Thank You EU Privacy Rule: General Data Collection Regulation

Have you wondered why you’re getting all of these “We’ve changed our terms of service” emails? Well, I have the answer for you. For all of Fox News’ bluster about how the US is number one, we have certainly fallen far behind the other democracies of the world as we slip into irrelevant oblivion. Here’s the latest example: the European… Continue reading

Why I’ve Decided It’s Time to Go

About 15 years ago, I was invited to speak to graduate students at Emory University and at Kennesaw State University (then Kennesaw College) about technology innovation. At the time, I was a huge advocate for exploring how technology could advance education. And while I had some significant concerns about technology, those took a rather distant backseat to the exciting potential… Continue reading

Ok, Ok. So I Lied!

I admit it. I told a little white lie. I did it innocently enough. I swear. Back when I set up my Facebook account I diligently filled in all of the information Mark Zuckerberg requested. I figured it would help me reconnect with people from my past (high school, colleges, etc.). Later I learned how Mr. Zuckerberg was using all… Continue reading

The Book of Questions

Back in the ’80’s, when I was yet a young sapling, The Book of Questions was on the NYTimes Best Selling list, and I bought it. It was, in some ways, a coming of age experience at a time in my life when I was beginning to more closely re-examine everything I had been taught to think. What did I… Continue reading

Why I’m Minimizing My Facebook Presence

I initially setup my Facebook account with a ton of information about me: where I went to school, was born, have lived, blah, blah, blah. I also created accounts on other social network services, providing them with a lot of personal information as well. As time has passed, I’ve learned more about what is being done with this information and… Continue reading

Best Social Network E.V.E.R–Hands Down

This would be really funny if it weren’t such an outrageous act of government intrusion into the innocent lives of its citizenry! Check it out at: http://getprsm.com Oh, and Mark Zuckerberg, over at Facebook, wants to give everyone the internet, declaring it to be a human right? And privacy and freedom of speech* are not?! His motives are just too… Continue reading

Persistent Ambient Sensing & Analysis

Sounds boring and geeky? But frankly, it’s absolutely fascinating and should scare the living hell out of you! Your smart phone contains many sensors that can (and do) capture data at any time. But what if these sensors captured data all of the time: temperature, compass, GPS, gyroscope, WiFi antenna, Bluetooth antenna, cell antenna, accelerometer, etc. What if an app… Continue reading

Near Death Experience

After having a consistently horrible week last week dealing with the ongoing frustrations of non-functional technology and the lack of closure on several essential, never-ending, home projects that have become non-productive time pits, I decided that at least half of today would be dedicated to being nice to Tim. My stress level last week was just outrageously through the roof.… Continue reading

Naive, If Not Blatantly Dishonest

I have been asked numerous times why I do not have a Facebook page.  Originally, I had three main reasons: I thought Facebook would be another digital fad like AOL, MySpace, etc.  It would go away—and indeed probably will in time .  Something else would replace it.  Would I then have to jump on that social tool-du-jour? I have two… Continue reading