This is a very dangerous posting for me professionally as I design Data Analytics systems for a living, but I feel that need to do an article about this because the warnings have been sounded for years, but only now are people are starting to figure things out after Fox News did a recent article on a massive Government data warehouse in Utah, and they asked the question, “Who is the Government collecting data on anyway? Now that you are becoming more interested in your personal privacy and are starting to reduce what you put out there, it is time for me to tell you about the #1 thing you do every day all in the name of coupons that you’ll never use. Loyalty Cards. Continue Reading
Call me old fashioned, but when you tell me you want to work with me for mutual success, I assume that means that we both put skin in the game. It means I commit to you that I will bring you to the table when appropriate, and I will help you by pushing your products when I can. Not that I need (or want) twenty different business / technology partners, but I want more than one…and if I tell you I am going to lead with you because I have a great feeling about what you offer, then I will. The only thing I expect…help me help you. Continue Reading
I am writing this post today quite by accident. What I expected the post to say was “Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu…this does not suck” but when I looked at the money I had to spend and what I was going to actually use the system for, I could not justify the cost of the system I really wanted. I had my heart set on the Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu, or what my friend Barton George of Dell created “Project Sputnik“. As I am not a developer and as I pretty much live in the Cloud now, I am really glad I didn’t spend the money. The gamble on the Samsung version of the Google Chromebook…worth every penny.
Perhaps it is my age and the longing to go back and “do it all again”. Or perhaps it is the fact that I have interviewed a LOT of people over the years and have seen a disturbing pattern. Perhaps it’s just the fact that I think it is really interesting to see companies acquired in the tech space and the reasons for the acquisition. In any event, the announcement that seventeen year old Nick D’Aloisio is selling his company Summly to Yahoo for a reported $30 million dollars is inspiring on so many fronts. Here’s my take, and I can sum it up in four words; “this is freakin’ cool!” Continue Reading
I have seen a lot of press over the past few weeks about Yahoo’s new CEO, Marissa Mayer, and her decision to recall ALL remote employees and have them working from the office again because, in her words, “Communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side”. I have been digesting this for some time now and with all due respect to Ms. Mayer, who I am a fan of, I must disagree with her assessment that working from home somehow equates to less collaboration and communication, and more importantly, that working from home makes us less productive, as some so-called “experts” would tell you. I do this at 6:40 AM from my work computer…in my home office. Continue Reading
Forgive me…I am about to get emotional. Not in a bad way, but in a nostalgic way that some of you will understand, and some of you won’t. I recently made a job change as my regular readers know. That decision was made with the following criteria in mind: Continue Reading
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