or other price draws for survey participants. Instead, they opted for the following strategy: only survey participants will receive the exclusive overview report with all results immediately after the survey closes.
The survey will be closed February 15th this year. I really hope you want to participate and enjoy the official Project VRC “State of the VDI and SBC union 2015” survey!
Although that project did not pass the spouse acceptance test, and other priorities prevent me from committing the time to take on a project of that magnitude, I have been thinking about smaller writing projects. One of the questions that I’ve been trying to work through is do I pitch ideas to various tech book publishers, or do I publish the book myself using self-publishing options from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other companies?
There are benefits and drawbacks to each option. Publishers have resources for editing, reviewing, and marketing books, but the schedules can be very tight to fit the deadlines. Self-publishing provides more freedom to write on your own schedule, but the author is responsible for finding their own editor.
There is a financial component to this model as well. A publisher may provide an advance, but it may be a while before you see any royalties, and that is only if the book makes a profit. Self-publishing provides no money up front, but you get to keep everything you make from the sale of the book.
These aren’t the only items that need to be considered when choosing whether to work with a publisher or self-publish. There are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration.
What are your thoughts? Please share on Twitter by tweeting me at @seanpmassey.
Back in September 2013, the IEEE Spectrum published an article with a very interesting statistic: technical professionals need at least 10 hours of training each week just to keep current with the changing technology. Although this was geared more towards programmers and electrical engineers, it can just as easily be applied to systems administrators and other IT fields.
Ten hours a week doesn’t sound like a lot at first. That’s only two hours per weekday. Early in a career it may be easy to set aside two hours per night or a large block of time on weekends, but as your life changes, other priorities start to require that time.
There are very few ways to get that time back, and it usually comes at the expense of sleep or other hobbies and interests. I’ve heard more than one IT person say that they’ve given up on all non-work related hobbies because they don’t have time to meet their family commitments and keep up with technology.
I’m guilty of this myself. I’ve set aside hobbies such as photography and reading and writing on non-technical subjects because there isn’t enough time for it. I’ve traded sleep for lab time.
Doing this is a mistake. Trading in hobbies and interests for career may benefit your career, but you’re stealing from yourself when you do it.
One of my favorite pieces to listen to while coding or just needing to unwind a little is Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1. It’s a very relaxing piece of music that highlights the warm sound of the cello.
No one plays it better than Yo-Yo Ma. So without further ado:
Today is Tuesday, November 4th. If you’re in the United States and haven’t been avoiding television (which I wouldn’t blame you if you were), you know that today is the last day of the barely truthful ads attacking candidates using half-truths and lies…I mean it’s Election Day. It’s the day that we vote for the people who will lead our government for the next two to four years.
I’m not going to get into who I’m voting for. That’s not important. The important thing is to find your polling place and cast your vote.
And then you can be thankful that the campaign ads stop tonight.