01 September 2009
In Software Magazine’s story about the changing of the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, we learn how our ineffable majority Democratic Congress is trying to clear the way to give unilateral power to the executive branch to stop the presses, so to speak, should cyber attacks threaten our national security. Yet for an administration that has promised transparency, it is muddled as to what Democrats, like Rockefeller, are trying to accomplish?
To go directly to this sort of legislation without doing a damn thing to secure the Information Superhighway is, how shall I say it, lame. In spite of my feelings about Al Gore and his lame attempts to help grow the Internet, he was far more of a visionary than anyone since. It isn’t clear what Obama’s people have in mind for the Internet as “the” only platform for communications, but it is abundantly clear what our Congress knows about eCommerce and the future of communications: bupkus, nada and squat but not necessarily in that particular order.
If there was one thing that all governments should have learned a decade ago it is, if you want to destroy the economy of any single nation, limit its use of the Internet and/or limit its citizen’s access to information and knowledge. Blame, for this sort of government self mutilation of its resources and economy, is ubiquitous. However, unless Silicon Valley, and its cohorts, can forge a new alliance with the Obama administration that understands how universal high speed access is the key to growth, in every respect, and that we need to get the message out that we have 10 million jobs for the USA, we will continue to lose ground to nations and governments that understand how that vulnerability is one serious chink in the gold plated armor that was our economy. The message that, in the next ten years we will have those jobs, and that many now are “shovel ready” the US will continue to take a back seat to those countries that are able to exploit it for their own gains.
The second piece can be seen as a proof of sorts as to how even the richest most powerful giant of industry can fall. This most powerful technology giant of all time, Microsoft, sabotaged itself in a series of fits that enraged the entire technology community and burned through billions, maybe trillions, trying to defend itself from itself. Stories of how Gates and Ballmer squeezed, twisted and dismantled everything they couldn’t control, thinking being the biggest and baddest would secure their future, are epic. I know personally dozens of really smart guys who were flown to Redmond only to be shafted in person with their childish antics that could only be explained by the ineptitude of two guys who simply didn’t get it.
Congress: Look At Microsoft To Learn What Not To Do
Microsoft lost market share to the likes of Jobs who never even really wanted to compete with them. Now I have known lots of marketing folks who worked for Microsoft over this period and they were some of the best and brightest, but against all odds, they were kept in check by a machine much like today’s federal government – stymied by its own egotistical soundbites. From OS to being the only platform to develop for ten years, all is nearly lost. It’s really only a matter of time before we don’t need MS to run our business and I don’t know anyone who will shed a tear for the floundering and fool-hearted misanthropes from the shores of the Northwest. If Obama and our Congress wants to know what not to do with our technologies, MS is a perfect study in that subject