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33 Things I Love About My Wife


Is is that time again? Seems like time is speeding up.  That (and Eisntein's Theory of Relativity) would explain my weight gain.

So as I contemplate another anniversary, I thought I would share some of the things I love about you.

  1. You always know what I need, even when I don't.
  2. Your smile.
  3. Your sassy attitude.
  4. Your no-nonsense business approach.
  5. You cried when you saw the whales off the Big Sur coast.
  6. You took up scuba diving so we could do something together, even though you were scared out of your wits.
  7. Your laugh.
  8. You convinced me that getting out of bed at 4:30 AM to work out was a good thing.
  9. You took up yoga and meditation.
  10. You love to cook. And eat. And drink wine.
  11. You continued to dive, even after getting tossed around in the waves at Monastery Beach.
  12. You like to ride bikes.
  13. You know just what our boys need.
  14. You read "potato chip" novels to unwind.
  15. You've changed directions in your career more than once--and by your own choice.
  16. You never wavered about Sean's recovery: "he's going to be fine" has been as much a command as a prediction.
  17. You got your degree from San Jose State while you were pregnant with Sean.
  18. You flew to Boston, got an apartment and got a job in three weeks, with no resources.
  19. You managed to get a speeding ticket in our clunky Dodge Duster.
  20. Glenn Frey seemed to be hitting on you during an Eagles concert at the Cow Palace.
  21. You've talked your boys--and me--"off the ledge" many times.
  22. You've been a role model and inspiration to your nieces and nephews.
  23. You introduced me to The Poker Girls, and their husbands.
  24. You got me to buy a house before I was ready.
  25. You herded the horses back into the barn when you had to.
  26. You always demonstrate the importance of family.
  27. You're consistent about making me sleep on the left side of the bed.
  28. As soon as your uncle said, "don't make a sharp turn in the dune buggy" you went and did it. And popped the front tire.
  29. You've always picked me up when I felt like crap.
  30. You never let me feel like crap for very long.
  31. You never apologize for who you are.
  32. You take care of your needs.
  33. You said "I do". And continue to say it.

Happy Anniversary honey.


Microsoft Pushes Office Web Apps Forward

Microsoft recently announced that it is accelerating its development on Office Web Apps.  In the past, Microsoft's strategy for offering Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) functionality through a browser seemed to be "just do the minimum."  Now, Microsoft appears to have embraced the idea that offering Office functionality through a web browser--any web browser--actually expands its available market opportunity.

Not only is Microsoft expanding the feature set for Office Web Apps (such as support for document co-authoring in Word Web App), it is planning support for Android as well.  Having already expanded support for iOS, this means Microsoft is targeting all relevant device platforms, not just Windows.

As I said in a recent talk on this subject, Microsoft's "web first" strategy underscores its "no Plan B" strategy when it comes to making Office, Exchange and other services available as cloud-based services.

Burn the Ships

Did you see the recent news?  Adobe has announced that the latest version of its hugely popular Creative Suite software will be the last one available as installed software.  From now on, Creative Suite will only be available as a SaaS (Software as a Service) offering.

This is big news, really big news.  I’ve been party to a number of discussions over the years that centered on how to move forward with the “next generation” product or service without killing the “current generation” service.  There was always a lot of hand-wringing, a certain amount of denial, and a lack of certainty about how to achieve two goals at once:  make the new service a big success while keeping the current service around.  This is the essence of Clayton Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma, which I’ve written about in the past.

I recall in reading a history of Mexico that Cortes, upon landing with his troops, ordered his ships burned.  (This was apparently not an unusual act for the time.)  His reasoning was that if the troops knew there was no possibility of escape, no way to turn back when things got tough, that they would have more motivation to fight when needed.  If you narrow the options down to “find a way to survive” and “die” it makes the decision easier.

That’s what I thought about when I read the news about Adobe.  In essence they are saying, “We are going to make this work, or die trying.”  You have to admire the commitment needed to make that statement.  I hope they succeed.  They’ve already taken the hardest step.