Is Your Job Next?

I am not sure why the power (or danger) of the global economy never really hit me before, but I was checking out as it was mentioned in a recent book I read. If you don’t know, elance is a services marketplace. Anyway, I searched on there for design providers. Guess what, 11,144 companies… Read More

Find AppsLab at Collaborate 08

The IOUC, OAUG and Quest Oracle Applications user groups will be co-hosting their annual conference, Collaborate, April 13-17 in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. Thanks to Floyd for creating an Upcoming event for Collaborate.Half of the ‘Lab, Paul and I, will be in Denver for the beginning of the conference. Paul is hosting a… Read More

Mix Gets a Plug at Google

Ola Bini of ThoughtWorks, who worked with Rich on the initial development of Mix last Fall, gave a tech talk at Google last week on “JRuby: The power of Java and Ruby“. He mentions Mix at about minute 61 and talks briefly about the project, built on the “red stack”, i.e. JRuby running on Oracle… Read More

Do You Know Robert?

It’s funny how micro-focused I can get. I am continually reminded of how much I live in a bubble world, and it’s always nice to have that bubble popped. Working in technology, I tend to assume that other people are geeky like me. They have Tivo, broadband, Macs, iPhones, blogs, hundreds of “friends” on Facebook/Twitter/network… Read More

Notes and New Blogs

So, I have returned from vacation on Hawai’i, a.k.a. da Big Island. Yes, it ruled, and yes, I’m suffering from post-vacation hangover. If you’re ever there and want an absolute thrill, take a doors-off helicopter ride up to the molten lava flowing at Kilauea. When the helicopter turns to your side, there’s only a shoulder… Read More

I Heart TripIt

So, I’m going on vacation tomorrow for a week. Keep reading if you care. Coincidentally, I’ve been messing with two travel-targeted social networks lately, so it’s fitting that my last post before a trip would be about TripIt and Dopplr, less so. These are niche networks, an ever-more common phenomenon; as horizontal social networks like… Read More

My Interwebs is Wireless

I’m fascinated by the ongoing soap opera about the mysteriously severed undersea telecomm cables. If you haven’t been following, here’s a good recap. Maybe we’ve been preoccupied with Super Tuesday, but I haven’t seen too much mainstream coverage. Or maybe it’s another reminder that the Interwebs isn’t as important as we think it is. Nah,… Read More

The Long Tail of Meetings

This tweet from friend of the ‘Lab Michael Krigsman triggered my inner economist. Even though I’m essentially a geek, I studied economics in college and have always been fascinated by supply, demand, utility and especially modeling that stuff with a nice tidy graph. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of Chris Anderson and his… Read More

Because We Care

Here at the ‘Lab, we listen to you. When you wanted more, we gave you more. So, when I got a suggestion from Jim, I listened. Jim wanted us to provide email subscriptions to this blog, like Steven Chan does, so that he could stay informed when new content is available, on his terms. This… Read More

Thoughts on Microsoft-Yahoo

I’ve been thinking about the proposed Yahoo-Microsoft merger since the news broke on Friday. As a closeted economist and enterprise apologist, the offer’s value really jumped off the page. Microsoft is offering $44.5 billion in cash and stock for a business that generated just under $7 billion in revenue in its fiscal 2007. Microsoft’s Office… Read More

Puneet Strikes Again

The final installment in my “cool stuff from last week that I forgot to blog” series comes from our pal Puneet. He used our Google Reader OPML files (published on the About page) and his own to demonstrate three ways to view the subscriptions without a messy import into Reader or another feed reader. Behold… Read More