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FEMA loses access to data and why gov’t systems are prone to lose things.

InformationWeek is reporting a story about FEMA and how they lost access to their lessons learned database.  The inspector general concluded that FEMA cannot access lessons learned materials prior to May 2010.  Here’s the link to their story http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/enterprise-apps/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=229209496&subSection=News# I’ve seen this sort of “out with the old” and “in with the new” technology updates […]






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Why I’m a console gamer (or PC DRM sucks)

So a customer makes a snarky comment in the Bioware/EA forums and gets his account banned for 72 hours, effectively cutting off any games he’s purchased from Bioware/EA; including the brand new Dragon Age 2.   Wow, that’s harsh, Dragon Age 2 is the newest and shiniest game on the market. Sure sucks to be […]






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The AF is trying to get control of social media

Slashdot had an article Air Force Wants Hundreds of Fake Online Identities but I think this is a misnomer.  In light of recent frauds committed by Facebook criminals abusing Air Force officers’ identifies I think this is a good move on the part of the Air Force and I believe we’ll see several government organizations and […]






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Macjournal for iPad is out!

It’s finally here. I’ve been waiting for some time to get macjournal on my iPad. I use the mac version of MJ a lot i tried the iPhone version but the keyboard was too small to make long notes. I had been taking notes in the iPad note app but without folders it turned into […]






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Goodbye VersionTracker.com

I noticed today that my RSS feed from Version Tracker was empty so I wandered over to the web site and lo and behold, she’s gone.  CNet has gobbled up a piece of Mac history and re-branded it.  They didn’t even bother to redirect Versiontracker to Mac software.  My old bookmark took me a listing […]






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Internet walled-gardens ARE a good idea

Given the growing risks of being connected to the Internet it’s becoming more advisable to connect to those particular services that one wants and exclude the rest.  This idea runs counter to a lot of marketing approaches from several companies/products, for example Droid. The Droid vs iPhone marketing plan is to show that Droid is […]






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Failure to adapt

The impending replacement of my main computer has me planning out what things to load and what things to leave behind and as I look at the list of things that I want to put on my machine I wonder if I’m starting to fall behind technically or if I’m simply so used to specific […]






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Is Activision tainting Blizzard?

After listening to The Instance #145 and doing a little browsing, it seems that Blizzard is issuing some strangely unBlizzard-like take down notices.  Mod writers are being asked not to ask for money, iPhone application developers are being told to cease and desist and a German web comic was told to take down a comic. […]






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Companies setting social media policy for employees

Here is a link to a slashdot report about a Fortune 15 company asking employees to sign a social media usage agreement.  The agreement seeks to ensure good behavior on the part of the employee, according to the report. http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/05/12/1818245   Two main ideas come to mind: 1. Hire the right people and you don’t […]






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