Microsoft Flops

Everyone thinks of Microsoft as a company built on perfection… a recent article in ExtremeTech describes Microsoft’s Top 10 Flops: 1. Microsoft BOB: A product Microsoft released in 1995, was set to be the next-generation interface for Windows 3.1.  It

Israel & Technology

How hot is technology investment in Israel?  The tiny Middle Eastern country, with a population smaller than Manhattan’s, has become a global player in innovation, thanks to its thriving venture capital scene and many home-grown start-ups. There are now 75 Israeli

Evolution of IT Capabilities

Chris Lininger and I had a discussion today about the slow evolution of information technology that truly empowers the business end user.  We talked about all of the failed promises over the past 25 years including 4GL (4th Generation Languages),

Microsoft and George Orwell

Microsoft acknowledged Wednesday that it needs to better inform users that one of its automatically installed updates quietly checks in daily with Microsoft servers. The company said the undisclosed daily check is a safety measure designed to allow the tool, called Windows

Affirmative Action and the EEOC

An interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal discusses the planned — and subsequently cancelled — testimony before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  It appears that the bureaucratic EEOC was not interested in hearing the realities associated with affirmative action. 

Chinese Continue Theft of Intellectual Property

A prominent Chinese scientist, one of the founders of the chip manufacturing industry in China, has admitted to stealing his research. The New York Times article notes: “Chen Jin, a dean of Shanghai’s prestigious Jiaotong University and the leader of a government-funded

The Cost of Driving a Car

There is a recent analysis in American Spectator that reads like it came from my friend Jerry Heidenreich…  The author notes: “So gas prices zoom up to, and sometimes past, $3.00 a gallon, and here I am driving a 1992

Biggest Dot-Bomb Duds

As a former CEO of a venture-backed technology company, it is interesting to take a look back at some of the hair-brained ideas that received millions $$$ in venture capital.  In 1999, I joked with my management team that we needed to