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Archive for September, 2010
Your Software is Crap, Get Used To It

I’ve rather grown tired of some software developers and companies who don’t seem to comprehend the simple fact that all software is crapola. And that the definition of a good programmer is one who knows his software is crap. By definition, a good programmer will immediately know a better way to do something right after […]

Blackpad … Playbook

I saw the demo of the new Playbook by RIM powered by QNX. It looks impressive. Which, to be honest, is exactly what I’d expect from the crew from QNX. They are truly an impressive bunch of techies who comprehend their market and whose software is superb. I’ve had the pleasure of working with QNX […]

Asylum Seekers
Asylum Seekers

One book I constantly reference is Alan Cooper’s The Inmates Are Running the Asylum. It is an excellent book explaining the difference between what a techie sees are how software should function versus what a normal person sees and wishes software would do. It all boils down to the difference of putting the onus on […]

Music, Computers, and Convenience

To anyone even remotely following the digital music scene it’s quite obvious that Steve Jobs’  ambition has been and remains the revitalization and revolution of media, with music being first in his sites. It’s something I’ve been waiting for for a long time, and so have many others. I’ve felt that the main reason Napster […]

Moths at Large
Moths at Large

A good friend of mine, Jim des Rivieres, is having an exhibit of moth photographs at the Museum of Nature. Before I met Jim I had no idea moths were so beautiful. But the scans that he produces into photographs is utterly amazing. If you click on the picture of the moth it’ll take you […]

Bemoaning the State of Information Security

I’ve been in the field of computer security for nearly 25 years and the same old stuff still bugs me. The constant desire to foist security requirements on the end-user is unbelievable, and unwarranted. Security is, at best, an esoteric field and one that most end-users are not sufficiently well versed in to be able […]

Idiots confound me

I read this article re: Warner Bros. bemoaning the $0.99 rental price Apple wants to charge customers per episode. Perhaps I’m dense, but at 24 episodes per season that works out to approximately $24 to simply rent it. Not own it. Rent it! For a few extra bucks you can actually buy it on DVD. […]

Riding the Rollercoaster
Riding the Rollercoaster

In 1998 I graduated with another degree in Computer Science, this time a Master’s degree. If nothing else it proved I had enough perseverance to get to the end game. Even so it was only the start of my intentions. My wife and I wanted to take the technology I had developed and take it […]

Why’d It Take So Long???

First off I should let anyone who cares know that I’m a UNIX guy from way back. I started using System III and subsequently System V from AT&T in 1983. I used BSD on Vaxen in the 80s as well, where I found Rogue and spent way too much free time battling characters (literally ;-)) […]

The Fattening of America
The Fattening of America

I recently finished The End of Overeating by Dr. David Kessler, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. It was primarily of interest to me because, like many people, I’ve struggled with weight gain. And following the so-called “Food Pyramid” has only exacerbated the condition. So it was eye opening to read Dr. […]

The Beginning: Becoming an Entrepreneur
The Beginning: Becoming an Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur all starts with a single desire: to change the world. You think you can change it by coming up with a cool piece of technology, something no one else has. Something that will fundamentally change and challenge the way the world functions within a particular arena. My arena of expertise is computer […]

Good Enough to be Great
Good Enough to be Great

I’ve just revisited Good to Great by Jim Collins again thinking about how it ties back to startups. Although the reviews are all over the map I do wonder how many reviewers have tried to start a company or work at a mediocre firm with people that just don’t care? After reading the book I […]

According to some … the universe is 20 years old

Just a bit of a rant today. I’m getting more than a bit tired of hearing from reasonably intelligent people that they can’t find a given piece of research because they tend to have this odd belief that the entire universe is but 20 years old. Twenty years old? What, are you nuts? I’m sure […]


This past week I decided to take a short vacation. Instead of doing the usual thing and going someplace and vegging, I decided to take a course at Le Cordon Bleu here in Ottawa. I was fortunate enough that one of my best friends opted to take the course with me. And so he and […]


I pointed out the great video explaining what truly motivates people before. The book just goes into more details, highlighting research and what it takes to truly motivate people. The irony of much of the book is that the answer to how to motivate is simply “Get out of the way.” Throw in some trust […]

Do It Again

The question every entrepreneur gets is: “Would you do it again?” Although many waffle on the answer they do usually agree that they would do it again, but that they would definitely change a number of things. Founding Texar, hunting down and securing venture financing, hiring dozens of people, and unexpectedly riding the dot com […]

The Venture Cafe
The Venture Cafe

I’m catching up on posting on a slew of excellent books I’ve read recently. One such book is The Venture Cafe by Teresa Esser. It documents the road taken by a series of high-tech entrepreneurs in the Boston area. The book was an easy read and, after having started and run a VC funded start-up […]

Finally, a little structure … and a taste of things to come

Well, after years of writing in this blog I’ve finally decided to organize it somewhat. I’ve added categories, and gone back and categorized everything. Going forward I think I’m going to focus this blog on to three main topics: Entrepreneurship Programming, Project Management, and Programming Languages Computer Security I’ll throw in some of my other […]

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