I became fascinated with Bitcoin back when it had its first big run in 2014. Bought a bunch of Bitcoin and sold enough before the crash to afford a nice visit to Disneyland with my family. Good times.

I got back into it in May of this year and convinced my senior partner to start a investment research web site about cryptocurrency and Bitcoin and Ethereum and all that good stuff.

We'll see where it goes. I think it is going to go pretty far.

 

 

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Kodak Bankruptcy and Prinergy

by admin on January 20, 2012

Okay, the long-awaited Chapter 11 filing of Kodak happened yesterday.

As us tech dwebs know (and it seems sometimes that only us tech dwebs know this) it's relatively simple -- as time goes by -- to replace: consumables, digitial printing, equipment, and even ctp devices.

But database-centric prepress systems? Maybe not so easy.

So with Kodak heading down, down, to Chapter 11 and possibly liquidation in the sometime future, what is going to happen to the prepress system that is driving the majority of the world's offset printers' workflow?

Well, notso easy to figure out. First of all, from what I know, the various Prinergy teams are based in Vancouver (a shadow of its former self), Herzlia, Israel (staffing numbers unknown) and some parts of Asia (I heard Vietnam but what do I know? Probably wrong.)

There are former Prinergy developers working in Vancouver with most of the software development management team over at Copperleaf, with the notable exception of Dave Kauffman who is working with Tantalus.

As it stands now, I can't see any of them jumping back into the Prinergy fold to save it, as the heavy hand of Rochester is still gently guiding the product lineup of the old Creo gently down the flusher. Perhaps if the software division gets spun off, some might be persuaded to have a sniff as consultants. Of course, the code base of Prinergy now resides in Israel, so not so easy to figure out the communication issues around THAT issue.

Interesting to see, the irresistible force of Kodak mismanagement against the immovable object of the Oracle database of Prinergy that is at the heart of so many prepress systems across the world.

Interesting to watch as an observer. Not so interesting if you are participant in the drama.

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Corel PDF Fusion is Better Than Adobe Acrobat, so Just Buy it

October 27, 2011

It’s cheaper and better.  Plus, Corel used to be based in Ottawa which is my hometown.
Adobe Acrobat is pretty bloated. Plus it makes PDF files that occasionally can’t be read by some paying subs of our subscription-based newsletter service. This is a real annoyance when I get stuck on the hook trying to explain why […]

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Don’t Worry About Printing, It’s Just Fine

September 14, 2011

“In explaining print media’s remarkable appeal, the entire financial community said citizens rely, and will continue to rely, on printed newspapers to keep them not only informed about current events, but better prepared to function as the kind of knowledgeable citizens a robust democracy requires. Others pointed toward people’s deep emotional attachment to print media […]

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Hired my first employee

September 12, 2011

Hopefully, not the last.
Her name is Iwona. She just finished a year of graphic arts school. I asked her before she started how much time they spent on WordPress.
In a year of classes, they spend a total of one week on WordPress.
Uh oh, I said, you’re gonna a LOT of time in WordPress when you […]

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Where did we all go?

April 14, 2011

No, I’m not dead.
Although if I pull another “let’s work until midnight again all week shindig, it’s gonna feel like it. It’s not the late nights that are so painful. It’s the mornings.
I’m the tech guy behind two financial newsletters http://oilandgas-investments.com/ and Midasletter http://www.midasletter.com/. The writers cover energy and mining stocks in the North American […]

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More Layoffs at Kodak

February 26, 2011

Woke up to this missive in my inbox this snowy Saturday morning:
“67 APPS/FPS have been notified by Jeanne DeRose (Former TSS turned BOSS) that Kodak needs to make drastic cuts. Those that have been chosen to leave, will be notified on Monday the [February] 28th by their manager at 9am and a package will follow […]

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Yet Another Prepress Blog with a Familiar Face

November 1, 2010

Michael Jahn has a new blog up over at blogger. He’s working now for Compose USA. There’s some link love for you baby. Always enjoyed you bouncing around the old prepress forum asking everybody “Why so serious?”
Michael dropped a line to ask how I was doing. Nice of you to ask.
I’m busy. It’s 10:45 pm […]

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Grabbing Images off the Web

October 5, 2010

Well I don’t know about you guys, but I grab a lot of images off the web to play with in Photoshop. Lots of time wasted in downloading an image, loading up Photoshop and finding out it’s too low-res or it’s got artifacts up the ying-yang.
Which is why I use…drumroll please… Image Zoom in Firefox. […]

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How to sell a Printing Press

August 25, 2010

For some reason this makes me laugh. Probably evidence that I don’t get out enough.

You know what? That five-ton Heidelberg ain’t gonna move unless you offer free delivery.

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