Saturday, January 14, 2006

Go'on Getchyor Blog-ON!

.." everything is changing..but everything is cool, your mamma said don't worry but then she worried you..everything is changing but everything is cool.."

nce upon a time in the land of imagination there was a concept based on technology tools called the internet that the people dubbed blogs; and so it was that the act of writing and publish with a blog was appropriately labled blogging. Now blogging wasn't really a scary thing, a large one eyed green thing or a secret thing that could jump out of the shrubbery in the night and startle the innocent. But for a time that was just what it did.

In the world of struggling economies was released a free as in no charge and no resitrictions method for everyone in the world to express themselves to the world 24 hours a day with inhibition.

The people loved it!

The corporations, governments, and fanatical religious groups hated it.. it meant to establish a control free society of free thinking people.

The rhetoric began the grumbles, groans, and complaints. Change was developing faster than the armies for the revolution. It was the the blogging nymphs..

They more they tried to banish it, damn it , and disqualify it the more it would mutate hybrid and shapeshift.

Now Yahoo! has converted to blog and is launching its AJAX (application of java and xml) technologies for full scale rss feed enabling to its free email services. What is RSS if not a tool that brings bloggies closer to bloggettes?

"Bloggers just throw mud at good intention and witch hunt for evil corporate dragon slaying drones," they cried. But the truth was bloggers didn't let you sleep in the arms of a lie, bloggers don't let you get away with murder and look the other way. Bloggers can't keep a secret and bloggers won't take the blame.

With a cause like that is any wonder there has been some much hatred, heartache, and joy? I thinketh not. When Sony released 50 CD titles with Extended Copy Protection content protected software using spyware like codes was it not a blogger who called attention and saved the day with only as slight bruise to Sony Ent fragile ego?!

Let's face it blogging brought the power back to the villagers and liberated them from the heavy fisted regime of King Republican Capitalism that display more Communistic intentions.

While Sony didn't mean to use illegal malicious code, it failed to properly inspect its released copies as it should have had it gone unnoticed the class action suite against them would have set new record highs.

With the princess now free to marry whom she pleased she chose to marry for love and liberate the kingdom for all eternity.

Meanwhile over in a little town called Taiwan, FarEasTone Telecommunications is planning to release its evolved 'PlayBlog' site wherein users can enjoy free blogging tools and virtual add-ons to enhance the publishing/expression experience and encourage spending all in the name guessed FUN..oh the scandal.

In another galaxy the annual Blog-on event held in New York City. There were more droans about how blogging means to destroy Public Relations as we know it.

If they were wise they would realize that Blogging will preserve public relations as we need it. There were UberBloggers, Alpha Bloggers, Underdog Bloggers, and fabulous DragBloggers on display. The steady rhythm of keys typing mixed with techno music keeps things going. Blogging must live for life to feel fresh.

Everyone in the world needs to blog, read a blog, or at the very least keep an open blog mind..

So go on getchyor Blog-ON..

the end

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Keeping Tabs on IT

RFID (radio frequency identification) has been receiving increased press, commentary, and notoriety.

The idea behind the technology and its implementation was initially to utilize these "tags" or identification chips on highly sensitive extremely expensive items like military weapondry. In fact, the department of defense was RFIDs biggest sugar daddy simply because the technology was the most cost effective efficient way to secure safety on some of the most dangerous inventory in the world.

However, lets not limit brilliance. Dollars and cents still apply and as retailers like Walmart know all too well, the larger your inventory, warehouse, and shipments are the more relevant it would be to apply technology to maintaining security and accuracy. RFID is clearly the logical next step for national and international wholesaling and retailing inventory management. As a side note we can also add VeriSign and JP Morgan Chase which respectively have included RFID technologies for Retail Solutions and Credit Card encoding.
For good measure At&T (are they still around?) said they will begin to deploy RFID networks.

The newest addition to the growing number of RFID users is NASCAR. In 2006 Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. will be releasing their new "RFID-enabled tire-leasing program". If nothing else the increased and diversified usage of RFID tags broadens its marketing, concept, and reputation. So that the next bold statement to be made with RFID is not the tagging itself but, who is using it? and why. It would seem that anyone who intends to maintain organization into the future. Technology has always been a necessary evil in that most people would prefer to keep things simple and do things the "old fashion way" but urgency increases demand and demand increases popularity and popularity increases inspiration. And so on.. so that the RFID that was once a valued security based technology is now being sought after as an organizational tool and more.

This is a good thing but there are RFID critics who have other lights to shed on the use of this technology by the mainstream and even government. The fear of hype and that this intelligent and evolved technology will be used or rather misused for common issues concerning just plain irresponsible supervision (i.e. for missing pets, theft prevention, merchant processing, and even remote control recovery). I still think what is really being said is the same thing that has always been a theme in the IT world when it comes to exploitation of advance tools. The purpose for not popularizing technology was to minimize misuse. Obviously, more progress can be made in a controlled scientific environment. But the argument is if something can do some good give it to the people or the masses as the case may be.

My conclusion is, if one can afford to purchase this technology then one should be able to purchase and use it in a legal and constitutional manner to their hearts content. And hey, if I never lose my cell phone again in the process so much the better for me.

I don't believe that misuse of a technology will have any effect and real progress within educational and developmental environments. The worst case scenario is that it will simply annoy someone..

The next concern over RFID has to do with spying and constitutional rights to privacy vs. more effective law enforcement. Their again, if the solution solves the problem then lets move on. If the solution creates more problems than lets find a better solution or re-analyze the situation. In fact, several articles have been published regarding "spychips" RFID tags being used to spy on consumers personal shopping habits.

As stated by Bob Evans in his article "RFID Is already Proving Its Value, Business Advantage" wherein he comments,"..Some of you have felt those articles about RFID initiatives have all been a lot of nonsense because the chips are too expensive or there won't be any common standards or because RFID violates the privacy of those who even think about it or that RFID secrets on personal shopping will be fed into a massive GPS network designed by Enron and powered by the Ministry of Information.."
Likewise he went on to point out that,"..breakthrough business value that can be generated when RFID systems are used to enhance visibility, optimize supply chains, reduce latency, and eliminate paperwork and outdated and irrelevant processes.."

Back to the focus of IT as a development and deployment tool from a software perspective the reality is all to concentrated on developing fast reliable database systems to maintain the data embedded in these tags and of course be readily updated as inventory is moved.

SUN Java Systems, HP,Oracle, International paper, IBM and others will be working diligently to compete for the most effective, affordable, and easy to implement systems. Its a worthy goal much like all the kings knights vying for the hand of the youngest daughter. As long as there is a need to develop a perfected solution everyone who knows some code will be around to toss their hat in the ring or pull the sword from the stone (you know).

If you are afraid of what these changes will really mean, don't panic. RFID is a reasonably new solution that needs to become more sophisticated to really be put to use. My guess is we are at least 20 years from this goal really and the article by Laurie Sullivan "The Little Chip That Couldn't" strongly supports this fact. Where quoted mentionings of Middleware connectivity issues to the technology just not being there yet to the 4.2 billion estimated spending by 2009. Anyone who was truly afraid can sleep well knowing chances are the real change will have more to do with your grandchildren than you.

Monday, September 05, 2005

ITs on the Radio

IT is redefining RADIO as we know IT: From Satellite to WebRadio to PodCasting to Audio Blogging IT is bringing a new form of Broadcasting to the world.

Why is this happening you may wonder, what's wrong with good old fashion radio? Nothing as a matter a fact the history of the first FM station is a complex and sordid one but in the end little has changed since RCA first went public with America's FM radio waves.

Generations since then have known only a change in programming to keep listeners listening and to create and maintain a nitch for itself parallel to television.

The reality is that we have the technology and experience to do more for radio than Tivo has done for television.

The FCC in its own way has actually catapulted this revolutionary evolution by mandating its digital compliance laws for all networks both public and private both radio and television. By 2010 every company that has broadcast programming station must convert or die.

Public Broadcasting so far has been the hardest hit with this new policy but and while the FCC is less known for its activism than its policies on the freedom of speech the force to convert is bringing out the best not only to broadcasting stations but to IT development and finally membership support.

This a corner stone in the history of electronics. For those companies looking to apply some real vision to their conversion requirements you the listener are the most likely to benefit from the advancements. As you will be able to enjoy more control and variety in your daily news and entertainment.

Not to mention that the biggest change of all is one that facilitates global access. Now anyone, anywhere can enjoy radio programs 24 hours a day around the world. Most companies are on the move and it is slated that these new radio broadcasts will be accessible not only from your car radio or home receiver but from your PC. Likewise because all transmissions will have some method of MP3 file transmission everyone will be able to selectively use mobile devices to take their shows on the road.

The most interesting change I have seen arise recently in newer car stereos are that the traditional tape and cd player option is being modified for satellite connectivity and MP3. Toyota's Scion and Kia's new Sportage are two such manufacturers looking to keep IT in the car and on the road.

XM is currently dominating the Satellite market but there are many more companies coming our way.

Web Radio is now available at such web sites as KCLAFM, KTSTFM,KLASFM, and KMAXAM.

PodCasting which is by far the most facinating development for the layman can be found at such web sites as Media Burn. Pod Casting is for everyone that's the biggest attraction. You don't need to spend more than $200 to be your own Pod Cast Guru! Because Pod Casting is so affordable for unlimited use its also the most likely web broadcasting tool to remain free of advertising and free of subscription fees.

Finally, Audio Blogging which may be find at weblog hosts like this one This tool allows user interface via telephone submissions. You call in and record your message usually about 1 minute in length allowed at this time and by the end of the prompts your recording is available for listening at your blog url within 30 seconds. This tool makes your blog more interesting, allows the publisher to be effective in the moment and also enables the same world wide accessibility with extra purchases required because you can send an publish from your cell phone.

This of course is only the beginning of more creative freedom of access and speech around the world 24 hours a day!

Apple's IPOD of course deserve much thanks because its popularity is bridging the consumer gap in a newsworthy manner. IPODS are for everyone and that's why everyone has one or is going to have one. Likewise the more MP3 files that contain the type of listening content for a more diverse audience is also going to increase not only the demand for IPODs but the value of them.

My prediction is that it will be even less time before companies like Yahoo! begin incorporating broadcasting technologies to their user services.


1. Increased broadcasting range from local audiences to regional, national, and world wide
2. FCC Free ~ remember R.E.M.'s hit "radio free Europe"? Imagine Radio shows and broadcasted programs complete free from restraint or legistlation. This means no censorship or limitation to content which cannot be controlled by any government anywhere.
3. Affordability means less advertising interruptions and or more affordable ad spots.
4. Longevity ~ because the digital convergence insistence by the FCC has put many small or non profit broadcasting companies in a financial bind this technology option will make it possible for these same companies to thrive on into the future.
5. Increased employment in broadcasting and production because of the diversity to attract and respond to broader audience listening demands.

Like all things media there remains only a few ways to generate revenue:

-fundraising or donations

The good news is world wide accessibility increases and maximizes audience growth potential. This in conjunction with lower overhead expenses means more profitability by sheer volume compensation.

Had enough and wanna do it yourself?

Try Blogger for audio blogging set up its already in place all you need to do is click on the appropriate buttons to have audio blogging options at your weblog.

How to create your PodCast may be found at: in the article "Podcasting to the world" by Bradley Baymack Under " How to build the secret to solutions - 8/05 edition

Got any more to add, did I miss a spot, did I leave out a better source? Let me know leave you comments for me in the comment link below.