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Edward Snowden – Hero or Traitor One Year Later

June 19, 2014 – | Comments Off0 views
One of my neighbors recently did an online search for a new backpack for her son (needed for summer camp). Then a few days later she did another search for a pressure cooker (planning a summer BBQ).

The next day the FBI arrived at her door, making sure that (God Forbid) there wasn’t another Boston Marathon-type terrorist attack.

Many people were initially caught off guard by this NSA-type surveillance, wondering if there was any privacy left in the world. Knowing my profession and technology knowledge, they asked for my opinion, which is summarized below.

I thought that this Government-driven Big Data Mining, trying to “connect anonymous dots” to keep all of us safe, was absolutely great. There was no explicit targeting of my neighbor, just massive amounts of computing power blindly analyzing data to prevent another attack. All good in my book.

This does bring up the larger question of Edward Snowden, and the role of government in compiling digital records. Before 9/11, government clearly did not do enough. But reading Edward Snowden’s disclosures – and then seeing subsequent actions by Congress – government probably went too far.

I can only hope and pray that our elected leaders, and workers within the FBI/CIA/NSA, find the right balance. As a New Yorker who lost friends on 9/11 and father whose son serves in the Coast Guard’s Law Enforcement Unit, I am comfortable with the government knowing more than less. But that is just one man’s opinion. In the end, my credit card company knows infinitely more about my life, in great detail, than the NSA. And that is okay too.

The Battle Grows for the Digital Living Room

June 19, 2014 – | Comments Off0 views

The Fire SmartPhone launch is just the latest escalation in the high-stakes battle for control of the increasingly digitized living room. And yes, this is absolutely a war amongst Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and others, each looking to capture the hearts and minds of the consumer – and of course their pocket book.

In the short-term, this competition is definitely good …

Google/Android/Motorola vs Microsoft/Windows Phone/Nokia

October 18, 2013 – | Comments Off0 views

Google purchased Motorola and Microsoft acquired Nokia for the same strategic reasons and at approximately the same time, namely to strengthen their position in this increasingly mobile world. How these acquisitions have played out offer some revealing insights into these two technology giants.
1. Both used substantial profits from other businesses to fund the multi-billion dollar acquisition price, and cover annual …

Gates’ Internet Tidal Wave 1995 Memo, 2000 Justice Antitrust Case, Ballmer’s Legacy, What Microsoft Should Do Next

August 26, 2013 – | Comments Off0 views

Here is my assessment of Ballmer’s legacy and how Microsoft as an organization responded to Gate’s 1995 Internet Tidal Wave memo and the Department of Justice 2000 antitrust case. Hopefully you’ll find some new insights and let’s start with my grades for Ballmer:
Strategic D: After becoming CEO in 2000 he correctly prioritized the importance of tablets/touch screens, mobile software/smartphones, smart …

Fingerprint Scanner in iPhone 5S, Voice/Video Biometric Sign-on

August 21, 2013 – | Comments Off0 views

There is lots of hype around the recent iPhone 5S release because of its inclusion of a fingerprint sensor developed by Authentec – acquired by Apple last year – for increased device security and mobile payment functionality. Couple of observations.
First Authentec was acquired for $350 Million as much for its intellectual property – which strengthens Apple’s position against Samsung and …

Angelbeat Internal Cloud Deployments – The Power/Weight of Legacy Apps

August 21, 2013 – | Comments Off0 views

The challenges and pro’s/con’s of moving Angelbeat’s internal infrastructure to the cloud provides some valuable insights to organizations of all sizes, who are undoubtedly grappling with similar issues. IT at Angelbeat is fairly robust, including onsite and remote/traveling workers, >250,000 contacts maintained on Exchange, customized CRM/event registration apps developed in 1999 (when Angelbeat was formed), a dedicated server/data center/storage room, …

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