A lot can happen in five minutes. Five minutes either way.
Join Ryan Petty and the National Shooting Sports Foundation on June 11th 2022 for Responsible Gun Owners Day at the Range.
It didn't take long for the Biden administration to launch its latest attempt to rewrite the Second Amendment through executive action and Executive Branch regulation. It's time to stop this action.
The United States is an exceptional nation founded on exceptional principles. Our founding was more than a simple political revolt, the Founders waged an ideological revolution—one that ushered in a new epoch—unparalleled in all of human history.
Unlike previous years, 2021 appears to be a year for targeted school safety legislation. Four school safety bills have started the process to become law.
The American ethos is misunderstood. By entirely focusing on the materialism of American society, many fail to capture the importance of liberty and a deeply rooted entrepreneurial spirit afforded by that God-given liberty.
Public support for new gun restrictions has fallen, and fallen significantly. I explain why.
The latest report from the US Secret Service, Averting Targeted School Violence was released earlier this week. What sets this report apart from previous research done by the Secret Service is a look at attacks that were averted--before tragedy struck.
How can we make our communities and schools safer, prevent another Parkland or Sandy Hook? It's not Biden's gun control proposal. It's called Behavioral Threat Assessment. It's how the US Secret Service protects the President. The answer is literally standing in front of him.
As of late December 2020, much has been written and said about a recent set of proposed rules for pistol braces by the ATF. Mrgunsngear has a comprehensive rundown on his YouTube channel [https://www.youtube.com/c/Mrgunsngear/featured] "The Truth About The ATF Pistol Brace Proposal Letter" The
I was fortunate to work with President Trump on school safety. I saw first hand the personal interest he took in making schools safer and doing what was possible at the federal level to unify the federal effort. I am also fortunate to belong to a mailing list where the
It has been an honor to join the US Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) [https://www.secretservice.gov/protection/ntac/] on a nation-wide tour (Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles & Miami) to release their latest report on targeted violence in our nation’s schools: Protecting America’s Schools
It is wrong to view these failures as isolated events because they were a series of interconnected failures, all pointing to a lack of leadership by Scott Israel. Bad policy, sporadic training, inadequate equipment.
The Broward County School District can’t even provide a safe and healthy environment for students and teachers by fixing the leaking roofs or removing mold from our schools across the county. Contrast that with the Prosper Independent School District in Prosper Texas.
I joined Dana Loesch on The Dana Show (8/16/2019) to talk about what can be done to stop targeted violence & schools shootings. We discuss behavioral threat assessment, Red Flag laws and respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Ryan Petty joins Dana Loesch on The Dana Show (8/
A little over a week ago, the nation was rocked once again by the evil mass killings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, Ohio. After each mass tragedy, calls for gun control begin even before the causes are understood. This time has proved to be no different. In the wake
UPDATE: As reported in the New York Post [https://nypost.com/2019/03/07/teacher-gets-substantial-settlement-over-student-abuse-at-her-schools/amp/?__twitter_impression=true] , a New York City teacher, Aida Sehic, who complained of horrific racial, sexual, and physical abuse from students [https://nypost.com/2018/09/11/immigrant-teacher-claims-middle-school-students-picked-on-her/] has settled a lawsuit against the
All of us make mistakes. The key is to acknowledge them, learn, and move on. The real sin is ignoring mistakes, or worse, seeking to hide them.
UPDATE 2/13/2019: After several days of asking Sun Sentinel journalists to look into the details surrounding the rejection by the Broward County School District of proposed legislation that would have put a focus on school safety and security, the Sun Sentinel published their story [https://www.sun-sentinel.com/
Now that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission’s initial report has been sent to the Florida Governor and to the leaders of the Florida House & Senate, I’d like to share a few of the recommendations that went into the report, recommendations that I was privileged to work
I frequently am asked about arming school staff and whether or not it is a good idea for improving school safety. As part of our work on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, we developed critical recommendations to improve school safety and protect students and teachers. But let’s
Statement by Ryan Petty on Broward County School Board Election for District 8 September 3, 2018 Our public schools in Broward County can and must do better: from improving academic performance to making our teachers a priority, to the realization of safer schools. Nothing put the deficiencies of our public
The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas should show us that it is no longer acceptable to dismiss disturbing behavior, criminal activity, or threats against our schools. The lives of our children & teachers depend on it. We can’t rewind the clock, but we can learn the lessons of the past.
Unlike most solutions that are primarily for school counselors or law enforcement, the C-SSRS can be utilized by everyone. This means everyone can be part of the solution to preventing school violence and suicide.
Obama era school discipline policies should be rescinded and replaced with something akin to “best practices” without the threat of punishment or promise of federal goodies.
In what I view as further support for state and Federal “Red Flag” legislation allowing law enforcement to seek an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” sometimes referred to as a “Gun Violence Restraining Order”, a report [https://www.secretservice.gov/data/protection/ntac/USSS_NTAC-Mass_Attacks_in_Public_Spaces-2017.pdf] released
Today is the day. March 24th, 2018.March For Our Lives [https://marchforourlives.com] is happening in over 800 cities around the globe. Not coincidentally, I was a guest on Cavuto Live [http://www.foxnews.com/shows/cavuto-live.html] on FNC [http://foxnews.com] because I have suggested that there
On March 20, Governor Rick Scott appointed me (Ryan Petty) to the MSD Public Safety Commission. I am honored to be appointed and I am pleased to accept. I look forward to serving the citizens of the state of Florida, and especially our children and teachers. I will work tirelessly
Yesterday I had an opportunity to talk about #WalkUp on national TV. I was invited to be on the Michaela Pereira show on @HLNTV. The idea behind #WalkUp is not mine. In fact, I saw it on a Facebook post from a friend of a friend. Here is what inspired
[https://ryanpetty.com/content/images/wordpress/2018/03/TreeofKindness.jpg] Our daughter Alaina Petty attended Wilder Elementary when we live in the Seattle area. Mrs. Tavener, one of Alaina’s teachers at Wilder Elementary, heard about our call for kindness in the wake of Alaina’s death at Marjory Stoneman
UPDATED 23-Mar-2018: All families have now had an opportunity to sign the letter. See updated link below. Once again, the families of the victims of the senseless violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School unite in support of legislation to improve school safety and ensure this time will be different!
March 14, 2018 I will read a short statement from the families, and then I will begin my personal statement. We, the families of the amazing children and teachers killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, would like to recognize the first responders who were witnesses
You’ve got to read “Is the Tipping Point Toast?” [http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/122/is-the-tipping-point-toast.html] by Clive Thompson in FastCompany. The gist of Thompson’s piece, based on the work of Duncan Watts of Yahoo Research, is that the theory that a select few “key influencers” matter
John Corcoran, 77, spent the first six years of his life being honest. But from age 6 on, he started dodging the truth about not being able to read and write. Standard teaching methods didn’t work for him because – like millions of other children – he had auditory-discrimination problems that
On one thing, the experts seem to agree. The differences between hillaryclinton.com and barackobama.com can be summed up this way: Barack Obama is a Mac, and Hillary Clinton is a PC. That is, Mr. Obama’s site is more harmonious, with plenty of white space and a soft
Microsoft was too busy to read its rejection letter from Yahoo this morning, as it announced its intention to buy Danger, the maker of the popular Sidekick smart phone. The move suggests that the Redmond Giant plans to compete with its partners in the handset business. read more [http://blogs.
Many communities dream of becoming the next Silicon Valley. But Seattle is actually doing it. The influx of entrepreneurs and of venture capitalists to bankroll them is slowly reshaping this city and a regional economy long buffeted by the booms and busts of the aerospace and timber industries. A start-up
Joe Klein writes in a Time article [http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1710721,00.html]. Speaking of the Obama campaign, he says, > The man’s use of pronouns (never I), of inspirational language and of poetic meter — “WE are the CHANGE that we SEEK” — is unprecedented
100 cool things you can do with Google Maps Mashups. My favorites: 1) Find Fast Food in the US 2) Find a WiFi Hotspot in the US 3) Map US telephone area codes 4) Google Map your blog or website visitors 5) Check the time in a world location. What
Some analysts see consumers’ shift toward thrift as a cultural inflection point, one with huge implications for an economy driven largely by consumer spending. read more [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/05/business/05spend.html?ex=1359954000&en=9d3872eb4f1f0926&ei=5124&partner=digg&exprod=digg] | digg story [http://digg.
[youtube]Z58eHBnEHhk[/youtube] A very nice tribute of President Gordon B. Hinckley who passed away last week by Glenn Beck.
[youtube]D7qLILG7-ME[/youtube] Hilarious video clip from The 1/2 Hour News Hour on Fox News.
Mapping out routes for its drivers, drastically reducing the number of left-hand turns they make helped the company shave 28.5 million miles off its delivery routes, which has resulted in savings of roughly three million gallons of gas and has reduced CO2 emissions by 31,000 metric tons. read
From BusinessWeek: Unusually aggressive guidance didn’t stop analysts from making even more optimistic predictions for the iPhone maker in 2008 read more [http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/dec2007/tc2007129_417787.htm] | digg story [http://digg.com/apple/Apple_Forecasts_Not_Just_Hype_2]
It is premature to remove Verizon from the list of anti-tech companies, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. > In yet another sudden shift, Verizon Wireless plans to support Google’s (GOOG) new software platform for cell phones and other mobile devices. Verizon Wireless had been one
Excellent article @ PCWorld written by Mark Sullivan on the 5 most anti-tech organizations in America. History is replete with examples of products, companies, and industries that fail to adapt and adopt to new technology. These 5 will be next. From PCWorld by Mark Sullivan [http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,
With airports and highways more congested than ever, new steel-wheel and maglev lines that move millions in Europe and Japan have the potential to resurrect the age of American railroads read more [http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/transportation/4232548.html] | digg story [http://digg.com/design/Super_Trains_Plans_to_
The Federal Trade Commission has just slapped Do Not Call Registry offenders with $7.7 million worth of penalties. With a figure like that, it’s clear that telemarketers are finding that boundaries are a problem. But that doesn’t mean you have to take their abuse — fight back using
Apple’s new operating system and its massive new feature set challenge users anddevelopers to explore new and better ways of working. I don’t think Leopard is a perfect 10, but the author, Tom Yager, opines that Leopard’s many new features and underlying capabilities allow Leopard to “stay
I cant possibly spoil this by telling you any more…… read more [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7108835.stm] | digg story [http://digg.com/microsoft/Ship_crashes_in_Antarctica_check_out_the_name_and_the_irony]
“Gadgets and gimmicks, featured in the Holiday 2007 SkyMall catalog, prove without a doubt that the human race is going straight to Hell” read more [http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/skymall.s-scariest-stuff/10-reasons-were-doomed-skymall-edition-326183.php] | digg story [http://digg.com/gadgets/10_Reasons_We_Are_Doomed_SkyMall_Edition]
Four members of an underground “cultural guerrilla” movement known as the Untergunther, whose purpose is to restore France’s cultural heritage, were cleared on Friday of breaking into the 18th-century monument in a plot worthy of Dan Brown or Umberto Eco. read more [http://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/
Someone thought it would be a good idea to model their home theater after the Enterprise NCC-1701D from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The result is super geeky, but actually rather cool. The system also features “one of the largest Kaleidescape hard-drive based storage systems” ever created, amassing eight servers
From the NYT [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/12/technology/12intel.html?ref=business]: Intel plans to announce a family of microprocessor chips on Monday that it says will speed the availability of high-definition video via the Internet. As consumers clamor for more Internet video, a huge computing burden
Mark McGuinness over at the Business of Design Online [http://www.businessofdesignonline.com/] blog has written a series of articles (see links bel0w), on getting organized and improving creativity. Often many of us pitch creativity versus organization and structure erroneously. I believe organization and structure create (pun intended) an environment
Cliff Sullivan from BusinessWeek writes, > But I won’t be getting it soon. While the technology is mostly in place, the players—from cable companies to film studios—can’t agree on how to make it happen. I want to listen to music, have a box pop up on my
Came across this list of the 100 oldest .com domain names by registry date. What I wouldn’t give for a time machine! 1. 15-Mar-1985 SYMBOLICS.COM 2. 24-Apr-1985 BBN.COM 3. 24-May-1985 THINK.COM 4. 11-Jul-1985 MCC.COM 5. 30-Sep-1985 DEC.COM 6. 07-Nov-1985 NORTHROP.COM 7. 09-Jan-1986 XEROX.
[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.93″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.93″] Dear friends and colleagues, As I depart Nokia Siemens Networks (Myrio was acquired in 2005 by Siemens and is now subsidiary of
So I installed Leopard and have been playing around with several of the new features. One feature that is of particular interest to many of us that provide technical support for family and friends is the new “Desktop Sharing” capability. Here’s a clip from Apple’s guided tour http:
Silicon Alley Insider spotted a research note from Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster estimating that Apple is receiving $18 per month for each iPhone subscriber, under the revenue-sharing agreement between the two companies. Apple has confirmed that such an agreement exists, but has not shared the details about exactly how
Finally! To get started, you must first enable IMAP in your Gmail settings. To enable IMAP in your Gmail account: 1. Log in to your Gmail account. 2. Click Settings at the top of any Gmail page. 3. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP. 4. Select Enable IMAP. 5. Configure your
HDR is short for High Dynamic Range. It is a software technique of taking either one image or a series of images, combining them, and adjusting the contrast ratios to do things that are virtually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed. Although not for every photograph, I think
Today, Apple’s market cap exceeded that of IBM. Apple finished the day at $186.16 giving it a market cap of $161.89B (IBM’s market cap is at $156.01B). Makes you wonder about Apple’s 1984 Ad [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R706isyDrqI]. Over at bbum’
In news of a solution looking for a problem… Aya Tsukioka demonstrated new clothing designs that she hopes will ease Japan [http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/japan/index.html?inline=nyt-geo] ’s growing fears of crime. Ms. Tsukioka is a 29-year-old experimental fashion designer in Japan. She
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If your home is like mine, then you have a multi-megabit broadband connection, one or more HD capable TV sets, a wired or wireless home network and one or more PCs (ok mine aren’t all PCs–6 of them are Macs, and one PC running FreeBSD). While having 7
As Brier Dudley from the Seattle Times points out in his latest article [http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2003966193_brier22.html] , > A lot of people who bought fancy TVs over the past year or two have been looking for ways to get more digital content on their screens. They’
House #1 A 20 room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas — add on a pool, a pool house and a separate guest house, all heated by gas. In one month this residence consumes more energy than the average American household does in a year. The average bill
Turn regular bathwater into a colorful goo that kids can play in!
I have often wondered about the many “opt out” registries I have heard about on TV and online. The World Privacy Forum [http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/] has compiled their list of 10 most important “opt outs”. This list has been scrubbed of scams and scammers. > As privacy experts, we are
Psychologist Dan Gilbert [http://www.ted.com/index.php/speakers/view/id/94] challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel real, enduring happiness, he says, even when things don’t go as planned. He
If you’ve shopped for an HDTV, a PlayStation 3, or an HD-DVD or Blu-ray player, you’ve probably heard about HDMI. It can seem like just one of many connections on televisions or home-theater receivers. But HDMI is more than a port on the back of a TV (and
Alexander Rose from the Long Now Foundation write about a recent visit to the LDS Geneology vaults [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granite_Mountain_(Utah)] at Granite Mountain outside of Salt Lake City. Wired Magazine did an extensive article [http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/7.07/mormons.html] on
Branded as “The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See”, but really a reasoned approach to thinking about global warming. Watch, see what you think, and comment. [youtube]zORv8wwiadQ[/youtube] A reasoned response here: [youtube]ucs40x1aBp0[/youtube]
At the Popular Mechanics website, they have compiled a list of 8 inventors and 10 great new projects. My favorites are the “make anything” machine (pictured on right), the “hands on computer” which forms the basis for Apple’s multi-touch technology [http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/index.html#touch]
From www.bestweekever.tv [http://www.bestweekever.tv]: There are many things that make the following video amazing. For starters, it’s called “Star Wars Trumpet” that should be enough right there. But no, it gets better. For the trumpeteer is a girl named Stacey Hedger, who appears on stage
Young “gold digger” gets business 101 lesson What a classic answer… THIS APPEARED ON CRAIG’S LIST What am I doing wrong? Okay, I’m tired of beating around the bush. I’m a beautiful (spectacularly beautiful) 25 year old girl. I’m articulate and classy. I’m not from
THE Right Brain vs Left Brain test … do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise? If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa. Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the
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Doesn’t this just seem like a very bad idea in today’s litigious society? RottenNeighbors is a basic Google mashup allowing users to post comments about their “rotten” neighbors.C heck it out and see if you have made the list. From the rottenneighbor.com website: > We are the
Microsoft allow OEMs and retail outlets to sell PCs with Windows XP as customers continue to balk on upgrading to Windows Vista. > Microsoft had high expectations for customer adoption of Vista, and claimed the launch would be one of the most successful in Windows history. Unfortunately for the company, those
Yesterday, a nasty little bug [http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.excel/browse_thread/thread/2bcad1a1a4861879/2f8806d5400dfe22] was identified in Excel 2007. Try multiplying 850 * 77.1 and Excel returns 100,000. Well the answer should be 65,535! Any calculator should get this right, so why not Excel.
Photo (cc) by Kamal H. 1,300 unopened rebate forms a Mercury News reporter found in a dumpster [https://www.mercurynews.com/2007/09/05/tech-talk-unopened-rebate-requests-found-in-san-jose-dumpster/] near Vastech, a rebate processor for Fry’s [https://consumerist.com/2007/09/06/1300-unopened-rebate-applications-found-in-dumpster/index.html] Electronics [http://consumerist.com/consumer/electronics/]. When
A new class action lawsuit accuses the cable and satellite industries of acting illegally by only selling channels in bundles in order to milk customers. If Congress won’t do it, this lawsuit might. read more [http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070921-class-action-suit-hopes-to-sue-a-la-carte-cable-into-existance.html] | digg story [http://digg.com/tech_
…that 1999 quote from Bill Gates about Jobs: â€œHe has to know that he can never win.â€ I donâ€™t think Steve knows that at all. read more [http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2007/pulpit_20070906_002891.html] | digg story [http://digg.com/apple/Cringely_The_Puppet_
A day after slashing the price of the iPhone, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs today promised $100 store credits to iPhone owners who had paid full price and issued a rare apology for “disappointing” some of his most ardent supporters. read more [http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-apple7sep07,0,
“A team of scientists engaged in military research recently came to the conclusion that when it comes to reading web pages,most readers read in “F” shaped pattern taking into consideration the eye movements of 232 readers …” read more [http://blogtrench.blogspot.com/2007/08/hidden-f-in-your-web-pages.html] | digg story [http:
Essential software to make your Mac more awesome. Not having some of these tools is like having half a Mac. Others are just plain fun. You have a very cool computer… enjoy! This is the best list of software I have come across. read more [http://bestmacsoftware.org/] | digg story
Two years ago, the idea of paying $2 per episode for a TV show seemed almost crazy, thanks mostly to DVRs, VCRs and file-sharing networks. But the iTunes Store has changed that, and helped to popularize TV shows such as The Office, Battlestar Galactica, and Heroes in the process. Now
Apple has responded to news that NBC will not renew its iTunes contract. In a shocker, NBC wanted an eye popping $4.99 per episode, which is up from the $1.99 price that over 50 cable networks have agreed to this fall. As a result, the iTunes Store will
A man convicted of illegally downloading an episode of Star Wars has been told that he can no longer use his computer with an Ubuntu Linux operating system. Scott McCausland pleaded guilty last year to ‘conspiracy to commit copyright infringement’ and ‘criminal copyright infringement’ by downloading Star Wars: Episode III
Sooner or later, it had to happen.Â Yesterday, the identity of Fake Steve Jobs [https://www.fakesteve.net/] (FSJ) was revealed by a tenacious New York Times reporter [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/06/technology/06steve.html?ex=1344052800&en=f826e2e579cf8ea4&ei=5088&] .Â Dan Lyons [http://www.
Guy Kawasaki has posted a Q&A on his blog [http://blog.guykawasaki.com/] with Tim Berry the President of Palo Alto Software [http://www.paloalto.com/], the makers of Business Plan Pro.Â 10 Questions about business planning.Â My favorite response to the question of common mistakes was:
You probably didn’t realize that many color laser printers embed tiny yellow dots on each printed page. These tiny yellow dots amount to a “serial number” for each printer. Why would a printer manufacturer embed such a tracking system without the purchasers knowledge? Seeing Yellow [http://www.seeingyellow.com/
Bruce Schneier has written an excellent piece [http://www.wired.com/politics/security/commentary/securitymatters/2007/07/securitymatters_0712] on terrorism and why it almost always fails to produce the outcome its purveyors hope. > But like all cognitive biases, correspondent inference theory fails sometimes. And one place it fails pretty
Thanks to my friend Kelly Smith [http://www.kellysmith.com/] for posting a link to this instructional website. As Kelly says, the web and especially the video enhanced web is the perfect medium for instructional content of all types. I especially like this site because with my laptop, I can
Will It Blend? | Presented By Blendtec [http://www.willitblend.com/videos.aspx?type=unsafe&video=iphone]: “Ouch!” [youtube]qg1ckCkm8YI[/youtube]
Leadership: Worldwide Anti-US Feelings Suggest Troubling Trend [http://blog.fastcompany.com/experts/jblumenfeld/2007/07/worldwide_antius_feelings_sugg.html] : > Anyone that travels the global marketplace knows that negative views of the US are widely held. What often surprises people is the nations in which the population tends to view
Well, I am not advocating that we follow the Chinese lead here, but one wonders what effect this type of policy would have on our own bureaucrats? Quoting from the MSNBC article [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19686498/]: > China on Tuesday executed the former head of its food and
We invite you to add your ideas in the comments, and we â€™ll add the ones we think are the best to the master list. (And if anything we bring up here actually is already possible in the iPhone, please let us know. We donâ€™t claim to be
Cnet follows in sync with the iphone commercials with the real deal. Amazingly, reality is in line with the hype (Apple marketing). read more [http://www.cnettv.com/9710-1_53-28172.html?k=%22iphone%22&tag=cnetfd.vid] | digg story [http://digg.com/apple/iPhone_Ads_TV_versus_real_time_Video]
CNET News.com’s Charles Cooper rankled readers for suggesting that Silicon Valley is the only logical origin for the iPhone. The debate rages on. read more [http://news.com.com/iPhone+couldnt+be+created+just+anywhere/2010-1041_3-6195110.html] | digg story [http://digg.com/apple/Perspective_iPhone_couldn_t_
As I have previously blogged [http://https://ryanpetty.com/blog/2007/05/14/microsoft-takes-on-the-free-world/] , “Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and users. Users like you, maybe.”Â The latest turn in
It may not have been the ringtone heard ’round the world, but there sure was a lot of fuss over a phone Friday. At 6 p.m., the Apple iPhone went on sale. “I’m hoping it will make me cool,” Ryan Petty, 37, joked of the phone, which he
At this years All Things Digital Conference [http://d5.allthingsd.com/] D5, hosted by the Wall Street Journal, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were on stage together in a “fireside” interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. This coming together was billed as one of the great events of all
Novell goes public with terms of Microsoft Linux deal – Network World [http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/052607-novell-goes-public-with-terms.html?page=1] > The patent agreement between the two companies seems to make it clear that Novell does not accept any of Microsoft’s patent claims. Section 3.4 says, “Nothing in
PC World – Microsoft Patent Claims Hint at Internal Issues [http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,131806-c,companynews/article.html] In a follow up to Microsoft takes on the free world, PC World has an article today which points to internal issues as Microsoft that may be driving their recent “behavior”
Microsoft claims software like Linux violates its patents [http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/05/28/100033867/index.htm?postversion=2007051405] Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and
Is a $200 Billion Suit Headed Microsoft and Apple’s Way? [http://www.appscout.com/2007/05/is_a_200_billion_suit_headed_m.php] All I can say, for fear of being sued, or should I say it, for fear of being sued for NOT saying it??? We have
Big Paychecks – Forbes.com [http://www.forbes.com/2007/05/03/ceo-executive-compensation-lead-07ceo-cx_sd_0503ceocompensationintro.html] The chief executives of America’s 500 biggest companies got a collective 38% pay raise last year, to $7.5 billion. That’s an average $15.2 million apiece. Exercised stock options again account for
Set-top Boxes Open Up [http://www.xchangemag.com/tdhotnews/75h782427.html] > “However, many assert that it’s Microsoft Corp. –which doesn’t make STBs and is often accused of attempting to lock in users to its own priority technologies %u2013 that has done the most to advance the role of
InformationWeek Blog | Sometimes Steve Ballmer Just Takes Your Breath Away [http://informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/04/sometimes_steve.html;jsessionid=OLQZCPZOIRQDOQSNDLPSKHSCJUNN2JVN] Very insightful article which helps blow past the Ballmer spin machine. Of course, Ballmer has such an “historic” perspective on Microsoft’s success. > In a USA Today
InformationWeek Blog | Ballmer Says iPhone Won’t Succeed. Has Windows Mobile? [http://informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/05/ballmer_says_ip.html] > Steve Ballmer seems to be full of bluster these days. In his latest potshot at the iPhone, the Microsoft CEO says, “the future of the mobile handset
Apple Stokes a Digital Music Standards War [http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/apr2007/tc20070404_499334.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index_technology] The accord marks a fundamental change in the digital music landscape, a feat Apple is pulling off with increasing regularity of late. If I were an
Why Steve Jobs Will Never Offer Music Subscriptions [http://www.wired.com/gadgets/mac/commentary/cultofmac/2007/05/cultofmac_0501] Don’t hold your breath for music subscriptions from Apple’s iTunes music store — Steve Jobs will never offer them. Renting music flies in the face of consumer behavior. Consumers
The former Apple software evangelist is managing director at venture capital firm Garage Technology Ventures and has written several books including, The Art of the Start and How to Drive Your Competition Crazy. Kawasaki this week turned up at CA World 2007 in Las Vegas to deliver a keynote address
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The infamous September 2000 video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc4MzqBFxZE] of CEO Steve Ballmer going nuts at a Microsoft 25th anniversary pep rally will likely go down in tech history as one of the funniest videos ever. Now in true Web 2.0 fashion, some anonymous soul has
John J. Miller writes [http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YmQwMGVjNTU5YTQ5ZWU3MDE1NjBjNjkwZTQ0MmJhNWE=&w=MA==] about Hilltop Children’s Center in Seattle, where two teachers banned the popular children’s toy Legos. Well, actually Legos were banned and then reintroduced. The explanation is really best left to the “experts”–the teachers. In an
Not too long ago, ad agencies, design firms and other creative companies were about the only businesses that widely deployed Macintosh computers to their employees. But for a number of reasons, word of the benefits of Apple Inc. hardware — and software — on enterprise desktops is now spreading…. read more [http:
One quote from the IPTV World Forum in London [http://informitv.com/2007/03/07/iptv-world-forum-report/] really stood out was from Accenture’s Arjang Zadeh, stated: “quality, not content, is king.” Well, yes and no. It is not that simple, so let me explain. Why would such a quote stand
Steve Jobs definitely loves having symmetry in his product lines, so even though this seems pretty unlikely it’s not totally impossible that he’d want to bring multitouch to stuff besides the iPhone… I hate to perpetuate rumors but this one is too good not to discuss. What do
Sales of Apple Inc.’s Mac line of personal computers saw year-over-year growth accelerate over 100 percent during the month of January, with revenue growth rising even further, according to Pacific Crest Securities. Mac sales were up 55% in December. Is this a trend? read more [http://www.appleinsider.com/
Want to cancel your TiVo? When you call to tell them about it, they might just try to teach you how to defeat their DRM in order to keep you as a customer. That’s what happened to Tino, and he wrote all about it…. read more [http://consumerist.com/
Morgan Stanley analyst Kathryn Huberty reiterated her buy rating on Apple Inc. shares, saying she believed the market is underestimating the likely success of the iPhone. She raised her 2007 iPhone sales forecast by 33% to 8 million units from 6 million, following a survey of 2,500 U.S.
Apple will hold a special event at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show on Sunday, April 15. While no details were available on what, if anything, will be announced at the event, Apple has used such events in the past to launch significant product releases. I bet it
Although the FAIR USE Act introduced yesterday will have little more than a symbolic effect on the DMCA, that isn’t stopping the Recording Industry Association of America from unloading on the bill with both barrels. “The DMCA has enabled consumers to enjoy creative works through popular new technologies,” the
Over at Salon.com, Cory Doctorow, who has written some of the best articles and papers on DRM, has written a piece [http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2007/02/23/itunes/index.html] in response to the Steve Jobs Thoughts on Music [http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic/] open
Excellent Wired article [http://blog.wired.com/music/2007/02/how_to_explain_.html] on how to explain DRM to the layman. Some very interesting examples on the real impact of DRM on consumer. Be sure to check the comments.
[https://ryanpetty.com/content/images/wordpress/2007/02/eff-logo-plain-rgb.png] Recently, I joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation [http://www.eff.org] (EFF). Some might equate the EFF the ACLU of the digital world. So, those of you that know my political leanings might ask, why? Let me try to explain.
InfoWorld article [http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/02/19/08FEcrackpot_1.html] which discusses technologies which straddle the divide between harebrained and brilliant as they promise to shake the pillars of tomorrow’s enterprise. I love number 8, Project Blackbox [http://www.sun.com/emrkt/blackbox/index.jsp] from
[https://ryanpetty.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/tied-purple-picket.jpg]Fred Amoroso, CEO and President of Macrovision, responded to Steve Jobs’ open letter on Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology. Amoroso published his comments on his company’s Web site, as an open letter [http://macrovision.com/company/news/drm/response_
From this rant by Bill, it would appear those cute little Mac advertisements [http://www.apple.com/getamac/] are starting to get under Bill’s skin. > “I don’t think the over 90 percent of the [population] who use Windows PCs think of themselves as dullards, or the kind of
From The Register [http://www.theregister.co.uk/] — According to Steve Gordon, attorney and former Director of Business Affairs, TV and Video at Sony Music for ten years, the DRM walls are crumbling. Earlier this week, Steve Jobs called on the major record labels to allow online music sales unfettered
According to an article [http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070212-8813.html]by Ken Fisher over at Ars Technica, “A new study in the Journal of Political Economy by Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf has found that illegal music downloads have had no noticeable effects on the sale of music,
Matt Coddington of NetBusiness Blog [http://www.netbusinessblog.com/2007/02/13/top-10-worst-internet-marketing-videos-ever/] has compiled a top 10 list of worst Internet marketing videos ever. While he claims “top ten” status for his selections, the optimist in me believes things can get even worse–I mean better, no I did
Business Intelligence Lowdown [http://www.businessintelligencelowdown.com/2007/02/top_10_largest_.html] has ranked the top 10 databases in the world. They are: 10. Library of Congress 9. Central Intelligence Agency 8. Amazon 7. YouTube 6. ChoicePoint 5. Sprint 4. Google 3. AT&T 2. National Energy Research Scientific
One of the most complete write ups of Google’s Co-Founder that I’ve ever read. “How the Moscow-Born entrepreneur co-founded and changed the way the world searches” read more [http://www.momentmag.com/Exclusive/2007/2007-02/200702-BrinFeature.html] | digg story [http://digg.com/tech_news/How_Google_was_Founded_
Video of what appears to be Boeing test flights of the 777 and 747 in heavy crosswind situations. The video appears to be used to promote pilot training with Aeroclube [http://www.acbp.com.br] in Brazil. The titling is in Portuguese, but rougly translates to: > Not every day we
Cory Doctorow has posted an article on BoingBoing [http://www.boingboing.net] discussing the recent news that the processing keys for AACS, the DRM system used by Blu-Ray and HD-DVD have been extracted. This allows the content on EVERY Blu-Ray and HD-DVD to be decrypted. This news builds on the
This animation [http://www.tenthdimension.com/flash2.php] illustrates the concepts presented in chapter one of the book “Imagining the Tenth Dimension” by Rob Bryanton who writes for Wired. I have not read the entire book, only excerpts [http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1425103804/ref=sib_dp_pt/105-9343990-8231635#
Computerworld technology writer and former editor of Windows Magazine Mike Elgin, writes about the mess that is the Windows Vista upgrade, in Windows Vista: The ‘Huh?’ starts now [http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9010188&pageNumber=1] . > Microsoft is losing consumer operating system market share to
Speaking to business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bill Gates looked deep into his crystal ball and prognosticated that in 5 years, TV will be a lame duck [http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=internetNews&storyid=2007-01-27T160433Z_01_L27910975_RTRUKOC_0_US-DAVOS-INTERNET-TV.xml&src=rss]
Ars Technica article. According to a statement from the AACS LA, AACS has not been seriously compromised. read more [http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070126-8710.html] | digg story [http://digg.com/tech_news/AACS_Hack_Blamed_on_Bad_Player_Implementation]
Group that represents AACS downplays attack, however reality presents a stark future. read more [http://www.slyck.com/story1391.html] | digg story [http://digg.com/tech_news/AACS_Attack_a_Clear_and_Present_Danger_to_DRM]
Tom Giles from BusinessWeek explores the top tech trends for 2007. The article briefly discusses IPTV and the need to “keep it simple”. This is certainly easier said than done. With IPTV service providers anxious to differentiate their offerings from cable or satellite, the last thing they want is to
Businessweek columnist says that despite the new Windows Vista operating system, if you can afford it, buy a Mac. I whole heartedly agree! > The coming of Vista does not change my basic recommendation. Unless you have a compelling reason to run Windows or are very constrained by budget (since you
Having a new dog, I found a product that I think qualifies for some product of the year award, but will certainly make the lives of our children so much easier. Now my oldest daughter won’t have to stand in the rain, crying during her turn to cleanup the
Colbert hits the nail on the head during his historical diagram of the history of AT&T. So sad to see my “favorite” wireless company disappearing. Too bad they can’t improve their customer service as easily as changing names. [youtube]F4sAkpx7G9s[/youtube]
The History Channel will air a documentary narrated by Leonard Nimoy (Spock) next month about the Star Trek phenomenon. Produced to celebrate the franchise’s 40th anniversary, “Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier” features interviews with many of the stars and crew from the four spinoff series, at look at
Dear Mr. Jobs, Recently at MacWorld 2007 you introduced the iPhone to raving audience and analyst reviews. I don’t remember any product that has been so eagerly anticipated and then exceeded our collective wildest expectations. I must admit, I want one, I want one bad. My wife wants one,
Over on YouTube, the Steve Jobs Keynote from MacWorld 2007 has been posted. It is divided into 9 parts. I am including all 9 links here for your viewing pleasure. The official keynote is on the Apple website. Apple has also posted the iPhone portion of the keynote here [http:
According to the folks over at Snopes.com, this urban legend appears to be true. They have a great explanation of the refund amounts as well as the reason almost everyone qualifies for this one time credit. Make sure you take advantage of this and pass this along to everyone
From yourcreditadvisor.com: > If you’re anything like me, you graduated from college and perhaps even took a finance class or accounting class here or there, but you didn’t learn anything about managing your personal finances. In fact, there probably wasn’t even an opportunity to take any such
Over at yourcreditadvisor.com they have published a list of the top 25 personal finance myths. Find out which ones you secretly subscribe to. > Someone once said that if you were to make a list of your 10 closest friends and acquaintances and order your earnings and theirs from smallest
One word, AWESOME! Everyone I have talked to that has seen the Jobs keynote, or seen a demo, or read about the iPhone has been wowed! When you think about what the iPhone does, it now seems like, duh? Why hasn’t anyone else ever done this. I bet the
A protective coating of nanomaterial repels water, oil and bacteria. read more [http://www.livescience.com/scienceoffiction/070105_nanofabric.html] | digg story [http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Self_Cleaning_Underwear_Goes_Weeks_Without_Washing]
As the hype builds for CES, the New York Times divides the competitors for your living room into three categories. The Incumbents like HBO already have a stake in America’s TV market. Latching on to them are the Extenders, who provide the actual devices to link up with your
Over at ITVT [http://www.itvt.com/], there is a two-part interview [http://itvt.com/story/1298/itvt-itv-interview-siemens-vs-microsoft-iptv-part-one-two] with representatives from Siemens and Microsoft debating their varying approaches to IPTV technologies and the market. Of course, I am biased as my team and I make many of the decisions about
University of Auckland medical imaging researcher, Peter Gutmann has written an excellent article [http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt] on the impacts of Windows Vista DRM on the end user, YOU. A great read. Original article can be found at: http://www.cs.auckland.ac.
DETROIT (MarketWatch) — Ford Motor Co. (F) will unveil next month a hands-free Bluetooth wireless system and in-vehicle operating system developed by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) as an option for its entire Ford brand lineup. I say it is just one more reason not to buy a Ford. read more [http://www.
Rick Reilly: Strongest Dad In the World [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/pr/subs/siexclusive/2005/writers/rick_reilly/06/13/reilly0620/index.html] From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly [SI Premium Subscription required] [Article text for the rest of us] http://cjcphoto.com/can/ [http://cjcphoto.com/can/] I try
It was clear as early as June 2005 what the biggest news for Apple would be in 2006 —that was the month when Steve Jobs announced Apple was jettisoning the PowerPC chip for new processors supplied by Apple. And while the Intel transition obviously dominated Apple’s maneuverings this year,
Photos from last weeks storm that hit the Puget Sound area. Last Thursday night, the Puget Sound area was hit with one of the worst storms in over 30 years. With wind gusts over 90 miles per hour, over 1 million customers lost electrical power. Some customers will not have
For the New York Times, David Pogue reviews [http://video.on.nytimes.com/?fr_story=d14603c1e23e6ce37920a8134a2e27b1405a4991&rf=bm] Windows Vista, trying to prove in his video that “Microsoft did not steal ideas from Mac OS X.” [Dec 15, 2006]
One the best speeches I have ever read, heard, or viewed regarding life work and the importance of doing what you love. For the full text of the speech, click Continue reading below. Enjoy! This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and
The Parallels beta includes a new feature, called Coherence, that hides the Windows desktop and allows you to run Windows apps in their own windows on your Mac desktop. The result is that you can intermingle all your Mac and Windows apps on the same desktop. I know what you’
Apple has broken its usual silence to slam well-publicised claims that iTunes sales are losing momentum; claims made by Forrester Resarch analyst, Josh Bernoff. Bernoff’s claims, which emerge just weeks after Microsoft’s launch of its Zune device, prompted Apple to issue an official rebuke read more [http://www.
Few people know the music industry better than Peter Jenner. Pink Floyd’s first manager. Jenner has also looked after T.Rex, The Clash, Ian Dury, Disposable Heroes and Billy Bragg – who he manages today. He’s also secretary general of the International Music Managers Forum. And he doesn’t
Apple’s marketshare and browsershare have been marching upwards over the last several years, and this is no exception, a strong indication of Apple’s strength as a brand as its turning around of its historically very niche and marginal portion of the market read more [http://aapl.bloggingstocks.com/
The best took their companies to new heights and made investors proud. The worst? Well, check out the BusinessWeek rogues’ gallery. I love the photo of Michael O’Leary the Ryanair CEO. It’s like a bad Dell ad… read more [http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/12/1207_bestleaders/
This tiny Italian city in the Alps gets no sun all winter due to the surrounding mountains. So they decided to solve the problem! Human ingenuity at its best! read more [http://www.capetimes.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=3570650] | digg story [http://digg.com/world_news/Awesome_An_Italian_
Rafat Ali from PaidContent.org [http://www.paidcontent.org/entry/why-aggregation-context-and-not-necessarily-content-are-king-in-entertainme/] quotes Bear Stearns analyst Spencer Wang’s report on, Long Tail, but focuses on what he calls the mid part of the content and distribution value chain, where he sees the most value in the long run…that mid
An article [http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/11/27/lets-just-declare-tv-dead-and-move-onhttpwwwtechcrunchcomwp-adminpostphpactioneditpost3865/] by Michael Arrington over at TechCrunch.com explores the death of broadcast (linear) TV. Some research indicates that online video watchers watch less TV, well duh. > The key tipping point will be when a startup is able to distribute proper
One of the issues that every company faces is how much information to share with customers and employees. At work, there is a constant battle between disclosure of raw and immediate information and processing or summarizing information to ensure it accurate and will be understood. Over at The Longtail blog,
It’s a big day for Moore’s Law. I’m not sure anyone else has noticed this, but by my calculations we have in the past few months reached the penny-per-MIPS* milestone. Intel’s Core Duo running at 2.13 GHz now costs around $200 at retail (it’s
According to ABI Reasearch, the market for home networking and connected entertainment devices will grow from $14 billion in 2005 to more than $85 billion in 2011, ABI forecasts. This “astonishing” growth rate will be driven by a desire for “pervasive connectivity” in applications such as multi-room PVRs, place-shifting, and
This blog post [http://adw3345.livejournal.com/19171.html] by Derrick of Stamford CT, talks about his recent purchase of a Belshaw Donut Robot Model 42 from Ebay for $900. This thing makes 384 donuts per hour! Derrick connected it to the 240V AC power in his laundry room and
According to Podcasting News [http://www.podcastingnews.com/2006/11/14/its-official-the-zune-zucks/], early reviews are in on the Microsoft Zune, which debuts today. The consensus is: the Zune zucks. The Zune has benefited from a tremendous amount of buzz. Unfortunately, it appears that Microsoft’s second attempt at an iPod/
Siemens Home Entertainment’s largest European customer (as of 2006), Belgacom TV hits 100,000 subscribers this month, which is a full year of schedule. See Belgacom press release [http://www.belgacom.be/company/en/jsp/static/20061109_q3results.jsp]. See the announcement [https://w5.siemens.com/belux/web/en/
Friday, Light Reading [http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=109953] reports that “several industry sources” have indicated that Motorola may have started their holiday shopping early and are rumored to be in the market for an IPTV middleware acquisition. Plug for Siemens SURPASS Home Entertainment IPTV solution: “Siemens
This must be one of the most unintentionally funny video clips I have seen. The original clip has been removed from most sites due to overzealous lawyers from Universal. Below is a site which has extensive information on the video, its origin and includes links to the video. http://blog.
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Follow these 25 guidelines and feel confident that you’ll be making the right financial decisions. read more [http://money.cnn.com/popups/2006/moneymag/25_rules/index.html] | digg story [http://digg.com/business_finance/25_things_to_do_to_grow_rich]
During last week’s conference call in which Apple announced preliminary 4th Q earnings, Mr. J apparently also declared 2007 to be “one of the most exciting new product years in Apple’s history. read more [http://www.tuaw.com/2006/10/21/steve-jobs-declares-2007-to-be-one-of-the-most-exciting-in-app/] | digg story [http://digg.com/apple/
Record-breaking quarterly sales of the Mac are putting Apple into the running for a top computer-maker spot! read more [http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/oct2006/tc20061018_006862.htm?campaign_id=rss_daily] | digg story [http://digg.com/apple/Apple_s_Big_Mac]
According to the most recent report from ABI Research, Siemens leads Microsoft in the worldwide market for IPTV right now, but the race has just begun. ABI just finished up a recent analysis of middleware vendors and found that Siemens was ahead of Microsoft in terms of bundling a broader
I arrived home from München on 30-Jun and immediately left to go camping with my daughter in the mountains just east of Seattle, WA. Specifically, we were about 5 miles from Cle Elum, Washington [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=ensign+ranch+cle+elum,+wa&ie=
June 28 and 29th Siemens Home Entertainment held a semiannual PLM (Product Line Management) workshop in München. Check out the photo album [https://photos.app.goo.gl/rfH7p8leJAKrpSjI2] here. Every 6 months, or so, the global Home Entertainment PLM team gets together to discuss our IPTV solution. We talk about
What is Xlog? I hope to utilize Xlog as a place to chronicle my personal journey through the world of technology, product development, and innovation. As a technology developer & consumer. On this blog, I will endeavor to deliver an objective view of today’s technology, I hope it will not
Siemens Communications Inc. is tapping Tut Systems Inc. to roll out IPTV middleware services in North America, Siemens said Monday. Siemens Communications Inc. is tapping Tut Systems Inc. to roll out Siemens SURPASS Home Entertainment middleware services to telephone carriers in North America, the company said Monday.Siemens’ Internet protocol