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iSchadenfreude

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Finally – Apple is falling. I take a little joy in this post because it’s been hard being a PC type during the rise of Apple. I will be the first to admit that Apple devices have offered a superior...

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Books Sep 2016 Abundance + 2

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These are the books completed in September – a good month. Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal: There are not much television shows I remember from high school, but Soap is one of them. What no one could know back...

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August 2016 Books Elon Musk +5

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August was a banner month for completed books. The list appears long, but I think I read Coraline in July and forgot to include it in last month’s post, and several of these books are short.  Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX, and the...

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My New E-Bike

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I’ve always loved biking. Growing up in California meant I could ride my 5-Speed Schwinn (yellow Sting Ray with a banana seat) to school year round. In high school I rode a green Centurion 10-speed. In College I got my...

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spikɪn ɪŋglɪsh

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I was asked by a Chinese student why English spelling is so irregular and complicated. It got me to thinking. You know, English spelling was not “standardized” until the late 1800s. Before then, you could spell things phonetically. Just look...

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Books May 2016: Undeniable + 2

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My May reading list had these three books: Undeniable by Bill Nye the Science Guy. Nye decided to write this book after debating evolution vs. creationism. This is an excellent book that exceeded my expectations. Man’s understanding of evolution has significantly...

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The Nest

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In April I finished a book that is currently number 3 on the NY Times Best Seller list, The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. It’s the second time I have been surprised about this book. The other surprise was when my husband, who...

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Books March 2016

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Just one book this month (and barely at that). Between Enterprise Connect, family activities around Spring Break, and a longer than usual book  – it was a single book month. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a Pulitzer Prize winning book....

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Avenue of Mysteries

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I’m old enough to remember when John Irving’s The World According to Garp was a huge bestseller, 45 years ago. Though I’ve read other books by Irving over the years (e.g., The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany), it...

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Books Feb 2016

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Continuing with my second monthly installment of books I recently completed. Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World: I really enjoyed this book and it was a real eye opener. I consider myself fairly...

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Books Jan 2016

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Books I completed this month. Under the Banner of Heaven: This is my second Krakauer book. The first was “Into Thin Air” which retells a disastrous year on Everest. “Under the Banner of Heaven” is also documentary style, but instead of Everest...

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New From Apple: The iPager

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The team in Cupertino did it again. This device is amazing – the new iPager from Apple. Many people were expecting a watch, or iWatch. “Watches are ridiculously obsolete” says an Apple employee who works in the same building that...

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Boulder Flood 2013

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Just a short update on the Boulder Floods.  It’s been a long storm. It rained most of last week, but really started coming down last Wednesday. My wife and I got caught in the downpour coming home. We hit some...

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Johnny Cab

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What seemed far fetched just a few years ago is on the fast track toward reality. I’m speaking about Johnny Cab. In the movie Total Recall, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) jumps into a driver-less taxi known as “Johnny Cab.” To make...

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Growing Internationally

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Colin here. One of the greatest opportunities any established business faces is growth internationally. Take a company like Apple. Recently, much has been made about how they have saturated the domestic marketplace wi their iPhones and iPads. The thinking is...

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Current Reading

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I realized the current stack of books on my desk were ideal for a photo and blog post.  But before i get into the actual books, let my preface this post with two points: I find I’m not so good...

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The 787 Dreamliner (Parts 7-8)

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Part 7: Previously, I pondered whether Boeing actually had any human factors engineers. After being unable to find the overhead light switch, after inadvertently dumping the oxygen masks in my row, after not being able to get out of the...

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Get Me A Cell Phone Stat

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Portlandia has some very clever bits, this emergency cell phone purchase is too close to home. It’s a free service once you pay for it. It’s a one time charge because it’s only charged once a year.

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Do You Suffer from Nomophobia ?

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File this under Things People Research When They Have Too Much Time. The following research was sent to me by securenvoy.com, I thought I would share it. First identified in 2008, it would appear nomophobia – the fear of being out of mobile...

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Parlez-vous L33t?

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You are most likely familiar with numbers being used to implicate letters, phrases or even symbols. In SMS (txting) shortcuts, for instance, 2 can also be used for “to”, 4 can mean “for” and the 8 spells “eat” in gr8, meaning great....

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Nest and HoneyWell

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Nest hit a nerve. Thermostats are not the most popular topic for high-tech and Internet blogs – but Nest hit a nerve. Nest offers a thermostat for the home. Probably because it’s a San Francisco start-up, possibly because it has...

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What Happened in Vegas?

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The advertising campaign “whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” was absolutely brilliant. Come to Vegas and be naughty – everyone does. It gave Vegas a classy mystique, an improvement over the City of Sinners. That kind of advertising is...

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Happy Independence Day

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This is a follow-up post from last Summer’s proclamation that Halloween and Independence Day should be swapped. See: Have a Scarey Fourth of July In that post, I made some compelling, dare I say brilliant, reasonings why these holidays should be...

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Have a Scary Fourth of July

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The Fourth of July is a fine holiday. It’s a real holiday – no work. It’s a casual holiday  – hot dogs, really? It’s a summer holiday – parks, pools and picnic areas are the places to be. And it...

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My Keychain

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A lot of things are changing these days – books, newspapers, retail, communications, etc. But this one snuck up on me. Take a look at my keychain: Look ma, no keys. I have my car fob which is a remote...

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Happy Halloween

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It is Halloween. The inexplicable holiday where we let our kids become monsters, run around in cold weather, and get a ton of sugar. Halloween and telecom have a long history together. There are plenty of scary spooky stories involving...

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They Are Dead Jim

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I read lots of serious stuff. But sometimes I come across serious stuff that strikes me as nonsensical. Really?! So I come across this serious article about how research at John Hopkins University concluded that the warp engines on the...

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Books! Book Review

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Thought I would share my thoughts on some recent books. I don’t read many books any more. I instead read a ton of “news” on the web daily; mostly thru Google Reader and Twitter links. I read books when I...

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End of the Line for the Ski Train

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I normally write about technology related topics, but this one got my attention. Yesterday, it was announced the Colorado Ski Train was sold and is leaving Colorado. This train has run from Denver to Winter Park ski resort since 1940....

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The De-Evolution of Alarm Clocks

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I am a professional tech consumer – my wife complains about my graveyard of early adopter trophies – including winners like the first (5 GB) ipod(with a real wheel) and losers like my Rocket Ebook reader. Perhaps my first bit...

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