And to add ANOTHER adventure…

As if being acquired, a new job, and an international move were not enough, let’s just add getting the helm of Commerce Server back. No, that’s not a mis-print, as captured by:

This certainly was almost as much of a surprise to us (and has been only a short time that we have known) as I am sure it is to customers. However, this is one challenge I relish – as the opportunity is great to truly take the product now, evolve it into what customer’s want and need, and do so free of the many constraints under which it has been placed in the past…

The Next Adventure Begins

On September 6, Cactus Commerce, the company for which I have worked for the last for years, has been acquired by Ascentium Corporation of Bellevue, WA. It’s truly ironic that after moving to Ottawa from Seattle, we’ve been bought by a Seattle-based company – and now I’m being relocated back to Seattle to take on a new executive role within the combined organization. With this, I expect things are going to be quite busy. And not as many posts for a while.

But in the meantime, you can read all of the details here:

Stay tuned…

Audi S8 – 2-year update

It has been about 2 years since I have been driving the S8 every-day as my Ottawa daily driver. The short-take:

  • There is not much to dislike!
  • Power and performance is amazing – in any weather (caveat: must have right tires).
  • Absolutely comfortable for 4 adults + luggage.
  • Fuel economy is abysmal in town – but it gets 25MPG+ on the highway
  • Best electronics I have seen in a car ever both in terms of features and usability
  • Non-ostentatious – totally a stealth “bahn” burner
  • No real maintenance issues – despite having a Lamborghini-sourced 5.2L V10
If anything, it’s biggest detractions are that it lacks style and soul – but then again, that’s also one of its selling points. It just depends on what you’re looking for. In short – there are not many performance cars that could survive daily driving in Ottawa. This did – with aplomb.

Dubai – remarks

And that is the tallest building in the world. Live in Dubai – captured on my iPhone as we drove through the city. My remarks:

  • The architecture is more amazing than anything I have ever seen. Anywhere. Period.
  • The country is run like a company – that is the philosophy. Everything is about renewal and efficiency – with an incredible air of competitiveness. Nothing lest than the best will suffice.
  • It’s very liberal for an Islamic nation (e.g. – women can be uncovered, there are bars & nightclubs) – but values are strictly upheld and observed (e.g. – Ramadan, Internet censorship of inappropriate content).
  • Almost everyone is an immigrant. And it’s all about business. It is one of the most pro-business places I have been.
I hope I have the opportunity to go back! (And, at some point I’ll do a Flickr gallery of the iPhone posts.)

DB9

The DB9 is here.  The photo above was taken on delivery in Seattle. It is AWESOME. A full review comes later when I have lived with it for a while. But the short take:

  • Nothing sounds like an Aston V12 – it rocks!
  • Great balance of comfort – without sacrificing handling or performance
  • Seemingly limitless power
  • You can feel the road – but it won’t knock someone’s fillings out
  • Nice balance of amenities – but not too much; it still feels like a sports car
  • Quite usable for city driving
  • Cornering is amazing (with the Sport Pack) for a large car
Be seeing you!