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Why can you find me in the gym nearly every day of the week? Like most guys, I want to look good. On the one hand, I can admit, it is pure vanity. On the other hand, it really is about being healthy and achieving longevity. Putting in work now will ensure that I maximize my quality of life in the later years. This is why I took up bodybuilding, or weight training or whatever you want to call it, in the first place. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not a professional. I have no intentions of getting on stage (in a speedo) and competing with anyone. This is something that I do for me. Training Wheels After years of trying to grow my legs yielding only marginal results, one tip from Rich Piana changed everything. Rich delivers two major tips in the Training Wheels video Be sure to squat full range of motion (which I already learned from Poliquin) Don’t re... (more)

The Importance of Abstraction in Cloud Computing

Windows Azure at Cloud Expo My colleague, Peter Palmieri, just penned a blog post about Microsoft’s recent announcement that the Azure platform will offer extensive and familiar relational database features via SQL Data Services (SDS). In his post, Leveraging Skills, Peter discusses the fact that .NET developers will be able to leverage their existing SQL Server database skills when developing against the Azure platform. In doing so, he has touched upon what I think is Microsoft’s most strategic advantage in the realm of cloud computing. Microsoft has a ready-made ecosystem and d... (more)

Is Cloud Computing Like Teenage Sex?

It was once said back in the early ‘90s that “Client/server computing is a little like teenage sex – everyone talks about it, few actually do it, and even fewer do it right.  Nevertheless, many people believe client/server computing is the next major step in the evolution of corporate information systems.” Can the same be said about cloud computing, today? It is evident that cloud computing is the next major step in computing, in general.  But is it the next major step in the evolution of corporate information systems?  Everyone is certainly talking about it; but who is actuall... (more)

IT Investment vs IT Expense

If you are responsible for IT expenditures at any level within an organization, there are certain questions that you may ask yourself. Does the money that we spend on IT really make a difference? Does the technology that we purchase produce some material benefit or strategic advantage over a period of time? Do the IT projects that we fund support our company’s strategic business objectives? If the answer to any of these questions is "NO" or "I DON’T KNOW", then there is a high probability that IT represents more of an expense in your organization rather than an investment. An org... (more)

Ben Franklin on compound interest…

“Money makes money and the money that money makes makes more money”. I think I like this guy. Photo credit kimberlyfaye. ... (more)