Solstice to Epiphany

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From Solstice onward, may you have one Epiphany after another.

Peace, Joy and Prosperity in 2005,
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Intrusions: Preference and the TeleInterActive Lifestyle

In the first post to this blog, we spoke of businesses' many "P's": process, programs, projects, people, perception, policy, procedures, patents, products, price, place and promotion. It's time to start discussing these organizational attributes and how the TeleInterActive Lifestyle might impact them and how to prepare your organization for the incorporation of distributed workgroups, remote workers and distant partners.

We're actually going to start with a "P" not on the original list, "Preference". As we've been working in this area over the past 4 years, one engaging debate is whether or not technology that allows the TeleInterActive Lifestyle is enabling or intrusive. Does leading the life increase or decrease our ability to make our preferences a reality in our lives?

One side of the debate is that technology has led to more intrusion, more opportunity to be interrupted. This is what I want to focus on today.

Broadband into the home, VPNs, wireless and mobile, cell phones, 2G, 2.5G, 3G, WiFi hotspots, n-tier architecture, web services, SOA, and so on, and so forth... an amazingly expanding cornucopia of technologies to keep us connected, on-line and available.

So, Ozzie of the old TV show and many other "Grey Flannel Suit" white collar workers carried their work home in briefcases. Today, we can get at our corporate data and do our work from home, from a hotel room, from any cafe boasting a WiFi hotspot, through GPRS or CDMA 1xRTT cell phones, and in any many other ways as well. Nothing really new here, as knowledge workers always took work home with them.

A newer phenomenon is that personal life can intrude on business hours as well. Again, from one perspective, not really new... Who hasn't picked up the company phone and made a lunch date, an doctor's appointment or get the evening's grocery list. But now, I know children who can't imagine not being able to contact their parents any time of the day via cell phone. We use email and IM to make or break those lunch dates, and maybe even order those groceries or take-out over the web to pick-up on the way home.

My contention is that prior to the industrial revolution, we led our lives - period. As society evolved after the industrial revolution, our lives artificially changed into "business life" vs. "personal life". Vacations replaced travel. And between the peasants and the nobles rose the middle class to further the growth of the cities that started as we evolved from hunter-gather to agrarian to industrial life styles. Now work can and does intrude into our "off time" [I think I remember what that is] :>> and home intrudes into work time, with greater and greater ease. My hope is that we can once again integrate the two and just have a life with peaks in one area contending with peaks in the other, but achieving some balance over time. Others think that the business peaks overwhelm personal concerns, leaving little time for family, friends and alone time.

Remember, there is an off button to all these gadgets. &#59;)

Collaboration Remembered and Predicted

One thing missing from Ray Ozzie's interesting article, "A technologist looks back, looks ahead" in C|Net News.com about collaboration technologies' impact on business, government and the individual, is consideration of mobile and wireless technologies. On the 20 years anniversary of the software best known as Lotus Notes, he looks at the future, and how increased bandwidth to the home and terabyte level storage capabilities in the home will further the evolution of work and the workplace.

What I find most fascinating about this evolution is how many in both developed and developing nations, have the opportunity to "have it their way". We can live where we want, or need to, and find work throughout the world. Could Western society actually evolve past the trends brought about by the Industrial Revolution, to something more Agrarian in nature?

One problem brought about by this evolution, that many of us need to address is focus. As our work day becomes broken into 2 hours here and 4 hours there, as the amount of time spent working continues to increase, and as we are simultaneously in contact with business associates, friends and family, the ability to focus on one thing, and screen out the others becomes more important. The workplace won't exist in the future to do that for us.

Another interesting result may quite well be the decline of the USA as the leading economic power on the planet. India, China or some developing ex-soviet block nation may well supplant this country economically.

Bluetooth Bonanza

Many articles are saying that 2005 will be the year of Bluetooth. Maybe, maybe not. People have been saying that for awhile. Having lived with my Jabra FreeSpeak and convinced partners and friends to get one, I don't see how people can live with a wire crawling from their ear, through their clothes and into whatever pocket, pouch or clip-on holds their cell phone.

Now, we've finally begun playing with a Bluetooth/USB dongle hanging off of our laptops and one workstation. Our Palm Tungstens and our cell phones (Sony Ericsson T68i for me, T637 for my partner) connected up great. Finally, easy synchronization among our various contact databases. This is great.

Now, what I really want is a stereo, noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphone - maybe even with a good microphone. But there are so few on the market.

So maybe more choices on the headphones, and with more manufacturers including Bluetooth in laptops, TabletPCs and other computers... Maybe... 2006?

Blog Reading Tools

There are many tools on the web and for our desktops to help us find and read blogs. Some of these tools are based on the RSSv1, RSSv2 or Atom syndication protocols, some are blog search engines and some are listing services. I won't try to evaluate any of the tools out there, but I'm posting this as a convenient list of links to reviews and sources available on the web.

  1. From Wired, we have "A Scan of the Headline Scanners", which reviews four products.
  2. PCWorld looked at 18 readers and published reviews on five plus some blog listing sites and search engines in "News on Demand".
  3. About.com has a review of bloglines and articles on five aggregators.
  4. Robert Teeter has a very good article on RSS and Aggregators at Interleaves.org.
  5. And no list would be complete without looking at the Wikipedia entry on wiki(News_aggregator,Aggregators).

I use the following in various situations.

  • NewsGator provides an online news aggregator service for free, a variety of premium services, and a $29 Outlook add-on that allows you to read feeds in Outlook, arrange the feeds into Outlook folders and even post to your blog from within Outlook. I particularly like the fact that I can synchronize my subscriptions between the online services and the Outlook version, and that I can read my feeds on my Palm via the mobile and wireless Webpro browser and Newsgator's mobile version of the feeds. I also use the browser toolbar that allows me to subscribe in Newsgator to any site using RSS or Atom. Mostly I use the NewsGator Outlook add-on when I want to quickly scan headlines and briefs from news articles and blogs. But it is also useful in that I can forward the article or brief as though the post were an email. Very handy. And, since the Outlook add-on has plug-ins for many popular wiki(blogware) APIs, it allows you to blog about something you just read, using a very familiar interface.
  • Blogrolling.com is a great service. They have free and paid versions. I really like the Blogroll Panel that I can activate in Firefox, IE, or whatever browser I'm using. Again, I can subscribe via a browser toolbar plugin. One advantage to this service is that you can subscribe to a site even if the site doesn't use a XML syndication protocol. From that aspect, I guess that Blogrolling.com isn't strictly a news aggregator or RSS reader, just like a wiki(bookmarklet) only different. You can arrange your links/feeds by category - essentially, in the premium version, creating multiple blogrolls. I generally use my blogrolling panel in Firefox when I really want to read the blog and get it the way the author intended.
  • I've also been using the beta RSS feed reader addition to My!Yahoo. More of a matter of convenience, really. 'Tis a great addition to your My!Yahoo pages.

Many aggregators allow you to export your list of feeds and links in a variety of ways. So, you can easily add a list of RSS or Atom powered links, headlines or a blogroll to a web site or blog. All-in-all, these tools are a great addition to the collaboration kit of anyone living the TeleInterActive Lifestlye.

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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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