Logikal Blog Posts

January 2008. The piper has come to be paid and our elected officials are still too busy lining their own pockets to worry about promises made in the past. There is no longer any method of taxing a solution into place. Social Security is about to go bankrupt from a double whammy. The news only talked about the first whammy. They never bothered to look at the second whammy. The second whammy was the knock out punch. January 2008. Stock market opens the New Year with a plunge. Lots of people try to write it off to vacations and other holiday excesses. It’s not. Small rally from bargain hunters on the second day of trading keeps people blissfully ignorant. January 2008. The first wave of Baby Boomers is forced to…

Investing

I had heard this statement for quite some time, but had never really paid much attention to it, until this week. Thanks to the progression of technology and free software to edit/manipulate PDF files, book piracy is becoming a serious epidemic.Most of you reading this know that I have a computer book series entitled “The Minimum You Need to Know”. The current focus of this series is the OpenVMS marketplace. These books are on the high end and without competition. By “high end” I mean both price and the fact that 10,000 copies over 10 years is a lofty goal for the series. There simply aren’t many dedicated technical professionals out there willing to invest in their careers. If you enter the computer book writing/publishing arena and focus on the…

Information Technology Publishing

Eventually the day finally comes. You’ve known it would come, but you aren’t quite ready for it. The day someone finally gets their new invoice from DTN satellite service and caves. When they total up their quarterly invoice to find out just how much per year they are spending and still not getting all of the market bids they want. That’s when you get the question “What would it take to hook me up to the Internet?” The situation here is a similar, yet different, from a lot of farm situations. I have an office building on site where I already have HughesNet Internet service. Nearly everyone who lives on a farm knows you cannot afford dial up service. Almost every phone call is long distance and the speed sucks.…

Information Technology

No matter how long you work in this industry, you will never cease to be amazed at the Grade 8 Bolt Syndrome. What is this syndrome you ask? It is the ability of management to view everything a company spends money on as Grade 8 bolts. Every vendor’s product is considered the same, and therefore, non-unique. Then they try to shove all of these “similar” vendors into a vendor management system where the lowest bid automatically wins. Each and every proponent of this system is brain dead. There is no other excuse. They don’t watch the news and they don’t read any magazine articles about the tragedy surrounding them. Those rose colored glasses are firmly in place because only “ they” can see the big picture. To start with, they…

Uncategorized

It appears to be that time of the year. Emails and cold calls from people looking to show your books for a fee at various library book fairs. There was a time during the beginning of my authoring days where I bought into that scam. I sent copies of books and money to display them at shows all over the country. What you will find is that nobody attending the library book fairs has any intention of ordering books for their library(ies). They are there to get free stuff. Namely, as many free books as they can walk out of there with besides free food (if there is any). The stories told to each of the display services attending is that “They hope to be ordering books in two months…

Publishing