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Robert Butler
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WooHoo!!! I finally got my Ingress exclusive beta invite!
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I don't know what that means yet.  I'll have to start reading up on how you play the game.  I've only read a couple of articles that summarized it but don't know much about the game play.
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The world's two leading smartphone makers are fighting over patents, both for smartphones and for tablets like Apple's iPad, in courts around the world.
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Some amazing historic photographs.
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Has anyone else noticed that when you do a search in the "blogs" category on Google you get more news items than actual blogs?
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Very interesting read.  I'm interested in hearing what people here think about why Apple's stock continues to fall since the release of the iPhone 5.

"Why Apple Stock is Falling

Sentiment on Apple has soured in recent weeks for a number of reasons:

Sell on the News: The stock ran up in anticipation of the introduction of the iPhone 5 on Sept. 12; the selloff started just a few days later.
Supply Issues: Shortages of the iPhone 5 sparked concern that Apple would miss sales targets for its critical December quarter, historically Apple’s biggest quarter.
Mapgate: Controversy over the elimination of Google Maps in iOS 6 (which runs the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) for Apple’s homegrown Maps app renewed concern that CEO Tim Cook isn’t capable of enforcing the same sort of high standards that prevailed under the late Steve Jobs.
President Obama Re-elected: The re-election of the president means capital gains taxes will probably rise in 2013 from 15% to 20%, with an extra 3.8% Obamacare surtax for individuals making more than $200,000. Both large and small investors with long positions in AAPL have a strong incentive to take profits now.
Management Shake-Up: At the end of October Apple fired two top executives, including iOS software chief and long-time employee Scott Forstall. The incident added more fuel to the worries over Cook’s abilities to manage his executive team.
Market Share Slippage: Sales of smartphones and tablets based on Google Inc.’s Android operating system have been rising faster than those of iPhones and iPads, cutting into Apple’s market share and threatening its dominance in the mobile space." -- David Zeiler
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+Robert Butler You may well be right. Time will tell: like Microsoft, Apple still has enormous resources at its command. They can certainly do better if they can curb their natural aversion to risk, an aversion that frequently settles in once a visionary founder is gone. Apple is not in the same game as an IBM, a Microsoft or a Google. Apple has to take risks, do things that their own customers consider outside the box (even if it is only a rehash of existing ideas and technology.)

The fact is, Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs. Personally, I never liked Jobs, even back in the original Apple ][ days (Woz was my hero back then.) Still, Jobs did have his talents, and Cook is a very different CEO.
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Does this remind anyone of the Beholder in D&D Online?
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Plussers!!! How are you today? I wanted to let you know that I'll be appearing tonight on a segment of The Colbert Report. It airs at 11:30pm on Comedy Central. My best, Bill


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I need one of these!  Christmas is coming up :)
 
Be productive on the go! Check out the Kanz Field Power Desk!
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Software Engineer
Employment
  • Movielink/Blockbuster
    Senior Software Engineer/Architect, 2005 - 2009
  • FDC
    Senior Software Architect, 2004 - 2005
  • DP Technology
    Software Engineer, 1999 - 2003
  • Movo Media
    Programmer, 1998 - 1999
  • Internexus
    Network Administrator, 1997 - 1998
  • Rozner Labs Software Group
    Game Developer, 1993 - 1997
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Introduction
As a professional software engineer and architect, I've been developing world class desktop and enterprise solutions for businesses small and large for nearly 20 years.  I've helped start-up companies grow their businesses to the next level and lead multi-billion dollar companies through years of annual technology challenges to realize new and exciting service offerings such as digital on demand feature length entertainment over the internet to your desktop and portable devices and commercial quality gaming entertainment such as Super Street Fighter II Championship Edition and MegaMan X.

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Software Engineer for over 15 years, ported Super Street Fighter II Championship Edition to the PC, ported Mega Man X to the PC, developed world class CAM software for 3 years, added message queueing to FDC's merchant boarding system, brought feature length digital movies to the desktop and mobile platforms, assisted Intel with their Viiv initiative, helped manufacturers of PMC devices get Play for Sure certified.
Education
  • Brookhaven College
    Computer Science
  • Moorpark College
    Computer Science