Month: July 2011

Sometimes Life Isn’t Fair

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a rough stretch the last couple days.  Losing both last nights game and the previous one in extra innings.  They’ve played 28 innings in 2 days and have only two losses to show for it.  One of the games shouldn’t even have been a loss,…

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The ToDo List

For years I have been very particular about the way I run my ToDo list.  It involves a full whiteboard and tracking all of things I need to do for all the projects I’m working on, then each morning moving a few of them over to my daily schedule.  Its…

Amazon Didn’t Cave and Give Apple 30%

Remember when Apple announced they were going to be taking 30% of every “in app” sale?  I speculated then that it could be a conflict of interest for Apple.  To paraphrase myself (more details if you click the link)… it seems counter-intuitive to BOTH create unreasonably high prices for the…

Hacking Enterprise IT: Introducing The Pittsburgh-Based Enterprise IT Startups

Note: As a former IBM Architect who loves startups, my sweet spot of the moment is enterprise IT startups (like the one I work for presently).  I don’t talk about them as often on this blog as I’d for two reasons.  First, they’re not that sexy because 95% of the…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Land Grab Edition

The Blog of Burgher Jon isn’t looking for new corporate headquarters; we’re comfortable in my house and don’t really need to expand.  If we were though, we’d have our eyes on this piece of land in Wardensville, WV.  It’s on Sauerkraut Road! On to the purpose of Sauerkraut Sundays… As I…

Why Google Labs Closing Makes Me Nervous

While we’ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead. In many cases, this will mean ending Labs experiments—in others we’ll incorporate Labs products and technologies into different product…

A Reading Roadtrip

Im coming to you today from the backseat of my dad’s car as we drive to Indianapolis for my cousin’s wedding.  I am taking the opportunity to do something you should consider, catching up on reading.  I am limiting my internet connectivity to the mobile phone (I have already received…

The Future of Cloud as a Service (to my blog readers)

Microsoft announced a new version of their cloud, called Project Daytona.  I read this Information Week article on it.  Project Daytona will allow users to deploy Google’s MapReduce software within the cloud to run some serious, statistics-based algorithms on serious amounts of capacity.  I love the idea and I think…

Google+’s Unexpected, Ironic Weakness

I don’t have much to say today because I was at the baseball game last night and slept well past my normal 5am wakeup time, but I did notice something you might find amusing… how crappy the search is in Google+ Google has a history of being pretty good at…