Year: 2009

On the Future of Cars

Like most of the people reading this, I grew up imagining the future would be filled with flying cars. I imagined that by the time I was a grown up I’d be dropping off my wife Jane and daughter Judy at the mall and school respectively in my nifty little…

On Dan Brown and his Dramatics at the Beginning of the Lost Symbol

In 1991, a document was locked in the safe of the director of the CIA. The document is still there today. Its cryptic text includes references to an ancient portal and an unknown location underground. The document also contains the phrase “It’s buried out there somewhere.” All organizations in this…

On JimTracy, Miracle Man

If anything could ever prove that a baseball manager is worth a maximum of 5 games plus or minus impact on a team’s win total (out of 162) it’s Jim Tracy. He was 68-94 in 2007 with the Pirates and he is 85-65 with the Colorado Rockies this year. Throw…

On CitySourced Again

The post I made a few days ago on Citysourced went uncommented on and unlinked to. I’m actually pretty disappointed, I thought it was a good intersection of IT and Pittsburgh and was hopeful yinz would like it. In case you did and just didn’t comment, Fred Wilson at A…

Sour Kraut

Yes, the sweet cabbage is back. Originally, the plan had been not to bring it back with this latest incarnation of the blog, but there were just too many things that I wanted to share. I’ve decided to break it down in to Techy Kraut and Sourburgh since the blog…

On IT Consulting's Future

I’m a good Information Technology consultant and I make a good living at it. The two are not necessarily related. There are tens of thousands (probably hundreds of thousands) of IT consultants who get paid hundreds of dollars an hour in spite of a remarkable lack of skills, training and…

On 311, YinzCam and CitySourced

The subtitle of this post would have to be: Is going local going to cost the city of Pittsburgh? One of the highlights so far of TechCrunch 50 (one of the leading conferences on technology start-ups) is a company call CitySourced. CitySourced has posted the admin demo for their product…

On Today's Life Lesson

Today’s life lesson: never use email where a phone call will do. It’s a tough life lesson to learn. Email has become SO easy these days (and yes, I’m including facebook and linkedin messages as email). More specifically then the general rule, decide whether you want your message to be…

On Nationalized Healthcare

I’m an opinionated guy, VERY opinionated, and I have to say, when it comes to whether nationalized health care is a good idea, I don’t have the foggiest idea. Yes, the current system is terribly inefficient and horribly unjust. Yes, it is hard to imagine a government run system doing…

On the Richard Seymor Trade and the Pittsburgh Pirates

The New England Patriots recently traded away one of their more talented players, Richard Seymor to the struggling Oakland Raiders for a first round pick in 2011. Jason Lisk provides an interesting review of the trade at Pro Football Reference. The summary though, is this. If we assume that the…