Let Them Eat Cake

July 18, 2008

I've been reducing my calorie intake, as I'm a bit overweight. However, lately I've noticed that my weight, which has been trending downward, has taken a bit of a stall. I've been trying to figure out why. And I think I have.

Movies.

I love movie theater popcorn. And there have been so many good movies lately! I've enjoyed Get Smart, I loved Speed Racer, smiled at Hancock, and have seen Wall-E three times!

And each time I buy a bag of popcorn.

That racks up to a lot of popcorn this summer season.

See, Hollywood complained for years that people just aren't watching movies. Maybe the movie industry is dying? Violent videogames are taking away the marketshare! Or maybe people just don't appreciate ART anymore.

Then a giant alien fleet landed and replaced everyone in Hollywood with doubles. But the doubles weren't perfect, see, because these doubles have done something that no Hollywood executive has thought to do for years.

THEY'RE MAKING MOVIES PEOPLE WANT TO SEE!

It's like suddenly somebody realized; hey, people have to WANT to see Hancock before they go see it! People want well made movies with plot and character development! People want more than just whizbang special effects and cheap jokes! And they started making it! And they started making tons of money again.

Same thing SoftLayer does, you see. We built a network which CUSTOMERS want, even though it's a bit more difficult to make. We buy servers that CUSTOMERS want, instead of cheaper servers that we can buy in bulk. We've bundled the kind of bandwidth providers that CUSTOMERS want, instead of buying cheap bandwidth so we can have big bandwidth numbers. We built a world class control panel, and then added an API for people who want even more control.

And guess what? Customers are buying our stuff.

Huh. Who knew.

I wonder if we have any popcorn in the break room.

-Zoey

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July 28th, 2008 at 1:11am

From a client's point of view, SoftLayer is doing exactly that. After my sites grew to need a better server, I remembered seeing SoftLayer about 6 months back, but as capacity hardly dictated a change then I passed it over. Once I needed an upgrade, I remembered. I've never looked back either. SoftLayer has built a network I want, and gives me the control I want. Not to mention the forum and the IRC channel. What you all are doing, it's working. :)

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July 28th, 2008 at 1:11am

From a client's point of view, SoftLayer is doing exactly that. After my sites grew to need a better server, I remembered seeing SoftLayer about 6 months back, but as capacity hardly dictated a change then I passed it over. Once I needed an upgrade, I remembered. I've never looked back either. SoftLayer has built a network I want, and gives me the control I want. Not to mention the forum and the IRC channel. What you all are doing, it's working. :)

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