Friday, April 22, 2011

Cloud services reliable?

I read Reddit all the time.  It depends on Amazon's EBS.  It's down all the time.

If Reddit can't keep it up, what chance do 2nd and 3rd tier providers have?  Better bring an umbrella.

ILTSO releases standards

The International Legal Technical Standards Organization initial draft standards (to which I contributed) has just been published.

I predict that they will be the subject of much debate over the next few months, but the idea for the standard, the brainchild of Jeff Goens, CEO of Dialawg, is a good one and will be refined over the next couple years.  There have already been a few blog posts - Press Release here.

There is an Internet meme that applies to most standards: TL;DR.  At under 50 pages, these standards are a scintilla of other standards that many industries - let alone 'The Law' - have come to be governed by.  But from my experience in the technology service business, any sentence that includes the word 'computer' is likely to be too long for most normal people to read.

Nevertheless, I'm pleased that the ILTSO standards emphasized brevity and clarity and are targeted at the technical acumen of a 'normal' person rather than, say, the audience of the MSDN.

With so much change happening in technology today - from cloud computing to mobile devices - these standards are intended to help law firms keep their clients' data safe and their partners out of trouble.  Worthy goals for any standard.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Personal vs Cyber relationships

A professor speaks about substituting personal relationships for technology...

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Four things

My Rotary Club invocation of March 5 simply recounted Robert Fulghum's All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  So far as I know, this was the first time an invocator presented his or her remarks with an assist from Powerpoint.  The result was that most of the audience followed along outloud - Mitch Miller style!

I mentioned to myself today that if a struggling, but proud, parent wanted to do the best they could for their children, they should lie to them about the cruel realities of life.  Better that they manufacture a fantasy that would create the hope that their life would be better, than sew despair that the future held no relief from the pain they saw in their parents' eyes.

And another thing, parents should at least prepare their students with a respect of diction, grammar and the rewards of speaking as if you care to be understood by people that matter.  Right after appearance, the words that fall from your mouth create an impression that fixes you in the mind of a listener.  A negative impression is hard to overcome.

I mentioned my belief (to Cy Wood of Franklin University of Ohio,) that the future of education is The YouTube Degree.  Venerable institutions of higher education will 'certify' graduates based on standardized tests - most of their degree programs will be too expensive, take too long and become irrelevant to the majority of lifetime learners.