Archive for October, 2007

FiOS is Smokin!

October 23rd, 2007

Verizon is rolling out a new FiOS plan that features 20Mbps up AND down. Wow! I could backup my entire computer to the Internet every night with that!

We have FiOS here at the house, and it does fly. I’ve had dial-up, cable and DSL, but nothing compares to FiOS. Is comparably priced, too. In the year and a half we’ve had it, we’ve had zero downtown at all. Everything works all the time, and you get a free wireless router to boot! Nice job boys…

Tyson Technology

Web 2.0 Summit Interviews

October 22nd, 2007

I’ve spent my lunch hour with a less-than-satisfying box of chinese food and some rather amusing interview videos from the Web 2.0 Summit in San Fran.  John Battelle seemed to do a great job with interviews with some major players in the Web field. I found Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook to be particularly interesting. Mark looked rather uncomfortable to me, and his answers were pretty canned. I think I agree with one commentor who said “this kid is in way over his head and should *quickly* find someone to run the company”.  Got to hand it to him, though, stalkernet is pretty cool.

Tyson Technology

Agency Life is Weird

October 16th, 2007

For all my career (after college), I’ve worked at online marketing agencies – two to be precise. And most of the time, agency life is just screwy. I was reminded of this again last night while attending DFWSEM and seeing some co-workers and collegues from the past. It’s always interesting to me how fast things change and how temporary our jobs really are, even if they seem permanent at the time. Most of my co-workers have been through multiple transitions in the past year or two, and some are even trying to make it own their own. That’s great…I hope they all succeed.

Then I arrive at work to hear about more unexpected changes. Nothing ultra bad or super good, just different and unexpected. I wonder, where will our little agency be in two years? I suppose I never could have predicted what happened last time, so I won’t try this time. One thing I’m sure of is that it will be different. Sure, we may have this same office space on the 16th floor, but I’m guessing things will be quite a bit different. Folks will have moved on, others joined, the focus will change, new services offered, old products forgotten.

I think about the conversation I had last night with a collegue discussing the different business models companies use, and how many times the result is often the same. Of course anyone who owns or runs a business will naturally consider that business to be great, and on target to do this or explode to that. In reality, I’m starting to think two things happen. One, our view of “successful business” gets skewed because of the likes of Google, or YouTube, or Facebook ($15 billion!!??). Two, we don’t hear of all the similar businesses that crash and burn. I really think to pioneer something, or become famous (or infamous) with a company, you really just have to be lucky. I mean, so many things have to work in favor, it just becomes very unlikely.

Anyways…I’m not sure what the point of this post was, other than to just put in words some of my recent work thoughts. I still like my job and what I do. It’s just…you know…kinda messed up sometimes.

Tyson General

Hey Tylerites…

October 4th, 2007

I just registered, what should I do with it?

Tyson General

Stossel on Healthcare Improvement

October 3rd, 2007

John Stossel wrote a great peice today about using Health Savings Accounts for general medical care and limiting health insurance to major health events like cancer or heart disease.

Stossel uses the example of Whole Foods grocery chain, who switched to HSA’s five years ago for all its employees. Not only did company expenses go down, but some employees have racked up thousands of dollars in savings. Furthermore, the company has seen behavior change with regard to personal health care. “[Employees] may not want to go to the emergency room if they wake up with a hangnail in the middle of the night. They may schedule an appointment now.”

In fact, studies have shown that people who have high-deductible health insurance take better care of themselves. Stossel notes that when consumers have to pay for health care out of pocket, they are more inclined to shop around, ask about prices, comparison shop, which in turn drives down costs for everybody.

Makes sense to me…

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