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The device that is a game changer. When you consider the power we consume (we are currently sans the power to the house so the logitech keyboard and the Ipad are my only blogging tools today) and what we can do when it isn’t there (like today) it is truly amazing. The devices that have the most blackout/power outage functionality can live without the wall charger.

You do however notice the difference as you begin checking the battery indicator more. External batteries and power sources are critical when living in the world without power. Of course what is the point then of not having power if it is simply an opportunity to have generators and batteries.

Air-conditioning is kind of nice.

I wonder about our reliance on power some times. Not that it is a negative thing and not that I am not horribly guilty of this myself, rather what would the world look like?

Imagine for a moment if there wasn’t power. But that power sources had been invented. We might have effective batteries that lasted a lot longer than the ones we have now. or worse we might carry power sources with us everywhere we go.

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A level playing field

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A level playing field. When we were playing sports as kids we talked about that, making it a level playing field. I never had the athletic talent that some of the other folks did. I was average at most things and really only above average in swimming and bowling. The rest of my skills were at best average. But I tried hard and tried to play fair.

Playing fair is the reality of a level playing field. Making sure that the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed is a critical component. The rules are there to make the playing field the same for everyone.

It is something that is important to me. I have to believe in what I am doing. If I don’t believe then its harder for me to apply the energy needed to solve the problem or to focus on moving things forward.

I realize that is a flaw in my reality. I know people (and this is a knock on them simply a reality) who can do things they don’t believe in. I envy them that ability. When I stop believing I stop trying as hard.

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Seeing cloud 2.0 (a beginning)

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There is a place that I have been to a few times in my life. It is for me a spiritual place that takes me away from where I am to where I would like to be. It is a place where the footprints of life fade to black and all you can see is what may yet be.

From this place I can see as far as I know I can look. The reality of seeing what might be is you are bound and limited by what you know and what you can see. In this place many of the limitations that sit in front of me expand beyond me, so that I can see what yet may be.

It is there that the three ghosts will visit. What was, what could be and what is now. Three ghosts that find their way into your eyes and reveal great mysteries to you. Or simply show you so much “stuff” that you cannot filter what is there and walk away more confused than ever.

Today I am looking beyond where I normally view change. Out to the edge of what I know to be real to the edge of what is possible. I’ve written out that in my book the Syncverse. A dream induced look at a world where all things could be equal. Where we devote as much energy to educating people as we do to interviewing them about moving from Cleveland to Miami.

Out there at the edge of this reality is a concept. A driving veil of confusing smoke and mirrors that only shows itself part way. You see only what is revealed and guessing beyond that is hard. If you go 100 time you will see 100 different pieces that together make less sense than the do apart.

I see in the future a device independent solution impendent world where things run regardless of platform, and things move regardless of where they started. I think I see Cloud 2.0.

It looks pretty cool to me…

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A night talking ethics…

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Interesting debate on ethics last night. One that resonated with me on the drive home. Given that you are told to collect information are you responsible for the how of that information?

yes (in my opinion)

If you know someone is doing something that is at best wrong are you responsible for reporting it, and if so how?

So this one has two interesting answers (again IMHO). The first is of course you should always report issues/concerns. You have to be considerate of the reality of that reporting but it is critical to report concerns like that. The other side I realized as I was driving home is how I would react if it were my child. This caused me to stop for a moment and wonder. Is there a great separation between how I would act as a father and how I would act as an IT person? I think that there is. As an IT person I am bound into specific rules that limit my actions and push me towards the middle ground. You have to “ensure” that if you find something someone is doing by accident and realize that what they are doing is illegal, you have to protect the ability of the law enforcement agencies to prosecute that person. As a father I suspect I would probably act more quickly and with less post options for law enforcement. Which makes me wonder if in fact my gut instinct to protect my children might in the long run not be the best way to solve the problem.

Great night, lots of fun!

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The choice of ethics…

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Ethics.

I am giving a talk tonight about ethics and I am thinking along a number of different lines. The first is the ethics of now. Right now. This minute.

When you tell someone something and you don’t deliver on that what is your responsibility in that situation? It’s the concept of saying something to someone, then not actually being able to deliver what you said you would. What is your ethical duty in that scenario?

All of us have faced the reality of money on the ground in front of us. At what level do you just pick it up? 5 bucks or less? 10 bucks or less? 20 bucks or less? I’ve seen people stoop and pocket 20 dollar bills a number of times. What is your response?

Hitting another car in a parking lot…what is your response?

What about when you see  a lost child?

A lost dog?

Ethics is a slippery slope when you consider both sides of the issue, there is always an impact. Of course there are a number of moral dilemma’s we can consider (Kohlberg was famous for creating them). At what point does saving one person stop being valuable? When saving one costs 10 their lives? Or 2? What if saving one early would stop millions suffering later? (Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot)…

The reality of ethics is that it is a choice we all have to make over and over again.

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Wait–don’t change the connector

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Flipping connection even further. over the years I had a number of Pocket PC devices. the issue was the relationship between upgrade and “cable” or “connector” change on the device. I recently read that Apple is considering a new mini-doc connector for the new Iphone 5. That change will impact a number of the device connections I have today resulting in my not being able to leverage that as much. I suspect I can continue to use the ipad for many of the connections but still that change has an impact.

Each change like that has an impact on the next steps you take. The number of connectsions you have (in my case it would be three, Ihealth, Desk/speaker phone and my home projector) as well as the myriad of value add connectors I have for the Iphone/Ipad combination (better microphones, adapters, connectors, HD Radio, FM Radio etc).

Which in a round about way brings me back to the concepts of connection. There are a number of near field connection solutions (Bluetooth is the big one right now) that allow you have a series of connections to various devices. That set of connections realistically comprises the components of a data set. You collect information from devices using the connections. For example you don’t think about it but syncing your car’s system with your contacts is a connection and a data issue.

The data within the connection becomes as important as the connection itself (call home!).

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The flip side of connection…

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I was playing with a new connected device (Escort Radar Detector) for the car yesterday. First off it was a very easy device to connect (Bluetooth) to the iPad and the software is kind of cool.

It speaks to the connection topic of my blog this week. The concept of connecting the devices around you to information that you need.

I suspect however that an interesting security flaw exists. Since the software on the iPad collects information about how fast you are driving, could the police subpoena your iPad or Iphone and ask to see the records of that software? In effect no longer requiring the reason for the radar detector in the first place by catching you using the detector against you?

It seems far fetched but it is feasible. I wonder what the ACLU would say about that. It really isn’t an invasion of privacy as you’ve chosen to put the device in your car. You could argue that it is to a small degree flight from prosecution (although that is a stretch at best) since you are attempting to avoid a ticket.

The other side of connection and connections is exposure. What do you exposure yourself to. Say for example that under the patriot act the US Government decides to force all Bluetooth stacks to include a take over function for law enforcement. This would allow the police to take over your device (hi-jacking) as they do on a number of spy shows currently. Suddenly everything on your device is exposed for them to review. Including of course that wonderful new application that tells them when you are speeding. Remember that the FBI never caught Al Capone for violent crimes, he went to prison for income tax evasion.

How much do you speed?

Its not a radar detector any longer it’s a remember to slow down and drive the speed limit device.

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