Year: 2012

Investing in the Cloud

The cloud is growing.  Over the next 15 years enterprises will spend billions of dollars finding ways to leverage commodity compute (IaaS/PaaS), flexible platforms that support very specific demand (PaaS), and software that automates non-differentiating practices (SaaS).  Almost everyone in IT knows this, the question is, “How do I make…

Windows 8: What’s the Best That Could Happen?

Microsoft launched their new Windows 8 operating system.  It appears from all of the reviews that this change is more like Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 (When you were like, “woah, what’s this whole Start menu thing?”) than it is like Windows XP to Windows 7 (When you were like,…

Back In Action

A little over two months ago I landed in Washington, DC and was happy to tell you all that I was back in the blogging business after a brief brake.  Turns out, I was full of it.  Life got really exciting down here in DC as the project I’m working…

Live From Washington, DC

It it seems like its been a while since I posted, it’s because it has been.  Twenty-nine days to be exact, my longest drought in a couple of years.  Hopefully this post will not only end that drought, but explain its existence. Remember Cavell & Cavell, that consulting company I formed…

Money as the Root of All Good

I thought I’d do Ayn Rand a favor and cut Francisco’s BRILLIANT speech at Jim Taggert’s wedding in Atlas Shrugged, down to what needed to be said.  Rand likes to spend too much time personifying and attacking the enemies of capitalism instead of embracing the meaning of it.  This passage…

How Slow Can You Go?

Just how bad is immigration policy in the United States?  There is a plot being hatched to park a ship in international waters and allow skilled, foreign-born workers the opportunity to work for US companies (including startups) from there.  H1-B visas are capped at 85,000 and were exhausted in 10 weeks this…

Enterprise Software Startups Make a Comeback

“Venture capitalists placed $2 billion with IT startups in the first quarter of this year, according to a survey by Dow Jones VentureSource, a 14% increase from the first quarter of 2011. Meanwhile, investors put 76% less investment in consumer internet companies. Software companies attracted the most funding, $1.3 billion,…

Google Voice Individualized Voicemail Messages

Occasionally I find a little feature that I like so much that I post it to the blog.  Today, that feature is Google Voice‘s individual contact options.  You can literally customize to the level of having different messages for each of your contacts.  This can also be done at the…

Gates and Jobs in the Context of Time

 “I firmly believe that 50 years from now he’ll be remembered for his charitable work. No one will even remember what Microsoft is, and all the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will have forgotten Steve Jobs. There will be statues of Gates across the third world and … there’s a…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Great Bratbino Edition

Everything in Texas is big right?  Well, they’re taking that to a new extreme with the “Great Bratbino”, a new bratwurst available at the Texas Rangers’ stadium in Arlington.  The brat (pictured above) is 2 feet long and comes with only one standard ingredient… sauerkraut. On to the purpose of Sauerkraut…