Month: October 2014

“Public by default” is the future of professional communication

My personal preference is to assume all communication is Public by Default. Never assume otherwise, as many things that make us individuals, also make us targets.


In snail mail and phone calls, we expect a certain amount of privacy: we suppose that only we and our recipients are aware of the communication, or at least of the meaningful content of the information exchanged. Those technologies were built to allow exactly two people to communicate. The idea of unintended individuals snooping on our business, as mundane as it can be, is repulsive.

As soon as we want to share information more broadly or collaborate with an extended team, though, things get very complicated, very fast. For example, Today, we have to use third-party companies, with dedicated phone numbers and passwords, to make a three-person conference call. Clearly, telephony’s standards were designed around one-to-one communication.

The same goes for good old letters. If you want to send the same letter to several people, you can’t — you have to send several letters, with the same content. Twenty-five years…

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Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

(Lost the previous link, here is a more up to date article on pricing…)

An article on the upcoming Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Personally I am of the mindset that people such as myself wouldn’t buy a high end phone or tablet priced at the ridiculous markup currently happening in the Android market. I went with the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 because they WERE a deal, even at $277 and $422. I suspect next year we will see a return to the high spec, for low cost, pricing scheme. While developers may have made the Nexus line break even, it was bargain shoppers such as myself that made it profitable.

MarketWatch: Microsoft technology in Android costs Samsung $1 billion a year

MarketWatch: Microsoft technology in Android costs Samsung $1 billion a year.

Microsoft was among the first to make a smartphone, tablet, and the smartphone, a Windows CE device, had a stylus. I’ve seen one myself since the CenturyLink rep had one when he installed my DSL a few years ago, in my old apartment. It would not surprise me if Microsoft is making money hand over fist on royalties for mobile. Samsung is playing a dangerous game by messing with their agreement in this regard.