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An entrepreneur’s journey into grid computing and partnering with Microsoft, by John Powers

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Entries from September 2006

Kim’s speaking at the Bay Area .NET User Group on Thursday

September 25th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Digipede Evangelista Kim Greenlee will present at the Bay Area .NET User Group on Thursday, September 28.  The show starts at 6:30, at 1 Market Street (the “Landmark Building”) in San Francisco.  (Yes, that’s Microsoft’s office — go to the second floor, and score some free pizza.)  It’s an easy BART ride from wherever you  […]

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Tags: Events · Grid applications · Presentations

How cool is that?

September 20th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Kudos to Dan Ciruli (our Director of Products, and also Product Manager for the Digipede Network, and also Bug Hunter, Documentation Czar, Demo Application Coder, Stand-in Sales Engineer, frequent Webcast Demo Guy and probably half a dozen other things I’m leaving out).  He’s been working late into the night on the release of Version 1.3 […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Grid applications · Startup Life

Pioneers get the arrows…

September 19th, 2006 · 2 Comments

I don’t know where I first heard the expression “pioneers get the arrows, settlers get the land,” but it applies in a great many new businesses.  My hat is off to Sun for taking the roll of “giant pioneer” in the area of utility computing, with their SunGrid $1-per-CPU-hour offering that’s been in the headlines for […]

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Tags: Events · Grid applications · Usability

Digipede Goes Hollywood

September 16th, 2006 · No Comments

OK, I don’t hype many of Digipede’s new customer announcements here, but go read this.  I’ll wait. We are very excited to be working with award-winning visual effects studio Digital Dimension.  These guys get it, and are a lot of fun to work with.  Multiple rendering programs, multiple locations, multiple simultaneous projects — and a […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Grid applications

At GridWorld 2006

September 12th, 2006 · No Comments

I always appreciate (crave?) recognition of Digipede’s accomplishments and role in the market.  I was very pleased and honored today to receive the GridToday Editor’s Choice award for “Best Price / Performance Middleware Solution for a Grid Implementation.”  Here I am with Tom Tabor, publisher of GridToday; thanks, Mitch, for taking the picture. GridWorld shows […]

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Tags: Events · Grid applications · Presentations

GridWorld 2006: When it sounds too good to be true…

September 10th, 2006 · 2 Comments

A few months back, when I wrote an abstract for GridWorld 2006 about “Grid Computing in Small and Medium Businesses,” well, suffice it to say that we had a few discussions before the presentation was accepted.  After all, everyone seems to KNOW that there’s no such thing as grid computing in small and medium businesses […]

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Tags: Events · Grid applications · Presentations

Happy Birthday, Expert Texture

September 5th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Robert W. Anderson started his blog, currently known as Expert Texture, one year ago today.  He celebrates at with a divide-by-zero joke. As Digipede’s oldest and best-read blogger, he’s an inspiration to us all.  Happy Birthday, E.T.

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Microsoft AdCenter — when do we get to version 3.0?

September 4th, 2006 · 3 Comments

OK, OK, the joke is old — no Microsoft product is worth using until Version 3, har-dee-har, and maybe it’s a cheap shot at a product just awakening in beta. But one of our favorite Microsoft smart guy bloggers, Don Dodge, is posting about AdCenter like it’s some kind of moneymaker for Microsoft, and I […]

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Tags: Partnering with Microsoft · Usability

Ferdinand Foch Award, August 2006: Matt Heaton

September 2nd, 2006 · No Comments

Today marks the beginning of a new tradition at Powersunfiltered.  Each month (or more likely, whenever I feel like it) I will present the Powersunfiltered Ferdinand Foch Award to an entrepreneur whom I admire for, well… you’ll see.  Ferdinand Foch, the French general, field marshall, and hero of World War I, issued a famous dispatch from […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Startup Life

VSIP Summit

September 1st, 2006 · 3 Comments

I spent portions of the last three days at the Visual Studio Industry Partners (VSIP) summit in Redmond.  Thanks and congratulations to the whole VSIP team for a worthwhile and fun event! VSIP is another of the Microsoft partner programs that can deliver great value if you’re patient and willing to work a bit.  As a continuing public […]

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Tags: Events · Partnering with Microsoft