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John Sciacca Writes...

Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

Random Thoughts (Blog)

Random Thoughts (Blog)

Turn Your Clients into Troubleshooters

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (4)

At some point, even the best-designed system will run into some kind of glitch. Maybe it will be from a power outage, maybe it will be due to a guest with button jab-itis, or maybe it will come from a Stuxnet virus attack. But no matter how it happens, when it happens, you’ll be getting a phone call – or email – from a client wanting to get things back on track.

And when that call comes, having a client that is willing t...

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Follow my new blog: Sciacca Drinks

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I've decided to add to the brand which is things Sciacca...

First there was Sciacca Writes.

Then there was Sciacca Tweets.

Now, I am launching a new blog devoted solely to beer reviews called Sciacca Drinks.

This site is going to be all beer reviews al...

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Three Pumpkin Ales Reviewed: Tricks or Treats?

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Like a cozy, hand-knit snowflake-design sweater, nothing heralds the coming of fall/winter like the arrival of the latest batch of pumpkin inspired things. And no true beer lover* can let fall pass them by without trying a few of the season’s latest pumpkin beer offerings, and this year I snatched up a trio of pumpkin infused brews to get into the pumpkin season and nutmeg seasoned and cinnamon season and, umm, other similarly spiced seasons.

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Should We Bill Like Lawyers and CPAs?

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I remember reading John Grisham’s novel, The Firm, several years ago, and recall Mitch’s marching orders from the nefarious firm of Bendini, Lambert and Locke as being something akin to, “If you talk to the client on the phone, bill them. If you make a photocopy for the client, bill them. If you even find yourself at your desk, drinking a cup of coffee and maybe flipping through a magazine, and your mind happens to wander to where you even think about t...

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Once, Twice, Three Times a Bastard

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (1)

It's not every day that I come home to find packages on my porch. It's even less likely that I come home to find packages of beer on my porch. And the rarest event of them all is when I discover not one but TWO packages of beer on my porch! It's like a solar AND lunar exclipse occuring simultaneously!

When I opened the boxes and saw that both beers were Bastard ales, I knew it was more than just serendipity, it was a sign; cl...

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Installation Holy Grail: Recurring Revenue

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Our industry's Holy Grail seems to be developing some form of a recurring revenue stream. Far better than the one-and-done-and-on-to-the-next-one install we typically do, recurring revenue is like that mythical Golden Goose that just poops out stacks of money on a regular basis, while you sit back at your desk, feet up, sipping some Macallan 30 watching all those hundos rolling in and thinking of all the ways to spend it.

In reality, get...

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The Hunt for RedHopToberfest: Three random beers

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I have a backlog of beers that I’ve drank. Beers that I’ve photographed. Beers I’ve reviewed. And beer reviews I’ve yet to post. I think there are like 30 of them. In an effort to clear the backlog, here are three beers I drank but neglected to post up. Why? Who can say. Let’s stop trying to figure this all out and just move on to the beers, shall we?

Great Divide Brewing Co - Fresh Hop Pale Ale

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Riding the Automation Z-Wave

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

If your Internet search history has broadened beyond “Miley Cyrus twerking” or “Katy Perry boobs” and ventured into the realms of “DIY home automation,” then you’ve likely run across the name “Z-Wave” at some point. And then you probably wondered, “What the hell is a Z-Wave?!”

Well, Z-Wave does not describe some new shotgun-to-brain resistant strain of zombie apocalypse. No...

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Smartphone: I am become Death, Destroyer of Worlds

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (4)

When the robot overlords take over and finish thoroughly examining each bit of the yottabytes of accumulated data that make up the entire collected history of human culture – sadly a process that will only take them around 2 seconds with their quantum logic computing power stolen from the NSA, but it will be a merciful two second reprieve from the constant whippings and cruel task mastering – they will likely determine that the smartphone was the most powerful and d...

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