You may have noticed the look and feel change of this site from a dark to a light content format.  The dark format is professional in appearance but not very practical.  It’s hard for my eyes to frequently switch between light and darker formats.  I’m betting if it’s tough on my eyes, it’s tough on the eyes of others as well.  Additionally, I upgraded the site to a wider 3-column format.  I may still make a few more improvements over the next few days but I hope you find these improvements welcome.

–Milton

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Google has a keen eye for technologies with recent purchase of Boston Dynamics.  In a previous post I included a video demonstrating Boston Dynamics technology – amazing!  I can’t help being creeped out by iRobot scenarios.  I read too much science fiction.

–Milton
I read an interesting post by Preston Gralla, “Microsoft ‘Scroogled’ campaign gets early holiday gift: Google evangelist calls privacy an ‘anomaly’“.  Microsoft’s Scroogled campaign is firing some shots at Google.  Check out Microsoft’s Scroogled store site.  My first impression was Scroogled is a Christmas holiday gag based on Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, as in…
Scrooge + Google = Scroogled

Apparently, I’m approaching this with far too much thought as it appears to be more like…
Screwed + Google = Scroogled

To test if the store was real I figured I would try to buy a t-shirt to see what would happen.  Sure enough, this is real!  To my amazement, after I selected a t-shirt and clicked the Checkout button I was prompted to enter my Microsoft Live account credentials – lol!

Evidently, privacy is not a concern with the Scroogled campaign it’s the monetization of private information that’s bad.  Tough to keep these definition subtleties straight.  I would have been more impressed with the Scroogled campaign if I could purchase my t-shirt in Bitcoin.  ;o)

–Milton

The following is a public and global outcry for government surveillance reform from some of the
worlds largest companies: Aol, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo!

http://reformgovernmentsurveillance.com/

My concern is that while the data under discussion belongs to the preceding companies, the information belongs to us, it’s all distinctly our most private personal information under discussion.  The principles described by the web site are a good starting point but they need to be written from the perspective of consumers — consumer privacy expectations.  Global consumer privacy expectations must be applicable to both businesses and governments alike.  It seems doubtful addressing one without the other will have the desired positive outcome on consumer confidence.

For more information about business drivers behind privacy reform see, A Crisis of Confidence Costs Real Money.

–Milton