The Lenovo Yoga 2 pro Ultrabook – Simply the best device I have ever used

lenovo-yoga-2-proI have had the fortune of using many business and consumer devices over the course of my career. From the first smart phones running palm OS (Samsong SPH-500 and the Trio 90) to the early iPhone to the Windows Phone 8.1 I run today. When laptops first hit the market I was right in line, looking forwarded to running Visual Studio in front of my television. For ServiceMonster, we get every relevant device to use in engineering. When the early tablet PCs hit the market (with a silent thud) I knew what the future would hold. And now I use that device today.

The Lenovo Yoga 2 is small (14″ touch screen), fast (i7 intel), and efficient (5 hour battery life). With the back-lit keyboard I can work at night without bothering my wife and the 256 gig SSD boots in under 20 seconds. I can go from cold boot to working in Visual Studio in under 60 seconds.

It’s a dream to travel with too. The size is good for working and watching movies and still small enough to not be bothered by the guy in front of you that reclines for the entire airplane ride. The flip ability of this ultra book is cool, though I mostly use it in laptop mode when working, tent mode when watching movies, and tablet mode when playing games.

Windows 8.1 virtual keyboard and html form interface leave plenty of room for improvement but I do ever so love this device. Will done Lenovo.


Low Calorie High Protein Lunch

Low Calorie Lunch

This is one of my typical lunches. I’m cheating on Paleo with the feta, but it’s fricken feta! #amIRight? I do weigh out my portions though. If you want to cut the calories back but keep the protein you can use smoked salmon instead. The sodium goes up but replacing the grilled salmon with 2 oz of smoked salmon will drop the calorie count to 180. The proteins will be right at 20 grams. I also add a no sugar Protein (Whey) Bar with this lunch.

Article for ICS

I recently wrote an article for the magazine ICS – Cleaning Specialist titled; Business Might: Leveraging Fortune 500 Technologies in your Service Business.

At 1600+ words it’s a bit long even for a printed article. My editor said he actually ADDED words (does that really happen?) but they accepted the entire article without making edits of their own, so I guess that liked it.

The piece outlines and explains concepts such as big data, cloud processing, SaaS and the like. Then it identifies several key factors service companies should be looking for when shopping for business software. It was the featured article for their Trade Show publication. Nice.

Running Progress – 1K speed down by 1 minute 47 seconds in 6 weeks

I completed a 1K warm-up run in 4 minutes and 17 seconds. I feel really good about that. I should break a 4 minute kilometer soon.

I’ve never been a runner. Sprinter yes but I have never felt cardio was a good use of my abilities. I’m currently hitting a major wall with a good cardio workout at about 6:30 minutes in. I seem to be able to do more, faster and harder each time I train but I need some rest before the 7 minute mark.

Coach K’s Strength Training Camp

Here is a training program specific to 13-14 year old athletes. I created this for ball players to work on during the 8 week gap between BYB and Fall Ball.  A few of the players and parents from my former teams have expressed an interest in joining us so I thought I would open this up to anyone who might be interested. I spoke with the guys from Inside Pitch and as long as each participant has a $99/8 week membership, IP will be happy. I’m not seeking any kind of reimbursement.

Coach K’s Strength Training Camp


  • Learn how to strength train safely and effectively
  • Train how to swing at 100% power and still hit the ball
  • Train how to throw at 100% power and still hit the zone (effective for pitchers and non-pitchers alike)

Weight Training

                The percentages listed below identify the percent of maximum effort required for each station. Example: If a 14 year old can bench press 100 lbs. as their maximum, an 80% training weight would be 80 lbs. Each athlete will have their own unique max for each exercise although we will not be testing that max during this camp.

  • The first week I will teach the kids basic anatomy and how it relates to baseball. We will also work with very light weights to get proper execution of each circuit training station.
  • The second week we will introduce a bit more weight to build the engrams needed to properly lift heavier weights. We will also talk about nutrition and getting the most out of food and sleep to maximize their results from their efforts in the gym.
  • In the Third week we will begin working with more challenging weights

Tunnel Training

                Hitting: We will be spending a ton of time on the tee’s with some live pitching thrown in.

Throwing:  We will be running through a series of throwing drills intended to train the body to throw hard, with confidence, and on target.  

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Anatomy, Nervous System Training 6/23 OrientationWeight Room Orientation – Tunnel Weight Training (20%) Tunnel Weight Training (20%)
Nutrition, Memory Engrams 6/30 Weight Training (40%) Tunnel Weight Training (40%) Tunnel Weight Training (40%)
Ramp up – 7/7 Weight Training (60%) Tunnel Weight Training (60%) Tunnel Weight Training (60%)
Circuit Training – 7/14 Weight Training (80%) Tunnel Weight Training (80%) Tunnel Weight Training (80%)
Circuit Training – 7/21 Weight Training (80%) Tunnel Weight Training (80%) Tunnel Weight Training (80%)
Circuit Training – 7/28 Weight Training (80%) Tunnel Weight Training (80%) Tunnel Weight Training (80%)
Circuit Training – 8/4 Weight Training (80%) Tunnel Weight Training (80%) Tunnel Weight Training (80%)
Circuit Training – 8/11 Weight Training (80%) Tunnel Weight Training (80%) Tunnel Weight Training (80%)

ServiceMonster CEO to Join IICRCA Board of Directors – NICE!

ServiceMonster is proud to announce that Joe Kowalski, co-founder and CEO of Principal Focus, LLC, was recently selected to join the board of directors for the International Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Council of Associations (IICRCA).  Joe was selected due to his experience both with technology and marketing as they pertain to the industry, and he is looking forward to contributing what he can to help the IICRCA modernize its approach to marketing and to expand its membership base.

The IICRCA’s mission is to be a global voice for inspection, cleaning, and restoration associations to help foster communication, education, and networking opportunities. Members of the IICRCA gain access to a variety of industry perks and services, ranging from payroll services, to discounts on fuel, uniforms, and supplies. Current members include supplier-distributors such as Interlink Supply and DRI-EAZE, franchises such as ServiceMaster Clean and Paul Davis Restoration, and many more.

Joe has been involved in the industry since 2003 when he founded ServiceMonster, the first online business management software platform designed for carpet cleaners. Since then, the company has grown along with its client base, and now ServiceMonster is quickly becoming the favorite platform for a wide variety of service industry professions. He attributes the company’s success to its commitment to using cutting-edge technology, the constant improvements and upgrades that have been suggested by ServiceMonster subscribers, as well as ServiceMonster’s friendly support staff who truly understand the needs of small business owners.

ServiceMonster has also helped small businesses approach marketing from a data-driven perspective: the ability to track marketing campaigns and calculate the return on investment for any particular marketing expense is ultimately what makes ServiceMonster stand out among other software platforms. In today’s noisy social and viral advertising landscape, Joe is looking forward to applying his experience with practical, data-driven marketing management to help the IICRCA better achieve its goals.

Link to Powerpoint for Hypermedia Talk

Hypermedia API’s and the History of the Internet

I gave a presentation to the Bellingham .NET group on Hypermedia. This is a link to the PowerPoint content of the presentation,