I’m Leaving The Best Job I’ve Ever Had

By |2019-08-23T20:59:15+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Future|

The best job I've ever had was my pizza delivery job at Pasquale's. Well, in 2007 that was the best job I've ever had. What wasn't to like? Tips are great. A free meal every shift. Driving a car around is fun. No boss breathing down my neck while I'm out on delivery. After moving [...]

1,000 Year Old Software

By |2018-02-02T18:55:23+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Future|

It was only 80 years ago that the first electronic digital computer was built, the Atanasoff-Berry Computer in 1937. And that was the first. Now, computers outnumber humans and the rate of innovation is increasing exponentially. To expect any technology from today to last more than a few decades is foolish. Technology is moving faster and more unpredictably [...]

Rowing Your Own Gears

By |2017-09-03T01:00:50+00:00May 9th, 2017|Future|

Sarah, my wonderful wife, best friend, and insightful muse mentioned something in passing that struck me cold. "You know, it's funny. You love the idea of autonomous cars, but you insist on driving a stick." — Sarah Porcenaluk She's right. I insist on driving cars with a manual transmission. To date, we've owned seven cars [...]

Orlando: Poised For Tech (and IoT) Growth

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00February 23rd, 2017|Future, IoT, Orlando|

Silicon Valley was born through several contributing factors intersecting, including a skilled STEM research base housed in area universities, plentiful venture capital, and steady U.S. Department of Defense spending. Stanford University leadership was especially important in the valley's early development. Together these elements formed the basis of its growth and success. —  Wikipedia You need [...]

Review: “Enchanted Objects” by David Rose

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00January 13th, 2017|Future, IoT|

David Rose's "Enchanted Objects" book is a great start for anyone who wants to design IoT devices for, well, people. As IoT design matures, we need to look beyond what's possible and look more at what is actually going to help our lives. Computers have become so cheap, so small, so fast, and so efficient [...]

Can Ubiquitous Computing and Minimalism Coexist?

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00January 4th, 2017|Future, IoT|

I was starting to watch a documentary on Netflix called "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things" when my heart began to sink. What is going on with the world? Are we just robots responding by instinct to shiny, colorful commercials, working ourselves to death to afford things we really don't even want? After a [...]

‘Twas The Night Before an IoT Christmas

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00December 24th, 2016|Future, IoT|

'Twas the night before Christmas, in the automated home, Not a device was stirring, not even one; Google Home was set by the chimney with care, Waiting for "Hey Google" to hang in the air; The children were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of Phillips Hues danced in their heads; And mamma [...]

Death By 1,000 Subscriptions: Figuring Out The IoT Business Model Of The Future

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00December 12th, 2016|Future, IoT|

A path diverges in a wood. ― Robert Frost The future involves a monthly bill. Microsoft is Office 365, the cloud service with the monthly or yearly fee. Adobe has completely phased out their buy-once use-forever model, favoring a $50-a-month service. Same-same with Quickbooks. TurboTax. Amazon Prime. Netflix. Spotify. Even smaller, more niche software have jumped on the [...]

Internet of Things vs. Ubiquitous Computing vs. Pervasive Computing

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00December 5th, 2016|Future, IoT, Tech|

What are the differences between ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, and the Internet of Things? These terms are full of subtleties, but my simplified is simply that the Internet of Things is ubiquitous or pervasive computing in a more limited scope. Ubiquitous and pervasive computing, which you can think of as pretty much the same thing, is the [...]

The Future Has Never Been More Promising and Unpredictable

By |2017-08-24T13:24:32+00:00November 30th, 2016|Future, Tech|

When I think about the future, often in the realm of technology, I tend to look specifically at computers and even more narrowly the Internet of Things (which is kind of my thing). I read Ars Technica, Tom's Hardware, and Reddit, and I talk to other developers. Often I see the future through that narrow lens. [...]