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Phillip Jackson

"a thing" vs "The Thing".

You can only have one "The Thing" at a time.

Silvrback blog image Golf is "a thing" for me (not a very good one mind you), watching sports is "a thing", reading books is "a thing" and until this past week ServiceVines was just "a thing". What I've found out in a short amount of time is there is a lot of difference between something being "a thing" and . . .

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August 10, 2014

The Internet of Things

How wifi took over our home

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I'm not sure when this happened but it seems something in every room in our house needs internet access. When I built our house about 11 years ago, and being as I'm a geek, I installed 4 cat 5 and 2 Coax cables in every single room of the house. If any of you have ever built a house the one thing that you say or is said to . . .

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August 04, 2014

Swinging The Bat

Moving to ServiceVines full time

In your lifetime you don't get many at bats but when you're up, you have to get in the batter's box and swing with all you have.

To have someone believe in you is both an amazing and scary feeling. I am fortunate to have a lot of those someones. My partners at Price Edwards, my wife and family, my friends, the MIS team . . .

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July 31, 2014

The marginal value of technology

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William Preece, in 1878: "The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys."

It's really hard to predict the impact of a new technology on a society. Many things that were meant to change the world (the segway) didn't and so many things people had no idea they . . .

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December 08, 2012

Disrupting education

Beyond the facts of Education

This week I moved my oldest daughter into the dorms as she started her college journey. When this happens to you, you'll find yourself doing a lot of reflection. One of the questions that get asked a lot is college expense worth it, is it still the right way to educate people today. Additionally, there's no lack of startups trying to . . .

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August 20, 2012

Productivity and Software

I read an article about 9 months ago in the Wall Street Journal that has stuck with me. The author was Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, title Why Software is eating the world . The title is one that is very sticky and the concept is easy to understand. The Internet combined with Software and cloud or cheap computing is literally changing . . .

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April 29, 2012

In Defense of Tracking Cookies

Recently there has been much concern about letting advertisers track you across websites to provide relevant ads. Let me start by stating in NO WAY is it okay for google to bypass the user's setting in the browser to display ads. Now that's out of the way my question is what's wrong with tracking cookies? Especially if they are . . .

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February 12, 2012

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