Commentary: The American Experience

Dr. Martin Luther King

I Watched the inauguration today and a few things touched me besides the speech of the president:

1. The number of people attending.

2. The poem read by the Cuban American Poet Richard Blanco brought tears to my eyes.

3. Although traditions and some protocols were observed, they were simple and not what you will see in “empires!”. Simple and inclusive.

4. I was not treated like a subject  🙂 ****

What made this interesting was how the civil rights movement paid it forward for me, so I can write this on a non segregated bus as I am going home after work. Dr Marin Luther King’s words are moving through my body and my life as the bus is moving me closer to my suburb. How have I been taking things for granted. To him and many who paved the road for me I say thanks!

We still have a long way to go. Hate still exists in our streets and even in our places of higher learning … But with each one of us teaching and practicing tolerance this country will move forwards total inclusion one day …

****: (For the politically literate and emancipated: if the year was 1984, I just signed my own death sentence with these 7 words again …). I am no body’s subject!  ***


Global Climate Change, Infrastructure, Design and Disaster Tolerances

We are seeing huge temperature oscillations.  The spread between minimum and maximum temperatures in the span of a few hours  may exceed 50 degrees F in a single day. We are seeing segments of water and sewer pipes bursting in some cities. What is happening to other infrastructure elements? Are the roads, the pavements and parking lots being impacted? “You betcha” as the locals would say.  How about the electrical infrastructure? Is the life expectation of our housing shrinking? Will the warranties by builders for foundations shrink as well? Do the gas pipes to houses have enough built-in tolerance to sustain major ground shifting dynamics?


I am no expert in these matters but what I learned from my study of nature, drought, soil physics and mechanics tells me that we may be facing significant cost increases(in the future) due to maintenance and to new designs (with higher new tolerances).  Such increases will also impact the cost of living and of doing business, in addition to reliability of various amenities and system components our civilization relies and depends on.

The intensity, the duration, the frequency and the stage of various events matter on many scales. We have  focused on the flora, the fauna, glaciers, etc where the rate of change has been alarming and well documented (even if small disruptions affect populations less represented and less distributed …).

I would love to hear if the variations we are seeing and their amplitudes are sufficiently large to have a significant impact on the infrastructure, its reliability and especially on disaster avoidance, tolerance and escape …

The Future of Apple: A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words

Is Apple’s marketing focus to the top 20% of household income a threat?

Browser use a leader AND lagging indicator of Market Share?

Is it Possible that Browser use is a Leading OR Lagging Indicator of Market Share?

Could they be missing the mark?

Will they serve the bottom of the pyramid?

Please, share your thoughts below.

Why isn’t Oracle Commenting on the Java Security Flaws?

Why isn’t Oracle commenting on the Java security flaws?

Java is broken and Oracle is not talking cc

A Few months ago I was disappointed to find out that Apple would not let anyone put an application with Java on it’s Apple Store.


half a million of Macs were infected and Apple disabled Java.

Now that HLS has issued a warning to disable Java in browsers, why would Oracle choose not to respond or comment?

I am interested to hear what you think about it. Let’s have a conversation, please share your thoughts below and thanks for visiting our blog!

In Defense of the Semi Colon “;”

Stanford University’s selection of the “%” sign as the symbol of the year left the semi colon (;) dangling. To be fair, I want to give justice where due and recognize the importance of the semi colon as well.


Without the semi colon, no Java, no C, no C++ and countless other languages will ever compile and the world will be a dark place. To the semi colon and the people who put it on all keyboards and devices I say thank you. 🙂

El Haddi

Cloud Computing and its Ecosystems

This is my first entry in the new blog so let me start by saying what this is all about.

First, who are we? EnduraData is a fast growing Minnesota company that focuses on cross platform accelerated data movement, file transfer between geographic sites and the best and effective data management solutions for efficient workflow. No we are not here to push products but we will try and share a few technical tidbits once in a while and seek to have an n-way conversation.

One of our consultants said “hey you need a new blog”. She also mentioned something about branding, social media, etc. Huh! This is getting to be too much. I would rather write code and help people solve their data issues (Instant gratification anyone? 🙂 ).

But then she got me thinking? Are we just about data?

No, I rhetorically replied. We are about solving problems (I don’t talk to myself this often except when the debugger refuses to give me the complete stack back trace or dump, you know what I mean).

I am one of those people that you will hate on a first meeting (if you don’t know me). I can talk about ecology, evolution, behavior, poverty, high performance computing as well as cash flow and the balance sheet.

You see, I take a stand on many issues that I know and care about and if I don’t know, I ask others questions without feeling stupid ( or “inadequate,” as others may say).

My mother, God blesses her soul, used to tell me “you are too curious and some day you will get in trouble” and I did when I wrote a political poem of seven lines. I am not a good poet but I write poems that irritate dark forces and dictators. I hope that I will not get in trouble with readers who ask a question and I or others fire back a few of our own to understand. So please, ask questions. That is why we created this forum. We are seeking conversation.

Expect to read about various things from corporate responsibility to distributing the computational load in order to increase computational speed. Plato, Socrates, Newton, Albert Einstein, ecosystems, species loss, cloud computing, the Human condition and other subjects dear to my being will also find a spot here as well. Forgive me if I don’t use the term cloud computing but use distributed systems instead. Feel free to contact me or post a comment or question.

El Haddi