Pirates pull triple play – first at PNC Park

Josh Harrison tags third & turns as he starts the Pirates first ever triple play at PNC Park

  If you didn’t have a chance to see this weekend’s Pirates triple play against the Cubs, it’s worth taking a few minutes to watch it (and smile).  They did it the hard way — around the horn from third base. Josh Harrison has lots of reasons to be proud this season.  Being among the Continue Reading

The Apple watch – decades in the making

In 1983, Apple had a watch. It took 21 years to perfect & announce it.

Today Apple finally introduced its wrist watch — a design marvel.  But it has taken decades to get here.  This photo is the watch that the company was designing in 1983 — 21 years ago! Thanks to “Keep it simple: the early design years of Apple” by Hartmut Esslinger.  That’s where this photo came from. Continue Reading

QuickBooks 2014 plays together well; offers enhancements

QuickBooks 2014 - choose your platform to help reduce the chore of doing your books

I have had the opportunity to take an extended look at 3 different versions of QuickBooks 2014 — the desktop versions for Mac & Windows, and the Online version.  Intuit is pushing the Online version with the goal of moving many users to that platform, but they haven’t forgotten the desktop users, and have been Continue Reading

Joining the indispensable: Evernote

With incomparable text recognition to help you extend your brain's memory, Evernote becomes a go-to app

Getting onto my list of indispensable means getting over a very high bar.  There are only a handful of applications that meet the standard — and those have to meet a specific criteria: “Is it more difficult to get through a day without it than with it?” It took a while to make the list, Continue Reading

Android phones compared

Although they seem much the same, there are differences in recent crop of phones.

Tech devices go in phases — sometimes where there are substantial differences; sometimes where they are alike.  The recent set of Motorola Android phones on the Verizon Wireless network, while each having its own advantages depending on your needs, are really pretty similar. If you’re trying to choose between them, here are a few things Continue Reading

Venture Capital and Angel Resources

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Raising funds for your start up or growth stage business is hard.  Here are some resources that could make it easier. Tools to Shop Your Deal and Submit to Funders Gust.com (formerly Angel Soft) is often used to submit your deal so funders can more easily compare your company, share it with their partners, and Continue Reading

Phil Everly’s Death Likely to Spread His Music to a New Generation

Nora Jones and Billy Joe Armstrong recreate Everly Brothers' sound impeccably.

In mid-December, a song on the radio took my breath away, causing me to pull out Shazam to find out what it is and who is singing it.  It sounded remarkably like the Everly Brothers’ style, but was a male/female duet – fresh, clean, spectacular.  Turns out it was Billy Joe Armstrong and Nora Jones Continue Reading

Americans don’t trust Facebook & Google, but use them anyway

Children trust automatically.  For adults, it should be earned.

  There’s an old adage about doing business only with people you trust.  And frankly, whenever I have dealings with somebody who doesn’t earn my trust consistently, it turns out not-so-good.  You know — when you are not quite sure you trust the other person, but give them the benefit of the doubt.  It’s that Continue Reading

2013 Christmas Gift Ideas

Not just a pretty bow on your pretty girl.  They're headphones in disguise.  Jersey Shore fashion statements.

Still looking for a gift that stands out from the crowd? Here are a few ideas that will likely be appreciated by your recipient: A Klingg (not a Klingon) Perhaps you want to buy something thoughtful for somebody who is active – you know, a runner who loves to go out with their iPod and Continue Reading