The End of e-Mail, I Doubt It…

It was once "no soup for you" however its now "no e-mail for you"...

Want to hear something sort of crazy, it appears Atos a large IT services firm located in Europe, is doing away with its internal e-mail.  As their CEO, Thierry Breton says that only 15 percent of the 200 e-mails his staff receives on average are valuable.  Ok, if they are only getting 200 mails they are sand bagging because that “ain’t nothing” in the real world.  Thierry also goes on to say that his staff is wasting somewhere between 5 and 20 hours a week handling e-mail.  Ok, that sounds like those figures surely have some statistical backing behind them (not).

So what does he plan to use Instead of e-mail, as no its not tin foil hats as he wants his staff to use instant messaging and other chat-like communications media.  As Breton himself openly claims not to have sent a work e-mail for three years.  He believes and has been vocal in saying that if staffs want to communicate with him they can visit his office, call, or send a text message.  As to quote the 56-year-old CEO he says, “e-mails cannot replace the spoken word.”  Well can it is a good question as the spoken word does carry tone which an email doesn’t, however neither does instant messaging either so where is the logic?

Also talk about an interruption based mean of messaging, so the phone rings you have to stop everything to answer and if you don’t the colleagues with the question or reply must personally queue and hope to remember at a later time to retry their attempt at communication and if this isn’t a recipe for delay and disaster, not sure what is.

On top of this, even with a switch away from e-mail for internal communication may be one thing however, communication outside the company will still use e-mail, therefore staff will still have to do e-mail and still be vulnerable to e-mail-based interruptions. So again, I seem to be missing the logic here.

Then there is also solid research (unlike Breton guess-statistics above) which suggests that instant messaging (which I personally find more disruptive then mail) and phone calls are just as disruptive to personal productivity as e-mail. As one has to ask if the problem is really e-mail;  as the true issue if I were betting man is that eighty-five percent of Atos’ internal mail maybe worthless.  In fact this is somewhat normal as there is a lot of research which says our “normal” communication is filled with “noise”.  So the act of ditching internal mail won’t mean that employees will be more productive in communication.  It simply means they find other ways, to fill time with unproductive communications.  As switching from one form of evil (as in interruption) to yet another mode won’t solve the problem.

Oh and Breton 200 mails, and his decision to abandon internal e-mail might be easier than for most. As want do you want to bet that Breton has an admin…

If You Can’t Beat them, Well Join them…

What was once old, can once again be new...

Well it appears that Research In Motion’s (RIM) executives must read this blog as they have apparently decided that if they can’t seem to beat Apple and Google.  Well just maybe they should join them as the company has announced that it will now offer its mobile device management and security software for both iOS and Android phones.  This will now allow enterprise customers to manage non-Rim devices alongside their stodgy ole BlackBerry phones.

As their new software titled BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, is set to provide many of the same features which are now offered on RIM’s own phone OS and will enable remote locking of devices as well as remote erasing of their storage, application  management, security  enforcement, and management of WiFi connection. RIM is targeting a release date somewhere in the first quarter of 2012, according to various news sources writing on the subject.

In this move RIM is acknowledging the growing trend  of companies adopting “bring your own device to work policy” in order to accommodate employees’ desire to use their own smartphones and tablet computing devices in the corporate enterprise, thereby admitting to the fact both the Playbook and Black Berry are losers in the market.

RIM figured by integrating with iOS and Android, they will become the de facto platform for managing mobile devices in the enterprise.   As this is a good business 101 case study as here you have the once great and mighty now falling in to obscurity and if they would have held on to their old ways their days were clearly numbered.  However by sucking it up and accepting this change of fortune to turn lemons into lemon aid is a good lesson to learn for many companies.

Waxed here in the past, top “tech” firms typically stay at the top for only about 3.8 years before falling out of favor [look at Microsoft] as they have a hard time letting go of the past.  It’s with this said RIM has earned some accolades in my book as this goes past the purview of this post.  Yet the future is clearly set to divide hardware and software companies into two camps and the software one is an easier life unless you’re a behemoth such as Apple (also never figured I would be writing that Apple was a  behemoth either).  As software has high margins and low cost as it basically lacks any resource capitalization.

So it just goes without saying that I’m looking forward to my “crack berry”  app on my new iPhone 5 (with a 4 inch screen hopefully) by next summer (or sooner)…

The Bane and Bust of e-Mail…

What was private is now public and you got mail!

With the recent release of a series of stolen e-mails apparently from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit seems to have been timed in a way that they would make it to the news just in time for the Copenhagen climate conference. Yet while in themselves, didn’t impact the conference itself as the perpetrators of the deed had hoped. They did on the other hand spawn many inquiries, “all of which cleared the researchers” of any technical faux-pas leaving them with only the appearance of an arrogant attitude when it came to the UK’s Freedom of Information Act. Yet whomever the parties were who spirited these mails from their owners is also planning the release of yet another batch ahead  of the upcoming  Durban climate meeting.

However the point to note here isn’t about the validity or politics of  climate change itself, instead its about e-mails.  That wonders invention which ARPNET brought us in the ability to push written messages around to many people at once.  As it’s an amazing thing to think that one e-mail can go to millions of people with a push of a single button.  While I’m might be pushing the spam envelope here, the reality isn’t too far off as the venerable e-mail has created a new form of communication medium if  you will which is connected, persistent and highly replicated.

So it is with breaches such as this and other like Wiki-Leaks which show two things with being anything typed in an e-mail is in the public domain like it or not as its replicated over and over by the technology which transports it, so there is no privacy there.  Second is it is persistent as it never goes away, as much like stomping out a colony  of ants, you will never get them all.  The same holds true for e-mails [as with ants] as the copies will do nothing but replicate, so once created they will persist for eternity.

The other thing about e-mails is they are “connected” as unlike a piece of paper one can’t say (claim) its anonymous, as e-mails have a connection to their sender.  As they not only have the message, they also carry the path taken to and from their connected source.

Finally it hit me about this story as who cares, yes who cares that these are stolen mails and that someone done some one wrong?  It seems our norms have shifted to accept the loss of privacy in our [perceived private] communications being made public.  As instead of promoting this as a violation, the concept has been one of rote information sharing and assessment.  Just remember the next time you type a mail, information want to be free and there are many people who will help it along the way.

Thanksgiving in Europe…

The gavel comes down on the side of common sense...

Over the Thanksgiving holiday here in the States found internet service providers (ISPs) along with their users across the pond in Europe with reason to also give thanks. As the highest court in the European Union (EU) decided to overturn a ruling that would have forced the Belgian ISPs to preemptively filter Internet traffic to prevent ah what, well let’s see the unauthorized sharing of music files. Ok, disclaimer, here that piracy is wrong, however we are going to put the brakes on the information super highway over this! Folk let’s get real, here as we have world hunger, AIDS, cancer and so on to solve and we are still talking about music sharing?

As here is where I credit the European Court of Justice for overturning a basically rogue ruling by a Belgian court in a suit brought by the Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SABAM). As it seems that SABAM had filed suit against Scarlet Extended over its alleged illegal peer-to-peer file sharing capabilities which were being used by Scarlet’s customers.  From that case there was a  2007 ruling which required Scarlet to filter traffic on its network, so that it could seek out and block illegal peer to peer file sharing traffic. As the lower court’s ruling was based on an interpretation of Belgian copyright laws which appeared to place the burden of enforcement on ISPs rather then the folks committing ill deed.

To this travesty, the ISP had appealed by focusing on European data privacy laws, saying in essence that the ruling would in effect force the company to monitor all Internet traffic (i.e. be Big Brother) passing through its network as this would clearly be technically unfeasible as well as violate the privacy of its customers.

Contained in its ruling, The High Court did uphold the right of copyright holders to file injunctions against intermediaries over action of illegal file sharing. Yet it struck down the provisions from the prior Belgian court ruling that required filtering, as it pointed out that the filtering provisions violated European Union e-commerce laws, as well as infringed on the rights of both the ISP and its customers. As it furthered its position by saying that broad monitoring required to filter file-sharing would “infringe the fundamental rights of [Scarlet’s] customers, namely their right to protection of their personal data and their right to receive or impart information, which are rights safeguarded by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU,” so said the judge(s). One step for an ISP, yet a giant leap for mankind in the protection of the Internet as if you lose an inch it might as well be a mile because that’s next…

Google Gives Thumbs Down to the Sun…

Fact, fiction, future or just plain folly?

In the past the venerable search engine giant Google has been known to put its money where  its mouth was with a significant financial commitment to efficiency and renewable energy.  Here in what was referred to  as it’s  “RE < C” initiative it invested in  various forms of wind power projects and US’s geothermal resources.  Yet with an itch to be a self innovator, it took part of the RE < C work in house as a Google initiative.  Yet it seems that as they cut back, wait the giant Google now cutting back?  Yes it seems reality has set in and they can’t operate on love after all and hey Microsoft makes more off Android then they do.  However as part of its claimed general cutbacks, the company has announced that all internal renewable energy work will stop.  Now in fairness it also did point out that outside investments will continue yet didn’t state at what levels.

As while Google’s intent in this arena  were probably well thought out when  they launched the program, it appears they might have ended up betting on the wrong technology in what some consider a fast moving and dynamic  market if you will. As their biggest bet was that concentrated solar power (do you recall the movie Sahara) would end up being the top dog in the renewable energy arena, and therefore it should be a key focus area for investment.

To build upon this concept they took to working on heliostats which allow mirrors to track the sun, along with the development of a solar-driven hot air turbine engine. In short neither of these tracks saw much sun light (pun intended) .  It also appears as if a number of renewable energy companies had already achieved a reasonable level of success of extracting savings as Google was quoted as saying “Our cost analysis projected that our heliostat field would be only modestly less expensive than previous approaches,” Google concluded.

In addition it appears that the entire renewably energy field seems has moved beyond the need for a solar driven turbine engine too. As photovoltaic systems have now dropped considerably in price at a clip faster than most had figured would happen, thus making their economics far more attractive over concentrated solar.  With this said , Google is sensing the light is dimming on concentrated solar with a quick shift toward technologies which can continue releasing electricity well after the sun has set, which are based upon designs which incorporate converting electricity into heat for storage in molten salt.

Yet my point here is not so much to pick on Google as I like them in a way, however as with all iconoclastic companies, reality one day does set in and here it seems two fold.  The first being cut backs and assuredly the second and just speculation on my part is at least business casual dress (save for Fridays).  Yet second and more importantly this non-sense about renewable energy being a savor both economically and environmentally as neither sorry to say is a reality.

Keep in mind that the laws of physics clearly state there isn’t a free lunch or perpetual motion would be a reality so what makes people think that all this renewable nonsense is anything but?  Now don’t get me wrong, there are concepts in the renewable field (such as photovoltaic) which make sense because their application is of value and the economy of the idea isn’t based solely upon “concept” as in the Google example.  So as Anne was fond of saying “The Sun will come up tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar”…

Google Gives Thumbs Down to the Sun…

Fact, fiction, future or just plain folly?

In the past the venerable search engine giant Google has been known to put its money where  its mouth was with a significant financial commitment to efficiency and renewable energy.  Here in what was referred to  as it’s  “RE < C” initiative it invested in  various forms of wind power projects and US’s geothermal resources.  Yet with an itch to be a self innovator, it took part of the RE < C work in house as a Google initiative.  Yet it seems that as they cut back, wait the giant Google now cutting back?  Yes it seems reality has set in and they can’t operate on love after all and hey Microsoft makes more off Android then they do.  However as part of its claimed general cutbacks, the company has announced that all internal renewable energy work will stop.  Now in fairness it also did point out that outside investments will continue yet didn’t state at what levels.

As while Google’s intent in this arena  were probably well thought out when  they launched the program, it appears they might have ended up betting on the wrong technology in what some consider a fast moving and dynamic  market if you will. As their biggest bet was that concentrated solar power (do you recall the movie Sahara) would end up being the top dog in the renewable energy arena, and therefore it should be a key focus area for investment.

To build upon this concept they took to working on heliostats which allow mirrors to track the sun, along with the development of a solar-driven hot air turbine engine. In short neither of these tracks saw much sun light (pun intended) .  It also appears as if a number of renewable energy companies had already achieved a reasonable level of success of extracting savings as Google was quoted as saying “Our cost analysis projected that our heliostat field would be only modestly less expensive than previous approaches,” Google concluded.

In addition it appears that the entire renewably energy field seems has moved beyond the need for a solar driven turbine engine too. As photovoltaic systems have now dropped considerably in price at a clip faster than most had figured would happen, thus making their economics far more attractive over concentrated solar.  With this said , Google is sensing the light is dimming on concentrated solar with a quick shift toward technologies which can continue releasing electricity well after the sun has set, which are based upon designs which incorporate converting electricity into heat for storage in molten salt.

Yet my point here is not so much to pick on Google as I like them in a way, however as with all iconoclastic companies, reality one day does set in and here it seems two fold.  The first being cut backs and assuredly the second and just speculation on my part is at least business casual dress (save for Fridays).  Yet second and more importantly this non-sense about renewable energy being a savor both economically and environmentally as neither sorry to say is a reality.

Keep in mind that the laws of physics clearly state there isn’t a free lunch or perpetual motion would be a reality so what makes people think that all this renewable nonsense is anything but?  Now don’t get me wrong, there are concepts in the renewable field (such as photovoltaic) which make sense because their application is of value and the economy of the idea isn’t based solely upon “concept” as in the Google example.  So as Anne was fond of saying “The Sun will come up tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar”…

No Tenderized Meat for You…

Look how many times do I have to tell you the show is only an hour long and 1,600 words is just to much, can we get them down to just 7?

Well it appears that if in Pakistan you text a phrase such as “the lamb was tough, please beat your meat better next time” will be banned in addition to other words such as “fairy,” and even “lovegun” (Kiss watch out) as these seem to be among the list of words to be banned in text messages by the Pakistani Telecommunication Authority.

As on November 14, the mobile phone operators in the country were sent the list of words along with a letter of explanation stating they have to block these words on their networks within seven days, or face the wrath of the legal system for failure. In addition the new rules also required operators to submit monthly reports on the effectiveness of the block, in other words, how many people where using those “bad words”.

Least you think it stops here, rumor (from informed sources say, there are more than 1,600 words in the list which also include indecent language, expletives, swear words (we know there are only 7 here right), and finally slang terms, which all have to be removed. So lets see, wonder if it will be a great inconvenience to subscribers if their SMS was not delivered due to their selection of the wrong choice of words as in our meat tenderizing example.

Having just written about the US high courts decision pending on the rights of the FCC to police the US air waves, I have to snicker at the idea that the list also includes such words or phrases as “roach,” “pocket pool,” “deposit,” “hershey highway,” and “honkers.”   As can you just see a text which says “honey don’t forget to pick up the roach spray on the way home”?  Better yet, “Bob don’t for get to make the deposit”.

While it appears in the media that officials from the Pakistani Telecommunication Authority wouldn’t comment on the ban, it also doesn’t appear to have been implemented as just yet.  As it now appears that a Pakistani official has come forward to say that the texting blacklist is right now meant only for “testing” purposes.  Ok, Clinton didn’t inhale nor have sexual relations either and one has to wonder if there once was a ban on texting Osama Bin Laden too and that was our issue.

Yet joking aside, this is a bigger issue then it might seem on the surface as we here in the US are moving towards eliminating Carlin’s seven words and they been basically gone in most of Europe after 10pm.  You have other countries now imposing (or wishing to)   books of no/no words and phrases to shape their populous thinking.  As there are many words which I (personally) don’t like or find offensive, the reality is if it’s one its all and if there is one liberty which I (again personally) value above all it’s the freedom of speech…

Global Warming, Fact Fiction or Something Else…

Global Average Temps 1850 to 2008 (notice something)...

As with everything else how does one get some actual evidence on the public’s opinions about a topic?  Well of course you hire a bunch of researchers  to conduct a survey  representative of a group and here it was  750 US adults. As these folks were asked to rate their acceptance of various aspects of climate change, as well as some basic demographic and political information.

Out of this poll it came to light that to an even greater degree than in other polls, this population set didn’t realize that there’s a scientific consensus on climate change. As a surprising full half fell into that category, with most surveyed thinking that there was a lot of disagreement among scientists and five percent thinking that scientists don’t even think global warming is happening. Yet even scarier is that another 16 percent didn’t know enough to answer as I believe these folks also failed the control question of who was buried in Grant’s tomb.

Even adjusting for variables such as political orientation and cultural worldview didn’t affect the results, which suggests that people don’t misunderstand the scientific consensus because they are ideologically predisposed to do so. Additionally there were also no indications which showed that  people believe there’s a scientific controversy because they are mistaken about the details of climate science in general.

Yet what is interesting is the basic outlines of greenhouse warming are so simple and intuitive should the public even have to rely upon experts at all?  As while grant it, this is a complex topic, one of the things which I suggest you do if you question this is go to Google Maps and pull up the satellite view of Greenland, as if they don’t know (again another scary idea) is “Greenland” isn’t green, in fact for most of my life it’s been covered with a mile thick sheet of ice.  Well guess what, not any more as quite a bit of the country is now in fact green.

A problem yes as not in so much that Greenland is green, it’s that all that ice if gone, so what’s the big deal about that?  Simple, only fresh water freezes,  so all of this once contained “fresh water” has now been dumped into the Atlantic and water is water right?  Wrong answer as this has and is changing the salinity of the Atlantic and changing the specific gravity of water and there shifting therefore the mid Atlantic Conveyor system.  So what’s the big deal again, well look at the weather over the UK for the past 5 to ten years and you tell me.

Ok, not enough for common sense, already let’s look at the amount of oil we pump out of the ground, then there is the coal we dig and what do we do with all of this stuff?  Yes that’s right burn it in our cars, electrical power plants and so on.  Ok, so what happens when you burn that pound of fuel as it while it seems to disappear doesn’t it,  yet as we know by the laws of thermodynamics we can’t destroy matter, but simply change its state.  So yes Virginia, that once liquid gasoline and solid coal is now a gasses affluent floating around below our tropopause where it just so happens that 99% of all of weather lives too.  In short this (as with the fresh water example) is altering the fluid dynamics of our atmosphere without question.  Again as said at the onset this is a complex topic, however the existence is pretty darn straight forward…

Global Warming, Fact Fiction or Something Else…

Global Average Temps 1850 to 2008 (notice something)...

As with everything else how does one get some actual evidence on the public’s opinions about a topic?  Well of course you hire a bunch of researchers  to conduct a survey  representative of a group and here it was  750 US adults. As these folks were asked to rate their acceptance of various aspects of climate change, as well as some basic demographic and political information.

Out of this poll it came to light that to an even greater degree than in other polls, this population set didn’t realize that there’s a scientific consensus on climate change. As a surprising full half fell into that category, with most surveyed thinking that there was a lot of disagreement among scientists and five percent thinking that scientists don’t even think global warming is happening. Yet even scarier is that another 16 percent didn’t know enough to answer as I believe these folks also failed the control question of who was buried in Grant’s tomb.

Even adjusting for variables such as political orientation and cultural worldview didn’t affect the results, which suggests that people don’t misunderstand the scientific consensus because they are ideologically predisposed to do so. Additionally there were also no indications which showed that  people believe there’s a scientific controversy because they are mistaken about the details of climate science in general.

Yet what is interesting is the basic outlines of greenhouse warming are so simple and intuitive should the public even have to rely upon experts at all?  As while grant it, this is a complex topic, one of the things which I suggest you do if you question this is go to Google Maps and pull up the satellite view of Greenland, as if they don’t know (again another scary idea) is “Greenland” isn’t green, in fact for most of my life it’s been covered with a mile thick sheet of ice.  Well guess what, not any more as quite a bit of the country is now in fact green.

A problem yes as not in so much that Greenland is green, it’s that all that ice if gone, so what’s the big deal about that?  Simple, only fresh water freezes,  so all of this once contained “fresh water” has now been dumped into the Atlantic and water is water right?  Wrong answer as this has and is changing the salinity of the Atlantic and changing the specific gravity of water and there shifting therefore the mid Atlantic Conveyor system.  So what’s the big deal again, well look at the weather over the UK for the past 5 to ten years and you tell me.

Ok, not enough for common sense, already let’s look at the amount of oil we pump out of the ground, then there is the coal we dig and what do we do with all of this stuff?  Yes that’s right burn it in our cars, electrical power plants and so on.  Ok, so what happens when you burn that pound of fuel as it while it seems to disappear doesn’t it,  yet as we know by the laws of thermodynamics we can’t destroy matter, but simply change its state.  So yes Virginia, that once liquid gasoline and solid coal is now a gasses affluent floating around below our tropopause where it just so happens that 99% of all of weather lives too.  In short this (as with the fresh water example) is altering the fluid dynamics of our atmosphere without question.  Again as said at the onset this is a complex topic, however the existence is pretty darn straight forward…

The World Runs on M & M…

While they wont melt in in your hand, they aren't the same as a thank you 😉

Ok, before you go there I’m not talking about that melt in your mouth candy type goodness even if the blue ones are kind of cool and all. What I’m getting at here is Money and Medals as that’s what gets people up in the morning and keeps  the world going round every day. As in fact what most don’t understand is it’s a mix and a bit different ratio then many would expect.

As what has gotten me thinking of this was a walk through the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel in Houston this week where they hosted the Girl Scout convention.  As where every you looked there were folks wearing vests with patches, or lanyards with numerous things hanging off them.  All of these I’m sure (I say this as I’ve never been a Girl scout) represent some level of achievement, rank or position in the organization which is a nonprofit on top of that.

The reason the later is important, is these folk pretty much paid on their own to be there rather than their company paying them and for them to be there.  So why this then, if there isn’t any money involved why pay then?  Well the answer is hidden away in the “medals” for being there as well as a venue to strut those “medals” already earned or acquired. As what most people forget is the rote power “medals” can bring as they typically are cheap from an economic point of view, yet the ROI from the afterglow can be amazing.

As following Abraham Maslows ideas, we need to provide for the basics in life and that’s what money provides us.  However once we have some measure of that, we yearn for self actualization in that we wish to be someone and recognized by someone else.  This is where “medals” come into play as they provide a means outward advertising of ones self in a non verbal form.  One of the most interesting medals to me is the wedding ring which is wrapped in a compound message.

As for both the man and the woman it signifies to society they are wanted by another, thus they are “want-able” as a whole and thus a metal of that attainment.  Second, more so for the woman (however you see it a bit more too on the male side these days too) is the size of the rock(s) indicates to society the size of her desirability, by the one who has chosen her.  While the concept of wedding rings and their overt social messages embedded within could fill a book.  Yet the point here is to demonstrate the concept which all medals bring to us.

As for example, you receive a recognition reward from, this in turn as the wedding rings demonstrates your acceptance by others and there you display this achievement of acceptance. As this is the point I am driving at is many leaders forget the importance of the small things, as we transform recognition into acceptance and we the human animal want nothing more than to be accepted, socially wanted and seen as contributing to something greater than just us.

Thus, if you’re a leader, never forget it’s the small stuff which counts when it comes to dealing with people and is as simple a piece of paper saying thank you which in the long run can be worth all the money in the world…

The Future Is Learning…

Please teach me?

Well of course it is, as life is all about “learning” so what is special about this statement and what makes it worth your time to read, other than you might learn something?  Well that in fact is the point, yet it is not so much about what you will learn, it is more about what you can teach and how you can do it.  Again, as kids we learned (note the tense is intentional), and “most” of us as adults keep learning all be it maybe at a different pace, however the paradigm shift which faces us is one of teaching.

As what will we be teaching should be the question as it won’t be so much our carbon based young-ings, instead we will be tutoring element 14 centered beings as in yes silicon based systems or just plain ole computers.  While this may sound like a sci-fi movie where some guy in his birthday suit who just so happens to look like a former Californian Governor who has an illegitimate child with the help you would be wrong.

What we are talking about is the rise of “Watson” type devices, you know the IBM computer that won on “What is Jeopardy” as what made it smart wasn’t rote algorithms as in the past.  Instead it was its ability to learn, and play that learning forward in a massive parallel way (like a human does).  Where in the days of old, Artificial Intelligence systems where based on “hard rules” which were fixed, meaning you needed to have rules for rules, and then more rules.  Here you see quickly this doesn’t scale and that becomes a problem as you are dealing with finite probabilities, bound by infinite possibilities.

Yet it’s here where the key break through is, as instead of rules you allow the systems to collect data about the “probabilities” and forget the possibilities [remember you as a human don’t enumerate all possibilities to get a glass of water] and bingo, “synaptic” action at its best.  Also least you think this is only a game show marketing novelty, it isn’t.  As you can have your very own Watson junior to hold in your hand with a simple visit to the Apple store.

As yes Siri is Watson Jr, posed to become Super Watson as everything you ask of it is sent back to a central store where it becomes a building block for the next thing.  Therefore Siri is growing smarter every day as you might even say more aware if you it’s users and therefore the world around it.  While only the tip of the iceberg, there will be more and more of these systems in the consumers hands, which means your productivity will be linked to your ability to teach.  In turn making this [the ability to teach] a critical skill as it may even become more valued then the ability to do…

The Passing of a Legend and No Not Steve Jobs…

Art in the form of code...

This Sunday, felt it only proper to take moment to recognize a life we’ve lost which has touched most all people on this planet and many simply just don’t know it.  As the passing of the charismatic as well as enigmatic Steve Jobs caught fire with the global media, the passing of Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie has not brought the same attention, however without Ritchie.  Well, let’s just say Steve would have never been Steve, as Dennis came up with two critical things in his life which provide for our technological life blood today.

The first is the “C” programming language which has become the standard of all languages no matter the operating system, all core applications as well as the OS’s are written in “C”.  This allowed [language and compiler] allowed us to write programs which could easily be converted into the computers native language making programs “portable” as well as fast.

The second was UNIX itself, as being the key operating system of the internet as until Windows came along it was really the only kid on the street and even after 30 years it still kicks windows butt for availability as it just runs.  In addition it also fueled the Linux revolution as well as Free BSD and on down the list.  Too least you think that it is reserved only for those anti-social geeks hanging in the back room with some unnatural Kung-Fu your wrong.  As if you’re a MAC user, just look down at your keyboard as you’re using UNIX!  MAC-OS is actually UNIX! This is why you don’t get virus’s and this is why Steve Jobs became Steve Jobs as without UNIX as a springboard, we wouldn’t have the MAC’s we have today.

Since I’m paying homage to Ritchie (this is sort of how he is known by us geeks) is in the day when I programmed, and would hit a spot of rough water if you will.  I would stop and ask myself “what would Ritchie do” and  this was all LONG before the thing about “what would Beakham do”.  As you look at Ritchie’s code, it truly is beautiful as in the way of art how he crafted the flow and logic of what became UNIX.  In fact it almost carries with it a musical quality as if one conjures up and image of the code in their mind, closes their eyes they assuredly will hear Mozart playing away…