Monthly Archives: June 2011

The End of You; The Start of YOU


Office 365 to Partners: “Lower your shields and surrender your clients. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.” There, I saved you an hour and a trip to Los Angeles for Microsoft WPC. Several years ago when … Continue reading

Ironman: The Business Design Challenge

Boss, Friends, IT Business, SMB

At a recent conference I was asked if I’d consider doing the ironman push again. For those of you that aren’t devoted Vladville followers, I worked 90 days straight from January 1st – March 31st. No breaks, no vacations, no … Continue reading

What are you working towards?


Issue of happiness often comes up in peers at events and discussions with employees during quarterly reviews. As company owners we have to pay attention to people around us – if you need people, you’re in the people business. Some … Continue reading

To WPC or Not?

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Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is the defacto number one ticket in the business software world – has been for nearly a decade. If there is a high profile meeting you need to have or want to get your message across, … Continue reading

Duke Nukem.. Forever

Programming, Work Ethic

In development for over a decade. You don’t really need to say much more than that. Duke Nukem 3D was the culmination of the generation that grew up on Rick Dangerous, Commander Keen, Doom, Quake… and eventually got to play … Continue reading

Shockey Monkey Update

Cloud, IT Business, Shockey Monkey
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It’s been a few months since I’ve offered you an update on Shockey Monkey. Since last fall the product has been very solid and in a few months we will be celebrating our first birthday! Over the past few months … Continue reading

Opposing Business Models or Solution Variety?

ExchangeDefender, IT Business, OwnWebNow, Pimpin

MSPs and IT Solution Providers have an inherent business model flaw: They can’t compete on both price and performance at the same time. Your solution cannot simultaneously be the best and the cheapest because the cheapest is always getting cheaper … Continue reading

Best Buy dislikes their product, hires lawyers that don’t know trademark law

IT Business, Legal, SMB

Have you ever been to a Best Buy and just left the place floored at how knowledgeable or expert the staff there is? If you have, someone must be reading this post to you because there is NO way you … Continue reading

Microsoft Tablet vs. Apple Office: Which idea is worse?

Apple, Microsoft
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One of the biggest signs of success and opulence is losing respect for money. If you have trust-fund-baby friends out there that have never had to work for a dollar (or euro or pound to be fair to my readers), … Continue reading

Apple iCloud Relives Past Mistakes


Apple is slowly taking over Microsoft as the dominant software company both by mindshare and by revenue. It has hung it’s hat on being the leader in the post-PC (read: no-Microsoft) world. It’s actually a quote straight from Steve Jobs. … Continue reading