FI's Startup Ecosystem Canvas

The Founder Institute released a Startup Ecosystem Canvas recently. As someone that moved from a mature startup ecosystem (Los Angeles) to a younger startup ecosystem (Bismarck, ND), it is an interesting read. I commend the good folks at organizations like Bismarck's IDEA Center and 1M Cups for fostering this ecosystem.…

Windows 10 on VirtualBox

A number of years ago, I attempted to run Windows on a VM within Linux. It didn't go well. I tried again with the Windows 10 Technical Preview and it works fine in VirtualBox on Arch Linux. It seems to run better than booting directly into the operating system. Sorry…

Project Management as a Profession

As I dig deeper into my dissertation research, I have been wondering whether the soft skills emerging as key to project success could help project management become a profession. Despite what PMI may tell us, I agree with Paul Giammalvo that project management is not a profession. As Paul states,…

Changes, Moving, Etc.

After seven years in Southern California, it is time for a change. In an effort to move to the exact opposite climate of Los Angeles, both in terms of weather and culture, we moved to North Dakota over the summer. I'm still working in project management (now for state IT…

Putting Firefox OS v1.4 on a ZTE Open

Following the standard build instructions for Firefox OS will leave the ZTE Open in a boot loop. Here are the steps I took to get Firefox OS v1.4 bootable and working well on my ZTE Open. The boot image made in Phase 1 worked on v1.3 as well.…

Moving to Firefox OS

I killed my Nexus 4 a little over a month ago. Despite my best efforts at a repair, I decided to cut my losses (that glass is expensive) and move to a cheaper phone. Here were my requirements: Cheap -- less than $75. Open -- I can easily flash new…

Rails Lesson

When a gem updates itself and breaks a lot of stuff, it's easier to go back to an earlier version than fight to solve all the issues at once. Although this is the lesson I took from a recent experience where a gem updated and broke the main functionality of…