Month: May 2011

Fit-for-Purpose Old Technologies

Flying so much the last few days has reminded me of a lesson that bears discussing on the blog; sometimes replacing technologies isn’t worth it.  The airlines are masters of this fact.  There is no doubt that newer planes are more efficient, better sized and easier to maintain.  That doesn’t…

You Can Do It Because You Know You Can’t

I would say the following [to someone about to become CEO]: Very few people, whether you’ve been in that job before or not, get into the seat and believe today that they are now qualified to be the CEO. They’re not going to tell you that, but it’s true. –…

Hey, at Least I Keep You Entertained

I wrote and then posted (or so I thought) a blog post earlier today.  When I went to create a twitter link to it, I realized their was nothing there.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to reproduce it, so here is a joke instead. Jesus and Satan have a…

A Few Reflections on the Occasion of my 28th Birthday

This world demands the qualities of youth; not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease. – Robert F. Kennedy Today is the…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Marathon Edition

For the second week in a row I’m really just forcing a topic down your throats.  Today’s the Pittsburgh Marathon, no not the Sauerkraut making marathon in Baltimore, the Pittsburgh running marathon.  I’m very glad that Pittsburgh has a marathon and I encourage everyone to embrace it!  What I really…

Why Did Microsoft Buy Skype?

A lot of people I’ve talked to the last few days have been talking about the Skype/Microsoft deal.  Many of those people aren’t overly technical, they’re friends and family who use Skype for IM or Video Chat and can’t understand how it’d be a strategic play for a company that…

The Dirty Little Secret About Cyber Security

In the wake of the Sony PlayStation breach, I feel like there’s something everyone who uses the web all the time should probably know.  It’s a dirty little secret IT people hide behind fancy words like “Firewall”.  The secret is,  “Your data isn’t that safe.”  It’s not that companies don’t…

Blogging When You’re Busy

Fred Wilson has pointed out on his blog before (couldn’t find the exact post), that most people have time to blog… no matter how busy they think they are.  If they don’t it’s likely that they don’t prioritize right.  Fred, who is one of the most renowned VCs in Tech…

Want Challenge/Reward in IT? Work for Startups.

The graphic above is from Information Week’s annual survey of IT staff and managers, if you work in IT it’s a must read.  The survey is distributed to readers of Information Week, a group that largely consists of some of the finest, most motivated people at large companies and IT…

Kenneth Geidel: Earning a Piece of History for Exceling at Your Job

This might be the first post about a ballpark vendor on a tech/startup blog, but it’s a deserving one.  If you’re not from Pittsburgh or didn’t follow the Pens or Pirates, “The Lemonade Guy” (Pirates fans) or the “Cotton Candy Guy” (Pens fans) are probably generic titles that conjure up…