Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Dynamic Duo

The purpose of a business, according to guru Peter Drucker, is to “create and serve a customer.” Of course, there is one missing word; it really should be, “to profitably create and serve a customer.” If the business loses money on … Continue reading

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“The Hidden Cost of Free”

The title of this article is in quotations, because it is based on an article, of the same name, in the Summer 2013 issue of Barnard magazine. No, this (male) author did not attend Barnard College for Women (but he … Continue reading

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The Problem with The 5C: Be True to Yourself

Well, Apple finally released a lower cost iPhone, the 5C. Barely. Once off-contract, which is how most of the world (and this author) buys them, the price difference is ~$100. On a discussion today, awaldstein said that “Apple may have lost … Continue reading

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Why Companies Really Use Open-Source, or Free is as Free Does

Forbes online had an article several weeks ago on the hidden cost of free open-source software (FOSS). The author’s key argument is that nothing “free” is ever truly “free”, and there are real hidden costs to free software. In his … Continue reading

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Self-Driving Cars and Horse-Drawn Buggies

The biggest insight this ole’ engineer had in his early years is that “technology is cool, but money counts.” The coolest technology will never be adopted if it doesn’t bring enough significant benefit – either financial or emotional – to enough people. … Continue reading

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I Have One Word for You, Son: Timing!

It is said that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. While that is meant to refer to who takes credit for successes and failures, I believe in a parallel version: Failure has many causes, but success needs … Continue reading

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Geography As The Interview

Here is an interesting thought: can international borders be a great candidate interviewing tool? Every company says they want to hire only “A” players. Some even mean it (check their culture and willingness to pay for it). But even those … Continue reading

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It’s the Vision, Stupid

Remember Bill Clinton’s great one-liner? “It’s the Economy, Stupid!” James Carville supposedly coined it to keep the Clinton campaign focused like a laser on the major issue that would win the election for Clinton against George H.W. Bush. By the … Continue reading

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Technology is About Making a Difference

I have been involved in the technology industry for 20 years on a formal level, and informally for many more; I actually got my start programming an old Apple II. Yet, as much as I like technology, its fascinating cool … Continue reading

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