100,000 books requires a library. Or a really large Kindle…

When I was younger I collected books. I had a lot of them. No where near as many as my father did, but a lot. When my father passed away we spent 3 days cleaning out his office. He had more than 5000 books. I was much closer to 2000 books. Now there are books I have and will keep forever. I have a few business books that I have been given by people that I treasure. Not because it is an amazing book, but because of the person. I own virtually every book ever written by JRR Tolkien. Those I will keep forever and pass them on to my children.

But I don’t have an office full of books anymore. In part because I can Bing it or Google it and get the answer faster. Partly because I have moved to the world of Kindle. Finally because I also have moved to the world of Audible books. So while I still have books, now they are on devices not on shelves.

(copyrighted application concept)A interesting concept for someone to consider. Building an application that will automatically move live Kindle content to a memory card. The new Kindles support memory cards that nearly quadruples the amount of memory available. I would like to have all my books and all my audible books local so I can consume them at will. So an application that will automatically move content between live memory (the kindle) and storage memory (the memory card) is one that I personally would buy right now. (end copyrighted application concept)

However this blog is about change and technology. I look to what is there to see what may yet be. So I move digital content around in a number of different ways. I use various services (Amazon Cloud Storage and Carbonite) to both store and backup digital images inuring pictures, scanned images and video). I use a number of publication systems (this blog and others). I am also a consumer of digital services via Amazon Fire, Xbox One and Apple TV. I use all three to understand how they work but also all three have distinct differences and value. I can, because all my digital pictures are on Amazon, use the Fire TV as a digital picture playback system. I use the Apple TV to consume content from iTunes including movies I’ve purchased on the family account. Finally I use the Xbox One to consume Netflix, Hulu and local Blu-Ray/DVD content.

The question and the reality of the digital transition (which is what we are in) is the reality of change. Digital content can be more easily managed, if you take the time, than paper content can be. The Dewey system allows for the storage and retrieval of Books but requires a lot of space. Searching an online search engine or searching on a device for a specific file takes up only the space of the input device (how you create the search) be it microphone, keyboard or yet undeveloped direct brain transfer.

Search is the game changer. The reality however remains the same now as it did 20 years ago when I started wondering about digital content. There remains a storage issue.

First off its not the issue you think it is. Peta, Zeta and beyond are rapidly being built, installed and consumed in the world of online storage. It is not a physical storage issue. Oh it is much worse and it’s the same 20 years later.

  • Its about data location. Where is the data?
  • Its about data ownership. Who created the data (where did they put it) and who owns it, really.

I used to get in trouble 20 years ago and still do today because of what I am going to say. I don’t care what company in the world you go to, even fully online companies, there is more IP and more business value on the laptops of the professionals working at the company than there is in the company IP store. Still. 20 years after the first time I said that publically. 10 years after the first time I blogged that line. It is still a problem.

The greatest destruction of company IP could simply be someone in a meeting room having a large magnet under the table. At the end of the meeting all the IP in that room would be gone. Recreating that IP would take weeks, months even years.

The answer of course is that IP management is boiling the ocean. The reality is most of your companies assets are on the laptops your employees carry. The rise of IP management has been long and slow. But soon its going to be critical. Cloud based IP management and automatic data connections would solve the problem very quickly. I started this blog with the line 20,000 books requires a library. 1 billion documents requires a library as well. Not as big a library but certainly one that is easily indexed, searched and supports easy reuse!

More to come…

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IP hunter gatherer