Month: February 2011

Sunday Musings – Life is too Short to Live With Regret, Life is too Long to Live Without Purpose

Typically on Sunday’s I run a post where I collect all of my tweets from the week and include a trivial fact about Sauerkraut.  Today, I’m going to run a musings post (one that’s about a subject a little bigger than this blog normally covers) instead of Sauerkraut because with…

The Modernization of Smartphones

It took me almost two days this week to get my phone working properly in Australia.  Voice was easy, simply subbing an Optus (aussie call provider) SIM card for the one from Verizon.  Data was an entirely different animal, which required configuring my phone with a few APNs without the…

What the Next Company to Make a Killing in Social Will Do

In the latest issue of Forbes (the one with the scary bomb on the front) there’s an article on page 21 about a little known Bourbon Whiskey brand, Pappy Van Winkle’s that caught my eye.  The company consists of a father and son team (both descendents of Pappy) who brew…

Sunday Sauerkraut: Airport Reuben Dip Edition

I’m going to be in airports or on airplanes ALL day, which got me to thinking… are there any good places to get Sauerkraut in an airport.  Well it doesn’t look like I can get any in the airports I’ll be in today (Spokane, Pheonix and LA), but you can…

Saturday Musings: Watson, Jeapordy and Singularity

> I have been trying to get back in the habit of doing these  Saturday Musings posts where I take some time to think of an issue that’s a little bit bigger than (though often related to) the worlds of IT, startups and Pittsburgh.  I missed it yesterday because I…

Is Apple’s Business Plan Self Destructive?

I have been watching closely, the news coming out of Apple concerning their new subscription and content models.  For those of you who haven’t, the basic premise is that Apple will be requiring everyone who sells content within their apps (including subscriptions) to sell their content through iTunes (think of…

When We Say Silicon Valley is Different

I have spoken before about Pittsburgh and other regions should not try to compare themselves to Silicon Valley.  Well, as part of my morning reading, I found the picture above from PWC’s MoneyTree and it really screams my argument.  The numbers are for Q4 and show that the entire mid-west…

Social Media, Turning Celebrities and Companies in to Politicians?

I know what some of you are thinking after reading the title… they already are.  I will concede that there are similarities in how celebrities/companies approach social media and how politicians do.  Namely, they both employ publicists and PR firms to try to create the largest following and the most…

If This is a Bubble, When Will it Pop?

I posted a video the other day of Fred Wilson and Chris Dixon talking about whether the current rise in venture spending is a bubble or whether the big pocketed tech companies (Apple, Microsoft, Google) and the IPO market can support it.  If this thing is a bubble, it will,…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Bird Flue Edition

When you think of Bird Flu you probably panic, but I have good news. According to the Sun in the UK, 11 out of 13 chickens with avian flu that were fed sauerkraut showed signs of improvement within a week. See, what would you do without me and this blog?…