There are so many policy issues that are analyzed, politicized, lobbied and discussed these days. A fair number of discussions seem to revolve around technology. One of the issues that has been bantered about over the last two years is net neutrality. This topic probably affects more people than … [Read more...] about Is Net Neutrality Changing Lanes? Or Stuck at a Traffic Light?
Networks & Telecommunications
This post is as close to political content as I will (hopefully) ever post on this blog. Don't worry, no commentary on the elections :-). In a March 17, 2014, I posted an article titled Does the US Need to Give Everything Away?! That post outlined an early conversation about transferring the … [Read more...] about Transferring Internet control from US — Symbolic progress?
Does this happen to you? For your household and personal items ... dishwasher soap, ketchup, contact lens solution, toothpaste ... when you need an item (because you are empty), you look in the closet and the item is not there. And of course, it's either 6am or 10pm at night. Bad timing. The … [Read more...] about Is Amazon Dashing to the IoT?
I must have had some type of premonition on the subject of Net Neutrality. On Monday, I posted a blog article framing this public policy debate. Now, on June 14, a ruling from the legal system (no, I did not have any inside information). A 2-1 decision from a panel of the United States Courts … [Read more...] about Update: Net Neutrality Legal Decision
So ... should the Internet be neutral? Metaphorically, beige in a manner of speaking. Neutrality. Consider the following scenario -- Your wireless phone service provider is ABC while your brother Tom's provider is XYZ. When Tom calls you from his cell phone, his call is placed in a queue … [Read more...] about What does the color beige and the Internet have in common?
How would you feel if someone stole your wallet or purse? Some of your emotions would probably include anger, frustration, being violated, and maybe feeling helpless. Now you have to call your bank and credit card providers to cancel your credit/ATM/debit cards, order a new driver’s license, and … [Read more...] about Guard Your Smart Phone Like Your Wallet!
For those of us that were born before 1980, we remember that all banking transactions were done with a teller in a "brick and mortar" bank. Then, around late 1970s ... BAMM! ... the automated teller machine was invented. The first models could not even dispense individual currency bills, but … [Read more...] about ATMs — All Technology (does) Matter?!
Gremlins (1984) might become a reality—kind of. In the movie a child adopts a pet that resembles a big eyed cross between a small dog and a teddy bear. He is warned to never feed his pet after midnight and never let it touch water. He soon learns that these two vices turn the adorable little animal … [Read more...] about Tips for Surviving a Teddy Bear Attack
In "Bitcoin or BitConcerned", I discussed some concerns about the fast-rising currency site Bitcoin. I know that there have been several articles about people that have lived on Bitcoins ... for a 24 hours, a week or longer. Giving (or attempting) to give the new initiative some credibility in … [Read more...] about Bitcoins: Trust, Security and Competition in the Horizon
Kept you guessing on the last thought? Well here it is ... the continuation of Tech Thoughts for 2016. The first blog in this series can be viewed by clicking here. 5. Security anxiety will consume organizations. Now that you have read the first four, this one should not be very … [Read more...] about Tech Thoughts for 2016 — Security