What do computer graphics, assisted intelligence, Watson, and actual humans have in common?

Recently I spent some time reading, researching, and watching the state of the art in several areas of interest, notably CGI/computer animation, VR, text to voice, and facial pattern recognition. The takeaway is that all of the pieces are in place for an idea I’ve had for several years. Be advised, many of the videos … Read more What do computer graphics, assisted intelligence, Watson, and actual humans have in common?

Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, or Microsoft Office 365?

I’m thinking about forcing a potentially life changing event, and I need your help to make the decision. But not everyone qualifies to answer. The qualifications for participation are important here – I’m asking for advice on a very specific problem, and you’ll need experience with all three platforms to offer the most relevant input. … Read more Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, or Microsoft Office 365?

Can the iPad Pro replace a laptop for developers?

Absolutely yes. And here’s what you need to know about the hardware. For as long as we can all remember, web development has been done on a laptop or a desktop computer. It’s an obvious choice given the power and screen sizes available. The late, great Steve Jobs posited that PCs were more like trucks, … Read more Can the iPad Pro replace a laptop for developers?

An open letter to the City of Dallas: “Let’s do better with Dallas’ most vulnerable.”

This is an email I sent to the Mayor of Dallas this morning, in its entirety. — Good Sunday to all. First, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for the hard work and diligence you bring to your positions. It takes a special individual to serve the public, and for that … Read more An open letter to the City of Dallas: “Let’s do better with Dallas’ most vulnerable.”

How do I start a new career without college?

Recent discussions on my Facebook wall regarding college, its value, and its potentially adverse financial impact on a young life, have raised a few questions. Near the top is, “How do I start a new career without college?” Here is my take, in no particular order: You already know, intrinsically, what your next career path … Read more How do I start a new career without college?

Startups, Dallas, Texas, Boulder, and much, much more.

I wrote a guest post for Launch DFW today. It’s the first time I’ve contributed content directly to the internet in long form in quite a while. It’s a piece on how to grow community, and especially startup community. It’s called “How to grow a startup community: Start with community.” I’d love to know what … Read more Startups, Dallas, Texas, Boulder, and much, much more.

How to change your life: Occupy Wall Street

I've spent a lot of time here discussing ways to improve your lives. From integrity, to debt, to relationships… I've tried to be pretty inclusive. Today I'm doing something a little different. Today, I'm going to express my opinions on the Occupy Wall Street movement (or OWS, as it's being referred to). This is a … Read more How to change your life: Occupy Wall Street

How to change your life: Debt is a tool of the poor

We've covered several things that have changed my life, and I hope will positively affect yours. Today, I want to talk about your perspective on of the world as it relates to money. Money is one of those subjects that people don't like to talk about – because most people haven't quite figured it out … Read more How to change your life: Debt is a tool of the poor

How to change your life: Foundations

I hope you've enjoyed reading the “How to change your life” series as much as I've enjoyed writing it. If you can think of anyone that might benefit from it, use the ShareThis widget at the bottom of each post. If we can touch one person, or help them through a tough spot, it'll be … Read more How to change your life: Foundations

Q&A: How do you live frugally with a sense of grace and abundance?

This is a great question sent from a friend on Facebook. I thought it was important enough to share here. “I am curious as to how you think a community can be encouraged to live frugally without forfeiting a sense of grace and abundance. Your thoughts are appreciated.” The answer is a matter of perspective, … Read more Q&A: How do you live frugally with a sense of grace and abundance?

How to change your life: Perspective

In How to change your life: Your friends and How to change your life: Back to the basics we looked at tailoring your social circle and pruning your lifestyle to acheive a minimum base. In this post we'll look at the correlation between your perspective of, and the reality of your life. We've all heard … Read more How to change your life: Perspective

How to change your life: Back to the basics.

In How to change your life: Your friends we learned that picking the right people for your inner-circle is incredibly important. They provide the foundation for who you are, and what you'll become. The next step to changing your life is to determine how you'll let strangers, things, and beliefs direct you. Let's talk about … Read more How to change your life: Back to the basics.

How to change your life: Your friends.

How many times have you heard this? “You are who your friends are.” Since you've heard this over and over for years, you've carefully considered it through life. You've chosen a life full of positivity and have hand picked your inner-circle, right? Go ahead, take a look around – you spend a lot of time … Read more How to change your life: Your friends.

Why I listen to podcasts, and why you should too.

As many of you know, I'm an avid podcast listener. If you've met me in person, you probably noticed the bluetooth stereo headphones around my neck – they're there solely for podcasts. I listen to 15 to 20 shows per day – covering a variety of subjects – innovation, technology, startups, marketing, and personal finances … Read more Why I listen to podcasts, and why you should too.

What is America’s Plan B?

Today's Plan A is: a spiraling national debt, armed forces that power the planet's peace, a political system built on maintaining the status quo, and an increasingly polarized populace – unwilling to entertain opposing ideas. We've arrived here, not by strategic planning or by any long term direction, but by default. We live in the … Read more What is America’s Plan B?

Your personal life: lessons from the startup world

Within the last few years, a major shift has occurred in the world of building and managing tech startups. We've become ok with, and shall I say even embrace two previously tabu ideas: 1) failure, 2) business model pivots. First, failure is OK, and is actually encouraged as long as you do it early (fail … Read more Your personal life: lessons from the startup world

2005 was neat. But this is way better.

Remember 2005? In 2005, Panasonic introduced the TH-65PX500. It was the world's first 65″ 1080p Plasma (the press for the display actually defined the HDMI acronym). It was a cool $9k. In 2005 I was using a Nokia N-Gage as my phone – it didn't have a camera, but it did allow me to install … Read more 2005 was neat. But this is way better.

What do you do with a 50Mbps internet connection at home?

One evening, while on the topic of high speed internet, a friend of mine told me that he'd just upgraded his cable modem and was now getting even faster internet. Comcast, our local cable internet provider had recently upgraded the network in Colorado to DOCSIS 3.0. Among other things, DOCSIS 3.0 in Colorado means internet … Read more What do you do with a 50Mbps internet connection at home?

Tuesday in Boulder, Boulder Open Coffee, BDNT, and the tech community

Today is Tuesday. Tuesday is a special day for me because it's the one day that I get to spend entirely in Boulder. From the beginning of the day to as late as I need. My wife and son have a weekly play date so I'm relieved of fatherly after school duties. Tuesday, every other … Read more Tuesday in Boulder, Boulder Open Coffee, BDNT, and the tech community

A PC in the living room? Here are the Basics

Unless you're a live sports fan, Cable and satellite subscriptions are no longer required. Internet sources in the living room are becoming a common means of video entertainment – most TV shows, from today's popular hits to classic TV shows are available for viewing online. Movies of all kinds are available for rent (or purchase), … Read more A PC in the living room? Here are the Basics

How to get the original RSS feed for a podcast in iTunes

As you probably already know, I run a company called Callisto.fm with a couple of other guys. We're always looking for ways to make the process of submitting feeds to Callisto as easy as possible. It's easy enough to just copy and paste a podcast's RSS feed into our suggestion box, but sometimes a podcaster … Read more How to get the original RSS feed for a podcast in iTunes

Accept responsibility for you, and live the life you’ve been dreaming of.

It's become apparent to me that our culture is headed in a very disturbing direction. It's commonplace to blame everything negative in one's life on someone or something else. If I'm overweight it's fast food's fault. If I'm in debt, it has to be predatory lending practices and/or the credit card industry. If I'm caught … Read more Accept responsibility for you, and live the life you’ve been dreaming of.

The Case Against Apple – My Rebuttal

Today, someone I've never met, but hold in high regard wrote a piece on how Apple has become a monopoly. Jason Calacanis jasoncalacanis published an email entitled “The Case Against Apple–in Five Parts.” You can find it: here. This is my rebuttal to each of his five parts. 1. Destroying MP3 player innovation through anti-competitive … Read more The Case Against Apple – My Rebuttal

Quick Review: Rocketfish RF-MAB2 and the iPhone 3Gs

This is a quick “first impression” review of the Rocketfish RF-MAB2 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, as used with the iPhone 3Gs. The short review: Yes, I can finally leave the silly Apple wired ear buds in my backpack, as a backup! When I saw the RF-MAB2 on the shelf at Best Buy, I decided to look … Read more Quick Review: Rocketfish RF-MAB2 and the iPhone 3Gs

TV and movies neuvo: Getting rid of cable and satellite TV

This is a story that cable and satellite TV providers will find increasingly familiar. It's possible and even easy to ditch your cable/satellite box for good. We've done it – I'll show you what we use, and if you have questions ask away – I'd love the answer them. First up? AppleTV. AppleTV is hands … Read more TV and movies neuvo: Getting rid of cable and satellite TV

Moving a Boot Camp disk to a Parallels Virtual Machine

The day Windows 7 RC was released, I wanted to get it installed on my MacBook Pro. My MacBook has the power, and I already have a 40 gigabyte partition dedicated to Windows Vista Home. I rarely boot directly in to Vista using Boot Camp, but I do use Parallels to run that copy of … Read more Moving a Boot Camp disk to a Parallels Virtual Machine

Want to be debt free? I’ll give you the book. Literally.

One of the most positive changes in my life is that besides our mortgage, Heather and I are totally debt free. We don't have payments to on credit cards*, cars, or loans of any kind. It is remarkable, so remarkable in fact that I'm going to help you get there. I'm going to put my … Read more Want to be debt free? I’ll give you the book. Literally.

Inspiration on the eve of the inauguration

I believe there is a direct correlation between success at home and our success as a country. If Americans are successful as both individuals and a families, and are left to focus on our personal growth, financial success, and a rewarding future, then the citizens of America can once again provide inspiration to their peers, … Read more Inspiration on the eve of the inauguration

To buy, or not to buy? My views on pirated media and software.

According to Apple's built-in dictionary, the word integrity means: “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moraluprightness.” I also like this definition: “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking.” Over the past four and a half years, I've given this word a lot of thought. Exactly how does … Read more To buy, or not to buy? My views on pirated media and software.

Mac OS X or Windows Vista? Either will do, really.

I believe the days of operating system dependence have finally come to an end, and I'm ready to test it. I know, this is a little strange coming from me, but I think everyone should hear it (and Digg it!). A new era of technological independence is upon us – either of the two major … Read more Mac OS X or Windows Vista? Either will do, really.

Zend Studio for Eclipse – No file extension as PHP

I've been a Zend Studio user for a long, long time. Being a Mac user has made it interesting at times (we're still a server release behind, for example), but the productivity gains that using an IDE with a debugger gives me makes the occasional “suck” well worth it. There are others out there, but … Read more Zend Studio for Eclipse – No file extension as PHP