Monday, September 28, 2009

CFIMITYM: Cash Flow Is More Important Than Your Mother

Continuing on the theme of the week....

"Morse: My definition of entrepreneurship is the same as Howard Stevenson’s. That is, pursuing a project without having the resources needed to finish it. Starting before you have everything you need to get it done.

Sagan: It sounds a little bit like the definition of insanity."

Entrepreneurs: Born or made? Ken Morse, Paul Sagan discuss
http://www.masshightech.com/stories/2009/09/21/weekly7-Entrepreneurs-Born-or-made-Ken-Morse-Paul-Sagan-discuss.html

Is SOA Failing?

I'm feeling a little contrarian as of late. It's a bit old but I did find the following Podcast from David Chappell interesting.

Is SOA Failing? with David Chappell (video)
http://www.informit.com/podcasts/episode.aspx?e=FEAE2CF1-D6D7-4A7D-904C-160B91C607A9

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Duct Tape Programmer?

A subject dear to my heart. I've always been more of a businessman than a pure developer, living by the motto it's more important that the product get done rather than it get done perfectly. There are limits of course you need to be wary of but ultimately revenue is the goal, not a technology case study.


"Peter asked Zawinski, “Overengineering seems to be a pet peeve of yours.”
“Yeah,” he says, “At the end of the day, ship the fucking thing! It’s great to rewrite your code and make it cleaner and by the third time it’ll actually be pretty. But that’s not the point—you’re not here to write code; you’re here to ship products.”

My hero."

The Duct Tape Programmer
http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2009/09/23.html

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

EyeWriter / ALS / Virtual Vandalism

http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/26/diy-eyewriter-brings-the-joy-of-art-vandalism-to-those-with-als/#continued

Is there a future in Venure Capital?

What Is Really Happening To The Venture Capital Industry

http://abovethecrowd.com/2009/08/24/what-is-really-happening-to-the-venture-capital-industry/

Amazon Launches Private Cloud Service

Amazon is launching VPN access to what they are referring to as 'isolated' resources in an effort to eliminate security concerns around cloud deployments. Is it still really a 'cloud' at that point? This is a similar approach I've seen before with a company named SkyTap.

Amazon Launches Private Cloud Service
http://www.informationweek.com/news/services/hosted_apps/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=219401493

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Apples in the Cloud?

"Google’s Eric Schmidt “resigned” from Apple’s board because Chrome and Android were encroaching on Apple’s core business, or so Steve Jobs says.
But what if the opposite were true? What if Apple is encroaching on Google’s core business?
Later this month, Apple is expected to break ground on a massive new data center in Maiden, North Carolina."

http://www.cultofmac.com/interview-apples-gigantic-new-data-center-hints-at-cloud-computing/14680

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Failure and Innovation

This has been kicked around conceptually for quite some time, but the following is a study of failure tolerance in an organization an it's link to the organizations ability to successfully innovate over time.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1399707

Job for the 21st Century? Stats? Yuck.

For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/technology/06stats.html?_r=1

Friday, August 7, 2009

Clouds and Taxes

Don't like how you current state taxes your technology operations? Point, Click, Move 'em to another one.

Microsoft's Drag-And-Drop Windows Azure Cloud
http://www.informationweek.com/cloud-computing/blog/archives/2009/08/microsofts_drag.html

Thursday, August 6, 2009

EMR in the Cloud

Salesforce.com Dips Its Toe Into Electronic Medical Records

http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2009/08/05/salesforcecom-dips-its-toe-into-electronic-medical-records/

Comparing Vendor Tech Support Experiences

I thought this article was great and confirmed some of my experiences with Dell in particular.

2009 Tech Support Showdown
http://www.laptopmag.com/mobile-life/tech-support-showdown-2009.aspx?page=1

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

File this in the "Should Have Held This Stock A Bit Longer" file...

I imagined this very merger a few years back, it just took a little longer than I thought to come to fruition. Makes a lot of sense for IBM. SAS, being privately held, would have been a tougher acquisition but my guess is someone is going to try real hard now.

IBM to Acquire SPSS Inc. to Provide Clients Predictive Analytics Capabilities
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27936.wss

Thursday, July 16, 2009

SharePoint 2010

Click on the link for some background on what is coming with SharePoint 2010

http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/operatingsystems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=218500775

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A bit of SciFi coming to you sooner than you might have thought...

Augmented Reality will be a huge emphasis in the handhelp market in the coming years. Check out the videos in the following link:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/17/video-sprxmobiles-layar-is-worlds-first-augmented-reality-bro/

Monday, June 15, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

What is Google planning to do with Wave?

When the Wave announcement came out yesterday, I was trying to figure out what the end game was going to be. My first thought was some kind of Facebook/Twitter on steroids. This thought about it challenging SharePoint is interesting, but Google has struggled crossing that corporate threshold with products.

'Google Wave' May Challenge Microsoft SharePoint
http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/google/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=217700686

Demo @ I/O

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_UyVmITiYQ

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Keeping the USA in control of DNS

A very important issue, and one that better not be "resolved" with a feel-good gesture by the current administration.



Who Controls the Internet?
The United States, for now, and a good thing, too.
by Ariel Rabkin
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/515zoozk.asp

Friday, May 22, 2009

The next phase in the Geo mapping wars has begun

Google has released an API which allows developers to store their GEO based data on Google servers. The cost? Google gets to integrate your data into search. More free content for them.



Google Grabs More Geo-Data
By letting developers store data on its servers, Google hopes to make the geo-Web more searchable.
http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22687/?nlid=2049

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Make love, not war?

I am generally not much in favor of that hippy nonsense, but MIT's Arnaldo Hax has a different take on the whole Sun Tzu thing. In short, your strategy should be about your customer (not your competitors) so it should be based on love and knowledge of that customer.

Strategy as love, not war
http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=93382457504&h=tMsRz&u=jRbzP&ref=nf

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Have we hit bottom?

This would seem to indicate we have. We shall see.


CIOs Have Stopped Gutting IT Budgets For 2009, WSJ Says
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2009/05/cios_have_stopp.html;jsessionid=S2SRQV4II5DGSQSNDLPSKH0CJUNN2JVN

Not all Flash Drives are created equally

I've always wondered if there was any real differences in the Flash drives available today from a performance standpoint.

Well, someone has gone ahead and done the leg work on that very question.

Small wonders: the 2009 Ars USB flash drive roundup
http://arstechnica.com/hardware/news/2009/05/usb-flash-drive-roundup.ars/5

First steps in measuring online "buzz"

People are Talking
Anticipate product performance through online discussions
http://insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/index.php/Kellogg/article/people_are_talking

Monday, May 11, 2009

57th Information Aggressor Squadron

An interesting read on where "warfare" is heading. I think they are going to need more than one elective course to keep up though....

Cyberwar
Cadets Trade the Trenches for Firewalls
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/11/technology/11cybergames.html?_r=1

Microsoft Does A Bond Offering?

Why does a company with more cash on hand than it knows what to do with, go out and do a bond offering in this market?

Acquisitions? Microsoft has not had a good track record in this area. Forget Yahoo... How about SAS or Teradata? Though just my wild imagination at work, that would turn the industry on it's ear.

http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20090511/microsoft-mr-acquisitive/

Microsoft Introduces Axum

A new development language is out from Microsoft in an "incubation" period. Axum is for the development of highly parallel applications.

Microsoft DevLabs AXUM Site
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/devlabs/dd795202.aspx

$19 Billion for Electronic Medical Records?

This is one of those topics as a small business owner (and a taxpayer) that leaves me intially conflicted. Having the government poor money into IT has some short term positive impacts for my business, but I weigh that against the taxes my children will be paying for generations and the fact that government money has yet to fix anything and that takes care of any warm feelings I may have for these programs.

Obama's Healthcare Plan Shot In The Arm for IT Sector
http://www.cnbc.com/id/30521355

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Data Movement in a Cloud Environment

Basic ETL comes to the world of Cloud Computing.

Moving Data around the Clouds

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Personalized Medicine Research at Aurora

This has not received much play here locally which I find interesting. Tie ongoing bloodwork to it's corresponding (but non-identified) personal health record to create a "virtual" test subject. The legal paperwork the "volunteer" must sign must just be monstrous.

Health Care System Launches Personalized Medicine Effort
http://www.ihealthbeat.org/Articles/2009/4/21/Health-Care-System-Launches-Personalized-Medicine-Effort.aspx

Friday, April 24, 2009

Microsoft Posts First Drop in Year over Year Revenue in 23 Years

Is this the first real sign that the inevitable decline is upon Microsoft? The PC generation has fully given way to the (i)Phone generation. If you take a look at what is going in the handheld markets (not just iPhone, but Blackberry and other WinMo phone), try and find places where Microsoft generates revenue. Beyond Windows Mobile licensing, there is virtually nothing there.

Microsoft Profit Falls for First Time in 23 Years
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/24/technology/companies/24microsoft.html?_r=1&src=sch

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Largely Uncovered Threat to mySQL Given The Sun/Oracle Combo

If this had been Microsoft coming into control of the MySQL platform, I would imagine the uproar in the press would be significantly more profound. Personally, I actually trust Oracle less to not squash MySQL into nothingness. Oracle has always had the most to lose in a world where MySQL reaches full maturity and acceptance.

MySQL Manager: In Oracle We Must Trust
http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/database_apps/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=217000276

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Satyam Leader Claims Heart Not Up To Polygraph

You have to give him points for creativity, I suppose...

http://www.informationweek.com/news/global-cio/outsourcing/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=217000184
Searching for the Benefits of Google Health
Amid a growing emphasis on electronic health records, one patient tests online health services.
http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22526/?nlid=1964&a=f

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A New Leader in PC's

Mirroring my own PC purchasing patterns, HP has overtaken Dell in Desktop/Laptop shipments.

HP Topples Dell From No. 1 Perch In U.S.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/desktop/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=216500977

Thursday, April 9, 2009

What is Conficker up to now?

If you really want to freak out about the mysterious doings of the Conficker virus, give the book The Daemon by Daniel Suarez a read before reading the next blog post from Trend Micro....

http://blog.trendmicro.com/downadconficker-watch-new-variant-in-the-mix/

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Fighting Group Think

Though the references to Dwight Schrute is a bit cheezy and off point, the basic concept is correct. Group Think is something that must be countered whenever possible.


Why every office needs a Dwight Schrute
When teams have a member who's different than the rest, they make better decisions, new research shows
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090405.wlschrute06/BNStory/lifeWork/home

Friday, April 3, 2009

Free iPhone Development Training @ Stanford

Apple, Stanford Teaching iPhone Development for Free
http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/04/apple-stanford.html

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Google's Server Architecture Unveiled

It was not a secret that Google was building out it's own servers for use in it's data centers, but some of the recently revealed specs were a somewhat surprising. Mostly it's the existence on the on-board battery backup that has the server folks intrigued.

Google uncloaks once-secret server
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10209580-92.html

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pushing Javascript To It's Limits

Google is showcasing it's Chrome browser and advanced implementations of Javascript at:

http://www.chromeexperiments.com/

Why is Google pushing so hard in this direction? Mainly because Javascript is platform independent and avoids developers locking themselves into Flash and SilverLight architectures.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Inside a BotNet Treasure Trove

Is your computer a botnet zombie? If so, this is where all of that data being gathered from you is going.


Stolen-data trove offers look inside a botnet
http://www.technologyreview.com/wire/22303/?nlid=1868&a=f

IBM in Talks to Buy Sun Micro: Report

IBM in Talks to Buy Sun Micro: Report
http://www.cnbc.com/id/29749343

Monday, March 16, 2009

Data Center "Unifacation"

Given that Cisco is trying to create a whole new market for itself, you should be seeing quite a bit in the coming year about the theory of data center unification. What is it? At the simplest level it involves merging your normal network ethernet/TCPIP traffic with the data storage traffic that is largely handled today on Fibre Channel networks and switches.

Though a good long term idea in concept, it's hard in the near term to make a solid ROI story around ripping out all your existing Fibre Channel infrastructure to go Fibre Channel over Ehternet, so expect a lot of marketing hype to try and bridge that gap.


Why 'Unified' Is The Hot New Idea For Data Centers

http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/data_centers/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=215900021

Friday, March 13, 2009

BizStarts Milwaukee & VentureTrack

BizStarts is lauching it's VentureTrack process for entrpeneurs today. Valor actually assisted BizStarts with the selection process of it's web infrastructure.

http://www.bizstartsmilwaukee.com/display/router.aspx

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Discussion Group for the Dimensional Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Community

Finally a forum launched by the Kimball group. It can be accessed at http://forum.kimballgroup.com/
I have found this forum very useful.

The Impact of Pointlessness

I always find it interesting when I find actual research to back up a business theory that may seem commonsense, but hard to quantify. The "theory" in this case is that when people are working towards unknown or ultimately un-enjoyed goals their work output is going to suffer. This is obviously an issue in a general business context, but will take an even more prominent role as Government continues to tax the productive class in ever increasing amounts.

The short summation of this experiment is to take two groups of people and pay them to assemble Lego robots. One group will see the fruit of the labor build up as a pile of assembled robots, the second group will have the robot they've constructed torn apart and presented back to them to re-assemble over and over again. Same task, same general monetary reward, but a very different sense of mission and accomplishment.

http://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/emir.kamenica/documents/meaning.pdf

Monday, March 9, 2009

Uhhh... Anyone have the specs on Fogbank?

You know it's happened to you. A year or two after going to production with a system, someone shows up at your desk looking for a copy of the system specs. "Specs? What specs? It's not like we are building nuclear missles here or something!", you say..

How the US forgot how to make Trident missiles
http://www.sundayherald.com/news/heraldnews/display.var.2494129.0.0.php

From Clippy to CALO

Further progress in the neverending quest to provide you with a virtual assistant, who will handle all of your day to day activities so you can waste more time online Facebooking and playing online games...

Intelligent Software Assistant
Adam Cheyer is leading the design of powerful software that acts as a personal aide.
http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22117/?nlid=1840

Understanding Cloud Computing

The following is one of the best resources I've seen to date for building an understanding of what cloud computing is, and how the market is shaping up.

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2009/EECS-2009-28.pdf

SATA3 Seagate Baracuda On the Way

By the end of 2009 Seagate will have it's new SATA3 drives available. Owners of large databases rejoice!

Seagate demos 6Gbps hard-drive transfer speed
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10189843-1.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Crave

Friday, March 6, 2009

Valor Development Lauches Its Technology Blog

Welcome to Valor Development, Inc's Technology blog. More to come soon.