In the world of computers there is a pretty easy way to tell when a technology has “arrived”: it becomes a target of hackers. You can just look at the recent history of computers, from email to web pages, from DNS to the World Wide Web (remember when we used to call it that?), Microsoft Windows to Wi-Fi—the technologies that become the mainstays of business and consumer markets quickly become targets of hackers.
I recently went to my doctor to investigate something that was troubling me. Believe it or not, several times a minute I feel a short vibration or buzz in my heart area. It has been happening for 3- 4 weeks and, until late last week, I did not realize it was actually my heart. I had dismissed it for weeks thinking it was my breathing, vibrations in the floor of my office, and, yes, my BlackBerry.
In response to Clint’s last blog “Fear the Droid,” sure, his points are valid from an IT perspective, but as user, here’s what I think is great about the Droid.When the Motorola Droid by Verizon was first announced and commercials started to air, I remember thinking (as I am sure thousands of others did), what is this device? What can it do? What does it look like? (They didn’t include photos in the first commercials.) And wait—it’s NOT an iPhone? I didn’t want to jump into it purely because it was the new thing or because of their commercials, but as a fan of Google and their applications I was excited to see them develop a mobile OS and partner with Verizon.
Yesterday I walked into the office building and knew something was just not right. Not many lights on. Once I entered the second floor things got worse. I noticed the emergency lighting. Now, this was more of an inconvenience as once my laptop battery ran out (which felt like 20 minutes), I needed to relocate to an open conference room which contain generator-fed outlets. After working in the conference room for 47 minutes, I was interrupted by our security officer stating that the building needed to be evacuated as the building’s emergency lights were out of juice and the power company was not able to provide an accurate time for the final resolution. Although we had power, from our generators, we don’t own the building. So out we went!
A barrier-breaking presidential election, a new commitment to ending global warming, a cry for increased regulation from investment bankers, and a business model I call the Mobility Enterprise. This year will be a big chapter in the history books.