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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)

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)

Anthony Soave Builds Success by Understanding Value and Potential

Anthony Soave uses his innate ability to spot potential and value in people, equipment, and companies others might disregard. Soave Enterprises is led by an experienced and professional executive team who share a common goal of getting the job done right and following a united path towards success.  For Anthony Soave, his team is his right hand, providing the support, guidance, and insight necessary to continue to build success in this modern era.  However, ever since his beginnings, Soave has set a standard for pushing the envelope.  With a lot of hard work and little good fortune, Soave has consistently found success in his diverse business dealings.  Instead of proceeding with the usual horse-before-the-cart business plan, Soave often jumps in headfirst and works out the details later.  It is this intelligent ability to take a risk that has really catapulted Soa... (more)

Saint Arnold Brewing Company Reports Another Record Year in 2009

HOUSTON, Jan. 12, 2010 – Saint Arnold Brewing Company (, 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)

Facebook, Google and the advent of a new privacy paradigm

With more and more people posting their every day (or indeed every minute) status and activities on FaceBook, Twitter and Google, it seems people don't care about their privacy anymore. Indeed, if you have read about the CNBC interview Google's CEO did on Dec 3, 2009; and the numerous comments attributed to Facebook's executives - or if you have read the CNET article from this past week, one would think privacy is a thing of the past. Having grown up in a time when the Internet didn't exist and privacy meant a lot more, I didn't quite understand all this talk about privacy being dead. In this case, I am with Chris Matyszczyk. Read his article on CNET here... When I first learnt about the concept of micro-blogging on Twitter and how it can help connect with people in your friend and family circles, it didn't sound too palatable to me that micro-blogs about my status a... (more)

Saint Arnold Brewing Company Production Surpasses 40,000 Barrels in 2011

Saint Arnold Brewing Company (, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today reported record shipments of more than 40,000 barrels of beer in 2011. The year-over-year increase of approximately 9,000 barrels is roughly equivalent to what the brewery produced in all of 2004, representing a 29 percent boost in overall production. The 2011 production is equal to all of the beer produced by the brewery during its first 9 years (from 1994 to 2002). It was the biggest growth spurt since the brewery recorded a 30 percent increase in 2007. All 11 of the brewery’s year-round and seasonal beers saw increases. As a group, Saint Arnold’s rotating lineup of seasonal beers remained its top seller, with production up 31 percent. Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower Beer remained the brewery’s number one year-round label for the third consecutive year, with production up 42... (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)

Questions to Ask When Evaluating Server Provisioning Tools | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Note: Originally Posted to Every technology market has a set of questions that is good to have on hand when you look at the products that serve the market. This is true of every space I’ve worked in, and true with every vendor I’ve worked for. The key is that there are not golden answers to most of these questions. The importance of a given question deeply depends upon your environment. With that said, I’ll throw a bunch of starting questions out here, with the goal of helping some projects get moving along a little faster. Remember to weight these based on importance in your organization, and be aware that these are in no particular order – because ordering by importance should be based on your priorities. What type of installations does the tool support? Most server provisioning tools fall into one of two categories – golden image, and package based... (more)

Saint Arnold Brewing Company 2007 Growth Outpacing National Craft Brewing Segment

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/30/07 -- Saint Arnold Brewing Company, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today reported record-breaking production in the first half of 2007. Saint Arnold's first half numbers included: -- Production volume increased 28 percent over the same period in 2006, far outpacing the impressive 11 percent growth of the craft beer segment in the first half reported by the Brewers Association, the trade association that tabulates industry data for craft brewers. -- Dollar sales increased 27 percent in the first half of the year, almost doubling the 14 percent increase reported nationally by the Brewers Association. -- More than 8,200 31-gallon barrels of Saint Arnold beer were sold in the first half, which puts the brewery on pace to exceed 16,000 barrels in 2007. Last year's total production of 13,638 barrels broke all previous records. Con... (more)

Saint Arnold Brewing Company's Fashion Advice for Spring: Go Scruffy

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/18/08 -- Whiskers are making a comeback this spring, thanks to Saint Arnold Brewing Company (, the oldest craft brewery in Texas. For the second straight year, the Houston brewery has called upon Texans to put down their shavers from New Year's Day through March 17th for its St. Patrick's Day Donegal Beard Contest. A Donegal is a beard with no mustache, similar to what a leprechaun would wear. The contest was inspired by the documentary, "Growin' a Beard," which depicts a similar annual competition that has been held in Shamrock, Texas since 1938. The film's director, Mike Woolf, has agreed to be a judge of this year's Saint Arnold competition. "We are about seven weeks into the 12-week beard cultivation period and the beard has grown out enough that my wife will finally kiss me again," said Brock Wagner, founde... (more)

Saint Arnold Brewing Company to Celebrate 15th Anniversary

HOUSTON, June 2, 2009 – Hundreds of enthusiastic craft beer fans will converge on Saint Arnold Brewing Co. ( this weekend to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the delivery of its first keg of beer. At 15, Saint Arnold Brewing holds the title of the oldest craft brewery in Texas at a time when the popularity of craft beer is surging and going mainstream. “When we started in 1994, there was a wave of craft brewery openings.  Unfortunately, most did not succeed.  Only a handful of us are still around, and we are the oldest,” said Brock Wagner, founder and brewer of Saint Arnold Brewing. “I attribute our success to our focus on quality brewing.  We never wavered, even during the tough times, and we kept working hard.  It took a long time, but we stuck to our strategy and cultivated a community of customers across Texas who appreciate good, full-flavor... (more)