Month: August 2010

Got to Admit, Eric Schmidt’s Got Some Things Figured Out

Eric Schmidt is the kind of guy that true technologists are always a little weary of.  We need him to survive, we love him for making us money, but at the end of the day he’s tinkering with our toys.  I have to say though, this interview really impressed me….

CloudCrowd, LaaS and the Unit of Work

Let’s take a journey through labor beginning in the early 1950s.  At that time, the large American multinational firm hired Americans with High School or college degrees and put them to work.  40 years later those kids retired and their employer paid for their retirement.  People may have been paid…

A Couple Idle Thoughts

Its my first day of vacation so my mind has floated from place to place without staying on any one of them for too long.  In that vain, my post is going to be a good idea for a startup and a startup that sounds just awful presented in wandering…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Krautrock Edition

Did you know that Kraut isn’t just delicious, it’s also based on a melding of progressive rock, experimental music, funk and psychedelic rock?  Of course I’m not referring to spoiled cabbage, I’m speaking of “Krautrock”.  Krautrock is the name given to the (apparently quite popular) German underground music scene (wikipedia).   I’m…

Why Google’s Social Move is Critical, Different and Possibly Doomed

I applaud Google for tackling the Innovator’s Dilema head on.  They are actively pursuing everything from wind farms to voice communications to television.  All in an effort to find the next big thing, before the previous big thing (Search and AdWords) fades away and leaves them a bit player in…

Campaign Regulation Around Social Media

As the campaign for Governor (and others) marches toward an election, I came across an interesting thought.  How/should social media be handled for elections?  On the one hand, a Twitter account or a Facebook page is a personal representation of the user and that user should be allowed to promote…

On The Netflix and Epix Deal

Netflix announced that it has reached an agreement with Epix to have exclusive online (and by online we strictly mean web here, not video ondemand) rights to all movies made by MGM and several other major studios (details).  From a personal perspective, I’m a Netflix customer who uses their online…

More Public Money in the PGH Tech Scene.

I don’t have time for a long posting this morning, but I wanted to pass on a bit of news that I noticed.  It seems Pittsburgh (or in this case PA’s) other public source of funding for Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs has announced its awards.  While Pittsburgh’s AlphaLab is the most well…

Book Review: The Ascent of Money

In spite of Niall Ferguson’s stated in The Ascent of Money to provide a simple explanation of the rise of capital from a promissory note for a bit of grain from the next babylonian harvest to a fiduciary system with central reserve banks, it comes off as more then a bit high…

Phone Keyboards are to Texting as _____ is to Location Aware

Way back in March, I made a post entitled “Texting is to 5 Years Ago as _____ is to Today”.  That post was the first (of likely many) where I will admit how wrong I was about texting and how it completely changed the way I look at the advancement…