Archive for ◊ February, 2008 ◊

Ohio Influences the Aerospace Industry
Thursday, February 28th, 2008 | Author:

I don’t usually write about the events at my workplace on the blog.  However, we had such an interesting day yesterday that I wanted to share it with some of my readers. 

We had a half-day meeting yesterday at our offices with a dozen people from six of our aerospace & defense customers.  This just so happens to be a fairly influential set of representatives from the aerospace industry, including Lockheed, GE Aviation, Raytheon, and the US Air Force.  We had them all together at the same time, and we broke out into separate meetings, with Bob meeting with GE in his office, Mark meeting with Lockheed in the conference room, and I was meeting with Raytheon in my office.

Who would have thought that a small systems integration company in Springfield, Ohio could have any influence over the aerospace industry…

Russian Su-30 Air Superiority Fighter
Thursday, February 28th, 2008 | Author:

The video on this site shows the Russian Su-30 Fighter in action.  The Su-30 is considered one of the premier air superiority fighters in the world.


Hat tip to Bob Morris

Vote No on Issue 39
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 | Author:

Update – this posting has attracted quite a bit of attention from folks at Sinclair as well as the Southwest Ohio area (perhaps they have Google Alerts for any mention of “Sinclair”).  If you have a disagreement with any of my assertions below, I encourage you to leave a comment.  I don’t claim to have “a lock on brains” on the subject.  Perhaps there are arguments in favor of Issue 39 of which I am not aware.


As you may have seen from my earlier posting, I am a strong supporter of Sinclair Community College.  However, I am adamantly against Issue 39 (increasing the tax assessment for Montgomery county citizens to help fund Sinclair) for the following reasons:

1) Sinclair has expanded into communities outside of Montgomery county.  For example, Sinclair has built a large facility in Mason, Ohio near Kings Island.  The last thing that citizens of Montgomery county need is to subsidize the college education for citizens in prosperous Warren county.

2) Rather than renewing the taxes, Sinclair Community College elected to increase the tax rate from 2.5 to 3.2 mills.  There is no justification for this increase in funding other than to support the growth plans to other areas outside of the Dayton area.

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of having the Dayton Daily News trying to convince me that every new tax is a great bargain, and the new tax will only add $XX per $100,000 of house value.  I see this every election cycle.   I live in Northwest Dayton area and I’ve watched real estate values in this area decline for years before the housing bubble hit the rest of the country.  I am paying over $8,000 per year in real estate taxes (in Dayton, Ohio, housing values are less than half compared to other areas of the country), and these tax increases don’t help the real estate commerce in my area. 

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Is It Global Warming…
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 | Author:

…or Global Cooling?  According to a recent article in the National Post, there is more snow cover on the earth than anytime since 1966.

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Len and Sabah
Monday, February 25th, 2008 | Author:

A photo of Len and his sabah before Fred headed out of town… (not a bad photo, coming from a PDA)


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Flyers Lose Must-Win Game
Sunday, February 24th, 2008 | Author:

Len and I went to UD Arena to watch the Dayton Flyers battle the 12th ranked Xavier Musketeers in a game that was pivotal for the Flyers’ chances for the NCAA tournament.   Unfortunately, XU was a much more athletic team (as well as better at the foul line) as they beat the Flyers 57-51

This was one of the six games where we have our seats on press row, which offers us a great opportunity for watching the action up close.  As you can see from the photo below, I was able to take a quick snapshot of two very good senior-year basketball players (Brian Roberts and Stanley Burrell) as they played aggressively right in front of us.


I played “Japanese tourist” during the game and took plenty of photos for you UD fans…  You can click on the thumbnails below to view a high resolution image of any picture.



What can you say about the Flyers and Brian Gregory?  You have a player like Jimmie Binnie who starts at forward for the Flyers… He would probably be the 9th man off the bench if he played for Xavier.  And you have to give XU credit, they “spread the wealth” among their personnel and they have six players averaging double-digit points.

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3 Patterns to Success in Software Entrepreneurship
Sunday, February 24th, 2008 | Author:

Here is a great contribution from Eliezer Shklovsky…

What is common with the success of Google, World Wide Web, Liferay, and other software innovations?  Why have these organizations succeeded and others have failed? Why do start-ups have great ideas but go belly-up?

Simple! The three patterns below are what Google, the World Wide Web, and Liferay initially exhibited:

1. No venture capital. Idea first. Product MUST come first. Clever tangible idea must come first. It must be tangible and well developed! You MUST have something for which to show! Then go get your VC funding!   This is a reference to Google when they were in need of money for funding Google. They had little money to use on their start-up. It is known that Andy Bechtolsheim wrote a $100,000 check for Google without second thought once seeing the power of Google demonstrated. Moreover, it was a quick ‘n dirty demo as Bechtolsheim was in a hurry to leave that day! He had little time and little patience.  He was easily sold!

2. Be the actual creator and innovator. What does this mean? This means that you just don’t think of the ideas and find people to go code them for you. It means to think of them and create them (initially). That means, yes, you need to know the software. Programming. Software engineering. Think Brian Chan. Think Larry Page. Brin. Think Tim Berners-Lee. They wrote their ideas. They coded. You do not have to worry about paying some pinhead. You can be personally responsible for what you write.

3. If it is truly innovative and “out-of-the-box”, it is unlikely to hit the consumer market first. All good innovations in the field of computer science go through several phases. The consumer market is always the last for some high-changing “looks-to-be-obtuse” area. It typically may start in a specialized area of medicine or the government. Slowly but surely, businesses start adopting. The consumer market is typically last.

More Arizona
Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 | Author:

Just back from another week in Arizona with Mark Kelly…  That’s me next to the stage coach in Trail Dust Town, and that’s Sparky looking like a prospector in the photo at the bottom.



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Dayton Daily News Endorses Both Candidates
Friday, February 22nd, 2008 | Author:

What do you know?  The lowly Dayton Daily News was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal.  Of course, not in a flattering light… how could a paper that is the po-dunk, New York Times wanna-be, high school-journalism-quality, ever be mentioned favorably?   John Taranto notes that the Dayton newspaper (with offices in Kettering and printing presses in Franklin) appears to have endorsed both candidates (Chris Widener and Reed Madden) in a state election.

Is this considered talking out of both sides of your mouth?

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Dissing on the WNBA
Friday, February 22nd, 2008 | Author:

This is a cute one from Chris Lininger…


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