Thursday, February 28, 2013

OverDog


Huge day for OverDog - the startup I joined last year! We launched our KickStarter campaign today - please check out the video and back us - even if it's just $5 bucks.



Thanks in advance for your support!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Combining the power of technology and a certain insect...

Yours truly is among the millions of Americans who work from home. Last night at a party I was talking with another one of those millions and we were exchanging how we construct our schedules. It's helpful to hear other ideas and learn how other people make the "home office" work for them.

It's from this spirit of sharing anecdotally of what "works for me" that this post was born.

Just this weekend I rearranged my office and snapped this pic:



I want to just focus on two things. First is the white device on the left. It's AT&T 3G Microcell Wireless Cellular Signal Booster Tower Antenna by Cisco. Basically it's uses the internet to create a mini cell tower. Normally I would get a bar in my house and struggle with calls - instead of having to setup a land line I got this wonderful gizmo.

I now have 5 bars all over my house. Plus my local ATT store gave me the device for free. Reception is outstanding. No shelling out cash for a land land or dealing with voice over IP (which didn't work very well for me).

The 2nd you can't really see in the above photo so let's zoom in:




So in this hole created between my laptop and 2nd monitor I can see......what is that next to the tree? Let's zoom in again:


Bee in snow

Well, we are now zoomed in all the way to a single bee.  Yes, I am a bee keeper and it's my hive that I can see while I work.

While working from home it's important to have to have solid connections. My high speed internet gives me the connection needed to build awesome technology. The Microcell builds on that connection and increases my ability to communicate other people via my phone.

And my beehive gives me another connection that I feel  is equally important: a connection to the natural world.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Netflix Xmas Eve Outage

Netflix Blames Amazon for Christmas Eve Outage

This is certainly an interesting situation - Netflix and Amazon are direct competitors both providing similar services. But Netflix runs their platform in Amazon Web Services (AWS) - does anyone not see a conflict of interest there?

While AWS provides 99.99% uptime guarantee int the SLA what about that rare 0.001% time when AWS can go down? What if that happened as a key time of the year such as Cyber Monday?

Why would Netflix run their services with a company that stands to benefit if there are problems?

How is this different than say Ford and GM competing yet GM rents production plants from Ford to build the GM cars and trucks? And say there were problems - such as power going out or equipment failing. Why would you want to depend on a competitors in this fashion?

Netflix - why not move to a company that isn't a competitor and will benefit from your growth and successes and thus would have a vested interest in it? Instead of hosting your services with a platform that actually stands to benefit more from your failure?

Duh.