Dan on July 19th, 2017

I have been very casually following the popularity of eSports.  Most commonly, eSports is defined as multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players.  Tournaments such as The International, the League of Legends World Championship, the Evolution Championship Series and the Intel Extreme Masters provide live broadcasts of the competition, and prize money to competitors. One indicator of the emergence of eSports is […]

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Dan on June 1st, 2017

A friend of mine recently sent me a note on his first experience with Virtual Reality, and he was impressed and enthused for its future. So I got back to thinking about Virtual Reality (VR), and how close or far away it will be to being a viable mainstream technology.  I have made numerous posts in the last […]

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Dan on May 9th, 2017

The battle for cloud computing market share continues to be an interesting one.  Amazon is the clear leader, and its a sidelight to their core business.  Microsoft is a rapidly growing second place competitor, but it has pretty much bet the company on its cloud strategy ( I wrote about this almost a year ago […]

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Dan on April 12th, 2017

A while ago I did a post on my experience with AngularJS and the highs and lows of working with Angular.  AngularJS is a javascript framework written by Google to facilitate creating web applications.   It’s hard to believe I have been plugging away at Angular in my spare time for almost two years now. […]

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Dan on March 29th, 2017

I have been musing of late around thinking about the algorithm behind self driving cars.  For all you programmers out there – the self driving car is a great thought experiment on how to devise a technical solution to an existing problem (assuming you think humans driving cars is a problem).   If presented with […]

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Dan on March 19th, 2017

Back in July 2015 I wrote a post about how Apple looks like the next Microsoft.   I think the last year and a half as proved my theory to be on track, and I am seeing more and more articles in agreement. The latest comparison?  In the early 2000’s, Microsoft was the leader in smartphones […]

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Dan on February 21st, 2017

I have been critical of Microsoft’s strategy with Visual Basic for awhile now – it has been treated as a second class .net language, slowly falling behind C# as far as new features and functionality.  The official word was it would be separate but equal, but reading between the lines I felt it was on […]

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As we start a new year, I felt it was time to hold a mythical business meeting with the mythical marketing department here at Vertical Financial Systems (VFS).  A lot has changed in technology since VFS was founded, and I got to thinking about what the future holds for small business technology. So I asked […]

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Dan on January 18th, 2017

I have had a chance to tally up the results from my second year of solar panel power production.  When  I purchased the solar panels in 2015,  I had estimated a six year payback based on estimated production, and on the subsidies payed on power generated.  For 2016, I generated 3.45 megawatts, which was down […]

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A followup to my previous post on the programming churn.  In my many years of programming, the thing I find amusing is how programming has gone back and forth between centralized and distributed computing.  Talk about a churn, re-envisioning architectures with new languages where old is new. For example, when I first started coding the […]

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