Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: WACO—Digital Technology International reached an agreement with The Waco Tribune-Herald to deploy DTI Advertising, DTI Circulation, and DTI’s financial software via DTI Cloud.
The Tribune-Herald, a Robinson Media publication is a long-time Digital Technology customer and has renewed its partnership with DTI.
Moving its enterprise applications to a cloud computing model is a strategic decision for the Tribune-Herald, according to a statement.
“The cloud approach is by far the logical direction for our business,” said Tribune-Herald publisher Donnis Baggett in a prepared statement. “We like the staffing efficiencies, plus the security and backup of the cloud. That is the direction we are going in for all of our enterprise systems.”
The Tribune-Herald expects an immediate increase in productivity levels—staff and resources will be solely focused on their core business of audience engagement as the dominant news source in central Texas.
“With the new Digital Technology software we are looking not only to modernize our systems and processes, but to make us more efficient,” Baggett said. “We have a strong print circulation base in Waco, and want to be certain we are serving our subscribers in an efficient manner. Our goal in selecting DTI is to simplify processes, provide more functionality and to increase involvement by our ad staff, which we can translate into revenue increases.”
“Pairing their new circulation, advertising, and financial digital solutions with DTI Cloud is a brilliant move for the Tribune-Herald,” said Digital Technology chief executive Don Oldham in a statement. “It’s a platform to enable their new digital business model with dramatic operational improvements over their current ways of doing business. We are confident that the Tribune-Herald will increase their audience engagement which is the key to revenue expansion.”
DTI Circulation provides the Tribune-Herald with live business analytics for measuring and managing subscription growth.
DTI Advertising will provide the Tribune-Herald everything necessary for effective cross-media ad sales, production, and billing—using mobile sales tools, data-driven customer service, and integration with CRM and financials.
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