Software & Technology Articles For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Converging Technology Will Help Humans Move Aside

“We’re healing the ecosystem. Not harming it. Particles join the air, building themselves out of pollutant. Forests can be regrown. Water so pure, you can drink out of any river. This is your dream.” – Will, “Transcendence,” Alcon Entertainment, 2014 I love good science fiction because there is always a glimpse of a thought, an [...]

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Understand Who You Are, Not Just What You Make

” Oh, obviously! The moment I sat down I thought I was looking into a mirror.” – Vincent Benedict, “Twins,” Universal Pictures, 1988 A while back, I said I wouldn’t want to be Tim Cook and take the helm of Apple. You know, all the comparisons and second guessing. I was wrong! The way the [...]

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The Ultimate Power of the Unanswered Email

“Zac Hobson, July 5th. One: there has been a malfunction in Project Flashlight with devastating results. Two: it seems I am the only person left on Earth.” – “The Quiet Earth,” Cinepro, 1985 The Internet has to be one of the best 10 wonders of the world. Think about it … you can reach out [...]

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The Cable Guy Has to Pay More Attention to the Boomer Plus Generation

Gotta’ Watch – Back in the early days of television there was what they called live TV (no delay loops) and limited viewing options. Elvis made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show – a glossy vaudeville show – in 1956 to the delight of thousands of hysterical girls across the country. Sullivan enjoyed [...]

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With Hackers, Cybercriminals and Cyberterrorists, There’s No Business as Usual

“I don’t want to hear one more another word about it, Jess. There is absolutely nothing, I mean *nothing*, is wrong with this house.” – Ken Walsh, “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge,” New Line Cinema, 1985 The Internet of things, a cashless society and cloud-based everything are all great dreams. But we [...]

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Trolls Love Vague Patents, Friendly Courts

“If you grew up anywhere in Texas, you knew at an early age they was selling somethin’ out there – and it wasn’t poultry! – Deputy Fred, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” Universal Pictures, 1982 There are a lot of things to like about Texas – the people, the space, the open skies, the [...]

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Hollywood Pros, Indies Are All Concerned about the Dead Zone

“Earth’s wealthiest inhabitants fled the planet to preserve their way of life.” – Title Card, “Elysium,” TriStar, 2013 Most people who miss Storage Visions (SV) which is held just before CES (Consumer Electronics Show) say storage isn’t as sexy as a wearable or connected car … pity. SV covered my favorite subjects — storage and [...]

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Younger Crowd Impacts Success, Failure of Products

“I don’t think he was left here intentionally, but his being here is a miracle, Elliot. It’s a miracle and you did the best that anybody could do. I’m glad he met you first.” – E.T. the Extra Terrestrial,” Universal, 1982 If you’re like me, you have a couple of different calendars … yours – [...]

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The Driverless Car Could Have Some Ugly Side Effects

“Government knows, I mean they could hook me up with a job right here in DC. I should be working with the Autobots otherwise, it’s not fair.” – Sam Witwicky, “Transformers, Dark of the Moon,” Paramount, 2011 There are a lot of signs that local and global economies are improving and CES (Consumer Electronic Show) [...]

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Too Much of the Cloud Could be Bad for You and Your Business

“You know, if this stuff is bubbling out of he ground like this, there might be enough of it here that we could sell to people!” The Old Miner, “The Stuff,” Larco Productions, 1085 I’ll bet when you were growing up someone told you: – Too much of a good thing is bad for you. [...]

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Wearable Tech Will Change Lots of Things but You

“SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSMOKIN’!” – Mask, “The Mask,” New Line Cinema, 1994 I’m not sure what I like best about coming back from CES (Consumer Electronics Show): trying to figure out what new insanely reat technology/products are going to be the “gotta have” stuff next Christmas or the first three months of the year at the club and [...]

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Virtually There, Fly-bys, Friendly Bots, Something from Nothing

New Stuff – While this is the media mob at ShowStoppers, there were people everywhere at this year’s CES trying to see what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not around the 35 football fields of exhibit space. In a word, impossible. CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is just too much to take in and digest in [...]

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Wear it, Drive it, Watch it – WOW, It’s Coming

Rush Begins – The 2015 CES was not only the largest worldwide show to date, it was also the most packed by industry executives and media people from around the world. When you’re caught up in the magic of CES (Consumer Electronics Show), it’s pretty hard to tell what is going to be the next [...]

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Apple Scores Just Enough to Put Big Points on the Board

“They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.” – Terence Mann, “Field of Dreams,” Gordon Co., 1989 In the name of full disclosure: – I don’t worship at [...]

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Cloud, BYOD, Bad Judgement Changing Business Landscape

Crowd Pleaser – Tell people there’s been an accident or a train wreck and they rush to the scene to survey the damage. They will watch for hours and say under their breath, “thank gawd that’s not me.” Hollywood studios and businesses around the globe are watching Sony Entertainment’s virtual business drama unfold as personal [...]

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More Good Video Choices Coming Out on More Devices

“The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison, only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple: once you go in, you don’t come out.” – Narrator, “Escape from New York,” AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1981 I didn’t really think I’d [...]

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Eliminate User and Security Breaches, Hacks Will Be Solved

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…” – Sir Laurence Olivier, Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth with his Battle Fought at Agincourt in France), 1944 We recovered from Heartbleed and now Bash vulnerability/shellshock emerges as the next great “discovery” that’s going to cause massive data breaches (think Sony [...]

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Two Factions Are Making M&E Better, More Available

Old Sign, New Business – With the content industry rapidly transitioning to new digital options, new opportunities have emerged for the M&E industry even though it’s sometimes hard to realize with the land seemingly shifting under your feet. As long as you don’t think about it too hard, today’s entertainment is great. Think just a [...]

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Mergers, Acquisitions and Spinoffs are Board Games Played with People

“That is just the beginning. I’ve seen things you’ve only seen in your nightmares. Things you can’t even imagine. Things you can’t even see. There are things that hunt you in the night. Then something screams.” – ‘Alan Parrish, “Jumangi,” Columbia Pictures, 1995 A while back, I figured out that the CE (consumer electronics) industry– [...]

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Finally, Ransom Notes Have Joined the Digital Age

“You pick me clean, you put me in a coffin with a rotten, stinking cat, and now you strip me bollock naked.” – Robert Agar, “The Great Train Robbery,” Sterling Films, 1978 Think how great it’s going to be in 2020 with 50B connected things. Not just your notebook, tablet, smartphone (if they’ll even be [...]

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