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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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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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The point of connection

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The connection point. I had a great conversation the other day with someone I respect a lot. He said thing of the ios model – they have millions of people testing small applications and making them more usable.

The other side (which we also talked about) was that the footprint for applications was getting smaller and smaller. Recently I added a device to my solution set and the first thing I noticed? They advertised that in fact you could connect to the device with your iphone and extend the capabilities even further.

The user and the capabilities they need has become the driver for the connection. If your single device connects to a number of data sources to provide you with information how do you process all of that information? It could be a small big data problem someday when people realize that the number of sensors in their lives is greater with each passing week. You can have your device connect to a myriad of solutions outside of a cellular phone. That connection list produces information, lots of information. That information is something that you want to have (or you wouldn’t have made the connection) but it needs to be filtered.

In the book Transitional Services I talk about the way IT needs to consider the new paradigm of providing services in the cloud age. In my next book the Syncverse I talk about the concept of PI or personal information and ways that can be managed. Mixing the two together produces a new type of organization that merges the fine line between R&D and wishful thinking.

It leads me to the concept of the connection point and reversing tat the point of the connection. Why make a connection that will only add data to your life unless you need that data. I recently added a live traffic application to my devices. Why? Well we have it in the Mini-Cooper (not in the highlander) and I’ve been driving the Highlander a lot lately. Plus traffic in the DC area can go from bad to really bad very quickly and if you don’t get off the main drags quickly, you will join everyone else that has gotten off the main drags clogging the smaller arteries as well.

Our lives and these connections are becoming a personal data problem.

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Expanding on the concept of connection.

When you think about the connections around you it is pretty amazing. I watched a tech show on discovery last night, long week and needed to relax. It was intriguing showing the genesis of some of the things we take for granted.

It is around the concept of connection that they raised an interesting question to end the show, will this universal electronic connectivity replace the face to face discussion?

Does the connection replace the connection? Connection 2.0 requires not direct human interaction, simply conversation via devices over the ether. Connection 3.0 won’t even require human beings to be involved.

Connection 4.0 will replicate and generate further and greater connections until humans won’t even need to attempt to connect. The devolution of humanity to the creatures found in the movie Wall-E, still human but seldom interacting with anything or anyone directly.

A harsh future. Sorry for wrecking your buzz today.

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The connected device

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Device interconnection. Which device you use is the most connected? By connected of course there are two component pieces to consider the first is actually on or with your person and the second is connected to the other devices you use/leverage as you go about your day.

It is a concept I have thought about and written about a lot over the years. That device interconnection is what drives the consumer market today, and will continue to do so for the IT world for the next few years. What and how I connect my device becomes critical.

So which device that you use is the most connected? How many connections does it have today?

IPhone

My iphone is the most connected device I have today with my iPad a close second and my windows tablet a cloud third to the iPad. Interestingly the laptop and the ipad are connected to different devices that do the same things, the iPhone is connected to a number of similar devices.

Problems

  • The mini-cooper has a better Bluetooth engine than does our Toyota highlander. How do I know? Because the other day we were out looking for our escaped dog, and the two cars passed by each other on the street while I was talking. The iPhone switched from the highlander to the mini-cooper without asking.
  • What is the theoretical maximum for connections?

The world of connections will continue to drive changes in devices. I wonder how far that will go?

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