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Erosion of privacy is a corporate strategy

CNET reports on Google's efforts to expose Google Reader user's shared items to Google Talk contacts.The article compares this to the Facebook Beacon project, which would have made purchases and other personal preferences available to people who are Facebook friends.

December 27, 2007 by Mitch Ratcliffe

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We will all miss Marc

Rest in Peace Marc OrchantIt was only a few weeks ago that Marc Orchant and I were exchanging mail about his new gig with the David Allen Company, and planning to meet this past week at one of Buzz Bruggeman's amazing dinners. It's an incredible tragedy, one no one could have expected of such a warm and engaged person, that today would be Marc's last.

December 9, 2007 by Mitch Ratcliffe


Google: Does it have to be all FUD all the time?

Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD--see Wikipedia) is how IBM tried to retain its dominance, what Microsoft used to cement its monopoly and, now, I suggest we review recent Google news and wonder:Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform for Mobile Devices: In which Google and "a broad alliance of leading technology and wireless companies today joined forces to announce the development of Android, the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices.

November 5, 2007 by Mitch Ratcliffe


Reader Poll: Mac Mini for Leopard Server?

After years of installing and managing Unix, Windows and Mac servers, I'm happily settled on Mac OS X Server 10.4 running on an old G4 system, but recently I received my upgrade Mac OS X 10.

November 5, 2007 by Mitch Ratcliffe


Jambaz: Playing to improve investing performance

Playing games is a great way to keep your mind sharp. Brain Age, a Nintendo DS game, says it can "keep your DS brain in shape" (I don't think I have a DS brain) using the techniques of a Japanese neuroscientist.

October 27, 2007 by Mitch Ratcliffe


"User-centric" starts with the social, not the commercial

I'm on a bit of a tear today, but it is because I just got over a week of Percodan-induced drooling after I had some surgery on my aging shoulder. I don't know if it is just that I am coherent for the first time since last Friday or that got my teeth into this VRM thing in a way that I'm finally able to explain....

October 11, 2007 by Mitch Ratcliffe


Making sense of VRM

For many months, I have been reading the Project VRM list hosted by Doc Searls and Harvard. The putative Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web has addressed this challenge, as well, but misses in ways similar to VRM, because of the implicit relationships between social web service providers and their customers.

October 11, 2007 by Mitch Ratcliffe