Daily Archives: January 20, 2012

Transportation Infrastructure: Moving America


By Robert McMahon – Transportation experts view the call for dramatic federal government action in response to the economic crisis as an opportunity to overhaul the U.S. system of highways, bridges, railways, and mass transit. In the past, the United States has revamped its transportation infrastructure to build canals, transcontinental railways, and a federal highway system, in each case helping usher in periods of economic growth.

A serious problem is coordination between different forms of transportation, experts say. Congress aligns transportation funding with specific modes like highways, rail, and mass transit.

The failure to achieve such coordination, note Brookings Institution experts Bruce Katz and Robert Puentes, leaves the United States as “one of the few industrialized countries that fails to link aviation, highways, freight rail, mass transit, and passenger rail networks.” more> http://is.gd/nnel49

7 truths about consumerization of IT


By Galen Gruman – Users are no longer ignorant about technology. Many are both passionate and knowledgeable. And consumer-grade tools are more and more capable for business usage — and sometimes even superior than traditional business tools. Whether it’s mobile, cloud, social, or apps, chances are your company’s employees are using “consumer” tools, with both good and bad implications for productivity, responsiveness, governance, and security.

  1. You can’t stop it (and shouldn’t want to)
  2. Consumerization is really a management issue
  3. Device management is a good first step
  4. The legal issues around information ownership are unsettled
  5. Social networking can’t be forced
  6. User experience can’t be shortchanged any more
  7. Your competitors are already figuring this out

more> http://tinyurl.com/7t7kpm6

SOPA is dead. Are you happy now?


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By Matt Asay – In response to internet technology companies leading a rousing protest against SOPA and PIPA, these bills appear to be doomed to ignominious defeat. Even the co-sponsors of these anti-piracy bills are deserting their legislation, leaving the tech world to cheer its success.

But what kind of success did we achieve?

Former Mozilla CEO John Lilly captured this best, arguing, “What’s extremely discouraging to me right now is that I don’t really see how we [the tech world and the US Congress] can have a nuanced, technically-informed, respectful discussion/debate/conversation/working relationship.”

Instead all we get is the media industries engaging in back room lobbying to get bad bills passed while the tech world shotguns abuse until Congress capitulates. more> http://is.gd/MpiJBL

Proof Kodak Was Doomed 14 Years Ago


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By Jeff Reeves – I got a great note from a reader last week. Floyd, who now lives in sunny California but was an employee of Kodak from 1965 to 1991, passed on an article written about the Rochester, N.Y., company’s trouble amid a changing business landscape.

Floyd passed on an article from the Democrat and Chronicle dated Jan. 5, 1998. The headline? “Can Kodak Make Necessary Changes” One excerpt reads, “The solution to Kodak’s problems is deceptively simple, but thwarted by a culture of fear in which management cannot afford the risk of ‘looking bad.’”

Back in October, 1988, I had submitted an idea to Kodak’s Office of Innovation describing a device wherein one could write with a stylus on an electronic display and that information would be sent to a large screen or a computer monitor. In spite of the fact that the company claimed it was looking for new ideas, this one, after being bounced around, went no place. Of course today, these things are everywhere.” more> http://is.gd/cixC8e

Updates from Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner


CONGRESS WATCH

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CONGRESS WATCH Cost Estimate for H.R. 2938, Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Clarification Act Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on November 17, 2011 Cost Estimate for H.R. 1162, A … Continue reading