Had a wonderful time at AWS re:Invent last week. It was great to be at an event where I was just an attendee. It's been 15 years or so since that has happened. In case you missed it, Amazon had a long list of announcements last week. I included a link in the Actuator this week that gives a summary of all the announcements. I'll try to put together a dedicated post on all of the data-focused announcements at some point.

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

AWS re:Invent Product Announcements

A complete list of everything that was announced last week. Be prepared to spend some time here, there was a lot of new products and services announced last week.

 

Amazon Plays Catch Up in a Corner of the Cloud Where It Lagged

There were a handful of announcements last week at re:Invent around AI and Machine Learning. I loved hearing them and examining the tech. What I didn’t like was Amazon presenting their new products and services as if they were the only ones in existence. Saying “the world’s first” when you aren’t just makes me cringe. Amazon has wonderful products and services, built by good people. There’s no need to lie in marketing; it doesn’t make you look better.

 

Brilliant Jerks in Engineering

A tad long, but worth your time. Don’t be a jerk, even a brilliant jerk. This article reinforces what I have advocated for a long time now: Hard skills have a cap; soft skills do not.

 

Privacy not included: A Guide to Make Shopping for Connected Gifts Safer, Easier, and Way More Fun

Can it spy on me? Yeah, almost always the answer is yes.

 

The Fuss About VMware and Azure

Nice summary regarding the Microsoft announcement regarding VMware. My biggest takeaway from all this is that when a company tells you something is “unsupported," what they really mean is, “You will need to pay more for support."

 

Apple Releases Fix to Security Flaw in Mac Operating System

Apple employs 125,000 people, is worth $887 billion dollars, and makes $229 billion in profit in a year. Oh, and they can ship an operating system update to 400 million users with a blank admin password. Can’t wait to see what they do next.

 

The One Piece of Career Advice I Wish I’d Gotten

Great advice coming on the heels of re:invent, an event that ties directly to the advice given here.

 

Here's a nice graphic showing some of the lesser-known AWS announcements last week: