Friend suggestions on Pownce

It seems that Pownce doesn’t really have any of my facebook or google friends, but just randomly suggests people with similar names. At first I thought this was stupid, but then I recognized how hard it seems to find old friends or relatives when you don’t have their latest e-mail.


Great Example of Using a Survey to Promote Your Frim

“Is There a ‘Mac’ Mindset? ‘Mac People’ Found to be More Open and Superior Than Population at Large, According to Mindset Media Study,” from
This is a great example of using a survey, tied to the core strength of your business and using those survey results to show the leadership and perception of you firm in a space. 




 OpenSocial Rapidly Interconnecting Collaborative Social Networks

What's amazing about OpenSocial is how it accelerates the pace of interconnection, previously rampant mostly within single, rapidly growing social networking communities. OpenSocial ties these fast growing communities together for a quantum leap in value and connection (to people, groups, organizations, philanthropic causes, etc.) Blogging, tagging, media (video and picture) sharing, and online personal or professional communities have become interconnected. Browser technology, such as from Flock, add to the usefulness of these ever-more useful tools. They are also ever-more intrusive and everyone should recognize (and maybe restrict) the personal information sharing, which can be automatically enabled within some of these online services and applications.


 Bridge Inspection Needs An Update

When we build infrastructure, we rarely consider the life-cycle cost. In addition, visual inspection of bridges can not do the whole job of evaluating the safety of infrastructure, such as bridges, parking decks, etc. Structural monitoring is a recent method that uses the latest in sensor technology, wireless data, and the Internet to give a 24 x 7 stream of structural data – including through seasonal fluctuations (temperature).

A new client, LifeSpan Technologies (http://lifespantechnologies.com) developed a patented sensor and has direct experience with Departments of Transportation (DOT), major corporations, etc. This is a federal issue and will take national action, possibly by congress to mandate an improvement to the current, visual-only method of assessing the nation's infrastructure. [note: we have done work for LifeSpan Technologies on this subject.]
URL: http://www.lifespantechnologies.com/


 Economist Is Wrong To Dis Apple iPhone

The Economist magazine, which usually is very perceptive about global business, takes a divergent path by offering a hollow analysis of the Apple iPhone in its article "Apple pipped: The iPhone may already be outdated" [From Economist.com dated Apr 13th 2007. I sum up their argument as based solely on the data bandwith of the phone, in the short term slower GSM (Cingular' EDGE) versus the Helio Ocean (VE-DO).

It is noteworthy that The Economist spends their last four paragraphs discussing WiMAX, which is far from an option- much less a market winner, for many years. Although various MVNO (Multiple Virtual Netowrk Operator) wireless providers may capture future market share, it seems unlikely that Earthlink (the service provider of the Helio has an upper hand. The Economist seeems to forget that music resides on home computers and laptops, sychonized to a mobile device, such as an iPod or mobile phone. They seem to forget that mobile telephone use is still dominated (and may continue to be dominated) by low-bandwidth services, such a voice calls and Instant Messaging (IM) or Short Messaging Service (SMS).

I am a big fan of rapid response time and a subscriber to the Economist, but this article is off the mark. It is almost as if the authors don't understand how people use mobile phones – and I mean even the "young trendsetters who appreciate ease of use and cutting-edge design." I am certain that I would enjoy an Apple iPhone, but I am pleased with both my mobile telephone, a Nokia N80, and wireless carrier, T-Mobile, despite the lower GSM bandwidth. Find the article at:



 Apple TV Is Well Executed

Yes, I bought an Apple TV the day it was announced. It's installed and operational. The packaging is consistent with Apple's nice design, set-up is simple, menu and navigation straight-forward, and viewing/listening is a great experience. Watching 320×240 formatted video on a large-screen, HDTV set is surprisingly satisfying. There is a lot of syncing to do, via ethernet cable and/or Airport wireless connection. In fact, I just ordered an Airport extreme for wireless access to the AppleTV, but I wired via ethernet for the moment. I can synch any of the video, audio, or photo content stored within the Apple applications iTunes and iPhoto. The default is not to sync it all, so I changed the setting to all in the preferences. So far, I've tried out music, music video, television show, and movie content. After all the content is synced, I'll blog again.


 USC/Annenberg Study Confirms Value of Layout to Memory and Reading Speed of Articles

BODY: "Eyetracking points the way to effective news article design" is a story in the Online Journalism Review of the Annenberg Center for Communications at USC.

Featured finding #1: Rewrite + reformat = remember Writing (or rewriting) a story to meet an ideal format (may require reformatting) improved the reader's reading speed and retention of the information.

Featured finding #2: Precise and relevant editing = successful design

Featured finding #3: Photos edited for relevance = photos viewed An interesting aspect of this last finding is that male viewers focused on the private anatomy in an image of an animal. In other words, men stare at the crotch.

The article has a graphical presentation with fine examples that makes all these points clear.
URL: http://www.ojr.org/ojr/stories/070312ruel/


 Performance Implications of Whole Disk Encryption

Recently, the InfoWarrior list sent me a notice of Seagate announcing a hard disk that offers full-time, whole disk encryption.  For the right need, this seems a solid product that will perform better than software encryption. Here (2nd URL) is another article on that device.

I've always been concerned with rapid response time, so the current rush to encryption may cause it to be overused, with negative performance implications for most users.

This (3rd URL) article is solid in covering encryption and notes well the performance hit.
So much personal information has been carelessly lost and stored on laptops against company or government policy that it is beyond my comprehension that managements, regulators, and lawmakers have not taken effective action.

Then I find an article entitled "Laptop Encryption: Compliance without sacrificing performance, now that’s magic!" that is without merit.

This wasn't supposed to be about breaches of personal privacy and information loss, but here is the one that should scare anyone, Attrition.org Data Loss Archive and Database (DLDOS) at http://attrition.org/dataloss/
URL: http://news.com.com/Seagate+ships+hard+drives+with+encryption/2100-1029_3-61 66180.html
URL: http://www.crn.com/it-channel/196513300
URL: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid5_gci1173496,00.html
URL: http://attrition.org/dataloss/