1202 Alarm: First Man Review

As the Apollo 11 Lunar module descended towards the moons surface a 1202 alarm sounded. Fundamentally it was a processor overload.  (If you are of a SW developer persuasion then here is the explanation of the 1202 alarm)  First Man has got to be one of my favourite films of late and was a 1202 sensory overload for my noggin. (yes, this is a somewhat contrived introduction). First Man taps into all my boyhood fantasies of being an astronaut. I remember expertly feigning a sore throat and a temperature to stay at home to watch the first Space Shuttle launch. I was hooked on all things space travel from that day and likely that was the catalyst for my Star Trek obsession.

This movie is a biopic of Neil Armstrong firmly grounded in history, fact and accuracy. (allegedly)

The flight sequences are just amazing. I love the way that they are, for the most part, shot from inside the vehicles. Director Damien Chazelle’s (he of La La Land fame) puts you right in the cockpit with Armstrong. It’s intimate, claustrophobic, tense and very rattly. The choreography of the set pieces, amazing sound design, and a soundtrack from Justin Hurwitz (also a  La La Land) is just an absolute joy.  If you are a SciFi, techie, geeky, creative, nostalgic nut like me, you you will totally love these scenes. Continue reading

The World Famous AI Smart Coffee at CLEUR 19

So we took the now “World Famous” (possible exaggeration) AI Smart Coffee app to CiscoLive Barcelona and it was a blast!

Using a combination of Cisco Webex Teams, Google Cloud Vision, Kubernetes ,IFTT and some creativity, we analysed 837 faces, served 837 custom cups of coffee, and met 837 happy customers.

CLEUR Fatigue and Caffeine

Screenshot 2019-02-03 at 09.03.13There was a great buzz around the booth and our team of moderately trained “baristas” kept crowds entertained, educated and caffeinated. We even wore aprons!

We saw science at work! Average fatigue levels rose from the morning to afternoon, and there was a marked rise from Monday to Thursday after four days of learning and four evenings of entertainment. People came back multiple times to see how their faces were faring during the week. Some tried to trick the system with smiles, frowns, lighting and makeup.

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The Cisco Google ML Fatigue Analytical IoT Coffee App with Milk no Sugar

You wake up on a Tuesday Morning. Bed hair and eyes still slightly out of focus. What you need at that precise moment is an app, that takes your photo, sends it to Google Vision, runs some analytics on your beautiful face to determine your emotional state, stress and fatigue levels, then dispense a calculated amount of caffeine via your IoT connected Coffee Machine, Not got that app? Well, we do!

The Cisco team in Tokyo built this powerful solution to demonstrate the integration of Cisco Webex, Hyperflex and GCP. (Don’t expect it on the Cisco GPL anytime soon though).

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We had a blast at GoogleNEXT! Cisco had a big booth showcasing DEVNET, Cisco Hybrid Cloud Platform, Stealthwatch for GCP along with our super coffee app. I did not get to one session because we were so busy at the booth, which was disappointing and great at the same time, as it does show how relevant we are to this community.

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New Gig – Developer Evangelist

evangelistI have a new job at Cisco. Starting in August I am the DEVELOPER EVANGELIST for the UK&I.

Why does Cisco need a Developer Evangelist? Cisco sells boxes right!? Wrong! (Well. not totally).  Yes, we sell boxes but those boxes, the Infrastructure, has to be programmable and have APIs. Also, you need people who understand how to program against and consume APIs. These are Developers. Application Developers, Infrastructure Developers, SREs, DevOps, full-stack Engineers… (You get the picture).

In fact, Cisco has a whole organization built around this in the form of DevNet. There are HALF a MILLION members of DevNet today. That’s quite a lot of people who like this stuff.  As more and more infrastructure is consumed by APIs, it creates new ways for applications to interact with infrastructure.

But wait, there’s more! Just look at  AppD, Kinetic, FD.io, Contiv, and Google Hybrid Cloud to name but a few. When you start joining the dots between some of these platforms and working with customers and partners on use cases, things start getting quite exciting.

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So What Will You Be Doing Rog? Well, I’m glad you asked. My team has an innovation agenda. We are driving change in the way we build and consume Cisco hardware and software stacks. We are building solutions based not only on Cisco tech, but also emerging technologies like mixed reality, blockchain, autonomous vehicles, smart buildings, and experiences.

And I will, no doubt, draw the odd cartoon along the way

Captain Cloud at Cisco Live 17

Stickers, T-shirts, Cartoons, Cuddly Toys and Big Hugs

Captain Cloud made a big impact at CiscoLive in Vegas. The theme of the event was one of Super Heroes but alas the Captain is not official Cisco branding. But did that stop the big guy getting about and putting smiles on delegates faces. Not at all. When he goes, he goes BIG!

Not only did he bring fun, but fun + education.

For example, those propelar heads at Cisco DEVNET created a coding Escape Room, where the goal was to rescue Captain Cloud imprisoned by the Shadow. It was a hit and winners got their own cuddly toy Captain.

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Getting to Know Your Friendly Developer

This week I presented to a large bunch of techie types on the importance of getting to know the Developer. Developers are becoming very influential as we know, and traditional IT has to change and provide the Dev teams with what they want, when they want it, or risk becoming wholly irrelevant.

Here is my guide to the Developer

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  1. They love developing and hate anything that distracts them from it
  2. They love stickers. (If you see someone walking towards you, wearing a hoodie holding a laptop covered in stickers they are either a Developer or a 12 year old).
  3. If you get frightened whilst talking to a Developer safe Topics are Game of Thrones or Call of Duty.
  4. Modern Development teams can be fed by two pizzas. (So looked for 3 or 4 individuals wearing hoodies, exchanging stickers, talking about John Snow congregating around a meat feast pizza).
  5. Developers love AWS (other public clouds are available) because it makes their life easier.
  6. Developers hate IT because it makes their lives harder
  7. Developer don’t like infrastructure (see point 1)
  8. Developers hate suits. (Wearing them or talking to them)
  9. Developer dislike salespeople. (only 2% of Developers use sales people as their primary route for discovering new stuff. FACT)

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