Powers Unfiltered

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

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Entries from May 2007

Hedge funds and grid computing, part I

May 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Digipede announced another customer win today.  III Offshore Advisors, an innovative hedge fund that uses a lot of computing power in their pricing and risk management models, selected the Digipede Network for their grid.  You can read about it on our Web site; GridToday also picked up the story.  Financial firms are famously competitive, and no niche is more competitive today than […]

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Tags: Grid applications · Growth · Press coverage


May 15th, 2007 · No Comments

I post a lot about our experiences as a partner and customer of Microsoft, and anybody who cares to go back and count knows that most of my posts are positive.  For whatever reason, my complaints / rants tend to get more attention, so I want to re-iterate – our experience with Microsoft is on balance […]

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Tags: Customer Service · Growth · Partnering with Microsoft · Usability

Microsoft EBT Rocks!

May 15th, 2007 · No Comments

The Microsoft Emerging Business Team (EBT) has been a staunch supporter of Digipede for the past two years.  The EBT is run by Dan’l Lewin, sometimes referred to as Microsoft’s “Ambassador to Silicon Valley.”  As Digipede has grown from a raw startup to the leading provider of .NET Grid computing software, the EBT has provided […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Partnering with Microsoft · Startup Life

Happy Birthday, Unfiltered

May 7th, 2007 · No Comments

It’s been a year since I started blogging.  Powers Unfiltered has provided me with a number of unexpected benefits and consequences.  First, it has put me in touch with more customers, partners, and prospects.  Given how erratic I’ve been with my posts (in timing, topics, and quality), I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the real business benefits I’ve seen.  The […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Preparing to Copy? NO — Robocopy!

May 5th, 2007 · 1 Comment

John Dvorak’s column in the back of the May 22, 2007 issue of PC Magazine (and online here) points out the “Windows’ Words of Doom” that he “dreads to hear” which are:  “Preparing to Copy.”  He goes on to lament the decades-old problems that Windows users encounter in moving or copying files (or more accurately, […]

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Tags: Usability

What are they thinking?

May 1st, 2007 · 1 Comment

OK, I’ve posted about our positive experience at a recent Microsoft conference, and I meant every word of it — it was a great event, and we had great treatment by all the Microsoft folks in attendence.  Now I want to address an issue about how policies attributed to Microsoft Legal have the (possibly unintended) consequence of reducing […]

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Tags: Customer Service · Events · Partnering with Microsoft