Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category

A Cool Homemade Car

August 12th, 2008 6 comments

A Homemade Car

I saw this homemade car the other day driving on Venice Blvd in LA.

Brought up some good old memories of car building. Does anyone know anything about it?

Best Israeli High-Tech Companies Survey

August 6th, 2008 1 comment published the results of a survey that was done by the Israeli research firm BDI-COFACE to rate the best Israeli high-tech companies to work for in 2008. BDI’s results were somewhat surprising (Intel first, Google ‘only’ second) so Globes decided to do their own survey.

But Globes forgot to include the “Other” category on the results page although it was one of the options. Oops.

So, let me fill the missing piece for you. Google does come first but the ‘Other’ category comes second with 23%. The remaining 8 behemoths (Intel, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, CheckPoint, Nice, Comverse and Amdocs) do not look that attractive anymore to many people.

So, if you are an Israeli start-up or an entrepreneur looking to build a team, there are plenty of people out there that might want to work for you.

Globes Servey - Best Israeli Company To Work For

Why is there a server in the house?

February 4th, 2008 No comments

Mommy, Why is There a Server in the house - Children bookThis children book makes me think I should probably take out the media center from our living room…

Interested in the hard cover version? Get it on Amazon… 





The End Of An Era

October 30th, 2007 No comments

Portrait of Israel "Poly" PolyakovIt was very sad to wake up this morning and hear about the premature demise of Poly (Israel Polyakov), one of Israel’s legendary and greatest comedians, and a member in the most known comedy trio in Israel – Hagashash Hachiver.

A lot was said and written about his personality and talent. I simply want to say TODA (Thank you) and ask: is now optimized for the iPhone and iPod Touch

October 15th, 2007 No comments optimized for the iPhone using the iWPhone WordPress Plug-inI am happy to announce that the experience for my readers who use iPhone or iPod Touch to read this blog has been upgraded.

I installed the iWPhone WordPress Plug-in on my blog. This plug-in automatically reformats the blog content for optimized viewing on an iPhone and iPod Touch.



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Back from Israel

October 10th, 2007 No comments

Sunset in Tel Aviv I arrived yesterday afternoon after a long and exhausting flight. Surprisingly the jet lag has not hit yet…

I had plans to draft my impressions while on the plane but when you fly with three kids you should not make these kind of plans. So, give me a few days and I will do my best to post something. And if I won’t find the time, simply enjoy this typical scene from our visit, taken at the renovated Tel Aviv port.


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When the tag line is "Grab a Chair" no wonder people actually do it

September 14th, 2007 No comments

I have not had a chance to try it myself although I really want to, but from the video below it looks like a cool on board instant messaging feature which is part of the on flight entertainment system on the new Virgin America air planes is becoming an annoyance to many passengers, especially those who are not into chatting or high altitude matchmaking.

Perhaps Virgin needs to add instant messaging/chat privacy settings to the flight preferences section on the eleVAte passenger profile page. Or how about installing a shock absorber at the back of every seat so people will stop complaining that others poke their chairs.

By the way, the mood lighting looks really groovy!

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Shana Tova – Happy New Year

September 11th, 2007 No comments

ShanaTova (Happy New Year) Cards

I would like to wish all of my blog readers a Shana Tova (happy new year).

May the coming year be blessed with health, joy and happiness, creation and innovation, prosperity and success, love, peace and harmony.

I will flying with my wife and boys to Israel in a few days to celebrate the holidays with our families and old friends. I will be slow on blogging but you could always follow me on twitter.

Note: This beautiful photo of old fashioned Shana Tova cards was taken by miss pupik.

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I can’t wait to grab a seat

September 4th, 2007 1 comment

Virgin America campaign’s tag line, “Grab a Seat”, is brilliant and the online campaign they had just began looks phenomenal. I saw their ads earlier today, visited their super modern, elegant & sexy web site, and immediately knew that my next flight to San Francisco, New York or Vegas will be with them.

I mean, how can you resist to mood lighting, plugs in every seat (no more desperate searches for those few available electricity outlets in the airport) and a cabin that has the amenities & ambience of a W Hotel suite?

Virgin America-mood changing lighting

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The upcoming GPhone makes me wonder…

August 28th, 2007 No comments


During the years of my professional career, as I move to a new company or a new role, I usually don’t spend too much time thinking about the past. I try to do my own post mortem analysis shortly after I leave, and summarize to myself what worked and what did not, as well as what were the lessons learned. Then I try to quickly disconnect and ‘clear my brain’ in order to make room for what’s coming next. Later on, when I come across a company name, product, former colleague or former partner that I had worked for/on/with, usually only the good memories come up.

Lately, I find myself thinking more and more about Galleo, a company I worked for back in the first bubble days (2000-2001) and touched on in the past. Galleo had a very innovative approach of how a mobile multimedia communicator should work and what type of applications and features it needs to contain. The company invested a lot in technology & intellectual property but clearly did do enough to protect it. To be more accurate – we began the process of filing several patent applications and registering numerous trademarks but as the company run out of cash and went out of business this process was never completed. With everything that is going on around the iPhone and the (upcoming) GPhone, some of those patents & trademarks could have been really valuable assets. Entrepreneurs – learn your lesson, always save some cash to cover future IP related fees. 

But wait, there is a good part for this post as well. As I was reading the July 2001 Linux Journal article about the Galleo, I came across a quote made by Daniel Benenstein (Galleo’s Dir of Engineering). If you slightly modify his quite, and since both the iPhone and the GPhone use Unix/Linux, it turns out that Daniel’s prophecy is today’s reality…

Mass production is ahead for wireless, embedded Linux multimedia communicators that will contribute even more to make Linux, without a doubt, the OS for the Internet.”

Too bad Galleo did not survive the bubble burst. It could have been a really big company with really big product, and maybe even something Fred Wilson would consider as his dream phone.

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