The city of Rockford is preparing a response to the Google Request for information (RFI) for potential investments in a high speed fiber network for a deserving community. You can help by filling out a usage survey of your residential and/or business use of your Internet broadband connection. Please help by taking the short survey at http://www.ci.rockford.il.us/broadbandsurvey/
"When we designed Twitter, we took a different approach—we didn’t require a relationship model like that of a social network."
When introduced the follow me relationship model, coupled with the emphasis on short messaging service, made Twitter a unique beast. As Biz Stone once said, they didn’t know what the built until they build it. It turns out that this a very usage way to communicate. It created a platform for what is now known as micro-blogging.
The tumblr experience creates an in between form I believe. I have been calling it mini-blogging. It is not a full blogging platform, but nor is it micro-blogging.
Smartphones are set to outpace sales of desktop computers by 2012. Mobile devices already outnumber desktop devices 4 to 1. This falls in line with the trend that mobile devices will be THE predominate way people interact and communicate via the web in just a few years.
How fast is it growing? Eric Schmidt cites that mobile devices are being adopted at 8 times the first wave adoption rate of PC’s. The article also cites a predication that there will be 50 Billion connect devices (probably a lot not directly used by humans) by 2020.
This article highlights BYOT, or Bring Your Own Technology initiatives at several districts around the country. In a nutshell, it is about serious broadband, internal network infrastructure, procedures and participation and buy-in by teachers and students.
These schools are living much of what my local school district is in the strategic planning stages for. I’m participating in a group of local parents, teachers and adminisrators to create the technology part of a three year plan for the district. Contrast this with a year ago when I was part of a small vocal group protesting the district policy of cell phone bans and confiscations. What a difference a year makes.
For the parents, teachers and administrators that are paying attention, they realize that mobile device are pervasive now and quickly becoming the predominate way people connect to the world, gather information, participate in social circles, do there jobs… live their lives. Mobile and personal devices can and should be part of the education. But rather than incorporate them, most school ban them. In effect, leave your brain at the door, and try to learn they way people did in 1950.
Our plan will prioritize bandwidth and infrastructure as number one. One district in the article increased their aggregate bandwidth from 12 meg to 1 gig from multiple providers. The same as the goal for our district. A major part of the plan is to create the policies and procedures to manage students who will behave badly, hey, just like in the real adult world! Teaching right and wrong, politeness and etiquette will help prepare us all of this uber-connected world.
"These draft standards, developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, seek to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce."
"Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia committed to developing a common core of state standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. This is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).”
To me it makes complete sense that national standards be adopted along with standardized assessments test delivered online via test banks. This is how assessment is done for certifications in many many areas with great success.
There should be two parts to K-12 curriculum. one is core knowledge, which these standards address. These should be assessed via standardized tests. Think core ACT/SAT tests.
Then there are the more subjective areas. These are more project, collaborative and experiential based teaching disciplines and are where more subjective testing is needed. But let get the core standardized, please?
"Over the past two years, Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Ga., has slowly allowed some of its 34,000 students to bring their own notebooks, iPhones or other computing tools to school and connect them to the district network.”
"To handle the load of these extra devices — along with the interactive whiteboards that were already in each classroom — the technology staff had to build a framework that would support them, and other districts around the country are following suite."
Flash? Adobe? Apple? HTML5? Standards? A cold war indeed.
While competition is a good thing, I am surprised that this has not been solved. If HTML5 or 6 has the behavior features of Flash, well then, building a world class design tool would be done. If Apple would open the iPad to Flash…
Events managed via cloud service providers makes a lot of sense. Yesterday we saw an announcement from plancast to manage activity structures, including events. And today, a future for Facebook events via Evenbrite.
We end up building a number of event structures in our cross-media projects. Paying attention to how these are managed by these type of cloud vendors are important. Do we need to move beyond vCalendar and iCal? What do you think?
"If you break the idea of an ‘event’ down into its basic units (what’s going to happen, when, and where), there’s a ton of relevant social content through the long tail. We’re designed to host a superset of all this event data."
For the first time, spending on digital/online advertising and marketing will overtake print in 2010. In an industry crossover event, companies will spend $119.6 billion on online and digital strategies, from search engine keywords to webinars, while committing $111.5 billion to print methods such as newspaper and magazine ads.
"The only lasting recovery is the transition to a thick economy — one that’s not just a glorified Ponzi scheme that rips off the natural world, the powerless, and the future. That transition will only be sustainable when each of us lives it. An economy isn’t built by big governments, giant evil corporations, or nerdy academics. It’s built by the tiny choices of individual people."
"Cloud computing and virtualization reflect a general movement driven by the Web: a shift towards a more service-driven economy."
“There are two major trends that are now coming together to reshape our economies and societies.”
This article highlights the accelerating trends of more and more computer automation, which result in productivity gains and wealth generation, but leaves many wondering what people will do instead. The answer? Service.
People want to be cared for. That is what people can do that computers cannot. As the article says, “The computers will look after the hard space, humans will look after the soft space.”
This article also links to a complete rundown and Comparison of Content management System vendors. CMS is important because “Great websites are run by service professionals”.
I’ve seen many tools like this in the past that intend to enable cross platform development. They’ve all fallen by the wayside. This one may be a little different since it is all based on standards and not trying to program to the lowest common denominator. So, I’ll take a look. Has anyone out there used this?
This is why Cap and Trade is a non starter. Unless the cap is zero, it will have no effect. As Bill says, we need and Energy Miracles. Innovation in all of the options are needed.
So now matter what you opinion on C02 and global warming is, innovation in all energy sources will have massive positive effects on humans. Be it elimination of pollutants, new and lower costs sources, or a sustainable basis for energy in our economic equations. All good!
Bill’s promotion of TerraPower nuclear power reactors is very interesting. But I do not agree that taxing is the answer. Investing in new innovative alternatives is.
Taxing whale oil did not eliminate whaling. Finding a less expensive alternative, petroleum, did. The elimination of fossil fuels, or at least their byproducts will be replaced by less expensive, sustainable energy sources.
"Andreessen asked me if TechCrunch is working on an iPad app or planning on putting up a paywall. I gave him a blank stare. He laughed and noted that none of the newer Web publications (he’s an investor in the Business Insider) are either. ”All the new companies are not spending a nanosecond on the iPad or thinking of ways to charge for content. The older companies, that is all they are thinking about.”
By using services from SOASTA CloudTest On-Demand, MySpace was able to perform serious load and response testing of their platform.
Massive scalability is a virtue of cloud computing environments. We done some similar testing techniques, albeit very simple ones, by utilizing grid computing tools from Digipede. Digipede agents running on most of the Windows machines in out networks allow us to add parallel computing capability with little or no additional hardware costs.
But I’m talking about several dozen machine on our internal network. Not hundreds of machines in the cloud like this example. A million simultaneous users and 77,000 hits per second. Wow!
According to Gartner, the worldwide market for mobile devices with touchscreens will grow over 97% this year. Last year, consumers bought 184 million devices with touchscreens. Gartner predicts that this market will surpass 362 million units this year. By 2013, Gartner predicts, touchscreen mobile devices will account for 80% of all sales in North America and Europe. Once the domain of high-end devices, touchscreen are now finding their ways into midrange phones and a growing number of consumers now expects all of their screens to be touch-enabled.
Microsoft Tag for Android lets you scan images with your phone’s camera to get more information. Microsoft Tag is a technology that transforms everyday things in the real world into live links to online information and entertainment.
Once you download the app, you just snap or scan a Tag image anywhere you see it – in editorials, advertisements, product packaging, signs and storefronts. This will bring up instant access to Websites, videos, reviews, schedules, contact information, social networks, discounts, promotions and more!
The Microsoft Tag Reader uses your mobile phone’s camera to capture a Tag. On some phones, you merely need to aim your camera at the Tag. On other phones, you’ll aim and then click. The Tag is decoded, and the action associated with the Tag, such as opening your phone’s browser and displaying a specific web page, takes place. Microsoft Tag requires an Internet connection to work.
Just as you create your own barcodes or QR codes, you can also easily create a Tag that links to your online profile, contact info, blog, website, photo album or video. Add a Tag to your business card, and other people can download your contact information. Use a Tag to deliver a secret message to a friend. Attach a Tag to an item and if you lose it, whoever finds it can scan the Tag to find out how to return it.
With traditional 2D barcodes, you have to accept the industrial look of the code on your materials. With Microsoft Custom Tags the code can be integrated into the look and form of the messaging itself.
I see this as a distinct reality. Mobile devices, especially iPad and Kindle sized, will become the dominant platform for most people most of the time. It is perhaps already true. Desktops or workstations will still be important, but because of real estate, not functionality.
In fact, I see in the not too distant future, a docking station (wireless?) where you bring your mobile device (iPad?) and then have a 20”+ panel and full size keyword to work with. Same cloud based apps that modify their behavior to work on a 3” screen, a 10” screen and 20”+ screen… what do you think?
A Google engineer has hit back at the European Commission’s preliminary enquiry into the company’s dominance in the search market, noting that there is no secret formula for the way Google ranks sites.
In the company’s European Public Policy Blog Matt Cutts, Principal Engineer, Search Quality Team, says that talk of Google not being ‘transparent’ is ‘hard to swallow’ and then goes on to explain how Google does things.
“One of the most widely-discussed parts of Google’s scoring has always been PageRank. That ‘secret ingredient’ is hardly a secret,” he notes, linking to Sergey Brin￼ and Larry Page’s infamous Stanford paper outlining Google’s embryonic stages.
This is just in the US based on an analysis by Juniper Research. Worldwide mobile devices are fast approaching 5 BILLION units. In North America, smart phone and web enabled cell phones are almost 1/3 on new sales. I ma frankly surprised that the 130 million number is not bigger by 2014.
As cross-media increasingly incorporates social media conversations into acquisition campaigns, more emphasis will be placed on refining the sales support ‘process’. This article is yet an other which are observing the need to refine the use of, if not the need for, corporate web sites. We’ve been postulating this for some time! What do you think?
We saw a glimpse of this when Pepsi decided for forgo Superbowl commercials and put it’s $20 mil towards social media… it will be interesting to see how the analysis turns out. Definitely a good trend for folks like Trekk!
Moore’s Law describes a linear doubling of transistors on an integrated circuit about every two years. But Ray Kurzweil’s work shows an geometric growth in overal computational power of a number of technologies over the last 110 years. Here is an updated version of Ray Kurzweil’s published work, and Steve Jurvetson’s description ”I think this is the most important chart in technology business”
Of the 93 million persons without broadband identified by the study, about 80 million are adults. Small numbers of them access the Internet by dial-up connections, or outside the home at places like offices or libraries, but most never log on anywhere.
Asked about the reasons for not having broadband at home, almost half of respondents cited a prohibitive cost, and almost as many said they were uncomfortable using a computer. Forty-five percent answered “yes” to the statement, “I am worried about all the bad things that can happen if I use the Internet.” Others said they viewed the Internet as a waste of time.
A more accurate headline might be “One-Third of U.S. Without Computers, Mostly By Choice.”
This is fascinating and worthy of discussion in our industry. Collectively, we’ve screwed up. Badly. What can we do to make computers attractive to the third of our country who don’t use any of our stuff?
The F.C.C. was mandated by Congress to produce a detailed plan with specific recommendations to hasten the national adoption of broadband in the United States. […] It will recommend, among other elements, an expansion of broadband adoption from the current 65 percent to more than 90 percent, Mr. Genachowski said in a blog post on an F.C.C. Web site last week.
It’s not a question about broadband versus dial-up, but a question of computer-users versus non-users.
How does the FCC intend to make more people care about computers? How will the FCC address those who can’t afford a computer and internet service?
Without good answers to both questions, which I don’t believe are possible, I don’t see how we can significantly raise this metric. And even with great solutions to both, 90% seems unrealistic.
Instead of trying to raise broadband penetration to impossible levels, why not try to improve the broadband options that the majority of the country uses? That’s the sort of thing that the FCC is supposed to do, despite failing miserably to do so for the last decade.