While blog surfing on this rainy Sunday, I came across the Blahgies: "The worst of the worst in the blogshpere". And since I write about the best of the best [or not] of whatever suits me at the moment, I took some time to read through the Blahgies. Very good critiques, it seems to me. And 'tis good to find someone else who doesn't understand the penchant many web designers have for using fixed small point fonts - which are really miniscule on my 1600x1200 don't-change-the-resolution laptop screen. This last isn't limited to the blogoshpere either. Have you ever tried to read an article on Tech Republic and so many other professional sites? Thank Firefox for the ctrl-+ expansion of text size.


Recently, i was asked in an email "Why Tele Inter Active Press?" and more specifically in another email "How are these text based blogs - tele - anything?".

"tele" is a combining form meaning "distant" especially "transmission over a distance".

From that, and the definition for interactive, we got...

TeleInterActive - the transmission of two-way communication at a distance
allowing one to act upon another through blogs, wikis, collaboration software, VoIP, webcams, etc. etc. etc.

So, "blogs" being "web logs" are text based, though often with pictures, and more frequently with audio or video, sometimes as podcast or vlog [video blogs] enclosures. As a "log" they are entries of events, ideas, thoughts or observations, much as a ship's log; a personal log or journal, an engineering journal, business log, server log, and so on. And, many newspapers or magazines, referred to themselves as a journal - a chronicle of the events of the town, or the day, or the week or the month.

But, print media, and even newsreels, radio and television have all been one way. From a "authority" to the great unwashed.

Well, the great unwashed have cleaned up and can provide their own opinions in two-way communication over a distance using blogs and various interlinking methods: feed syndication, aggregators, trackbacks, comments, pingbacks, cross-posting, linkblogs, blogrolls and referrers that result in public or private blogospheres.

And thus, the "TeleInterActive Press" which simply says that our blogs, like all blogs, allow transmission of events, ideas, thoughts and observations over a distance as two-way communication allowing one blogger and one blog to act upon another through H2H, H2M and M2M information exchange. Of course, wikis, zopes, plones and other means of collaboration all fit too.

H2H or human-to-human is obvious I think.

H2M or human-to-machine is that near ubiquitous interface of keyboard, touchscreen, monitor and network allowing this new form of communication to take place.

M2M or machine-to-machine refers to those underlying interlinking technologies that make blogging so much more powerful than older technologies such as discussion forums and bulletin boards.

And that was a long-winded answer to the question.

Community Willpower

In going through my blogroll today, I saw a few posts with a common thread: the need of a will behind the way. What is always needed is a clear purpose, exemplifying the will of the users, with a strong leader moving towards that goal.

We have been called in to "save a project" or "manage change" and have found that the real problem was that there was no collective will behind the change. Either no one cared and the original project sponsor was gone, no one had garnered feedback from the users and they didn't want was coming, or there was no leader or "white knight" such as an executive sponsor to move the organization in that direction.

We've been told that one of our great strengths is bringing together people in an organization who haven't talked before, or were even at odds, and foster community willpower behind an initiative. The obverse of that is also true, we make sure that the project and technology reflects the collective desires. Without this, the project is doomed. :.

As we help our customers examine blogs, wikis, portals, and other collaborative technologies in a fixed or mobile and wireless environment, we also help them examine their culture, their people and their community. More and more often today, the need exists to create a unifying culture across distributed groups and disparate backgrounds.

Here's some related reading...

Modern Man Meets the Source of His Food

There is nothing like fresh dungeness crab bought right from the boat in Princeton Harbor.

Our good friend [and corporate attorney] makes the trek to the coast every so often to meet with us. And this time, he wanted to buy some fresh crab after we had lunch at Mezzaluna. As we walked down the pier, checking out the whiteboards that would tell us which boats were selling, you could see on his face the dawning realization: "fresh off the boat" means LIVE CRAB.

Words really can't convey how much fun we had as the fisherman explained proper handling and cooking techniques, how to assure that the crabs wouldn't throw a claw [A defense mechanism they have to escape when a halibut has bitten down on a claw] while he deftly selected two crabs, each weighing about 2 pounds, threw them into a plastic bag and handed them to our friend, warning him not to loose a finger. And then handed us two more bags, as "those two fellows will likely poke some holes in the bag".

We gave even more advice on the ride home. :p But all's well that ends well, for back in the East Bay, to quote his after supper email...

"I must say, however, that it was a bit out of the beginning of "The Last of the Mohicans" with my 'thanking my brothers for giving their lives for me....' And the meal was delicious."

This is the most I've laughed since before the accident of two weeks ago. It was a great day of crab hunting.

Trackbacks or Comments

Trackbacks are a great way to allow comments on your blog. Since interlinking is at the heart of blogging, what has created the blogosphere, I think it is great the some bloggers have chosen to allow tracbacks, even if they don't support comments.

I ran into an example of this at jra's thoughts.

Unfortunately, not all wiki(blogware) supports wiki(trackback), or the "same thing only different" wiki(pingback) protocol. That's a shame. Keeping your opinions on your own blog, while automagically interlinking to the source that triggered those thoughts is the perfect example of why blogs are important to everything from collaboration to "keeping in touch".

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The TeleInterActive Lifestyle is about the business processes, life choices, management challenges and technical issues facing organizations and individuals as individuals and organizations adopt the Internet of Things, Mixed Reality, wireless networks of all levels, mobile devices, long-distance collaboration, social networks, digital transformation, and adjust to growing urbanization.

Sensor Analytics Ecosystems for the Internet of Things (SAEIoT) brings value from emerging technologies through data management and analytics, advances in data science, as the IoT matures through the 5Cs: Connection, Communication, Contextualization, Collaboration and Cognition. The socialization of machines will allow for Privacy, Transparency, Security and Convenience to be flexibly provided with two-way accountability to build Trust among Humans and Machines.

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