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  • Blog Post: Huh? I wonder what else can you do with sonic pressure waves?

    It’s been a crazy week, so a few minutes ago I just felt the need to see some innovative and cool technology to re-charge the mental batteries.  I went to bing and searched for “cool new technology”.  What caught my attention was actually a USA Today article called Cool new technologies are...
  • Blog Post: Use technology to make life better

    Use technology to make life better – for your family, friends, neighbors, customers, suppliers, partners, and yourself. Sounds obvious, and yet sometimes it’s not. Take the so called “mobile web”, which excels primarily in sucking. So often people try to do the wrong things with mobile devices. Perhaps...
  • Blog Post: Thumbtack improving on bookmarks + A Thumbtack collection on Microsoft's Data Centers

    (NOTE: Removed links as the Thumbtack experiment has ended... the service is no longer available. -JohnM, October 27, 2009). Thumbtack is a handy little resource for organizing and sharing information you find on the web into collections. Of course, bookmarks already provide a rudimentary way to organize...
  • Blog Post: Symmetry between SQL Server and SQL Data Services – video interview

    Patric McElroy, Group Program Manager of SQL Data Services team talks with Michael Cote of RedMonk about what’s coming with the new SDS, and where there will be symmetry with SQL Server.  Really nice interview!  This was recorded a few weeks back at MIX09.  A few nuggets that stood out...
  • Blog Post: Making tool bars interesting again. No, really.

    Here's something interesting from InfoSpace... a tool bar! No, really. In fact, see for yourself over at Sam Chenaur's site . He's got a nice screen grab, too. This is not your "father's toolbar". I tried to get my own screen grab from the Recipe toolbar I installed, but it's really quite hidden until...
  • Blog Post: Filling the Boomer Gap in Automotive, post-SYNC what comes next?

    Ed Wallace has a great article in Business Week about the impact of mass demographics on the auto industry -- fun to read, and insightful. Years ago, I remember walking through Ford WHQ and seeing a distinct focus on Gen Y . Gen X isn't big enough to offset the void the boomers will leave. The auto industry...
  • Blog Post: Building brand and transcending walled gardens

    Ok - so I've been posting about Popfly a lot lately. Why am I so excited about Popfly? It's simple, actually. Popfly is more than a mashup maker. And it's more than a Mashout tool (for sharing mashups) -- though it is that, too. What makes Popfly so exciting is the business scenarios. I promised in one...
  • Blog Post: Platform vs. Cool? My take on Apple's business strategy...

    Technorati Tags: Strategy , Apple , innovation , business , software + services , S+S Interesting article about the iPhone here .  Although entertaining to read, I disagree with the premise.  It did get me thinking about the Apple business strategy, though, so I thought I'd post.  A bit...
  • Blog Post: Computing Is A Liberal Art, Part 3: Strategies for Reinforcing Loops and the Hive Mind

    Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , complexity science , adaptive , change , learning , Popfly , computing is a liberal art , knowledge , cyborg Here's a conundrum: if knowledge is personal, how do I benefit from what you "know"?  One, if you help me learn you can reduce the...
  • Blog Post: Computing Is A Liberal Art, Part 2: Knowledge is personal

    Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , complexity science , adaptive , change , learning , Popfly , computing is a liberal art , knowledge , cyborg In the natural world, few (if any) things grow without limits.  In the case of information volume, one of those limits may be our ability...
  • Blog Post: Computing Is A Liberal Art, Part 1: Education Inflation

    Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , complexity science , adaptive , change , learning , Popfly , computing is a liberal art , knowledge , cyborg Education Inflation   Most of us are familiar with the rising cost of education/tuition (at least for those of us in the US).  Yes, it...
  • Blog Post: Build to last is dead, speed rules, competency is currency. Resistance is futile.

    Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , adaptive , change , decision making , learning , context aware , cyborg An email exchange with a few colleauges last night, including Chris Bernard and Josh Holmes , got me thinking about the network as platform concept.  I went on a bit of rant,...
  • Blog Post: What is Surface?

    Well, by now I imagine many folks may have heard a little bit about Surface -- Microsoft's latest computing innovation. There's a reason Surface is getting a lot of buzz: it really is ground breaking! For those who haven't seen it yet, you owe it to yourself to check it out. See www.microsoft.com/surface...
  • Blog Post: Want Innovation? Don't Build to Last -- Build for Adaptation!

    The pace of change in the world continues to accelerate. Business is global. Technology enables markets in New York to react almost instantly to changes in Shanghai. Technology gives us the power to be always on and always connected. Technology lets us create, distribute, and consume ever more information...
  • Blog Post: The Best Payback in Technology History... Think you know what it is???

    Hmmm.... How about a giant ERP system? :-) Nope. Internet Explorer? Windows Mobile? Getting closer, but those are only "honorable mention" in my book. If you're a company with a large investments in ERP and Line of Business (LOB) applications, my vote for the best technology payback the computing world...
  • Blog Post: Toyota's Car OS vs. Ford's Sync (Microsoft Windows Automotive)

    Ok -- let me come clean right up front: the headline here is slightly misleading because Toyota's Car OS and Ford's Sync are not really directly comparable. For one thing, Toyota's Car OS does not appear to exist yet -- though it reportedly is under development. They also have a somewhat different (but...
  • Blog Post: Lean Everywhere

    Lean manufacturing has been around for a long time. Many of the principles of lean were identified in Henry Ford's work before the US Great Depression of the 1930s, and significantly extrended by Kiichiro Toyoda and Taiichi Ohno during the middle of the last century. Today, Toyota is regarded as the...
  • Blog Post: Ontological Uncertainty and Innovation

    Thought folks might find this 2004 working paper from David A. Lane and Robert Maxfield at the Sante Fe Institute of interest: http://www.santafe.edu/research/publications/workingpapers/04-06-014.pdf . It’s a little dense, to say the least, so I posted this brief summary of which elements caught my attention...
  • Blog Post: Computers and cars... what's not to like?

    Just wrapped up 3 days of a great SAE Convergence 2006 conference at COBO Hall in downtown Detroit. This is the world's premier conference about the convergence of computing and automotive engineering. Believe it or not, the conference has been going every two years since the 1970s. Even more surprising...
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