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Vol. 10 Num. 3 May 2011

Every cloud has a green virtual lining

I’m about to have another Peter Finch moment -- specifically, when he played the slightly demented newscaster Howard Beale in the movie Network and exhorted the masses to proclaim, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” OK, maybe I’m not quite that ticked off and, yes, I’ve used this Peter Finch reference once before in a column. I think I may have regressed to the “mad as hell” theme because the thing that set me off the first time -- vendors carelessly tossing around marketing mumbo jumbo -- hasn’t gone away. In fact, it somehow managed to rev itself up into an even higher gear, achieving new heights of nonsense and non sequitur. But . . . “Hey, vendors, we’re not dummies!” Now that I’ve gotten my “mad as hell” rant out of the way, let’s get down to specifics. I don’t know if storage vendors actually think we’re dummies or if they just kind of treat us that way because they don’t know any better. And it’s not that they’re cheating people or selling bad stuff or anything like that -- what they’re doing, ...

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