Welcome to a stream of random thoughts about technology.

This is my first blogging experience (my second is here :-).  It is my hope a few folks will find interest in what is posted here.  I look forward to your comments and learning from your experience regarding the topics posed.

I've spent 20+ years working in the field of Information Technology.  My primary focus in recent years has been leading or advising large-scale software development projects often having global operational impact.

A B-17 "Flying Fortress" warming up for take off.  My grandfather flew bombardier (behind the glass nose of the plane) for 12 missions before being shot down on his 13th mission flying navigator. He was a POW for a year in Germany and was liberated by General Patton.  Awesome airplane.

Latest Scoop

One passion is traversing the spectrum of architecture--namely business, application, data, and technical dimensions of enterprise architecture at FedEx.  In the coming months a specific focus will be modernizing the technology supporting our customers--considering the entire spectrum of architecture.

Once debunked....SOA, EDA, Cloud, and Big Data are all cool.  Java and Linux are pretty much the widgets of choice.  Typically, I only get involved in operating systems, networks, and other infrastructure details only when necessary, which seems to be fairly often :-).  LinkedIn profile and blog.fedex.com profile.

Useless Trivia

Some useless trivia about me:
Good times as an Ole Miss Rebel
  • I grew up on a farm near Natchez, Mississippi.
  • I was a walk-on football player in college and earned a full athletic scholarship.  My teammates and I participated in 3 bowl games.
  • I'm an avid SEC football fan, having missed only 1 Ole Miss home football game since 1988.
  • I'm a lifelong New Orleans Saints football fan.
  • My first computer program was written in BASIC on a TRS-80 Model I.
  • My first "corporate" computer program was written in COBOL on an IBM 3090.  I still think JCL is cool.
  • Nostalgia abounds.  I've developed software for PC, AS/400, and UNIX (Linux, Solaris, HP/UX, Siemens RM600, Pyramid Nile, AT & T 3B2).
  • I dogged Apple for some 30 years.  Until I bought an iMac to do some iPhone development in 2010.
  • My first application for Android, SEC Football Guide, received notice as a Top 20 application by Information Week.
  • I produce a radio program that's broadcast on 3 stations in the southeastern United States.
  • I was a youth football coach (Defensive Coordinator and Kicking/Punting) for a couple years in the OBYFCL league.  A very rewarding experience.
  • I enjoy playing golf but I'm not a fan of metal drivers.  Among a bag of irons are my beloved 1 and 2 irons for getting off the box.
  • I was once mentioned in a cookbook.  "Tailgating with Rebel Greats" page 122.  But only mentioned BY a great--NOT published as one. :-)

Running List of Quotes...

"If everyone is thinking the same thing, then no one is thinking." - Gen. George Patton

"Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got." - Peter Drucker

"I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent most of them." - Thomas Edison

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." - John Cage

"Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps." - David Lloyd George

"Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast." - Tom Peters

"Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome." - Samuel Johnson

"You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take." - Wayne Gretzky

"Celebrate what you want to see more of." - Tom Peters

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." - Lao Tzu, Philosopher

"The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday's logic." - Peter Drucker

"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way." - Babe Ruth

"It is far more important to be bulletproof in reality than elegant in theory" -  from http://ow.ly/6wh8Y

"If you put off everything till you're sure of it, you'll get nothing done." - Norman Vincent Peale

"Design to what is right, not (solely) to constraints."

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success". - Henry Ford

Updated May 11, 2013