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The Microsoft smartphone from 1991
posted on Apr 13 2012

Microsoft almost invented the smartphone… in 1991

Software is the new black
posted on Aug 20 2011

via WSJ:

Web browser pioneer Marc Andreessen writes in the Wall Street Journal that software is ‘eating the world.’ He argues that software’s importance to the economy is being underestimated, and will become much more evident in the near future. Quoting: ‘But too much of the debate is still around financial valuation, as opposed to the underlying intrinsic value of the best of Silicon Valley’s new companies. My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy. More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services—from movies to agriculture to national defense. Many of the winners are Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurial technology companies that are invading and overturning established industry structures. Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.

Every little bit matters
posted on Jan 26 2011

Kevin McAllister is not happy about his downtime.

In 2010, Daxko’s uptime was 99.96%. This means that our systems for our users of Daxko Opperations, Daxko Accounting, and Daxko Connect were only offline for 0.04% of the entire year.

By comparison, Amazon Web Services’ uptime was 99.95%. Amazon… AMAZON. 0.01% is 10 additional minutes of downtime.

Make no mistake, hundreds of factors go into high availability. However, downtime is just like any other problem or pothole in business… it’s essentially unavoidable. All companies face the same challenges and can plan according to their size and scope.

Ten minutes is a long time when you’re ordering a book or tracking a package that is set to deliver in time for someone’s birthday.

Ten minutes is a long time. I can’t sit still for two minutes.

Daxko was prepared for growth, traffic, and (perhaps most importantly) the unexpected in 2010. At the end of the day the companies who do just a little bit better are the ones who position themselves to be the best. 10 minutes.

Amazon, y’all. Amazon.

Firefox 3
posted on Jun 18 2008

Most of you downloaded yesterday (to set the World Record) but just so you’re all hip: Firefox 3 was released yesterday. Down it here.

For Everything in Life, There’s Google
posted on Nov 15 2005

Google is not only a handy search engine, it’s a handy life-tool as well.

Google currently has six mainstream programs available. The best part is, they are all free.

  • Most Addictive: Google Earth – A virtual program that allows you to see satellite images of any place in the world.
  • Most Used: Google Desktop – Find anything, anywhere on your personal comuter.
  • Also available: Picasa Photo Organizer, Google Talk, Google Toolbar, and Gmail Notifier.

    Free Software Downloads via Google