Apple's move into the Cloud yesterday by all measures was nothing that awe inspiring. Many of us have seen company after company go this direction for several years now and even the government has put some of its programs in reach via the web. Storage prices have fallen off a cliff thankfully and buying in bulk is now the norm. What it should signal to those watching is that being connected or tethered (yes, I know Steve got rid of the physical sync) is so much more important than ever before.
Think about all the cloud services you use today without even blinking an eye:
-Document sharing and storage (ala Dropbox)
-Basically any or all publications
-Amazon's Hosting Cloud
Arguably going offline might become a thing of the past as Apple solidified the importance of being connected. If your off the grid you won't get the latest version of some animal in the wild (Your OS) or even more sinister if your not an Apple users you won't be getting the latest anything. This might be Steve's best move yet even though the share price got knocked around a bit because he has a loyal audience who love the physical gadgets and now he can pull the ultimate hat-trick of connectivity. Why did Apple choose to push down this road? Because they finally could. Connectivity to the web via any mobile device means there is no need to not be connected.
Hey Verizon and AT&T! Get ready to build out even more bandwidth.
Stumbled across this in the Google labs. Not sure why I had not seen it before but its a great way to do data visualization for free. Looks like they also pull from very legitimate sources which is refreshing considering the amount of crap on the web that is not properly marked and referenced.
I did this on my own in just about 60 seconds:
Today, I was forwarded a link through Facebook for Peter Drucker's challenge which is to write an essay on what you think the challenges are in today's economy and society. The challenge is over and I think they have already selected a handful of folks to go to Vienna. But the point of the challenge is one that can be asked again and again as new changes in human patterns and behavior constantly evolve along with our economy.
After watching the video a few times below it dawned on my that maybe the challenge (I am going to refer to it also as "problem" going forward) is the lack of focus people seem to have regarding the economy and even regarding their daily lives. I do not remember the world as well as I would have liked growing up in the 70's and 80's but I know this; with less distractions available at my disposal even as a child I had no other choice but to focus on what I was personally doing. Whether that was sports, my dreaded homework (although I loved math...I know "looser!"), eating, talking at the dinner table with my mom, waiting in line, driving...think about all those same moments as now opportunities we have to not focus. The problem is we make excuses to not have focus and not look at big picture problems. People want to disect small ones because they are easier to consume and this is wildly true economically. Think about how much time we really spent on changing our economy for the 21st century. Not much, we pumped in some money and hoped to help prop up the one that broke. Sounds like a pretty bad idea. Now, I do lean politically left and I think Obama is doing what he can to help the economy but he should have done more to convince us all over a longer period of time to focus on what will get us somewhere that will be useful instead of convincing congress to cough up a big check. I would say Health Care looks to be something that took time and will in the long run be a great program but other than that, we are pretty bad at taking our time.
Similar to the digestion of media. If its not in a 140 characters most of the connected world does not have time to read it. And because we are presented with so much of it there is no way to get through all of it. Again, the problem is peoples focus and the world we now live in that almost requires you to move on to the next new item on ones plate. Be it a tweet, an assignment or the need to not focus on one tiny much smaller topic, the root of the problem is our now lack of ability to stay focused. The more unfortunate part of this change in the economy as it relates to society is that people expect changes to happen faster, with less effort and of course without having to focus on implementation which can take months, years or even decades and who the heck has time for that!?!? :)
Sorry I could not resist taking a cheap shot at us all and of course at our own expense. Society is not to blame for our problems economically or otherwise it is our lack of focus that has to be course corrected. At the same time we all need to assume a more reasonable time-line for measuring success in the economy and of course in society at large. FOCUS PEOPLE!
Yes, yes its incredibly expensive but I mean come on...look at that! Admit it, that is awesome and super cool to think that next year if you want to go to space for shits and giggles you can. Personally, as a kid I was a huge trek fan and so the mere thought of this gets me excited in ways I probably should not blog about. Now if I can only drop that freshmen 15 to fit into that snazzy space suit.
Yesterday morning LinkedIn offered to connect me with over a 100 people I had not connected with but whom had accounts with its system, so I said to myself why not. I hit the send button and within 8 hours I had 52 of them accepted. I went from 585 contacts to 640-ish. Not sure this really accomplished anything but it did make my daily usage spike and possibly increase my visibility to others who might want to connect. LinkedIn seems to be a giant holding place for ones resume and I never use the Q&A sections on it at all. In fact, currently I do zero social networking if you will and I think it has mostly become a type of Rolodex.
Twitter, I have been completely ignoring. I have barely been hunting, rarely reading the feed and basically blowing it off because I am a Facebook junkie. Don't get me wrong, I find Twitter and the 140 characters of immense usefulness at times but Facebook simply has me hornswoggled right now. Check back with me in a few months...
Then there is Facebook, my home away from home. Respite, comfort, clarity, interaction, and lots of highly personalized content. Yummy! More importantly 500million+ (about 1/4 of the whole internet/mobile user base worldwide at this stage) people of which I have the honor of selecting just 5,000. I think I am up over 570 and I told myself that I would not go past 500 but since its free who can honestly say "no" to an invite? I mean, come on.
No conclusions to be drawn but I think FB at this point is winning hearts, minds and keyboards.