Month: June 2010

Sunday Sauerkraut: The Not So Many Meatballs Edition

I have a little bit of a secret; I’m not a big fan of actually consuming sauerkraut (or even smelling it).  I enjoy do enjoy writing these posts, and it does add a little bit of an aroma to this blog, but what I prefer to eat is pasta.  Preferably…

Why I Love Blogging

This may sound a tad bit egotistical, but I consider myself a bit of an armchair intellectual.  I thoroughly enjoy nearly-academic conversation about a wide variety of topics (especially technology and business).  The problem is that being a full-time intellectual holds absolutely zero appeal to me.  I love the fruits…

Lack of Organizational Capability = IT Waste

As I have mentioned before, my day job is in enterprise IT.  I work helping some of the largest companies in the world upgrade their IT to match the demands of their business.  I have argued before that there is a simply ridiculous amount of waste in corporate IT and…

We’re So Mobile You Can Buy a Desktop Again

I’m apparently just a little too old fashioned for the modern world.  Forrester, yesterday, projected that desktop computer sales would fall to only 18% of the PC market by 2015.  Well this ancient just purchased his first desktop in nearly 10 years. For the last several years I’ve owned two…

Pedro Alvarez Starts for the Pirates Tonight!

The Pirates play the Chicago White Sox tonight.  It’s not the most exciting match-up ever.  I should say it wasn’t the most exciting matchup ever until it was announced that Pedro Alvarez would be starting at third base.  I don’t have time to cover this in detail, but I thought…

Reaction to Twitter’s Places Announcement

Twitter announced on Monday via their blog that they would be introducing Twitter Places over the next couple weeks.  After quite a bit of thought, I’m not sure if it will take off or not.  On the one hand, the additional context for tweets can be extremely valuable.  On the…

Hunch Gets The Value of “Signed” Data

MMOs are a good place for anonymity, message boards are not.  The difference is that the first is recreation and the second is information.  Information is too valuable a commodity to allow people to spread it anonymously.  For an example take the 4Chan stunt where they rigged the voting in the Time…

If It’s True, Tell Me Who Said It

A few weeks ago a friend forwarded me this TED speech given by Christopher Poole, better known as Moot of 4Chan fame.  To save a Google for those of you less familiar with such things, 4Chan is an anonymous web of forums.  Do NOT go there if you are at work.  As…

Sunday Sauerkraut: The Henderson Minnesota Edition

This video is quite classic and possibly worth watching the whole way through if you’re bored this Sunday.  About halfway through there is a training round for the Sauerkraut eating championship in Henderson, MN.  It takes place next weekend, so if you’re a serious krauter (and I know we have…

Why Startups Exist & Google’s Disappointing Stance

I read a post this morning on TechCrunch that stuck out to me.  It seems Google has a desktop client for Google Voice ready to ship, but they’re not moving it.  They’re not shipping it because it violates an internal policy, “We don’t write desktop software.”  Google instead prefers to…