3 Reasons Your Website Isn’t a Brochure – Dianna Huff

“Let’s just start with the basics: One, a brochure is paper. Two, it’s static – meaning, it doesn’t change. And three, you can’t do anything with it. Try as I might, I simply cannot touch a word on the page and have my “touch” get me to a new place within the brochure.

So right there, you can see that a brochure isn’t a website and vice-versa.

But, it goes much further than that. A website isn’t a brochure for other reasons as well – and these reasons have to do with the web itself.”

3 Reasons Your Website Isn’t a Brochure – Dianna Huff.

The logic is so simple.  But the execution is difficult for all but the well-healed advertising giants.

Thanks to Diana Huff

SDN Thinking Lags Behind Technology

Thanks for waking us up, Martin!  Being ahead of the curve is always a good idea for companies who make their livings developing and marketing technologies that are barely understood at the outset.

I am reminded of those movies we saw in elementary school that depicted Columbus’ struggle with the Queen and court over arguments that the world was flat and that his ships would sail off the edge if his voyages were funded by the crown.

Sounds a lot like SDN and the faith it takes to accept the vision of its architects and technologists.  But if we trace most technology history for the past 250 years, we find the same conversation.  Only today, there are far more participants because technology itself has provided the means for more to engage and be involved.

The horse is out of the barn – to use another historical reference.

Now what, folks?

SDN Thinking Lags Behind Technology, VMware’s Casado Says – CIO.com.

Thanks to  VMware’s Casado and CIO.com

Google To Buy Skybox Imaging for $1 Billion

This is NOT a revolutionary news item.  It is predictable enough not be hot news, especially on Friday.

“If Google does buy Skybox Imaging, it would make sense for the search giant to use the company’s high-quality, real-time photos and videos to improve its Google Maps and Google Earth offerings”

And the “virtual ISP” (Internet Service Provider) aspects of the possibilities ARE interesting.

“Meanwhile, Google may also see this potential acquisition as a way to bring Internet to the two-thirds of the population who don’t have it. Google has already announced Project Loon, a network of balloons to beam Internet access.”

 

Thanks to  – Business Insider

High Interest in ACI Enough For Cisco To “Lead SDN?”

Application Centric Infrastructure is another of those new buzzwords that defines the emerging value of SDN or Software Defined Networks.

The threat to Cisco is the fact that the hardware portion of switching and routing is relatively inexpensive when compared to the costs of writing and updating the embedded software used in the devices.  And they intend to continue to be the market leader for a long time.

Is Reportedly High Interest in ACI Enough For Cisco To “Lead SDN?” | Data Center Knowledge.

Thanks to Data Center Knowledge

Tablet Sales Tumble

Tablet sales. So what!

The consumer technology ecosystem now contains a whole bunch of elements that are interrelated.  Consider:

Service provider marketing – the things that drive the growth of the likes of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

Streaming Video and new media companies making investments in content delivery systems.

Hardware companies like Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo making manufacturing decisions for PC and laptop production

Schools and educational services providers making decisions about eBook and other resources systems for their students

Thats’s what!  And we’ll manage it.

A painful blow to the tablet market, Morgan Stanley slashes growth estimates | ZDNet.

Thanks to ZDNet

Google Humanizes Technology In The Workplace

“Believing it’s easier to communicate with people electronically, for example, we’ve stopped calling each other. According to MIT technology professor Sherry Turkle, we don’t even e-mail people anymore–“our communication of choice is texting.” ”

The missing piece of this is that with more information, accelerated response requirements and only one me or one them, connecting by phone is less likely to happen in real time.  As well, I don’t sit at a desk or in a chair by a traditional telephone handset any more.  I am restrained by law from answering the phone in my car without hands-free capability.

Voice mail takes twice the effort for me, at least.  Email is so cluttered that I’ve even quit filtering it because the target folders get so full that my ISP has turned it off.

The key ingredient is time and that is a fixed commodity not a flexible one.

via How Google Humanizes Technology In The Workplace And You Can, Too | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Thanks to  Fast Company | Business + Innovation

The Tyranny of the Internet

 

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.

These have been the staples of formal education and skills that most modern societies value.  And for good reason.  At the beginning of literacy as we know it in Western society, monastic scribes and clerics recorded and perpetuated “the word” to their congregations and followers.  Then the 15th Century invention of the printing press accelerated the reproduction of information of many kinds so that wider non-sectarian audiences could share it. And those of us who learned to read (usually in school) benefited from the “age of the printed book”.

Most scholarship and research has been converted to printed material with control over the editing of the information delegated to editors, publishers, and organizations who had the means to pay for its production and dissemination to users.  That control pipeline assured users (readers) that the information would be relevant (to its intended audience), was grammatically readable, fair, true, honest, and of value.

And now the Internet. With both the creation and dissemination of information in the hands of most individuals via digital media, the former production pipeline has been supplanted by the Internet.  For the first time in literate history, the same kinds of information we once could trust and depend upon from renowned authors, publishing houses, magazines, editors, commentators, and organizations, now bombards us daily on millions of Internet homepages, tens of millions of blogs, and a relatively small number of refereed journals or respected Internet sources.  And the information is provided in the midst of visual clutter and other distractions.  But either way we’re not getting the same quality of information.  Yes, that IS a huge value judgment!

Please don’t forget that scholarly motives brought us literacy in the first place. So evaluating information for its quality – in general – continues to be one measure of its value.  But how to do that with Internet information?  Consider the source.  Anyone anywhere at any time can drop an opinion on you, in a blog, email, text message, or even as an article on a safe, respected web site.  At present we define a site’s respectability by whether it enables or prevents nefarious activity.  We have become accustomed to permit such free speech and not to limit contributions to the “conversation”.  And also, who do we trust these days, the NSA?

Fortunately (to many) the approved public school instructional materials in most states of the US are still written by content scholars, edited by groups of their peers, bought from respected publishers in print or digital format, and reviewed by some 3rd party authority for their relevance, quality, truthfulness and grade-level readability.

The Tyranny of the Internet is that too quickly we have lost the silent, background gate-keeping of our information that we had come to enjoy.  The Washington Post, New York Times, and Life Magazine have changed radically as their editorial focus has diffused into broadcast television, cable news, Facebook, Twitter, and other kinds of immediate, instant information that we now use.  The good news is that we now have eBooks from the likes of Kindle and other kinds of more “respectable” media outlets that we can trust.

The best news is that there is now so much scattered information in so many sources and locations that no single human could either read or find most of it in a single day.  So focus and selection is up to the user, you and me.  And the sources themselves are also ours to choose or reject.  After all, most are free of charge.

Here are six suggestions on how to begin (or continue as the case may be).

1.  Consider the source.  If the website itself looks cheap or ugly (to you) then . . . Anyone can put up a web site or post a bog.
2.  Scholarship demands transparency.  Look for qualified sources of information who list their names, titles, roles.
3.  Look for an obvious track record – copyright, other recent posts, Twitter follows and followers, LinkedIn connections, Facebook timeline.  They key here is that the author/writer/poster is serious about sharing information and has a record to prove it.  New contributors will prove that over time.
4.  Value the message.  Topic, relevance, and balance where sides are important.
5.  Silently demand clarity – spelling, grammar, and punctuation count (to me at least).
6.  Embrace other cultures and languages.  (use Google Translate or a similar translation tool)

And if you’ve read this far and think me a bit old-fashioned, I apologize if only for my pre-Internet upbringing and experience with such things.

Thanks to The Cloud is Huge

Virtual Health Care Will Revolutionize The Industry, If We Let It

HIT.  Health Information Technology.  Remember the acronym as it is going to revolutionize your health and wellness life.

And you can take that to the bank.

Although Obamacare has become a political lightning rod, it also has struck at the heart of information reform.  That’s where HIT comes in.  The information required to manage the healthcare ecosystem – patients, providers, insurers – must be protected so that the privacy of the patient (YOU) is protected.   And lets not get bogged down with the initial tech problems involved.  They will pass.

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (Wikipedia) – another acronym to remember in case you missed it the first time around.

But as the following post suggests, you and I are a large part of the pace of information flow as we vote, participate, or impede the eventual changes that will come.

Virtual Health Care Will Revolutionize The Industry, If We Let It.

Thanks to Forbes

Attacks Rise On Network ‘Blind’ Spot – DNS

“The most high-profile attacks on Domain Name Service (DNS) servers are distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, but there are even more nefarious attacks on these systems underway today as cyber criminals and APT actors abuse commonly vulnerable DNS servers.

“DNS has been around forever. But there’s an overwhelming lack of expertise” in it, says Patrick Foxhoven, vice president and CTO of emerging technologies at Zscaler. “It’s been thought of as a dumb, foundational-level protocol. I believe it’s a blind area of many networks that’s often never looked at from a security point of view.” ”

Attacks Rise On Network ‘Blind’ Spot.

Its probably about time that we looked into the historical roots of network technology with an eye to the stuff we take for granted, like Internic, DNS, and even Domain name registration.

But I’m only one network guy with a limited point of view, right?

Thanks to Information Week – Dark Reading