A Service Based Future

So, I just got done reading the ‘Ozzie Memo’ on Microsoft’s future. It sounds like they are scrambling to catch up to Google in the service based technologies that Google offers so well. When I was finally invited into Gmail program, I was amazed at the simplicity and ease of use of this web-based service. I found myself dropping my mail clients that I ran on my pc, and I just use gmail now.

There is speculation that the new Sun Microsystems and Google relationship is going to lead to a browser based word processing and office suite built on the popular Star Office / Open Office product developed by Sun. With AJAX allowing such great great browser to server interaction, I believe we are in for some amazing new products here in the future.

On being an entrepreneur …

Well, I feel like a real entrepreneur at heart. I have always dreamed of owning my own business. I am constantly thinking of new ideas which I try to write down all the time. I served my mission in Tampa, Florida, where I met a lot of successful entrepreneurs. The members of our church who were entrepreneurs always gave of their time freely and helped us out a ton!

I’ve seen so many ways that entrepreneurs have blessed the lives of others. However, I think there are lots of dangers and pitfalls that come with the entrepreneurial life. I’m not talking about the common dangers that lots of people talk about such as: what if my business goes under? what if it never takes off? what if I fail? what if I go bankrupt? While those are very important things to consider, the things that haunt me more include:

  • What if I get too caught up in my work and neglect my wife and children (future children)?
  • What if I am successful? Can we handle wealth?
  • Can I leave work at work?

I have talked a lot with Esther to get her input on these things. We have decided that we need to be alert and aware of these possible problems. The first concerns I listed can only destroy my financial situation, but my second list of concerns can destroy a more precious blessing, my family.

I think I’m going to start blogging more about this topic here. I have had some good insights on this, and I would also like to get other’s opinions on this.

My google maps idea

Hello world,

This last week I thought of an idea that I would like to pursue. Because the google maps API is open to anyone to use as long as you don’t charge people to use it, I think it would be cool to create an application that takes a Gedcom file with your geneological information, and map out your ancestors on a world map. You could color code the pins to signify which side of the family they contribute to. I know that I have blood coming from Switzerland and from England, but I think it would be cool to see it plotted out where all of these relatives are from. I just think it will take a lot of work. Also, since I only have a virtual host account, I don’t want to kill all of my processor resources for my account. I think things would need to be broken up and the work split a piece at a time. Resulting in an xml file that would be plot-able using google maps api.

This would be my first project using it, but I think it will be worth my time.

Jimmy

My first blog entry

Hello world.

This is my first entry to my blog. I have wanted to start one of these for a long time and I was going to do it on my own server and at my own site, but I never got around to it. Maybe I will get around to it some day. I finally decided to just do it here at the blogspot.

Jimmy