More than a year ago, Sofia was abducted from her home in Lighthouse Point,
Florida, by her Syrian National uncle, who is practicing medicine in the
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Last March, a Florida judge issued an order to pick Sofia up from the uncle's
house in Chicago and return her to her home to Florida.
Due to a jurisdiction question in court - since Sofia had never lived more
than 6 months in one state at the time of her abduction - the judge later
gave temporary custody to her mom until the court could determine final
jurisdiction between Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois.
Sofia at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on her way home after her initial
kidnapping from her home in Lighthouse Point, FL, by her uncle who is a
practicing MD in the Chicago area.
In July 2010, based on this uncle's instructions, Sofia was abducted by her
mom to Syria where she ha... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
Last week we were accidentally copied in on an internal e-mail from a
software company with a market cap in excess of five billion dollars. As I
read through this long e-mail thread, which included references to our
company, I couldn't help but reflect on the past. I forwarded this e-mail to
their CEO and he acknowledged its receipt. History is repeating itself, I
realized, and I wanted to share my thoughts with our readers and with the CEO
of this software company.
In 1985-86 I worked at IBM as a market research analyst in White Plains, NY,
at the company'... (more)
Since launching our revolutionary Ulitzer platform we have been the butt of a
smear campaign perpetrated by a small number of social media terrorists from
within Adobe's Flex user community.
Ulitzer, Inc. owns www.sys-con.com.
I cannot imagine a Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Google, or Apple employee publicly
writing "SYS-CON should die!" under his or her corporate credentials, or
leaving reader feedback on a Gartner blog implying "SYS-CON are thieves"
next to his or her corporate credentials especially when the allegation is
false and carries legal consequences.
Naturally we document... (more)
This 4th of July marked my sixth consecutive visit to the Divan Palmira Hotel
in Bodrum, Turkey. My visit this year prompted me to write this review. The
Divan Palmira Hotel is located in the Golturkbuku region of Bodrum. Two
recent cover stories published last year in The New York Times Travel Section
called this Aegien Sea summer destination The St. Tropez of Turkey.
For those readers who would like to know more about Bodrum, especially the
village of Golturkbuku, there is plenty of well written reading material
(including these two 2006 New York Times travel write-ups). In this ... (more)
At SYS-CON Media we see our inventories are filling up to 100% capacity for
the months of November, December, and January, and we are seeing
better-than-normal RFP activity for the first quarter of 2010.
When I say this, I am comparing the current insertion order activity to the
same period last year. We will be closing 2009 roughly 32% below 2008 in
revenues (far better than any other tech media company), which forced us to
reduce our expenses for the same period by around 40%. Last fall, while the
world was falling apart, we were preparing for a ... (more)