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.

July 14, 2014 7:24 am
Jean-Louis Gassée Decodes Satya Nadella's Email


The other day, Satya Nadella releases a sprawling memo, ostensibly to clarify Microsoft’s strategy under his leadership, and it positions the company as a ‘productivity and platform’ company, not the ‘devices and services’ orientation that Ballmer introduced in 2012, and reorganized the company…

I’m sure if you asked most Microsoft employees what they decoded it as it would be 3 words, “layoffs are probable.”

July 7, 2014 11:26 pm
Taylor Swift: Forming a bond with fans in the future will mean constantly providing them with the element of surprise.

I’m not going to lie, I was actually expecting to be pleasantly surprised. I’m not a fan of her music, but seeing her published in the WSJ I thought maybe this was a well-researched, thought out piece by an industry insider who has exposure to the most successful sectors of it at the moment. Instead, Taylor Swift comes off as naive and pompous, completely disregarding that at least a portion of her success comes from the amount of money and resources being poured into placing her music in every outlet through which people discover music.  She almost gets there when she mentions her Myspace following a decade ago, and I certainly don’t disagree with her belief on how artists need to connect with the fans in the digital age, but Taylor Swift becomes Taylor Swift through her label promotions, not simply because her music is “truer” than everything else out there.  She shows no attempt to really explain the economics of the modern music industry or what will really keep it going in the future.  Surprising your audience has been around since The Grateful Dead were spending 90% of their show on a jam session, The Who were smashing their instruments, Elvis was shaking his hips and much much more. If creative surprises were the single solution to the music industry The Mars Volta would have been the biggest band in the world 4 years ago.

June 8, 2014 1:42 pm
Game of Thrones, I.T. Department Remake

I was kind of hoping for a comparison as to who would be which house. Personally I think it would go like this.

Infrastructure = House Barratheon

Application = House Lannister

Data = House Stark

Help Desk = House Greyjoy

Anybody got more?

May 24, 2014 12:11 pm

The corporate business infrastructure is already available in the cloud. The notion of Anything and Everything as a Service is quickly coming to pass. We see robust offerings in education, health care, entertainment, marketing, CRM and nearly every aspect of business. Ultimately, whatever can be turned into a service for a profit will be.

It is precisely these functions that will become business as a service in the cloud. They are leaving the enterprise forever, changing IT as we know it.


IT Leadership 2.0: Transform Yourself or Fade Away via CIOInsight

IT leaders often ask us why they need to move to the cloud.  The fact is that it is already happening across every type of technology out there, from horizontal platforms to vertical solutions.  And the move to mobile apps is quickly accelerating that move as businesses push more information out through apps across customers, partners, and employees.  IT still matters, but the nature of the role will be very different.

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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.