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

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That New-Computer Smell…

December 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Is there anything sweeter than getting behind the wheel of a brand new computer? OK, I realize this is a very old-school attitude, but I’m at least partly serious — the process of upgrading from an OK old computer to a great new computer can still be pretty eye-opening. I recently upgraded my primary home […]

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Tags: Grid applications · Usability

Digipede Network 2.4 — Beyond the Press Release

July 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

As many of you probably saw (thank you, Google News Alerts), Digipede has just released a new version of our award-winning grid computing software, the Digipede Network.  Whew. One of the most painful and joyful events in the life of a software company is the release of new software.  While this seems like an obvious […]

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Tags: Cloud computing · Customer Service · Grid applications · Press coverage · Usability

Good News on Wall Street

March 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Who says there’s no good news for financial companies? Penny Crosman provided some good news for banks, hedge funds, and other money managers in her article today in Wall Street & Technology — good news for financial developers and IT professionals who need to access more processing power without complex application re-engineering.  You can read […]

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Tags: Grid applications · Press coverage · Usability

Good Night, AdCenter

October 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments

After two years of testing the promises, wishes and hopes of the Microsoft AdCenter team, and thousands of dollars spent to no avail, Digipede is done with Microsoft’s online advertising. I, CEO of a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, do hereby proclaim my opinion, based on firsthand experience, that Microsoft AdCenter is entirely without value to […]

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Tags: Partnering with Microsoft · Usability

Last month’s least surprising (and least correct) cloud pronouncement

August 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

OK, this one came out while I was on vacation, so it’s a little old, but I can’t let it pass. The new head of Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst, says “The clouds will all run Linux.” Really? What’s next? The head of Boeing telling us that all transportation will be via 787s? Or maybe a […]

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Tags: Cloud computing · Press coverage · Usability

It works in the lab — now what?

June 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Digipede CTO Robert Anderson is blogging about a recent experiment we’ve conducted in our lab, assessing what it would take to get the Digipede Agent running on Mono. (For those of you who don’t know, Mono is a cross-platform implementation of .NET, developed as an open-source project led by Miguel de Icaza, and sponsored by […]

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Tags: Compute Cluster Server · Grid applications · Partnering with Microsoft · Usability

Digipede Network V2.1 — Beyond the Press Release

June 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Releasing software is hard. Sure, the individual steps like specifying, developing, testing, documenting, and planning support for new software features are difficult enough — but the discipline of knowing when to STOP adding features, and to focus instead on finishing a complete, polished, release-ready product is tougher than it sounds to those outside the industry. […]

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Tags: Customer Service · Entrepreneurship · Grid applications · Growth · Partnering with Microsoft · Usability

Digipede in .NET Developer’s Journal grid computing article

June 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Derek Furguson of Bear Stearns (now JPMorgan Chase) has a good article in .NET Developer Journal about how to apply genetic algorithms and grid computing to the problem of market timing in stock trading. I was pleased to see that he chose to implement his algorithms using the Digipede Network. His article is in two […]

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Tags: Grid applications · Press coverage · Usability

Five Suggested Technical Improvements for the Microsoft Partner Web Site

January 29th, 2008 · 6 Comments

In the spirit of Todd Weatherby’s comments about opening a dialog regarding the Microsoft Partner Program Web Site, here are five technical things Microsoft could do to improve interactions with partners and customers.  I (and other partners) have put forward some more radical ideas for redesign of partner program policies and tools, but let’s start […]

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Tags: Partnering with Microsoft · Usability

Hey, Microsoft — get off of my cloud

January 8th, 2008 · 5 Comments

All my regular readers know I use the Microsoft partner Web sites fairly often, and that I experience frustrating time-sucking issues almost as often. Believe me, I spare my readership the great majority of my experiences with the unending nightmare that is the Microsoft partner online world, and when I do raise these issues I’m […]

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Tags: Customer Service · Partnering with Microsoft · Usability