PalmOne LifeDrive

05/18/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Mobile and Wireless, Toys and Tools, TIA Life

Finally, Palm has come out with a device that has both Bluetooth and WiFi, the LifeDrive. I'm very excited about this device. They also squeezed in a 4GB hard drive. Only 16MB of ROM though, so I imagine that not just "all your important files" but software must go onto that hard drive. I wonder how that will affect performace of those apps?

I may just have to find out via AmazonBuy PalmOne Lifedrive from Amazon through IASC. :D

Buy PalmOne Lifedrive from Amazon through IASC

Update: From PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager: Is it cool or too big for today's comsumer tastes? by Todd Ogasawara -- PalmOne's LifeDrive PDA is the first PDA I know of with an integrated microdrive (4GB large). It also has integrated Bluetooth and 802.11b WiFi capabilities. So, is the world ready with an open wallet for this intersection of a Palm PDA and iPod mini?

I'm a diehard Palm fan, and have been since my first Palm Pilot in 1996. Many of the points made by Todd Ogasawara are well taken. I do want to get rid of my cell phone, but I don't find the screens on smart phones, even the Treo, to be adequate. I think my ideal PDA would take from the Treo650. TungstenT-5, LifeDrive and Tapwave Zodiac: the large screen [with rotation between portrait and landscape modes], built-in WiFi [though give me a/g not just b], bluetooth and cellular [GSM or CDMA based options with latest data protocols], 256MB RAM/ROM, and two expansion card slots [either both SD/SDIO or one SD & one CF], and, of course, running the latest PalmOS. I don't really want the keyboard of the Treo; I've been using grafitti for so long that I my handwriting is now illegible. &#59;)

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Microsoft Windows OneCare

05/17/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Information Mangement

Microsoft Windows OneCare is actually a good idea. Not one to which I would necessarily subscribe, but a good idea. Much like buying an extended warranty or service agreement on a new TV, PC or car. I would disagree with John Paczkowski, who wrote in "Nice, stable little system you got here; shame if anything happened to it" that is akin to "an auto manufacturer selling you a car and then charging you a monthly fee for seatbelts". It's more like an auto manufacturer charging you for a pre-paid maintenance plan, or an electronics store selling an extended warranty. It may or may not be cost-effective. It's up to the purchaser to decide how valuable the protection is against the likelihood of something going wrong, and their ability to recover from a problem with DIY or cost of third-party help [be it auto-mechanic or online-PC-helpdesk/security-suite].

Dan Gillmor has also been writing about OneCare, more from the standpoint of Windows charging to fix its mistakes, and Robert Scoble responded. Most software is buggy and ultimately not secure; and that is why I always stand amazed when hype wins out over function. But that's our seems to be our nature. In the perfect world, my car wouldn't break down, have an accident, or need servicing, but in this world it does.

Of course, I've found support from COTS software OEMs to be horrible, whether it be Symantec [which is so bad we no longer use them] or Microsoft, or almost any of them. That's one thing that has been very attractive about Open Source: the community of developers and users as represented in their forums and blogs, has proven much more helpful in helping out when a problem occurs than any paid support I've ever had.

Software is becoming a commodity, much as photocopiers and PBX systems have. Services that once were free will become fee-based as margins shrink.


Bayesian Numb3rs

05/14/05 | by JAdP | Categories: General Thoughts

I just finished watching the TV show Numb3rs; on DirecTiVo [DirecTV with TiVo], of course, since it aired on Friday. This episode, the season finale, uses a Bayesian approach to solve the case. [Noto Bene: the episode link requires RealPlayer.]

Back when I developed a technique called "Objective Bayes" in 1979, or when I was the Principal Investigator on the teams that developed that technique into two software programs, BayLife and RAMsim, I never thought I would see the work of the good wiki(Bayes,Rev. Thomas Bayes) featured in a prime time TV show.

'Tis a good show. I enjoyed it immensely. I hope they bring it back next year.


Build vs Buy

05/14/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Information Mangement

In the early days of computing...

Well, in the earliest days, one analyses the problem to be solved, took out their soldering iron, wire, capacitors, resistors and relays, built the circuit, provided input and did a lot of work interpreting the output. :p

Then as computers moved toward being general purpose machines, software took over what hardware did in the analog computing days. Starting with machine code, one provided a custom solution for every problem, not unlike the hardware only days, but you were less likely to need a soldering iron. :)

Layers of software have been added ever since, operating systems, application programming interfaces and user interfaces. This led to more choices.

  1. First, one could custom build a solution, or have your mainframe vendor build a custom solution for you
  2. Applications became somewhat standardized, and you could buy a proprietary package, having your hardware - and later, software - vendor customize it to meet your needs; or you could build a custom solution.
  3. Then there was the era of real "build vs. buy" decisions. You could custom build a software tool to implement your competitive advantage, or you could buy something that already did the vast majority of what you wanted, and customize the rest through the vendor or third-party consultants. "Vast majority" is a slippery term, and could be anything over 50% - up to you.
  4. But now organizations are faced with a daunting number of choices on how to implement their process, understand the world around them and design a better widget.

Oh, and somewhere in there "timesharing" and "outsourcing" happened. Even in the 70's the college I attended had a big IBM mainframe only because the enterprising Data Processing professors bought it, and funded it by running a payroll processing and timesharing business.

Yep, yep, yep... You can

  • You can buy and do some or even no customization; maybe the vendor's idea of best practices are better than yours, or maybe the software doesn't touch your core business nor make for a competitive advantage.
  • You can build from scratch. [Are your personnel policies and business stable? Will they last the life-cycle of the software you're building?]
  • You can take open source software, use it, customize it, and if the community goes away, you have the source code. [Peoplesoft users won't be able to say that, once Oracle transitions everything to new code, in say, 5 years.]
  • You can buy your software as a service [SAAS], or from an ASP, and have it managed by a MSP. And even some of these are providing customizations.
  • You can just outsource or offsource the whole thing, and just have a few managers, SME types and liaisons to the leased IT or Business Process outsourcer

'Tis no wonder the role of everyone from the CIO to the lone techie is misunderstood and in terrible flux right now.

There is no one best way, and business process re-engineering, change management, project and program management have never been more important. You truly must understand the problem you need to solve, internally and with outside perspectives. Maybe it's time to break-out those metaphorical soldering irons. :D


No More eMail

05/13/05 | by JAdP | Categories: General Thoughts

Yahoo! allows me to get posts to groups to which I belong in RSS, either via the Y!RSS page in My Yahoo! or via any feed reader. Many of the mailing lists and other groups to which I belong also now syndicate their articles and posts so that I can read them through a feed reader. Newsgator provides an email address that I can use for those email lists that haven't become up to date, and I'll get them in Newsgator. I've done that with a few lists, and no spam has shown up in Newsgator.

I've abandoned my decade old email address, as our company has stopped using the IASC-dot-com domain for email because the spam had gotten out of hand. We've also instituted a policy of using aliases for certain purposes, rather than the actual user id for that email. After several months, the new email address doesn't have any spam.


My inbox will only have real email in it. When I want more general information, I turn to my feed reader, either Newsgator in Outlook, or Newsgator online, or one of the open source readers that we're investigating like RSSOwl and AmphetaDesk. And when I want the full experience of the syndicated site, I go there through my blogroll on, or one of the open source aggregators were researching, like MagpieRSS and zFeeder.

I think I've just freed up about two hours every day. The first hour after I login, and several times throughout the day that I was checking the spam filters to assure no real email was mismarked.

I'm going to faint. XX(


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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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