Monthly Archives: February 2014

Is Black the New… Boeing?

Without much fanfare, Boeing – one of the world’s two largest aircraft manufacturers and one of the world’s largest defense contractors – released a Web page of its new smartphone, Boeing Black. Based on a variant of Android (it helps … Continue reading

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Will Carriers Ever Learn to Just Do Their Job Well?

Mobile carriers just received another blow in their attempt to be “more than just carriers.” The overwhelming majority of people in the developed world nowadays – and many in the developing world – carry mobile phones, many of them smartphones. … Continue reading

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Test Baby Test

A short while ago, when reviewing a company’s operations, I suggested their testing was deficient. Specifically, they had some decent unit testing, but very weak integration testing. In simplest terms: Unit testing checks if small, individual components function as expected … Continue reading

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Who Are You, Who Who… WhosApp?

Among the many perspectives discussed surrounding Facebook’s $19BN acquisition of WhatsApp, one that I have not seen is the problem of user definition, which differ significantly from Facebook to WhatsApp. In order for a messaging system – Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, … Continue reading

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WhatsApp, Doc? Facebook Bets the Bank

Just about everyone is writing about the $19BN purchase of WhatsApp by Facebook. Here are several key analyses: The price is ~11% of Facebook’s $173.54BN market cap. Since Facebook is not buying it just for current value, Facebook sees WhatsApp … Continue reading

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Emergency Room Dollars

Last week, I had the distinct “pleasure” of visiting the local emergency room. I managed to severely twist my leg at the end of a hockey game. My friend the orthopedist, who was with me, took a look and sent … Continue reading

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They Hacked in Via the Air Conditioning? Really?

Brian Krebs, the cybersecurity blogger who first broke the Target attack, has reported┬áthat the hackers who infected Target’s Point-of-Sales (POS) systems, did so via their Heating/Ventilation/Air-Conditioning (HVAC) servicing company. Unlike a simple home, large-scale office facilities have complex HVAC systems. … Continue reading

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How To Organize Your Cloud Technology Teams – A Manifesto

This article has been in formulation for a long time, and is the result of my own experiences in many places: corporate IT, software startups, services (cloud) startups, consulting, and many other places. It includes the input of many people … Continue reading

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