My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

March 18, 2014 11:27 pm
The Price of Music
February 6, 2014 9:23 pm December 30, 2013 2:44 pm December 12, 2013 12:49 am November 23, 2013 1:36 am
Who's Getting Rich In The Big Data Gold Rush?


Matt Assay about the future of Big Data:

We’re in the midst of a Big Data Gold Rush, with VCs throwing cash at anyone and everyone with a Big Data idea. But as Cowen & Co. analyst Peter Goldmacher posits, the Big Data financial opportunity has three phases, with Big Data users, not vendors, standing to make the most money in Big Data’s third and final phase.

I completely disagree with the dooms day perspective on Big Data1, but I also find this promise to be super… optimistical?

Original title and link: Who’s Getting Rich In The Big Data Gold Rush? (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)

November 18, 2013 7:57 am
Musicians, Should You EVER Pay-To-Play? | Music Think Tank (primary) RSS


Reposted from on November 18, 2013 at 07:00AM

Payola, in one form or another, is as old as the music business:

Labels pay radio stations to broadcast their music, producers pay DJs to spin their records in the club, and promoters ask live bands to pay-to-play at…

This was a huge issue for my band in high school. This article seems more geared towards career musicians so it fails to mention how many events that use this model are primarily for kids. I still feel that was wrong for them to do and severely chilled who was able to play in bands. We encountered many venues with more experimental models where they would change what they paid you based on how many times you performed there (still giving them the filter function) or they would just pay you a small amount per ticket collected from your band. While it’s more important to not stifle creativity amongst teenagers, I see no reason these tactics wouldn’t work for adults as well.

October 27, 2013 9:05 pm
History of Business Intelligence

Good video, good presentation. Explains an important technical concept in a way that anyone could understand. People in all departments should watch this to better understand the tools they are using.

September 18, 2013 12:01 am

What Does Netflix Have on Spotify?

Obviously there’s some pretty big differences, but I have been thinking a lot about the new age of packaging forms of intellectual property and find myself coming back to comparing these 2 business models.  Kevin Spacey recently spoke about the beauty of the simplicity in Netflix’s model, give the people what they want, when they want it at a reasonable price. In some ways Spotify offers a similar type of plan, however whereas Netflix is encouraging creativity and entry for quality, Spotify seems to be benefiting the same tiny sector of the industry that has been doing relatively okay since the first mp3 was created. How can Spotify encourage top-level quality that has been lost in the profit crisis it’s industry is facing.  It seems that Netflix does this by acting as a channel itself and taking risks.  What if Spotify signed bands directly as if it was a label itself. Obviously there are a lot of factors I’m not aware of in these businesses and have barely scratched the surface of the ones I myself am even aware of.  Does anyone else have thoughts on this?

September 10, 2013 9:46 pm
Continuations: Tech Tuesday: Cloud and Reliability


I have often said that Amazon has done more for startups than all of us early stage VCs combined. I really don’t see a startup anymore these days that is not getting going on either Amazon or sometimes Rackspace’s cloud offering (I have yet to seen a startup on Azure or IBM’s cloud). The idea of…

The key point of this is start-ups. I think most of the criticism about the adoption of cloud is specifically for large organizations with the capability to build their own private cloud and the liability of really dangerous data/applications to lose.

June 24, 2013 9:52 pm

Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for ‘tricking’ artists with petition | The Register - Business: Media


Reposted from on June 24, 2013 at 08:43PM

Musicians asked to ‘support their own pay cut’

Three members of iconic British psychedelic rockers Pink Floyd have penned an editorial condemning the practices of streaming music service Pandora, which they say has been trying to trick recording artists into cutting their own pay.…