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August 4, 2016 by Frogboy
I recently picked up a Roomba and am amazed at how far they have come.

Like many people, I followed the original release of the Roomba robotic vacuum it seemed kind of like a toy at the time.  No more.  It’s for real.

Right now, my office building spends about $1,600 a month on cleaning.  Now, vacuuming isn’t the main thing they do but it is a significant part of what they do.  It is tempting to just buy three high end Roombas (one per floor) and let them go and se...
June 18, 2016 by Frogboy
When running an Internet business, trust is one of the most valuable commodities a business has.  That’s why I was so surprised to discover that Teleflora seems to operate on what appears to be an unscrupulous business model.

For my wife’s parent’s big wedding anniversary she ordered this:

What they actually got was this:

Besides the fact that it only had a handful of the roses, the most ridiculous part is that the little white flowers they included rather than th...
December 3, 2014 by Frogboy
Some of you know Kris Kwilas as Nakor around here.  He’s been with Stardock since, I think, 1996.  Last week he’s moved from our VP of Technology to being a consultant. He’s going off to do new and great things.  It’s been a long planned move. He gave me a 2 year notice that he was eventually going to do it.  But I feel like my right arm is missing.

Our management team continues to evolve. We’ll have to do a new management page.  These days it’s:

Me Angel...
November 28, 2013 by Frogboy
It's Thanksgiving!

And I have a lot to be thankful for.  In no particular order, here are some things that I am very very thankful for.


#1 My Wife and kids.

My wife and I have been together over 20 years. I love her so much. We met in college during an..incident in EE lab (you do not want me to work on anything that actually involves electricity).  Since then, we've had 3 wonderful children.  I am very thankful for them in ways that I think many can appr...
November 18, 2013 by Frogboy
Listen to this, it’s worth it

A good friend of mine sent me a link to this episode of “The Moth”:

It’s about a popular teacher who nearly saw his career ruined by hateful, anonymous rivals who took snippets from his blog to paint a horrible, completely inaccurate picture of him.  It illustrates the disproportionate power of cowardly, anonymous people have to inflict harm on others.

The power of malice

I can relate to this in a v...
May 1, 2013 by Frogboy

Whatcha doing?
April 13, 2013 by Frogboy
I’ve been doing a lot of reading on Walt Disney recently and he tale is both amazing and quintessential.  His professional life was a conflict between his desire to do amazing work with the challenges of running a business.

Early in his career, Disney was devoted to moving “cartooning” into being a serious art. His first true sound cartoon, the famous Steamboat Willy, required the invention of numerous new technologies in order to synchronize the sound with the animation.  It was ...
February 9, 2013 by Frogboy
(Alex – 16 year old son, Ryan – 12 year old son, Debbie – wife, me are looking out the window at all the mouse trails under the snow)

Debbie: That’s pretty cool

Ryan: You know, this family is pretty weird

Alex: Shut up and get ready to go to the Lizard show [we’re about to leave to go to a reptile show]
November 26, 2012 by Frogboy
So what kind of car do you drive?

I've got a Chevy Volt.  Best car I've ever had.  
November 5, 2012 by Frogboy I do?
September 28, 2012 by Frogboy
Great article by someone who got seriously harassed by a so-called Internet troll.

I've had to deal with a lot of crap over the years due to idiots on the net. The most recent due to gullible people buying into things they read on the net without critical thinking. Every comments section is filled these losers who regurgitate crap they read somewhere with no inkling of the reality of the topic. People like that do that not just ...
December 13, 2009 by Frogboy
NO ONE out-trolls me!

One of the things that I really enjoy doing is posting Stardock’s dirty laundry. This is the kind of thing that only a private company can really do.

I don’t really look at it as “bashing” Stardock when I post critics and admissions to the imperfections of our products. Rather, I look at it as a type of transparency. It lets people know that we see a problem and are aware of it.

Of course, the downside is that you occasionally get haters who see our admission...
June 30, 2018 by Frogboy

So we may have a candidate for life around one of Saturn’s moons.

Looks like we will need to make sure we look closely at this moon for the new Star Control.

There are some very interesting articles and videos at just how terrifyingly it would be if it turns out life is pretty common. Because if that’s the case, where is everyone?


January 17, 2018 by Frogboy
In honor of the new forum feature that lets us drag and drop photos into the editor I present you with: The dog thread.

Post a picture of your dog!
May 31, 2017 by Frogboy
I'm not sure how I missed this article but looking at it now it's kind of interesting to read how the interviewer, Jeremey Peel reacted to my interview responses. 

Broadly speaking, my belief is that people are people and should be treated well without qualification.  This does not, however, mean that you should feel obligated to absorb abuse.

For example, on our software, we will go to great lengths to help a customer.  But the moment they start making personal attacks...