Monthly Archives: December 2007

Facebook will Rule the World

I was looking at blog publishing alternatives yesterday to see what new developments are available, and after a stop at Twitter that led me to Facebook, I had an epiphany. Facebook is going to rule the online world, and here is why: Before the invention of the automobile, towns were built around town squares or high streets. Town squares were ...

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A Laptop Innovation We All Need

Intel and AMD are making processors faster, ATI and nVidia continue to accelerate graphics and video, while faster memory and buses underpin both. Meanwhile, hard disks are spinning a bit faster, but getting bigger at the same time. Maybe I am wrong, but it seems like hard disk access speed continues to be the bottleneck. So can our laptops really ...

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You Cannot Always Invent Your Way to Innovation

I’d like to start today with a quote from a NASA article in Fast Company – “But sometimes the better part of innovation, is not invention but effectiveness.” I’ve detailed my views before on how invention is not the same thing as innovation, but to build upon them and the quote above – sometimes progress or innovation is achieved by ...

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Cashing in Online

Why do dead presidents have no value in the online world? In other words, why can I not pay cash online anywhere I want in the same way I can in the physical world? For years now, when I am not busy serving paying clients, from time to time I bang the drum for my vision of making all online ...

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Frequent Diner’s Club

The coupon is as American as apple pie, and American shoppers love a good bargain. Some people love to clip coupons and some feel that it is beneath them, that somehow using a coupon makes them less of a person. I’m not quite sure I understand that one, but to each his own. Despite American’s aversion to haggling, there is ...

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Oh No you Don’t – Get Back to Work!

Some might say it is a step forward, some a step backwards, but coming soon to a Jet Blue airplane near you–access to Yahoo! Mail (e-mail) or Yahoo! Messenger (instant messaging client) for free in the sky via WiFi access points. You won’t be able to access the web willy nilly, but a separate agreement with RIM will allow feeding ...

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Retained Innovation

As an independent consultant, I try to talk to as many other fellow practitioners as my schedule allows to keep abreast of what others are experiencing and doing. What I have found in the area of billing clients is that there are a myriad of ways of receiving compensation for the work that we do. Everything from traditional hourly/daily/weekly to ...

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What Interchange are they Looking For?

I came across a couple of interesting articles on businessweek.com about relatively new payment solutions that people are looking at. The first article is about a company called National Payment Card that links your bank account to your drivers license or store loyalty card – creating a virtual debit card protected by a PIN. Transactions are processed as e-checks through ...

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