Relo to Calgary completed

Surface is a play mat
Surface is a play mat Just a quick note for the loyal fans of zouak.com we are ramping up again to be posting more regularly. In the last few months we have been hectically busy relocating from Montreal to Calgary. Now we have a solid base and are open for business for the Calgary/Vancouver markets (so sorry Toronto and Montreal!). We have [...]

A Missing Piece of isolated mobile te...

A Missing Piece of isolated mobile tech
Though I am very focused on my book, my customer, on my family and my health (not necessarily that order), sometimes a thought just pokes through and wants to jump onto the blog page. I’ve been participating in an interesting conversation on LinkedIn of former and current Microsoft employees, and while it reveals just how bad things are [...]

The Magic of Writing on the iPad

The Magic of Writing on the iPad
Most of my book I’ve been writing I have written on my iPad. On the order of 10 to 1 in terms of pages so far. I’ve been thinking about why that is? I certainly don’t type faster on it, I actually have to pace my speed because it can’t keep up with me, I get a full two key strokes ahead at full speed and it starts skip [...]

The Line and the Anti-Consultant

The Line and the Anti-Consultant
There’s a line in the normal consulting world where the customer is on one side, and the consulting firm is on the other side. There are things you cannot do or say if you are on the consultant side of the line, either because you don’t have the credibility or because you are going to be in conflict with your firm, colleagues or p [...]

personal impact of Steve Jobs’ ...

personal impact of Steve Jobs’ passing
I really didn’t expect to think much more of Steve Jobs’ passing than it being a piece of information I came across. I’ve never met him, I’ve never worked for Apple, and I’ve never read a book on Steve Jobs. But… I worked at Microsoft for nearly four and a half years. I have met Steve Ballmer twice, once wh [...]

Does your career lives here?

Does your career lives here?
When you are a trusted advisor to people, sometimes they will ask me for my honest opinion. I always offer my honest opinion, but asking me explicitly for my “honest” opinion has become code for “your absolute brutal opinion on this subject matter.” Recently I was asked about someone’s career prospects, and I tol [...]

HP’s WebOS could be the anti-An...

HP’s WebOS could be the anti-Android
HP has a sales disaster on their hands with the TouchPad tablet they released (article) but the more I read about Google scrambling to find patents to protect Android phone makers from having to pay Microsoft $15 per handset in patent licensing among other headaches, I wonder if HP could take advantage of this. As a handset maker, the last t [...]

Mentoring Unleashes Excellence

Mentoring Unleashes Excellence
I go to every one of my daughter’s soccer games. She’s the smallest one on her team, and over the past four years she’s earned her way up to being around the bottom of the top third of players. Given her size and age is an excellent achievement. I always encourage her (I’ve made sure she actually likes me cheering her [...]

Side-effect of Cloud-Centric Devices

Side-effect of Cloud-Centric Devices
About two weeks ago my new 2TB external drive, where I store all my iTunes content among other things lost its mind, and I realized how much stuff I just didn’t have backed up. Don’t you hate that feeling? I contacted Apple, and knowing all well that it is not their responsibility but that sometimes they will help you out, they al [...]

You Forgot Something Mr. Smarty Pants...

You Forgot Something Mr. Smarty Pants Architect
I was in a meeting today, the third meeting in fact, to review a document I had done. After an hour of discussion, I was able to put my finger on why our views on what should be in the pivotal document were so different, it was the origin of our understanding of what it was for. by http://www.sxc.hu/profile/plex I’m fortunate to work on [...]