Making Technology Investment Decisions

There are five variables I consider when analyzing the “health” of technology companies and their products. These are requirements maturity, technology maturity, acquisition strategy, logistics supportability plans, project and technical management maturity. Requirements Maturity: How well defined is the problem we are trying to solve? Did they spend the time doing market research, trade studies,…

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My Geek Cycle

I have begun to notice that my geek habits seem to cycle every few months depending on either my mood or if anything new is available for my geek consumption. After careful review, these are my various geek states: 1) Video gamer: For about 6 months after the release of a new video game (such…

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The Pundits Don’t Get It

For many years now I’ve watched “news” pundits and even politicians try to speak out of both sides of their mouth. Tailor their ideology to the given audience. And that worked in previous centuries where people weren’t connected and the information that a person consumed in their lifetime was a fraction of what we consume…

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Recessions can be Opportunities in Disguise

Recessions can be good thing, if we seize the opportunities to improve. When we are forced to tighten our belts, economically speaking, we are forced to be innovative. We can throw out the status quo and 20th century business models in favor of tools and businesses built for the iPhone world. And to those who…

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Microcontrollers 101

I am putting together some slides for a talk on microcontrollers later this year and would like to get feedback from anyone who is knowledgeable in this area to provide feedback, comments, thoughts, suggestions. The talk will use the Arduino platform as an example. I am also trying to teach some basics of electronics, electrical…

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Work Smarter, Not Harder

There was recent article over at SmarterWare that closely resembled my work ethic. However, there were a few other items that I try to follow when working smarter. Here is my appended list. FOCUS on QUALITY over QUANTITY RULES FOR EMAILo Send any timeo Set email to check every 3 hours (10AM, 1PM, 4PM) ONLY.o…

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GoDaddy domain privacy fee?

2 years ago my wife got me a few domains from GoDaddy as a gift. She is a sucker for deals and accepted the “make your domain private” for free deal. Well, it is now time to renew and the “private domain” deal isn’t free now. But how do you tell them you don’t even…

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XM Radio: This is WAR!

This week has thrown me into war mode against corporate greed, fraud, and well stupidity. Let’s start with the evil XM Radio corporation that is flailing like dying dog after the merger with Sirius and the realization that satellite radio’s days are numbered thanks to the iPod and iTunes. I purchased an XM radio for…

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Memristor: The Path to True AI?

So I’ve been reading anything I can get my hands on about the newly invented memristor. You can read more about the history and general concept over here. The basic idea is this, the memristor is the fourth basic circuit element (the resistor, capacitor, and inductor are the other three) that has been speculated to…

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