OpenWorld by Robert Landes

OpenWorld was by far the largest conference I'd ever been to. There are at least two extremely large convention centers with dozens of different vendors with their own unique displays, and I was looking forward to meeting people in the industry. I attended the keynote with Dave and 10,000 other people on Sunday night where Larry Ellison made some important announcements about the direction of Oracle and some of their new products. After that finished, we took a bus back to our hotel at Fisherman's Wharf where we walked around the pier in the cool air.

DLZP Group Test Drive Lab

 It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of the Test Drive Lab program for PeopleSoft. We have been working on this initiative for some time and are very excited about what it means for our customers. The Test Drive Lab is a fully functional PeopleSoft 9.1 application running on Amazon’s EC2 Cloud Compute environment.

Techno Chaos

I’m all for supporting local businesses, so when I heard about Techno Chaos opening in Sugarland, Texas,  I decided to check it out.   What I found was a unique place for kids to learn in a fun, challenging environment with an emphasis on the hands-on application of science, technology, engineering and math concepts.

Welcome to DLZP Group!

 Well, I can hardly believe I have gone live! After months of preparation and development, we have finally launched our new firm.  I am very proud of what I have been able to accomplish to date and look forward to implementing the amazing things I have planned. Today this site contains the first phase of what I hope will be a successful and valuable tool to be utilized by our Customers, Employees and Business Partners.

 

To Catch a Dollar

About three months ago,  I saw the documentary “To Catch a Dollar.”  I was just talking to a friend about it the other day and thought I’d write a brief blog about it.  This insightful film, a 2010 Sundance Film Festival selection,  follows Noble Peace Prize winner and Presidential Medal of Honor winner Muhammad Yunus as he brings his revolutionary microfinance program, Grameen Bank,  to New York City.   With its roots in Bangladesh in the late 1970s, Muhammad Yunus started Grameen Bank as an avenue for women to obtain small loans for business ventures without the need for collateral.

Khan Academy

 I’m the type of person who generally wonders, “Am I smarter than a fifth grader?”   Why?  Because, while I have enough knowledge and experience to make me an expert in my particular field and successful in my professional life, ask me a question about the French Revolution or Heron’s Formula or….just what Free Radicals are, and I will quickly feign a stomach ache and take my leave.  The truth is all of us have problems understanding some concepts, grasping the timeline of important events in history, or even knowing exactly what some word or phrase tossed around in everyday conversation ac

Google+

 Last month, on June 28th, Google announced the launch of their new social networking site “Google +”(Google Plus), and I have to say – I’m intrigued.  First and most importantly, I love the idea of circles – “friends” grouped together based on my relationship with them so I can share things with just my work colleges or my family or my old buddies from school without having to share with EVERYBODY (a great, practical idea that makes you wonder why someone didn’t come up with it sooner).  There are four Circles that are standard, which include “Friends,” “Family,” “Acquaintances,” and “Foll

Lego!

 I read an article on cnet.com yesterday – “How Lego Changed the World of Toys” by Daniel Terdiman – that really got me thinking about those crazy colored bricks.  I loved playing with Legos as a child and, as a parent, enjoy seeing my son play with them (I often get down on the floor and, happily, join him in the building process), but, I wondered, have Legos really changed the world of toys?  At first I kind of scoffed at the idea but the more I thought about it, the more I believe that they have.  The truth is, I can’t deny that Lego has had a sizeable impact on generations of children.

Kiva

This is along the lines of the “To Catch a Dollar” blog I wrote a few weeks ago, but I just had to mention this really cool way of providing microloans to people around the world that really anyone can participate in.   At www.kiva.org, you can browse borrowers, and then, if you choose, loan them money –in  as little as $25 increments.  The borrowers are from all over the world, and the goal of Kiva is to provide loans that alleviate poverty.   One great thing about Kiva is that 100% of your loan actually goes to the borrower!  This is made possible by a hu

$10 Internet Access

I just had to write when I saw this article, “Comcast offers $10 internet access to low-income families” by Erica Swallow on cnn.com.  I think the title caught my eye immediately because I think nowadays internet access is something a lot of us just assume that everyone has, but, in reality, it’s not really affordable for many people.  I have a few relatives who cannot afford the high-speed internet access – that extra monthly bill is just too much for their budgets – and will visit their local library whenever they need to get online.  Not a tragedy, of course, but still I have to say kudo

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