Month: November 2011

What’s Blackberry Up To?

Blackberry announced a new product yesterday, Mobile Fusion.  It is basically an update to the Blackberry Enterprise Server that has long been a dominant player in enterprise IT, but with a new twist: compatibility.  In addition to managing blackberries, the software will also be able to manage Android and iOS…

Learning From Others

I don’t often just post other people’s work on this blog.  I mostly use my Twitter feed and Sauerkraut Sundays as a way to pass on other people’s work, but as I went through my news feed last night I couldn’t help but be impressed with two well written, well thought…

Sanity, One Way or Another

I am aboard the 635 flight to Charlotte, banging away at a blog post since I know it will be the last chance I get to do one today.  I am leaving town only 2 days after arriving from a thanksgiving trip that I left for only 3 days after…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Thanksgiving Edition

Do you associate sauerkraut with thanksgiving?  Most people don’t, but I always have.  My grandmother used to serve sauerkraut every thanksgiving, it wasn’t until I was 22 or 23 that I found out that not everyone does that.  As it turns out, it’s kind of a Maryland thing. On to the…

Not Too Late For Microsoft to Stay Relevant?

The world is moving away from Windows as we know it.  Cloud based technologies will make for thinner and thinner personal computers (in technical terms a “thin” computer is one that doesn’t have a lot of computer power or storage).  Most of the technical community assumes that this means the…

Happy Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, in addition to the ridiculousness of the actual holiday, I am trying to spend a little time focused on just how good I have it.  Sometimes it’s easy to get wrapped up in the rat race and forget that we’re having fun.  That my rat race is the…

People as a Service

Those of you that have been working with the cloud and Amazon for a while now have probably heard of Mechanical Turk, but I thought the concept might be interesting for people who read this but aren’t familiar with it.  Essentially, the Mechanical Turk function allows you to leverage humans…

Time to Clean Up the Amount of Cloud Washing

When I was with IBM, we used to have a term called, “Blue Washing”.  The term referred to taking a software product from a new acquisition and slapping the IBM logo all over it to make it in to a new product.  The product usually was mostly unchanged and not…

Hacking Enterprise IT: Flipping the Model

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: Business is Booming Edition

Today’s Sauerkraut Sunday is checking in with Or Derv Foods in Akron.  The little company (7 people) got a write up on Ohio.comdetailing their success making Sauerkraut Balls.  Apparently the company somehow puts out 100,000 per week and sells to places like Sams Club. On to the purpose of Sauerkraut Sundays… As…