I am still alive!

So work has been kicking my butt lately (okok.. I am just making an excuse for being too lazy to log on and write to nobody in particular).  I was quite busy over the past couple of months though, as my consulting projects are beginning to demand more hours, which is a good thing I suppose.  Most clients who have no idea what virtualization is, are quite impressed with what it can offer, and their businesses are greatly benefiting from it.  It’s satisfying to be able to “wow” clients– there hasn’t been anything on the horizon that had this much wow potential in quite a few years.

Speaking of wow, I have been blowing a bit of money on buying some new toys in the meantime to keep myself sane.  First one is a 28″ LCD monitor for my desktop.  1900×1200 @ 28″ is quite a sight to behold– it is almost as tall as my 20″ Dell flipped vertical.  Now I can sit FAR back with my keyboard and still get tons of work done. 🙂

I also picked up a Sony UX-280p last month.  The price was what ultimately got me.  I’ve always found the device to be somewhat interesting, but being able to pick one up for less than $900 really sold me.  I will probably write another separate post on it sometime later.  All I will say now is it’s quite an interesting toy.   With it in my bag, I can now practically work from anywhere– EDGE availability permitting.

I have also built a few more machines for clients over the past 2 months, all taking advantage of Fry’s combos. 🙂   For the record, their ECS mobo/E4500 is the most economical combo over the past 6 months or so– A simple BSEL mod will net you a rock stable 2.93ghz monster that is more than capable of running 4 instances of VMs comfortably, and the best part is the entry fee — approx. $120!

I am going to try and blog more often now that I’ve completed a few projects– but the key word here is “try” 🙂

Bubble 2.0

Duncan Riley wrote an interesting piece on the emerging pattern in recent startups. Here’s my response to the posting:

This time around, it appears that it’s not the same models driving the tech explosion as the one that happened at the turn of the century. Unlike the last explosion, where growth of the web centered around taking traditional business models online (groceries, merchandising for example), this time the growth is focused on content generation and aggregation. With the advent of web technologies, explosive growth of user generated content, and lower barriers to entry afforded by virtualization and broader web expertise, startups this time around are concentating on a much smaller profit generation channel – ad revenues generated by glued eyeballs. Most companies nowadays take on the attitude that as long as you can get loyal users, you have a valid business model. What most people don’t realize is that the online advertising industry is still small in comparison to traditional advertising, and even though the industry is growing, growth in available ad space is outstripping the money available in the online ad industry. Can all these companies possibly reach profitability with the ad-driven revenue generation pie being chomped at the bits from every direction? I guess we’ll see if all this will turn into Bubble 2.0 – Just how effective will these ads be? Will key metrics such as CPM retain its value in 10 years? Only time will tell.

As Mike Arrington pointed out in this post, the trend is already pretty well demonstrated– revenue generation based on content is even more skewed than the “80/20” rule.  With newspapers and professional media companies increasingly labeling their products “blogs”, individual bloggers may find it harder and harder to see blogging as a revenue generating proposition.

Along the same vein, can we consider Myspace and the L.A. Times competitors?  If one considers that they are both going after the same online ad revenues, the picture becomes clearer that the newer startups may really be in for another round of rude awakening.

How many people do you know that got rich off of blog ads?

This site seems to be all about making money off of sensational journalism.  It just seems too much work for me to put in for the little to no return.  Blogging for fun and creating a community is one thing.  Plastering your ‘logs’ with a bunch of ads seem like selling out to me.  I liken it to buying stuff off of deal sites and reselling on eBay– first of all, the ROI is not there, and secondly, there is no growth potential on its profitability.
Then again, I guess it’s one’s prerogative if s/he likes making chump change for fun.  Perhaps this is how people obtain the disposable income for their iPhones?