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Okay, I am weird (tell me something that I don’t know, say most of my friends).  For Christmas I wanted a Nike Apple Watch to go with my existing FitBit and Garmin fitness trackers (I look sort of like a cyborg in the photo below…which is always cool). While I was intrigued by the ability to do all sorts of cool things on the Apple Watch (like take a phone call and talk into my wrist watch like Dick Tracy), the thing that most intrigued me was the ability to buy third-party apps that could yield detailed exercise and health data.  I was hoping that this detailed exercise and health data could help me understand what effect particular behaviors or activities (or lack of particular behaviors and activities) were having on my overall health. Why is this important to me?  You can thank articles like “Unexpected Heart Attack Triggers” for my health and exercise anxiety.... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of November 17, 2013

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Porsche Design and BlackBerry have announced the new, all-touch Porsche Design P'9982 Smartphone from BlackBerry and a second Crocodile model strictly limited to just 500 devices worldwide. Uniquely designed and expertly crafted, the P'9982 is exquisitely fashioned from high-quality materials and features a customized version of the BlackBerry 10.2 Operating System.  Read Original Content CDFA’s ... (more)

Images of the National Socialist German Workers Party

NSDAP Images www. Holocaust Research Project         [Next] [Last]   1922 NSDAP Delegation in Coburg 800 X 512 92 KB 1934 NSDAP rally in Nuremberg 433 X 599 95 KB A truck of the fascist Nazi party drives through the Prenzlauer Promenade in Berlin - Pankow. 800 X 544 95 KB Action Reinhard killer Willi Mentz's NSDAP card 700 X 441 83 KB Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels with Nazi Party officials in 1926 640 X 440 73 KB Adolf Hitler and other dignitaries at the opening of the Nazi Party museum in the Sterneckerbraeuhaus the Party's first headquarters 706 X 450 63 KB Adolf Hitler casts his vote at a Berlin polling station set up in a schoolroom. (March 1933) 640 X 443 46 KB Adolf Hitler leads an SA unit in a Nazi Party parade in Weimar, 1931. 640 X 393 60 KB Adolf Hitler NSDAP Party Leader 480 X 685 67 KB Adolf Hitler poses with members of his new government soon after his appoin... (more)

Lubbock Homebrewer Wins World's Biggest Single-Style Brewing Competition

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/27/06 -- Fans of great beer throughout Texas will have a chance to try the winning recipe from this year's Big Batch Brew Bash. Saint Arnold Brewing Company, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, has announced plans to brew and bottle the winning recipe later this year as Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 3. This is the second time Saint Arnold has adopted a winning recipe. One year's winning entry served as the basis for Saint Arnold Winter Stout, which became one of the brewery's five seasonal offerings. The Big Batch Brew Bash is believed to be the biggest single-style brewing competition in the world. This year, contestants submitted their best Double IPA (India Pale Ale) for judging, which is described as India Pale Ale on steroids. According to BeerAdvocate.com, "You should expect something robust, malty and alcoholic with a hop p... (more)

Saint Arnold Wins Gold, Prepares to Bid Farewell to Original Brewery

HOUSTON, September 28, 2009 - The crew from Saint Arnold Brewing Company (www.saintarnold.com), the oldest craft brewery in Texas, is returning from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) with gold. They won't bother finding a spot to hang the medal, though, because their offices and brewing operations will soon be moving to their new brewery in a historic building on the north side of downtown Houston. Judges in the Munich Style Helles category awarded the gold medal to Saint Arnold Summer Pils, the brewery's summer seasonal. This is the fourth time Saint Arnold Summer Pils has earned a medal at the GABF in this category.  It previously won silver in 2008, 2005 and 2003.  The brewery has now won a total of 13 medals at the GABF over the past 11 years. Saint Arnold Summer Pils is brewed every spring and available during the summer months throughout Texas. It is a c... (more)

ADO.NET Data Services Projections Makes Sliced Bread Jealous

The other day I ran into a blog entry from the Astoria team discussing the projections feature of the 1.5 CTP2 version of the product. If you're not familiar with ADO.NET Data Services (formerly codenamed Astoria), it's basically a layer that you can put on top of an Entity Data Model and it will expose that model as a RESTful service. The URL format for this RESTful service is quite flexible, allowing you to select individual rows, perform filters, sorts, and many other things. One of the new things that you can now do server-side via the new CTP2 URL syntax is projections. Projections actually allow you to control the shape of the output coming back. You can specifically choose which properties on the entity you want. Even more awesome is that this can be controller hierarchically. So if you bring back an Order entity and you include all of the OrderItem entities... (more)

Saint Arnold Brewing Company Reports Another Record Year in 2009

HOUSTON, Jan. 12, 2010 – Saint Arnold Brewing Company (www.saintarnold.com), the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today reported record production of nearly 26,000 barrels of beer in 2009. The increase of nearly 3,000 barrels over 2008’s production total represents a 13 percent boost for the year. According to the Brewers Association, Saint Arnold continues to outpace the craft brewing industry overall, which reported growth of five percent during the first six months of 2009. Overall US beer sales were down 1.3 percent in the first six months of 2009. Saint Arnold Brewing’s production has increased 135 percent during the past five years. Year    Production           % Growth 2009    25,710 barrels    13 percent 2008    22,749 barrels    28 percent 2007    17,811 barrels    30 percent 2006     13,638 barrels    25 percent 2005    10,946 barrels     20 percent Saint Arno... (more)

SSP Failure to Cloud Storage Success

Storability 10 year Reunion Years ago, a few buddies and I started one of the first cloud storage providers. Of course, we didn’t call it cloud storage back then, but we merry band of brithers (and sisters), we first generation Storage Service Providers (1gSSPs) were cloud storage way before the cloud was cool. All the 1gSSPs – StorageNetworks, ScaleEight, StorageWay, Sanrise, and others – failed. The core problem was and still is that renting raw capacity over the network is a lousy business model. 1gSSPs couldn’t sustainably buy their storage cheaper than their retail customers (although over a beer I can share some great stories of how the early 1gSSP robber-barron’s ‘negotiated’ with the storage vendors during the boom). SSPs couldn’t sustainably offer broad enough management efficiencies to generate profits. SSPs couldn’t overcome a host of logistic and cultural... (more)

CloudCamp reaches Leeds on 14 June

County Arcade, Leeds The global CloudCamp movement continues to grow, with events over the next few weeks in Denmark, Germany, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and across the United States. And now, I’m very pleased to announce that the English city of Leeds is joining the party. CloudCamp events have been taking place in the UK for years, and the London gatherings have picked up real momentum. Outside London, we’ve seen a few events in Warrington, Newcastle, and Edinburgh. We believe that the time is now right for something more regular; a place in which the cloud-building, cloud-using, cloud-interested and cloud-exploring can come together for talk, beer, pizza and more… without having to jump on a train to the deep south. CloudCamps are interesting events, with a real emphasis on informality. I’ve attended several around the world, and am always impressed by the energy i... (more)

The Human Face of Big Data, a Book Review

My copy of the new book The Human Face of Big Data created by Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt arrived yesterday compliments of EMC (the lead sponsor). In addition to EMC, the other sponsors of the book are Cisco, VMware, FedEx, Originate and Tableau software. To say this is a big book would be an understatement, then again, big data is a big topic with a lot of diversity if you open your eyes and think in a pragmatic way, which once you open and see the pages you will see. This is physically a big book (11x 14 inches) with lots of pictures, texts, stories, factoids and thought stimulating information of the many facets and dimensions of big data across 224 pages. While Big Data as a buzzword and industry topic theme might be new, along with some of the related technologies, techniques and focus areas, other as aspects have been around for some time. Big data means ... (more)

VCE Revisited, Now and Zen

Yesterday VCE and their proud parents announced revenues had reached an annual run rate of a billion dollars. Today VCE announced some new products along with enhancements to others. Before going forward though, let's take go back for a moment to help set the stage to see where things might be going in the future. A little over a three years ago, back in November 2009 VCE was born and initially named ACADIA by its proud parents (Cisco, EMC, Intel and VMware). Here is a post that I did back then. BTW the reference to Zen might cause some to think that I don't how to properly refer to the Xen hypervisor. It is really a play from Robert Plants album Now and Zen and its song Tall Cool One. For those not familiar, click on the link and listen (some will have DejaVu, others might think its new and cool) as it takes a look back as well as present, similar to VCE. On the... (more)