A cri de couer for Perl

As seen here. I enjoy developing code in Perl. I know, I know, its “the write only language” and “looks like line noise”. It has endured some rather nasty FUD in its day, and yet, it keeps on growing in use. It is just an incredibly powerful, quite expressive language. One which enables you to […]

The day job is 11 years old

Last year, I had been incensed at this time, by a US presidential candidate and mindset from him who told me, and every other entrepreneur out there, that “we didn’t build it”. It was a foolish thing for him to say, foolish for his party and fellow travelers to echo. Yet echo it they did. […]

and the M&A accelerates

NVidia grabs the Portland Group. This makes sense, as NVIdia has had CUDA, which is LLVM based, and needed a more general purpose compiler technology. There is nothing wrong with CUDA, but its very GPU specific. PGI tech allows them to talk very generally, and get support for non-GPU hardware acceleration. Such as massive collections […]

One of the joys of running a company

… is when large multi-hundred million or multi-billion dollar public companies try to ignore “small” bills from smaller than multi-hundred million dollar companies. Very much related to this. We are operationally funded. Every dollar I pay my team with comes from cash flow. So when companies try to cheat us out of money by not […]

Part of the reason why Detroit has a long rough road ahead

is due, in significant part, to bad law and bad policy enshrined in law. Ideological view points are hard coded in the firmware of Michigan. Which allows lawsuits and results such as this. It cannot be overemphasized how bone-headed this particular law is. That one can never, under any circumstances, reduce pensioner benefit values. This […]

… and bang goes Detroit …

This brings me no joy. I went to grad school in Detroit. I like this city. It has character, it has guts, it has potential. It also has no cash to continue operations. And that sucks. Detroit filed for chapter 9 bankruptcy a few hours ago. There are many reasons for this, but there are […]

Another bucket list item

On my vacation in NY recently, I happened to be able to tick off another item on my bucket list. There’s some background to it, but here’s the pics. Viewed 161983 times by 7913 viewers

M&A roundup

I’ve not reported it, but STEC was acquired by Western Digital. STEC has been one of the day job’s partners for high performance SSD technology. Unfortunately, we’ve not had great luck with WD in the past. Even gone so far as to recall/replace specific models from every machine shipped globally with those drives, due to […]