I've had more than a few of you try to schedule time with me, so I've setup a youcanbook.me site that you can use to find a time that works, provided there's a great reason for the meeting, I won't be accepting sales pitches whether you're selling your company or your resumé!
Just to be clear, I love open source software. It really is the most awesome thing ever. I think Richard Stallman has been a force for awesomeness in our world (you could argue that you wouldn't have the Android or iPhone without him) and that there's much our children can teach us about how our culture and economic systems will evolve in the era of digital natives. Look into Creative Commons if you haven't already.
But, it also drives me nuts and I'll think twice before supporting my own systems again.
You've probably all heard the arguments (you might have even been representing the case for the affirmative), "it's free (as in speech), widely supported by a community and we even have the source code, so we can debug our own problems! Why would we waste money buying packaged software/services from a vendor?!"
Heading to your local "app store" might only further embolden you, look at all the great stuff there that's "free".
But if my experience of the last few months are anything to go by, it might be free, but "free as in tears", not "speech" and definitely not "beer" with real consequences for enterprise IT leaders planning the future of their services, staffing, technology and vendors.
Despite the frequent use of the term "going viral", I believe that few people know exactly what that means in scientific and/or practical terms.
Author and interdisciplinary scientist, software engineer and jazz musician Dr. Maksim Tsvetovat teaches social network analysis at George Mason University. Maksim teaches executive seminars in social network analysis, including "Social Networks for Startups" and "Understanding Social Media for Decisionmakers".
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So many good things have been written about the launch of iPad Mk III, almost all of it justified, it's fair to say that the fruiterers from Cupertino have pulled off a minor engineering miracle in assembling a device that, along with the already existing iPhone 4, establishes the benchmark for what we will then demand from the market as a whole. I only wish I owned shares in a flat panel display company right now (let's hope that my 401K manager has done their homework!).
What was interesting about Apple's keynote two weeks ago was not what they announced, but a sidebar comment made by Apple marketing VP Phil Schiller prior to the demo, which paraphrased was 'the projector we have cannot fully resolve what you see on the screen of iPad' (jump to the keynote replay and fast forward roughly 00:20 in to hear it from Phil's own lips).
While he seemed to blow by the comment without a second thought, in my mind, you could hear a pin drop. I stopped listening to the demo of the new, newness and instead felt my mind drifting to the changes happening in the video production world when it occurred to me that we probably should be planning to quadruple our plans for compute, bandwidth and storage - especially if you're in the content business.
I see RED
Part of what stunned me about Phil's throw away comment is that it wasn't actually true. "What?!" I hear you ask, a marketing person engaging in hyperbole? Never! :-) To help explain my claim, you might want to settle back in your seat as I catch you up on the changing world of content -where it's been, where we are now and importantly where I think it's going.
Some of you might have noticed that I switched on Google's built-in advertising today and might even be wondering why I did it or disappointed that yet another small corner of the internet has been polluted with people pimping their produce.