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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)

Interest Rates and Payday Loans

This just came to my attention and I find it somewhat amazing.  It is slightly off topic, but it does (indirectly) relate to matters of credit and it most definitely has to do with leverage. A typical payday loan scenario is where someone borrows $100 for 15 days with the promise to repay $120.    Simple interest of 20% seems innocuous enough.  However, the real math behind this transaction is unbelievable. The APR (annual percentage rate) on this loan is 486.67%. The EAR (effective annual rate) on this loan is 8,347.80%. There is no transaction equality here.  Read more. Loan sha... (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)

Summer School

Classes have not yet started. But, of course, I have already been given my first assignment. You guessed it; reading. A Concise Guide to Macro Economics What Managers, Executives, and Students Need to Know by David A. Moss               Blue Ocean Strategy How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne The good news is two-fold. One, I am more than half-way done with the assignment. And two, the material is actually quite interesting and engaging. ... (more)