Dan on October 12th, 2016

I was glad to see this post on the programming churn. I thought the authors point interesting regarding the lost productivity of switching languages and software development paradigms every couple years. I agree with the point that the progress in software is logarithmic, that in the early  days the progression from one language to another […]

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Dan on September 7th, 2016

Hats off to  Amazon,  the first US company of note to offer a 30 hour work week for employees.   Maybe I am wrong, but I  think this could definitely help them recruit and keep talent in the tech talent starved world. Hopefully, this isn’t just an attempt to get people to work more hours […]

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Dan on June 23rd, 2016

I have been thinking about how I feel about Microsoft’s recent purchase of LinkedIn – and whether or not  I feel good about it.   I am neither a shareholder in Microsoft or LinkedIn, so I am a casual observer, but I was trying to decide if this gets me interested in becoming a holder of […]

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Dan on May 17th, 2016

I am admittedly a fan of the Fitbit – the little device that you wear that tracks your daily activity.   When Fitbit the company went public last year, I was somewhat tempted to buy in, but I have an aversion to IPO’s as unless you are insider you usually overpay for IPO stocks. So […]

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Dan on May 6th, 2016

I have been watching with interest the battle for Enterprise Market share of cloud computing.  Many large and small companies are transitioning their on existing on premise IT infrastructure to use publicly managed services such as Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft’s Azure platform. The cost savings (and headaches) can be huge – no  servers to buy and […]

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Dan on April 9th, 2016

A year ago I wrote a post on why Nordstrom (JWN)  intrigued me.   Nordstrom’s online presence and growth was my thesis for making it one of my top holdings. Last month I closed out most of my position in Nordstrom.  Why?  I have a stronger thesis:  Always fear Amazon.  And Amazon is getting into the online […]

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Dan on January 28th, 2016

Smart move by GM to invest in Lyft – perhaps they see the disruption coming to the car ownership model that self driving cars will bring, and are hedging their bets.  Interesting that Google gets all the press on self driving cars while Detroit is seemingly under emphasizing the future of self driving cars.  A great […]

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Dan on December 17th, 2015

An interesting overview here of how all of our recycling gets processed. It’s interesting to think how recycling has evolved over the last few decades, and it appears like the technology to sort and process our recyclables has evolved also.  I think this is another story of machines doing a better job of mundane […]

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Dan on December 5th, 2015

Interesting data point here from on which Content Management Systems are behind internet websites:   WordPress is a free open source CMS – no wonder its eating market share from custom developed websites.  It has a huge ecosystem of prebuilt plugins, and if you can’t find the plugin you want, you could easily find […]

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Dan on October 15th, 2015

Here is something you technical folks might find interesting – the rest of you may just may just get confused..: A coworker and I ran into an odd problem when developing an  application on  a new server at one of the clients I work at.  This new server is a new 64 bit HP with two quad […]

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