May 08

Sweettt.com – Episode 1 – Walk Like a Minister

Michael Hickson seems to have an enterprise complex. He doesn’t like the idea of IBM micro-blogging behind it’s firewall. In his blog, E-piphanies, he writes a rather harsh slur in gossip-column style stating that this is a bad idea.

Keep Silly Walking :-)
Keep Silly Walking :-)
In my own personal opinion… sometimes you have to wiggle your arms and legs around a little bit before you discover a new dance.

So, Michael, you are surprised to discover that IBM has been using micro-blogging behind the firewall? You want to couch this as a sensational critique? Common!

The world’s 14-year leader in number of patents didn’t get that way by NOT engaging in everything new. There are lots of things behind the firewall with which early adopters are having a blast: blogs, wikis, podcasts, broadcasts, micro-blogging, tagging, social photo sharing, social video sharing, social file sharing, IM for over a decade now, online communities, 3D internet / virtual reality, online friends & connections, rating & reputation systems… there are over 100 innovations available within our early adoption program. The list goes on. We don’t gate our innovations. We promote them!

Do you think that each of these innovations are perfect before we try them? Well, that’s not the way it goes. It’s survival of the fittest.

In Case You Forgot How
In Case You Forgot How

We have about 400,000 people inside our firewall to try this stuff out and give us feedback. Before we roll something into full production, and before we send it down the product development path, we tap into that feedback and learn as much as we can about the new creation. It makes the final solution stronger.

And guess what… We need these tools. The workforce has changed. The standard for the online social interaction experience is set across the internet. The corporation that doesn’t embrace this functionality will be the corporation that doesn’t stand the test of time. In case you haven’t noticed, IBM is Built to Last.

None of that would be possible if it weren’t for our willingness to embrace new things. Don’t damn IBM for that. Congratulate us. Applaud us. Follow our lead, because it’s very very successful. Over $90 billion a year is no accident.

photo by magandafille
and by faultier.at

May 08

Solar & Wind Power to be a 2008 Major Trend

… yeah, right… Don’t you wish?  Of course you DO!!!  That’s why you read this headline and followed this link here!!!  We all want it.  So why don’t we go and just do it?

A Household Windmill

Rooftop Solar a Commodity within Google Ads

So, what are my plans?  Well… after I paint the house, install a new window, build a retaining wall, replace patio door, buy a new desk, build a front porch…

Apr 08

Millions Advertise On Twitter When Their Homes Are Empty

I realize that this has been mentioned elsewhere by others.  But here’s my spin on it…

The Boogie Man
The Boogie Man
I have a friend, named Joe, who usually Twitters when he’s out and about doing something cool.  Through his postings on Twitter, I’ve watched him make his way through airports, to professional conferences, on nature hikes, family excursions, local daily commutes… lots of places.  And it’s really cool to be able to join him near real time on his journeys.  And anyone in the world can follow him too.

Recently, I was on a trip of my own, that was a little outside the ordinary, and I wanted to join in all the Twittering fun.  My wife, son, and I drove to Montreal to visit her parents.  The trip was an adventure.  I mean, it would have been fun to tell my whole network where I was, and some of my experiences, while I was actually having the experiences.  But I couldn’t bring myself to do it.  Every time I thought of mentioning something about it online… that I was on a trip, in another city, in another country… I kept thinking about the old joke where someone calls the Jones’ house; Their not home; The answering machine picks up…

BEEP – “You have reached the Jones’ residence.  We’re going to be away from the house on vacation until August 31.  We’re sorry, but no one will be here to pick up your message until then….”

If only all burglars were as cute as the Ham Buglar
If only all burglars were as cute as the Ham Buglar
Just what the burgular ordered… No one in their right mind today would leave a message like that on their answering machine.

Even these days, when home robberies are on the decline simply because electronic alarms are so prevalent.  And no matter whether the market for stolen goods is so bad because there’s so much stuff out there that no one is buying stolen goods.  Most people with common sense just don’t announce when they’re away from home.  There’s far worse evil that can befall an unattended home and family than mere theft.

I can just imagine hearing my Dad looking at this Twitter free-for-all from the eyes of his generation.  Mind you, he struggles to understand how there can be economies and markets going into the $millions within Second Life, which is really nothing but an online game.  But we can usually find some common ground in that discussion.  But this is one area where we would both look at all this tom foolery and shake our heads together and say, “what are they thinking?”

Color me paranoid if you will.  But there’s something to be said for common sense.  It doesn’t make sense to publish to the world when you’re not at home!

I recently saw a really compelling commercial in which a woman is standing in an open field in the middle of a thunderstorm, holding a lightning rod, with lightning blasting all around her.  She explains that every year 20 people are killed by lightning in Canada.  And then she says that 18,000 die from cigarette smoke.  And then she asks, “who’s more stupid?” (http://stupid.ca)  The point of that commercial is that if you wouldn’t stand in the middle of an open field in a lightning storm holding a lightning rod, then you certainly shouldn’t smoke.

My point here is that it’s common sense to do neither.  Just because the chances of a problem decrease in general, doesn’t mean that people should do things to increase their chances of having a problem.  Broadcasting to the world that you are away from your home and family just isn’t wise.  Is it foolish?  I don’t know.  Time will tell.  The first cigarette smokers had to wait and see too.

And if you think I just spilled the beans to the sociopaths, and we no longer have our security through obscurity, go and watch Silence of the Lambs again and reconsider.

Mar 08

Me Too vs. Substance

Sometimes you\'re in the weeds
Sometimes you\'re in the weeds
Substance – One of the reasons I struggle so much with creating blog posts is that there is already so much out there being said. Most of the time I’m in learning mode. I don’t feel compelled to be the socialite who says “hello” and “peek a boo” to every single person who says anything. And perhaps my hubris is that I don’t have an urge to be the first geek to make a statement on a new trend or a new technology.

And so this leaves me with little to say in the primordial blog-o-soup.

Should we advocate that each and every blog post be a significant contribution? Should everything be unique? If it’s just a me-too, well… We could always flag it as a me-too and move on, just like in the usenet and netnews bbs. I think we can recognize something is a me-too, and react to it based on that, and also be on the lookout for something unique.

Will this be yet another dimestore variety unique blog?
Will this be yet another dimestore variety unique blog?
IF Each Blog Post Said Something Unique – then we would have an online world where news would not spread. I think there literally are so many things that can be said on a topic. However, there can be hundreds of writers, blogging about the topic. The result is a lot of blog posts that have a lot of overlap with one another. And I think that’s okay, especially with only so many readers out there, and the needs to pick up the buzz. If, within then whole internet, there was only one writer per unique topic, or if each blog post was actually something unique, then it would be all the more difficult to actually bump into the news surreptitiously.

And It’s Good To Actually Apply Some Thought. The alternative is a copy-and-paste world where little is said and much is echoed. Personally, I’m going to strive to say something new, something unique. I think the quality is in the striving.

Photos by – miss pupik & moonrat42

Mar 08

Hard Drive Crash

DEAD Dead dead - A dead hard drive really is a pain in the keyboard
DEAD Dead dead - A dead hard drive really is a pain in the keyboard
Tuesday evening my hard drive crashed. I was on the machine, tinkering around, and then it went completely dark, as if someone pulled the powercord and the battery at the same time. This had been happening recently. But of course, instead of seeing this as a symptom of something much more sinister, I chalked it up to video drive conflict with Second Life. But alas, I wasn’t able to restart windows. It would go to the logon screen and just hang.

But the hope was that only some specific spot on the drive was corrupt, preventing it from booting, and that once I was able to mount it on a different system, I could see the data and copy it.

And then the fun began…

Wednesday, I call for help and the overnight shipments go out the door. Thursday, the shipments arrive: one unformatted replacement 100 gig ahard drive, one hard drive adapter, one USB remote 40 gig hard drive to backup my data in the future.

And so I: Installed the new unformatted drive and downloaded an image from our internal network, tried to see the old hard drive on the new system (and couldn’t,) and downloaded software from http://datadoctor.org & ran it overnight to recover the data on the old drive.

And that’s where I’m at right now. This is a very very slow process.

And so now I’m thinking about hard drive backup and recovery… OF COURSE.

… which has me looking at a number of solutions:

Drobo (& DroboShare)

CNET’s Top 5 Storage Drives and

CNET’s Top Network Attached Storage Drives

Photo by – wonderferret

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