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So long and thanks for all the hugs

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:48:49 +0000

When I think of my Gramma Rader, the first thing that comes to mind are her open arms, kind smile and that mischievous twinkle she so often had in her eye. She always had a huge hug for her grandkids and a way with words that always made you feel like you were the thing […]

Don’t be cute with your demo

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:11:04 +0000

I run a good sized team for a good size company and we solve good size problems for our customers. One of the problems I’m current trying to solve relates to how we help our customers help themselves. Our customer service is world class (that’s not hyperbole, our NPS scores are regularly 70+) and built […]

Google’s Warning about PRISM in Chrome

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:53:38 +0000

PRISM is everywhere this week. In retrospect, I’m wondering if Google was trying to warn us about it in some small way with this message in its Chrome browser shown every time you use “Incognito Mode”, Google’s version of “private browsing”.   When I first saw it a few years ago, I thought it was a really useful explanation […]

Borrowing from Peter to get paid by Paul: The Ultimate Consumer’s Guide to Leveraged Debt

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 21:10:19 +0000

I need to confess something. I buy lottery tickets. Not all that often mind you. Maybe once or twice a year, and only when the timing is just right. Usually I’m in the express line at the local grocery store and I’ve only got a few dollars worth of items in hand. Tonight it was a […]

Dropbox buying Mailbox for IOS is a *smart* move

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:38:00 +0000

Semi-startup Dropbox acquired pre-launch startup Mailbox today. This shows that some seriously wicked strategy smarts are in high-gear over at Dropbox HQ. I’ve long thought that Dropbox’s biggest competitor isn’t the other players in the cloud storage racket. Dropbox isn’t a storage company, it’s a sharing company. Dropbox is in it to win against every […]

Think Again

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:28:09 +0000

I’m taking an online course and I’m learning quite a few things that aren’t contained in the syllabus. I find it hard to focus longer than 10-12 minutes at a stretch when I’m using the computer. I regularly catch myself reaching for for “alt-tab”. Alt-tab to what is an interesting question. I’ve conditioned myself to […]

Is Google is ruining the Internet?

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:02:25 +0000

“To my mind an overleveraged unsecured mortgage is exactly the same thing as a pirated music file. It’s somebody’s value that’s been copied many times to give benefit to some distant party. In the case of the music files, it’s to the benefit of an advertising spy like Google [which monetizes your search history], and […]

10 Years Smoke Free

Sun, 16 Dec 2012 14:30:13 +0000

Its been 10 years since I had my last cigarette. That’s a pretty good start. For some background on my struggle to quit, check out my last post on the subject. Since then, I’ve ridden my bike across Canada, through Death Valley and set a world record for the fastest crossing of Ontario by bike. […]


Sun, 16 Dec 2012 04:05:11 +0000

Crazy. I watched “Looper” tonight. After, I wonder who the female lead was – Wikipedia says Emily Blunt. For some reason, I’m reminded of an early 90′s film “Beautiful Creatures“, no…. “Beautiful Things”. No, that’s not right… Crap, Google comes up empty. I remember the lead actress was Kate Winslet whose film bio says the […]

The 2012 Top 15 Search Terms on

Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:22:25 +0000

This blog gets a lot of traffic referred from Google Searches. Google is cool enough to share those searches and WordPress is cool enough to report on them. Here is a list of the top 15 most common terms that people search on before clicking through on a link that brings them to from […]