Facebook, losing friends based upon security and fear.

Facebook, losing friends based upon security and fear.

Over the weekend my Alumni retired High School Football Coach removed himself and his wife from facebook. His account was hacked, and it bothered him so much that he and his wife removed their accounts. Their reason was they had had enough with the hacking and the attacks on their accounts, and the messages sending spam from their facebook accounts. We all told him how to reset his password, etc. However he still left. This bothered me, because I enjoyed having him as my friend on facebook, and having him comment on everyday posts. I liked having him as a part of my life, on facebook. Now he is gone, I do still have his email, but its not the same. My father had the same problem with his account and I helped him clean it and he is good to go, and educated on what to click on, and what not to click on. But still losing friends on facebook still is upsetting when I feel Facebook can do a better job educating and protecting these people. I am hoping in the near future we will see better security to protect people and their accounts on facebook. Until then, well its upsetting.

Highlights of the first New York Technology Council Panel of 2010

Highlights of the first New York Technology Council Panel of 2010 (Link to NYTECH.org)

Last nights New York Technology Council Panel Event was a very exciting venue of Technology trends of 2010.
Arik Hesseldahl of Businessweek moderated the event with Council Member Gale A. Brewer of New York City Government, Bill Zack, Architect Evangelist with Microsoft, and Alfred Spector, VP of Research and Special Initiatives with Google. This panel by far was one of the most exciting panels I have ever experienced. With an audience of 250 technology people there was not one yawn in the group.

Council Member Gale A. Brewer was called by Arik Hesseldahl of Businessweek to start with what problems she sees with Technology here in New York City. She brought up a major problem….Internet connections and bandwidth. There are millions of people that do not have enough bandwidth to provide the infrastructure necessary to run web-based systems that Google and Microsoft offer here in New York City. There are hundreds of thousands of citizens that cannot afford access to the internet at all. What do Google and Microsoft feel about that problem, especially in our schools? This started off an exciting panel of problems and solutions.

They talked about new technologies like better Broadband Internet access, Cloud Security, Mobile Phones, Information Sharing, Smart-Grid Technology, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft Azure, Data, Google Goggles, and on other issues like getting more Women in Technology, making Math fun, teach beginning programming in grade schools.

I liked that real world issues and problems were addressed and there was no sugar coating, and to have such a large group of every day professionals along with the City of New York government, Microsoft and Google working together on this panel along with 45 minutes of questions for everyone else, made this panel very exciting.

After the Panel was completed everyone went to the after party up the block for further discussion.

NYTECH.org did a wonderful job. I look forward to attending more of these panels. 

Governments stifle hi-tech innovation, says trade group

Governments stifle hi-tech innovation, says trade group  (BBC News)

Here is an interesting article in the Technology Section of the BBC News about how the US government needs to do A LOT more in helping its technology Corporations and Citizens to do more.

"The government doesn't spur innovation or entrepreneurship. The government often gets in the way," said Mr Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) which stages CES.

I strongly feel that somehow along this road the US Government has lost it's path in technology innovation and investment. This article strengthens the need to get going again!

On May 25, 1961 President Kennedy addressed congress:

"I believe we should go to the Moon. But I think every citizen of this country as well as the Members of the Congress should consider the matter carefully in making their judgment, to which we have given attention over many weeks and months, because it is a heavy burden, and there is no sense in agreeing or desiring that the United States take an affirmative position in outer space, unless we are prepared to do the work and bear the burdens to make it successful. If we are not, we should decide today and this year. This decision demands a major national commitment of scientific and technical manpower, material and facilities, and the possibility of their diversion from other important activities where they are already thinly spread. It means a degree of dedication, organization and discipline which have not always characterized our research and development efforts. It means we cannot afford undue work stoppages, inflated costs of material or talent, wasteful interagency rivalries, or a high turnover of key personnel."

This was the right path, in 1969 Man step foot on the Moon. Somehow with time and wars we have lost our way. I am not saying Technology hasn't evolved, it has incredibly, but with a national or world sponsorship and the Number 1 slot instead of investment banking, and corporations like AIG that bleed capital dry, we as a nation and has human beings can do better.


IT World Canada – What cloud computing really means

What cloud computing really means (IT WORLD CANADA – BETA)

For the past year everyone's been talking about cloud computing, but for many it's still nebulous.
However, it's not so fuzzy when you view the value proposition from the perspective of IT professionals…Read more from IT WORLD CANADA.

Very well written Article with great information on the cloudy reality of cloud computing! I was in Canada over the holidays visiting friends in Toronto.
2010 will be a very interesting year with regard to Technology especially with Cloud Applications for both PC and Mac. I look forward to it!!