It’s important to distinguish opinions from facts

It’s important to remember that even when successful people say things, they’re often just opinions, not facts. Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz once told Jeff Bezos of Amazon, “You have no physical presence. That is going to hold you back.” The reality was that not having a physical presence at that time is what propelled Amazon forward.

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

Giving advice: If you were my brother ...

“The way is not difficult. 

Only there must be no wanting, 
or not-wanting.”


Once you’ve become the high-paid, top-level consultant you desire to be, an important of your work comes down to giving advice. Once the big decisions have been made, there can also be a ton of detail work to be done -- but it all starts with the big decisions.

Altec Lansing inMotion iM600 + iPhone review

I've had an Altec Lansing inMotion iM600 speaker system for almost half a year now, and I'm very pleased with it. It supports older iPods, like the iPod Nano I used to have; the sound quality is very good; and I love that it can run on either AC power (i.e., plugged into an electrical wall socket) or you can disconnect it and run it off the battery for a very long time -- it hasn't died on me yet during normal use.

Trouble in Apple land?

January 28, 2008, and I've got to think that Apple is in a bit of trouble. No, not because their stock has fallen from $200/share to $130, but because of their product line.

While they have released the iPhone, iPod Touch, Leopard, the new AppleTV, and MacBook Air in the last 12 months, Leopard is the only product from that group that seems to have any momentum right now. (Okay, maybe the iPod Touch has something going too, but that doesn't interest me.)

Not a fan of Visio for UML diagrams

Summary: Notes on using Visio for UML diagrams (mostly why I don't like to use Visio).

I think it is okay to use Visio for UML diagrams when you're not going to be doing very many, especially if you already own a copy of Visio. But once the application you're modeling gets to be substantial at all, Visio has a major flaw:

You're trying to model a software application that has a data model with a drawing program.

To me, that's not a very good idea.

Amazon Kindle price

I think some things Amazon has introduced with their Kindle device are very interesting, but at $399 IMHO I think it's over-priced by at least $270, maybe $300-350. The only thing I can figure is that since they're not charging you for network access and bandwidth they need to get a big chunk of money from you at the start. That price is just way too high for me.

Just say no to live football games on the NFL Network

Count me in as one of the football fans who are upset about tonight's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys being shown on the NFL Network. Okay, compared to a lot of other things this is a pretty trivial concern, but moving games to a premium cable channel sets a bad precedent. The NFL can do whatever they want, but this being America, consumers can also say "Screw you NFL", and this is your time to vote.