My Tweets of the Summer of 2011

By Marten Mickos | September 13, 2011

A summer full of activity! Cloud computing, open source, and modern business management saw great advances in the last few months. Linux turned 20. Amazon Web Services kept growing. Eucalyptus expanded its installed base.

Below is a review of the summer that passed based on my twitter account. I reviewed my tweets and picked the ones I believe have the most lasting value. I grouped them by category. Hope you enjoy them!

If you are new to Twitter, here are the basics. The postings must be no longer than 140 characters. RT stands for re-tweet, i.e. when you re-post something that someone else has already posted. When you retweet, you give credit to the originator by mentioning his or her twitter name or handle , which always is preceded by the @ sign (my handle is @martenmickos). Tweets many times include keywords. Popular keywords are denoted with the # sign and are therefore called hashtags. To fit in the short space, web links are typically shortened using services such as In the below summary, I have reverted some of them back to the original full-length URLs. Some tweets may therefore now be longer than 140 characters.

Under each section below, the tweets appear in chronological order with the newest first. The oldest are from early June. If you would like to see me summarize previous tweets too (from Q1 or from 2010), let me know. I have them all stored.

Interviews With and Writings By Me

was interviewed in Open Up about open source success criteria

blogged about Eucalyptus 3 and our new looks

Keep the Cloud Open (Joe Brockmeier analysing my #LinuxCon keynote)

We must ensure that no one closes that which we have openedårten-mickos-f-freedom-and-fun-and-future #LinuxCon

TechCrunch reports from #LinuxCon: All About Clouds

RT @evershade: "Open source has gone from the disruptor of the old to the innovator of the new." #linuxcon

was interviewed on leadership in the digital age #NoFearBook (10min video)

No Fear - a book about leadership in the age of digital cowboys (FYI, I wrote a guest chapter)

was interviewed on the topic of entrepreneurship at Aalto Venture Garage (2min video)

In Beijing, I had the honor and pleasure to meet with deputy mayor Gou Zhongwen to discuss cloud computing interviewed me on why Linux dominates in cloud

Cloud Computing and the Software Industry

Aeolus mission: to free users from cloud lock-in

Eucalyptus partners Puppet and Chef ease the transition to cloud computing says Businessweek via @dr138

RT @adrianco My blog post on cloning AWS was picked up by GigaOM and appeared on the NYT site today

RT @derrickharris If Netflix is right, Amazon already a cloud champ by @ryangigaom < @adrianco not a big OpenStack believer

Rick Clark loves Eucalyptus 3 at #VMworld via @bradymurray

5 years of Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) - and it is already a massive and disruptive industry via @jeffbarr

ElectricCommander 4.0 runs on Eucalyptus & improves cloud resource utilization

Investorplace on Rackspace, OpenStack and Eucalyptus

Database in the cloud: Postgres Plus Cloud Server for EC2 and Eucalyptus

Great interview by Sam Dean with Eucalyptus CTO Rich Wolski on the new Eucalyptus 3 release

Convirture helps you manage Eucalyptus clouds

Luke Kanies of Puppet Labs explains what DevOps is and why it is indispensable via @dr138 #cloud

Amazon introduces Memcached-like ElastiCache

Everyone in software, or interested in it, please read this - a brilliant text by Marc Andreessen

Amazon introduces protected virtual private cloud for sovereign governments

The IBM PC is 30 years old today - goodbye, PC

Great lunch discussion with @MitchellBaker on User Sovereignty on the internet. Here is her blog about it:

Another exciting Eucalyptus government use case: #cloud #eucalyptus #iaas

At #OSCON, Brady Murray talks about growth of Eucalyptus - great 2min video

AWS VPC and Direct Connect make it easier to build hybrid clouds with Eucalyptus

At OSCON @krishnan interviews @bradymurray from Eucalyptus Systems (5min video)

Amazon's cloud computing unit may be its next billion-dollar business (Reuters)

Amazing growth in public cloud RT @jeffbarr: Amazon S3: Now more than 449bn objects -

WSO2 launches Stratos cloud offerings that run on Eucalyptus - congrats @sanjiva

When you visit you are hitting a Eucalyptus cloud

12 Top Thinkers in Cloud Computing (by Apptio)

Congrats to Sheng and team! Citrix buys hot private-cloud startup

Early benefit of cloud computing: Agility. Longer-term benefit: lower TCO (thanks to higher utilization of compute resources).

Great Eucalyptus cloud book in Japanese - thank you Osamu-san, Takahiro-san, Tomofumi-san & JEUG

Agility is a top driver for cloud - such as deploying an SMSC in just 3 minutes on a Eucalyptus cloud

Technical description & demo of Eucalyptus private cloud software (12min video)

The web is shrinking - insightful blog by Ben @Elowitz, CEO of Wetpaint (which runs on Eucalyptus cloud)

RT @barton808 Top up & coming cloud cos (private): acquia assistly cloudera eucalyptus nasumi #structureconf

RT @David_67 Blog post about Eucalyptus Fast Start #cloud #eucalyptus

RT @andyknosp Eucalyptus is helping to simplify private and hybrid cloud deployment with @rightscale #myCloud

Dr Rich Wolski on the history, promise and vision of private clouds (video interview at Cloud Expo East)

EucaStart, the way to get started with Eucalyptus private cloud #cloudcomputing

"AWS has a significant lead on innovation, breadth of products, compliance features, and pricing." (Barron's)

At #GartnerIOM, Neebula announcing ServiceWatch 2.0 with support for Eucalyptus private cloud platform

Leading on-line content platform runs on the Eucalyptus cloud platform

Open Source

The act of participating and contributing is the reward. That's why open source won't run out of steam.

"Linux is the steel and coal of the 21st century" - Eben Moglen at #LinuxCon

Linus Torvalds: "the GPL has been very important - fundamental to how Linux works" at #LinuxCon

The Story of Linux: #linux20th #linuxcon (3min video)

In open source, some people spend any amount of time to save money, and some spend money to save time.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Transparency as a key competitive advantage, by Scott Weiss, former Ironport CEO

Entrepreneurial superhero & Playfish CEO @ksegerstrale at #AaltoES on building great businesses (video)

The 5 secrets of Silicon Valley (collaboration, incentives, talent, ipr, celebration of failure)

Ben Horowitz: There's a fine line between fear and courage (via @gilelbaz)

Go geek girls!

A most personal story by @nilofer about not giving up, and about quitting

Go big or go home says @SamiInkinen. Video from event at Aalto Entrepreneurship Society

RT @ashmaurya "Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust" - Zig Ziglar

People working from home are happier (GigaOM)

"The luckiest people in the business world hold humility, intellectual curiosity, and optimism" - blog by Tony Tjan

Inspirational entrepreneurial wisdoms by Josh Silverman

For Europe’s start-ups, Silicon Valley still calls (

Love this NYT story about fairness

There are many ways to organize a tech company #humor

RT @rsarver Spot on: 10 Marketing Lessons for Early-Stage Tech Startups via @msuster

Excellent piece on how LAMP and then Amazon changed the startup scene and the venture capital industry

A wonderful initiative, Startup Sauna works with the most promising pre-seed startups from around the Baltic rim

RT @vkhosla Invented by mathematicians, the Gömböc can't ever be kept down. The world's only artificial, self-righting shape

RT @kittukolluri Why American Management Rules the World; the balance between capital and talent has tilted towards talent in the US.

RT @liuhenry Startups Are Hard

What makes a great programmer? - great blog posting by @commondream via @liuhenry

If you believe "abilities are transformable through effort", you will perform better (The Guardian)

The World, Our Planet

shameless but hilarious stereotypes of Europe by "friends":

Tom Friedman's thoughtful list of 4 major global challenges: EU, Arab world, China's growth, USA's debt via @kittukolluri

New Nordic cuisine draws disciples - emphasizes the old: drying, smoking, pickling, curing

More PCs sold in China than in USA says IDC

Europe's hottest startup capitals: Tallinn, Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, Amsterdam etc. (Wired)

Wonderful blog by @sanjiva about his return from USA to Sri Lanka < the world is flat and global!

Earth might early on have had 2 moons (Nature)

India is driven by companies, China by a government, USA by individuals, and EU by institutions

OH: Europe is like a coral reef - colorful, growing, with pieces occasionally falling off, hosting many forms of life

Uncontacted tribe discovered in Brazilian Amazon - amazing & great that the world is not yet fully explored

Books I've Read

Physics of the Future by Mikio Kaku (2011) - a wonderfully visionary book, whether you like physics or not

RT @hnshah The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books < great list, but there could've been more by Drucker

Your Brain at Work by David Rock - a brilliant book describing how the brain's functions affect team dynamics

"Why the West Rules - for Now" by Ian Morris - a long long read, but well worth it (& sober) when you get to the last chapters

Famous Quotes

Always tell the truth. You will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain #quote

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. - Robert Louis Stevenson #quote

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. - Abraham Lincoln #quote

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. - Lewis Carroll #quote

It would not be better if men got what they wanted. - Euripides #quote

"Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired." -Jules Renard #quote #life #leadership

"Ladran, Sancho, señal que cabalgamos." #quote attributed to Don Quixote (perhaps incorrectly)

It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive. - R L Stevenson #quote

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. - Albert Camus #quote

It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages. - Henry Ford #quote

All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small. - Lao-Tzu (Laozi) #quote

You create your own universe as you go along. - Winston Churchill #quote

Mårten Mickos

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