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Zack Urlocker
Santa Cruz, CA
Software executive, runner, guitar player
Interests: Music, writing, running, cycling, IF
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Tech executive D. Eric Maikranz hit the jackpot with his novel The Reincarnationist Papers which was made into the film Infinite starring Mark Wahlberg. Maikranz self-published the novel back in 2009 with an innovative crowd-sourced reward to anyone who helped him land a film deal. By chance a copy of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2021 at Z-Machine Matter
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I've been using Logic Pro for a few years now (and GarageBand before that) and have always marveled at how good the Drummer function is. You can choose one of several styles (Rock, R&B, Songwriter...) then pick a drummer (Duncan,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2021 at GuitarVibe.com
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I must admit, I've fallen down the rabbit hole into synth nerdvana lately. I'm not sure, maybe it was with Daft Punk's demise, and a Sound Opinions podcast that mentioned French synth pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre. I was vaguely familiar with... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2021 at GuitarVibe.com
It seems kind of crazy, but the tech industry seems to have achieved historic high valuations. A buddy of mine talked about the 100 club --software companies with 100x revenue valuations. Historically, SaaS companies have traded between 7-14x, with a... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2021 at TheOpenForce.com
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I was fortunate to snag an interview with synth designer, prog-rock keyboard wizard and IK Multimedia Product Manager / Sound Designer Erik Norlander about his work on the new UNO Pro synthesizer. Erik is an accomplished keyboardist, composer and producer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at GuitarVibe.com
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Sometimes I try to put a moratorium on buying new gear. It lasts for maybe 12 months and then something pops up and I'm like a weight-watcher walking into a pie shop. Lately, I've become intrigued by low-cost portable synthesizers.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2021 at GuitarVibe.com
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A few months back, Robbie Robertson released "Once Were Brothers" a biography of The Band, adapted from his autobiography "Testimony." As with any good rock doc, it's a bittersweet story of the rise to stardom, fame and fortune followed by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at GuitarVibe.com
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Looks like 2021 is starting with a ton of new announcements from NAMM and beyond. I've picked three new products to highlight here, all of which represent significant innovation in the musical instrument market. Zivix JamStik Studio MIDI guitar Many... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at GuitarVibe.com
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I've been a fan of Elvis Costello since My Aim Is True fell into my life in 1977. I was still in high school and my older brother thought I would like it because of the nerdy guy with glasses... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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Over the last couple of months, I've posted several new rock opera reviews over at www.rock-opera.com. These include: Crack The Sky - Machine (2010) The best rock band you've never heard of with one of their best albums ever. CTS... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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It's hard to believe that the Beatles final album, Let It Be, was released 50 years ago. The album came out on May 8 and the documentary of the same name was released a week later in theaters in the... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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Some friends of mine from MySQL days have organized a world-wide distributed virtual running event. It's open to every runner, any distance, anywhere in the world. The run will take place on the summer Solstice, June 20. If you're a runner, or would like to try it out, please register.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Z-Machine Matter
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Some friends of mine from MySQL days have organized a world-wide distributed virtual running event. It's open to every runner, any distance, anywhere in the world. The run will take place on the summer Solstice, June 20. If you are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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Given the shelter-at-home quarantine we've all been faced with, I finally got around to remastering my rock opera Underground Radio. Mastering is distinct from mixing and is a separate phase of production during which a talented audio engineer listens to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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There's no doubt we are in a difficult time. We are facing a global pandemic and ensuing economic crisis that is likely the most difficult situation the world has faced in generations. The past few weeks I've had many conversations... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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If you don't understand the headline, this post is not for you. But for guitar and bass players who might not be able to figure out a song by ear, a tab file is a musical notation that makes learning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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Of all the writers I've enjoyed, there's one that resonates with me more than all others: Len Deighton. Although Le Carré, Chandler, MacDonald and Kerr are all still widely read, Deighton seems to have fallen by the wayside in the last twenty years. He still writes non-fiction, but his last... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2020 at Z-Machine Matter
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This article was originally published at Linkedin In early 2014, I moved to Michigan where my wife's family is from. I started working for an Ann Arbor based software company, Duo Security, which has been a lot of fun. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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Every couple of years I run into some breathtakingly fantastic band that no one has ever heard of. Often, by the time I find them, they have delved so deep into obscurity that they soon break up. (I'm looking at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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It was twenty-five years ago today that Anders Hejlsberg and I got up on stage at the Software Development '95 conference and launched Delphi to the world. The joke was that all 1,500 of us were geeks who couldn't get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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This article appeared in Delphi Informant magazine in April 1996 discussing the development of Delphi 1.0. One of the most fun things I’ve done in my career is to help build the “1.0” version of Delphi. Okay, 2.0 was pretty... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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by Danny Thorpe This article originally appeared on the Borland museum website. "Delphi" started out as a beta codename for a closely guarded skunkworks project at Borland: a next-generation visual development environment for Windows based on Borland's Object Pascal programming... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Delphi on Feb 14, 2002 here is a transcript of an interview with Anders Hejlsberg, Chief Architect of Delphi conducted by .EXE Magazine editor Will Watts from 1995. Anders discusses the design and development... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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I moved from the Bay Area about five years ago to live in Michigan. However, I am still back in the Bay Area routinely working with software companies and it's breaking my heart. When I was at Zendesk I lived... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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I realize I'm late to the party on this, but I happened to catch the documentary "General Magic" recently and it's an amazing piece of work. It had been on my list of films to watch since earl 2019, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com