Archive for September, 2009

Thinking About Outsourcing?




Don't get stuck in thought when thinking about outsourcing.

Don't get stuck in thought when thinking about outsourcing.

After hundreds of conversations with CIOs, CFOs and CEOs I noticed a few common threads when discussing outsourcing. 

The first commonality across companies was that rarely was everything in good shape in regards to IT. Because after all, if IT was in good shape all of those C-Level executives would be focusing their attention elsewhere.  The oft-quoted story that applies to most CEOs, and other C-level executives, goes as follows: “when asked what kind of problems they typically see, the CEO said ‘I only get to see or hear about the hard problems, because if they were easy they’d already been solved before they got to me.’”

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Observations on Language Learning




This is a great example of how Chinese writing has changed over time.

This is a great example of how Chinese writing has changed over time.

No one will ever accuse me of being a polyglot, but I’ve dabbled with quite a few languages: French, Latin, German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, a little Russian and most recently Chinese, both spoken and written with the goal of becoming fluent enough to conduct business and read a newspaper entirely in Mandarin.

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iPod Ruminations




The Nano now with Video and FM Tuner

The Nano now with Video and FM Tuner

What’s next for Apple? The venerable iPod is almost 8 years old, but it wasn’t always the market maker it is today. For the first three years iPod sales were less than stellar because those first iPods only worked with Apple computers, this at a time when Apple had only 4% of the computer market. Sales reflected that limping along at roughly a million a quarter until the 2004 Christmas Season when the 1st iPod Photo, or 4g iPod to use the lingo, was released in October.  iPod sales caught fire, shifting from an interesting but optional item for the Mac-owning music lover niche to a must-have accessory for everyone.

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AT&T’s Missed Opportunity




It's awesome, but is it cool enough to tolerate a bad cellphone carrier?

It's awesome, but is it cool enough to tolerate a bad cellphone carrier?

iPhone, iPhone, iPhone – some days that’s all I seem to hear. But underneath all the chatter I also hear this ongoing thread: “I wish Verizon had the iPhone because AT&T’s network is just plain awful”  or “I want an iPhone but not with AT&T” or in a boon for Blackberry “I wanted an iPhone but AT&T’s network blows, so I got a Blackberry on Verizon”.

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It’s About the Business Not About the Technology




Summer Camp, or Bar Camp, events can be incredibly useful and informative.

Summer Camp, or Bar Camp, events can be incredibly useful and informative.

Recently an informative and interesting technical event on virtualization provided confirmation for a truism about technology and business. First and foremost technology is only a means to an end – not an end in itself.   Of course this observation isn’t limited to my technical colleagues because business people can become just as enamored with the “technology du jour” as any hardcore technologist.

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