By Steve McMaster - I’ve gotten in a lot of arguments lately about one of
the latest “hot topics” in the end-user side of technology – privacy.
With some of the biggest names in Social Media doing a really bad job of it
(and I’m not even just talking about leaked passwords), it’s something
that’s throwing itself in the face of many average, day-to-day computer
users. Many in the security industry already know most of the things people
are discovering, and have screamed warnings from the mountaintops to the
folks below. Alas, this is the woe of being a security engineer. But here’s
my gripe for you.
Facebook has, as of April 2012, 901 million active members (according to
Wikipedia). If Facebook were a country, it would be ranked 3rd in the world
by population. And it seems every week, they’re in the news again, someone
ranting about their privacy on Facebook. My fav... (more)
This week at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, Gartner unveiled their top
predictions for 2014 and beyond. Here they are:
Digital Industrial Revolution (3D printing and its impact on manufacturing
and IP) Digital Business (social, mobile, analytics, cloud, code halos and
their impact) Smart Machines (self-learning machines and artificial
intelligence) The Internet of Things (network centric operations, situational
awareness, etc.) These predictions align closely with what I have been
writing about and teaching for the past 12 months. However, I have not
covered the "Digital Industrial Revolution" in the context of 3D printing.
I will have to start paying more attention to that area. I blame some of
my inattention on those that came up with the term "3D Printing." When I read
the word "printing" I lose interest. I guess I need to start being
In fact,... (more)
Haiti Earthquake on Ulitzer
In 36 hours, donations made via mobile phones for Haiti Earthquake Relief
have surpassed $7 million across all the short codes managed by the Mobile
Giving Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping other
non-profits raise funds through mobile.
This amount represents a mobile-giving record for funds raised for a single
cause. But there is a long way to go.
As more organizations support relief efforts in Haiti, additional short codes
are available for making monetary donations to help those affected by the
By texting a keyword to a designated short code via a mobile phone, a
micro-donation of $5 or $10 can be made to aid the millions of people
affected by this tragedy.
100% of your donation goes to the recipient charity, and the donation appears
as a charge on your carrier bill, standard rates may apply... (more)
Curiosity is the lifeblood of a citizen journalist
Lots of folks ask us, “What makes a good citizen journalist?”
The short answer is passion. But a good citizen journalist needs more than
just passion. Six proficiencies that a good citizen journalist needs to
Curiosity. Curiosity is the lifeblood of a good citizen journalist. It’s
what keeps the mind alert and the stories coming. The mother of a childhood
friend of mine once said, “All you boys do is go around turning over rocks
to see what’s beneath them.” She was talking about our insatiable
curiosity. A good citizen journalist always turns over rocks, opens closed
doors, peeks behind the curtains and wonders, “What is all the commotion
about?” Situational awareness. If you have this quality, it means that at
all times you are aware of what is happening around you. Lots of people
don’t pay any attent... (more)
By D. Bruce Johnston, President and CEO, DBJ Associates
Commerce on the Internet continues to skyrocket.
Chad Levitt, author of the “New Sales Economy Blog,” recently wrote a
post, “Sales Reps, Are You Ready for the Digital Universe?,” based on
information he gleaned from a recently released IDC report on predictions for
the year 2020.
Here are some of the major findings from the IDC report:
Between now and 2020, the amount of digital information created and
replicated in the world will grow to an almost inconceivable 35 trillion
gigabytes as all major forms of media – voice, TV, radio, print – will
complete the journey from analog to digital. Last year despite the global
recession, the Digital Universe, set a record. It grew by 62% to nearly
800,000 petabytes. A petabytes is a million gigabytes. Picture a stack of
DVDs reaching from the earth to the moon and back. ... (more)
As Katherine Maher pointed out on Twitter, no one gets credit when
contingency plans work. And it is truly amazing how much government-citizen
information collaboration has evolved–not to mention the growth of data
journalism even in the most traditional news outlets. The average citizen had
a wealth of accurate (and useful) hurricane information to choose from. There
was also plenty of data to be used for those seeking to tinker, and very
useful Twitter/Flickr/YouTube overlays on Google Earth interfaces. Anyone
unlucky enough to turn on their television was assaulted by an overwhelming
wave of hysteria and action shots of news anchors bravely intoning into the
camera that it was windy and raining–an astonishing revelation,
undoubtedly, to the millions told to evacuate.
Alex Howard of O’Reilly Radar has a very helpful list of Hurricane Irene
tracking links from bo... (more)
It's been four years since our last economic bubble and eleven since our last
technology bubble, so it's possible that another one is coming soon. Or not.
Your guess is as good as mine. I suppose I could pontificate about why one is
coming (hint: see Instagram @ $1B), but that doesn't help anybody. Instead,
I've decided to create an open plan to take advantage of the existing hype in
the market, across multiple vectors.
So I've decided to write an open letter to Tom Scott, creator of Klouchebag.
Big fan of Klouchebag. Built in just a few hours. Hosted in the Cloud.
Leveraging APIs to access realtime data. All the checkboxes for success in
today's web. And it came at just the right time, since Klout has obviously
jumped the shark with this article in Wired magazine. Not only does
Klouchebag boldly claim dominion as "The Standard of Asshattery", but it
plays ... (more)
COSTA MESA, Calif, May 8, 2012 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today
announced the introduction of a family of new OneConnect® Network
Xceleration™ solutions for the High Performance Networking (HPN) market.
Emulex is bringing its new family of OneConnect (OC)e12000 10Gb Ethernet
(10GbE) Network Xceleration solutions to market in partnership with Myricom,
an industry leader in delivering high performance, latency optimised Ethernet
solutions for vertical market applications. This multi-generational marketing
and development partnership leverages Myricom's deep expertise in HPN,
specifically low latency, high packet-rate, vertical application
optimisations, and Emulex's broad enterprise reach, high volume,
enterprise-hardened hardware roadmap, and global go-to-market channels.
"By partnering with Myricom, Emulex is offering I/O connectivity solutions
that broaden our... (more)
Washington, DC, October 21, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The Distributed Computing
Industry Association (www.DCIA.info) and the Cloud Computing Association
(www.cloudcomputingassn.org) today announced the first wave of speakers to
participate in BROADBAND NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE, one of three co-located
conferences at CLOUD COMPUTING WEST 2012 (CCW:2012), their inaugural
strategic business summit taking place November 8th-9th in Santa Monica, CA.
“We’re extremely pleased to have as keynote speakers David Sterling of
i3m3 Solutions, Bill Sewell of Wiredrive, Bill Kallman of Scayl, Prabhat
Kumar of i3m3 Solutions, Julian Lovelock of HID Global Identity Assurance,
Doug Natal of Oracle, Jean-Luc Chatelain of DataDirect Networks, Linda
Senigaglia of Navigation Solutions, Ryan Walters of Philotek, Tim Cavanaugh
of Cavanaugh Consulting, and Daniel Kenyon of Equilibrium,” said DCIA CEO ... (more)
Here are the top tech news and stories of the day.
The latest iteration of Halo, Halo 4, will use Microsoft’s Azure as
the back-end - This is Microsoft’s attempt to assure delivery of service
to gamers without fail. Every time Halo 4 (or another similar game) goes
down, Microsoft loses money and loses their reputation. The unveiling of Halo
4 will be a big deal, and this will be a huge stress test on Azure. Via
Mashable, more here. GigaOM has an article describing the need for a more
distributed power grid, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy - Katie Fehrenbacher
highlights the failings of the power grid by comparing it to the
communications grid. Some substations will be down for weeks, despite the
best efforts of power companies to prepare for this disaster. Via GigaOM,
more here. SohoOS is growing as a suite of tools for micro-businesses - The
SohoOS ... (more)
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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers will hold its annual
RFID event, the IEEE International Conference on RFID, in conjunction with
the RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 conference and exhib... (more)