Category Archives: Amazon

The Prof in Esquire

Love the headline graphic.


Amazon Redshift Spectrum – Run SQL queries directly against exabytes of data in Amazonn S3.

This is pretty amazing.

If you look at old tech decks of mine I always tell startups to start their data collection journey on day 1 or as soon as possible. I tell them to collect and shove it in S3 and keep it for later. The idea was a data person could extract and get it into a queryable format at some point but if you don’t collect the data you are missing out on your own history.

Meaning you may not know how to derive insights but best to keep the data.

Now look what AWS has done – you can literally just query S3.


Amazon Redshift Spectrum – Run SQL queries directly against exabytes of data in Amazonn S3.

Breaking up Big Tech

Such a great video – check it out first:

I think a lot of what he says is terribly true and I wonder if most of the world’s governments have simply bowed down to Big Tech assuming that it will always do the right thing for everyone. Sure – these companies are doing amazing things but some of their success feels like it is coming at the cost of meaningful things.

I don’t have the answers but I think government and the people must remain vigilant and not always assume Big Tech has all the answers or always means well.

This is also why I feel conflicted about bitcoin or crypto – on the surface the ideas are amazing but at the same time it is for the moment creating another way to generate wealth that is concentrated mostly with the tech elite and creating a sense of moving away from central management of capital. This could be good or it could be bad, all depends on how you see it or benefit from it.

I think this post is slightly sensationalist but does make some meaningful points ::

All in all I am pro-tech and crypto is here to stay but the world still feels like it continues to bifurcate into the have’s and have not’s and I am sure that is a bad thing.


Daring Fireball: Amazon Prime Video Arrives on Apple TV

I hope the good story explains why the app is so crappy. Yes – it works and all, I can stream movies and shows on it but for sure this thing is NOT optimized for the Apple TV and looks like it was made for a smart TV platform and then ported over.

Given the amount of time we have waited for this thing – one would have hoped it would have looked or felt like it was made for the Apple TV.

No such chance.

Daring Fireball: Amazon Prime Video Arrives on Apple TV

Not missing the USA

I miss my family a ton. I miss old friends, camping, shake shack and long motorcycle rides along the Cali coast to nowhere. I really miss those things.

But what is going in America is scary. Trump, the FCC and the takeover of large unchecked tech giants is not a great future.

If you don’t already read Redef – you should start. Great daily curation of awesome web reads and the best part – the Rant from Jason Hirschhorn the Curator.

I love his work. I am hoping him and the Prof get together some time for a the Prof’s video series.