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Disruptive Technology is like…

Disruptive Technology is like…

Ok so we have to keep this on the down low, I don’t want Tyler Durden to find out that I am doing this.  I stumbled across a great article over at Information Week that describes Disruptive Technology like being a participant in Fight Club but as intrigued as I was with Peter Waterhouse’s look at Disruptive Technology…I thought that I would take it one step further…yep time for a new feature.  Saturday Krispification! There are many truths about working in IT or around Technology for that matter.  I for one have been engaging in “Shadow IT” for years because I not only understand the Tech but can separate business needs from personal needs quite well because the reality is…for the most part for me they are the same thing.  In the Information Week Article, Peter describes 5 Rules of the DT Fight Club…and while I liked what he had to say…the point of a “Krispification” is to put my spin on what an industry writer has put out there for the world to read. Rule #1: You do not … Read more

Da Email, Da Email…You had NO IDEA Strongbad!

Da Email, Da Email…You had NO IDEA Strongbad!

For those who are not familiar with the works of the beloved Internet Luchador, Strong Bad the long ago internet sensation (before the time of YouTube and Vine) there was a weekly flash video produced from far away in Strongbadia that would answer fans questions in…well a pretty unique way (SB Email) but even as the computer that Strong Bad uses in the videos so too has Email evolved and despite rumors of its imminent demise…it is likely to remain around for a  very long time. (heck I even wanted to believe with posts like I am not the only one confronted by the email pollution and Inbox Zero – Lofty Goal or Easy Fix? but with this venerable web tool (yes the only thing on the internet older than me is email) it keeps reinventing itself. While Friday’s are typically my Free App Reviews, I could not resist taking a gander at the future of email with “Inky” a relatively new take on the 42 year old medium that we all love to hate. With as many email addresses as I have … Read more

Knowing When to Walk Away

Knowing When to Walk Away

Some things look good on paper, and sometimes it is just hope that has them look good but when when the chips are down and there is only one person who can atone for the sins of the man…it is time to walk away.  The past two weeks I went on an experiment, looking to see if the world of call centres had changed in the 5 years that I was away from them…I can attest…they have not. Having come from a job that I loved the clients and many of my co-workers but suffered through much of the rest of the grind…I am not sure why I took on the role that I did, knowing it was a Call Centre.  They billed it as a Sales Professional’s dream gig, with great rewards and easy product to sell…well the reality is, I was nothing more than a glorified Telemarketer in Sales Professional’s clothing. In all the Sales Training that I have had in the past 5 years, the core rules of success have always included: Believe in Yourself (yep I … Read more

Who or What or How is Hadoop being used?

Who or What or How is Hadoop being used?

I got curious today, mainly because I looked at how my current employer is harvesting potential “customers” and feeding them to us and realized that Big Data needs to be brought to the forefront for every company and understanding that it does not need to be a massive 1100 Node Cluster with 12 PB of raw Data like Facebook to be effective.  I took a swing by the Apache Hadoop page and took a quick look around. So what is Hadoop? Apache Hadoop is an open-source software framework that supports data-intensive distributed applications licensed under the Apache v2 license. It supports running applications on large clusters of commodity hardware. Hadoop derives from Google’s MapReduce and Google File System (GFS) papers. Ok so Wikipedia in its opening salvo just throws a lot of technical jargon out there and really does not get to the point that everyone can understand…so it is time for a quick Krispification of the term. What is Hadoop According to Krispy? Apache Hadoop is an open-source Big Data Framework that supports a variety of high volume data intensive connections to external applications.  It supports this by running the applications common hardware … Read more

A New Dawn, A New Day

A New Dawn, A New Day

The adventure that is the life of Krispy continues to unravel before me.  It is interesting to see how the amount that things have changed in the past 5 years the more they stay the same and that I am making an unceremonious return to Call Center life (not what I thought would happen).  This is becoming one of those moments in my life that while it is not what I wanted, it is what I got and hey…4 1/2 years at Call Centers before making the leap to Sales for 5 years…it is the combination of both of these worlds. Training will be interesting as I take 5 years of Sales Experience and apply it to this new world that I will be living in.  One thing is for sure though…a Job is definitely not a Career and I will continue to explore my options as I plug away at making my “metrics” and focus on being productive and hopefully make some money as well. What will the future hold?  Well it is too early to tell but I … Read more

Big Day, Big Weekend, Big Week Ahead

Big Day, Big Weekend, Big Week Ahead

For a Geek like me, much of my time is spent focusing on the core of all things digital.  That my be the media that I watch and listen to, the games that I play, the Images that I build or even more fun for me the “Digital Connections” that I make in this great big Virtual World that has become my second home.  But I must say that it has been a very interesting few days and the next few are set to be even more exciting. Part of my daughter’s “coming of age” as a Teenager has been a wild fascination with many of the same things that I was interested in when I was her age (sure there were not even Cell Phones back in the Dark Ages of the Mid 80’s and typing was mostly done on a type writer) but she has a keen interest in serving this country and has been leaning towards joining the Military but for now has gotten bitten by the Paintball Bug so for her birthday I picked some gear … Read more

Social Media as a Sales Professional's Best Friend

I know…it is amazing but in my experience there is still many Sales Professionals out there that still have not embraced the wonders of Social Media to better connect with their potential customers and many more that work for companies that have not embraced the power of Social to aid in growing both their Market Share and their Brand Loyalty.  Social Media for me over the past 2 1/2 years of being a Technical Sales Professional allowed me to connect, empower and understand my customers so much better.

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Krispy's Rants – A New Beginning and Old Style

For those who have gotten to know me over the past 30 months here at Krispy’s Rants, I like to mark certain occassions with a post and today is no exception.  My daughter turned 14 yesterday…a land mark date in my life as I became a father for the first and only time so many years ago.  I have watched her grow and mature into a wonderful young woman and truly a “Geek 2.0” but at the same time, I spent much of yesterday prepping the guts of the new Krispy’s Rants in preparation for this historic post.  Life is all about New Beginnings and this fall…that is what I am all about.

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Sometimes being the Resident Geek has its Disadvantages

Sometimes being the Resident Geek has its Disadvantages

I feel like I was on a 4 day bender this morning and all because I am a Geek.  There was no Boiler Makers or Jaagermeisters involved just an intensive rehab of not one but two Windows Computers that were acting up on family members and friends of friends. For those who follow me on Google+ or Facebook you will know that I have an interesting “fetish” for the T-shirt of the day and while I have held off on posting this one…I think the timing is right to have it show up here.  The problem is, as much as I enjoy the tinkering and fiddling with computers is a real enjoyment for me…I have really come to the conclusion that my better judgement needs to take over and call it quits so that I do not end up putting in a 21 hour day…yes that is right it was 3:30 AM before I packed it in as I was nodding off at my desk. Both situations were a matter of simple re-installing Windows and as much as it always … Read more

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