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How you invade your own privacy
A new study from consulting firm Infosys shows consumers globally are far more relaxed about sharing their private data than we knew and far more relaxed than they should be
Lying, prying and spying: Is the NSA worth it?
Is the NSA defending their intellectual property with more success than they protect our country?
US government collects Verizon customers' phone metadata ... So what?
A top secret NSA program to collect ALL Verizon customers' call data isn't at all surprising
10 surprising things from my 20 years with Network World
Yep, I've been writing for Network World for 20 years and a lot has happened in that time ... here are 10 of the most surprising
Rooting for an unlikely patent troll, Kim DotCom
Kim DotCom holds what may be a key software patent that could rake in huge amounts of cash but he's got bigger plans
Ten jobs robots won't take away from you in the next 10 years
There are jobs that robots might be able to do in the near future. Gibbs has ten that they're unlikely to steal from meat machines.
The International Space Station Goes Linux and RunRev goes open source
On the ISS, Linux is in and XP is out and open source is the way of the future
Enterprise vendors: There's no such thing as product secrecy any more
Some enterprise vendors try to keep what they are offering away from what they think might be the wrong eyes. This is never a good idea.
Directly connected to the Internet of Things
Last week here in Backspin I discussed how real-world "things" that aren't easily augmented with digital instrumentation, such as bicycles, cars and even dogs, can be indirectly connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) using physical ID tags and online proxies. This is, as I pointed out, a powerful concept.
Indirectly connected to The Internet of Things
Not everything needs to, or can, connect to the Internet of Things by IP
Being green and the madness of crowds
Some time ago I had a call with a company that ran data centers they claimed were "green." Their argument for their greenness was they purchased power with green credits, which meant they paid a premium for electricity to fund alternative energy programs. Along with that they had a car park full of solar cells.
Facebook and Minnovation
Facebook's big announcement was a big "so what?" and minimal innovation at its finest
Fixing process exceptions. And music on hold
Gibbs wrestles with a lost medical insurance payment ... for five hours
The 'Minority Report' shopping experience
Everywhere you go these days -- every store, every urban street, every car park, every ATM -- there are video cameras watching where you go and what you do. Just what are "they" (whoever "they" are) doing with all of that video surveillance?
Another EU fine! Is Microsoft insane?
Microsoft has just been hit, again, with a massive fine by the EU for making the same mistake all over again
How we manage our social networks
Gibbs analyzes the results of his "How do you manage your social networks?" survey
Big Data, Big Business, Big Government, Bigger Brother
In his 1990 book "The New Realities," Peter Drucker noted: "Knowledge is information that changes something or somebody - either by becoming grounds for action, or by making an individual (or an institution) capable of different and more effective action." And that is what Big Data is delivering ... new knowledge, new insights and new actions, all of which will give us new problems to deal with.
Predicting the Tech Future
For my recent column of predictions for 2013 I polled a huge number of IT people to see what they are expecting, and ended up getting more than 400 responses.
Six tips for the care and training of new users
Got a new user? As a responsible IT organization you have to recognize that this is a big responsibility.
Bring Your Own ... and Roll With It, Baby!
Over the last couple of years a huge buzz has been building around the consumerization of IT, workers using their own PCs, smartphones, tablets and phablets at work, a movement that also goes by the name Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).
How do you manage your social networks?
I recently decided, somewhat randomly, to experiment a bit more with social networking. I was on LinkedIn and at some point the service asked me if it could access my Gmail contact list.
The Internet of Things, Huge Data, and Starbucks
Gibbs ponders how a Starbucks coffee cup could become the greatest business edge
How Bill ruined keynotes and Qualcomm got weird and crazy at CES
It's all Bill's fault. At one time the big keynote presentations at shows like Comdex (R.I.P.) were glimpses into the future.
Outlook 2013 ... Even more interesting than 2012!
Gibbs reviews his predictions from last year and surveys the more than 400 predictions that he's been sent by IT professionals

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