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If We Forget to Look Out of the Window

A window out Every year has its moments, and 2016 was no exception. Various significant shifts occurred, including changes in the political landscape in the United States, United Kingdom, and Turkey. And the horrors of war, civil strife, terrorism and an underlying global tension have been constantly fed into our digital lives from the comfort […]

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Living in a GAFA world.

Living in a GAFA world.

Think of what Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon services and products you use daily. How much are they a vehicle for communications, work, social life, purchases and tasks? How often do you connect to them? Count the number. How many? Surprised? Now, out of the 4 companies, how many do you use? Or do you […]

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… leave the kids alone?

… leave the kids alone?

There is a belief that children nowadays are natural, “Digital Natives”, and that we adults on the sidelines are “Digital Immigrants”.  The dexterity and comfort many children demonstrate when interacting with digital devices and social media tools generates this image of them being “naturals”. This in turn contributes to the sense of disconnect between the […]

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Our Connected Data

Our Connected Data

  Over the last few weeks, an outstanding series produced by ARTE called “Do Not Track Me” has become available and is getting quite a bit of social media attention. The different episodes explore and highlight the technologies, algorithms, data mining and aggregation of our online information through digital devices, tools, ecosystems and environments. Each […]

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Internet of Things and Embedded Systems, Part 1

Internet of Things and Embedded Systems, Part 1

I am not a purist when it comes to defining terms, so I am sure some readers may object to my saying that the Internet of Things (IoT) is a new name for what we used to call telematics, M2M, SCADA, WoT, Connected World, and the Industrial Internet. IoT is sometimes called the Internet of […]

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Security and Data Centers

Security and Data Centers

Twenty years ago, I ran a small group in a large corporation’s subsidiary, which developed firewall and virtual networking gear. In those days, most people were beginning to discover what the Internet and the World Wide Web were. That security was required for the Internet was not well recognized. It was inconceivable for many that […]

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The Death of “Digital”

Words are a powerful vehicle for meaning and understanding, connected to individual or group perspectives, interpretations, and connections. The word “Digital” has been part of our vocabulary landscape for a long time. It was only after reading Nicholas Negroponte’s  book, “Being Digital” in 1995, that I began to be aware of the term and its […]

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ARM TechCon 2013: HP’s Game-Changing Moonshot

ARM TechCon 2013: HP’s Game-Changing Moonshot

Martin Fink, CTO and Director of HP Labs., Hewlett-Packard Company, presented a keynote titled New Style of IT at the recent ARM TechCon 2013.   Fink first reviewed how IT has progressed from the mainframe in the 1970s and ‘80s, to the clients and servers of the 1990s, the Internet of the 2000s, and the […]

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ARM TechCon 2013: How ARM Impacts the Digital Society—Introduction

ARM TechCon 2013: How ARM Impacts the Digital Society—Introduction

In the recent ARM TechCon 2013, I attended several keynote speeches. ARM chips are known to consume less energy than other chips, but they are becoming powerful enough to fuel our digital society. To learn more about this trend, I went to hear several keynote speakers at the recent ARM TechCon 2013. Tom Lantzsch, ARM’s […]

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New Paradigm and Thinking Required for Massively Distributed and Complex Systems – Part 1

New Paradigm and Thinking Required for Massively Distributed and Complex Systems – Part 1

In addition to the tutorial I attended at NoSQL Now 2013, I heard two keynote speech sessions. They had similar themes but different emphases. The power grid transmits not just power but also a vast amount of data/information about power delivery. This is similar to the telephone system’s consisting of signaling (control) and voice transmission […]

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