<h1 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Cisco-Consulting-Services-a_1429899081687_17267817_ver1.0_640_480.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-3712" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Cisco-Consulting-Services-a_1429899081687_17267817_ver1.0_640_480-300x225.jpg" alt="Cisco-Consulting-Services-a_1429899081687_17267817_ver1.0_640_480" width="300" height="225" /></a><a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2914586/internet-of-things/kcs-smart-city-goldilocks-project-bounds-ahead.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read All About It !!!</a></h1>

The largest smart city project in North America is moving closer to reality in Kansas City, mainly along a 2.2-mile streetcar line under construction through the downtown.

I was particularly struck with this comment …

Blackburn also said Cisco is sensitive to ways that video sensors might be seen as invasive public surveillance. “For any privacy issues, we’ll comply with state and federal regulations and won’t give access to software developers to anything they shouldn’t have access to,” he said.

Employment Law, Women’s Rights, Abortionism, Creationism, Race, are all fine examples of how exactly it shouldn’t be done over in that fine state – so I for one am not holding my breath on this one …. not saying that the experiment won’t be great – I mean who can resist ‘the lure of the future’ and free, fast, always on wifi … but when someone has to say “For any privacy issues, we’ll comply with state and federal regulations” – when we know that the state and federal regulations are about as minimal as they can get – oh – and that (we) “won’t give access to software developers to anything they shouldn’t have access to” … umm – hello – who decides what it is that software developers shouldn’t have access to …. and exactly how secure is the information of the ‘guineazens’ … And finally ..

The Smart + Connected Communities program will include installation of a public Wi-Fi network and “community kiosks” that will allow citizens to call upon city services or make digital transactions.

I wonder if mobile has reached Kansas yet ? Wait it must have – Sprint are headquartered there …. so what is going in – left and right hands ? Or simply headline grabbing ?

Just thinking aloud – that’s all.

            I often get carried away as I read, posting information to the drafts section of this blog - for future repurposing. And then I visit the admin page to discover a lot of links that have lost their relevance. I just flushed the backlog this morning - but these three links are definitely worth sharing for posterity.


Number One – Big Data Gone Wild

Click through to the link – and watch the video. Discovered through a reference from my new VRM buddies.

Ordering Pizza | American Civil Liberties Union

Number Two – The Internet of Things

“Obviously, Silicon Valley is all over this,” O’Reilly said. “But I think they are missing the point. They are creating some gadgets, but they aren’t thinking about systems.”

Tim O’Reilly: Silicon Valley is massively underestimating the impact of IoT

Number Three – Breaking Into Tech

… good advice if you are wondering how to break into Tech. I am often disappointed by how LITTLE curiosity there is in the world ….

Don’t bother with tech if you’re not truly animated by the unknown, the possible and the improbable. I don’t just mean curious about solving problems “at scale,” as technologists like to say. I mean your curiosity about big data or building a useful service for millions of people must also extend to being curious about the people you work with, how your executives make decisions, how the company culture works (and how it came to be), what the competitors are up to, and even how you yourself use, and view, technology. You have to be curious enough to undo received wisdom and knotty processes to break new paths and recognize their value.

How to “Get into Tech” If You’re Not an Obvious Fit — Backchannel — Medium.

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/smartphone.jpeg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3125" alt="smartphone" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/smartphone-150x150.jpeg" width="150" height="150" /></a>I love the kind of analysis that Horace Dediu from Asymco does. <a href="http://www.asymco.com/2013/06/05/measuring-us-mobile-platform-shares-kantar-vs-comscore/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This one is all about the growing adoption of smart phones to the detriment of 'dumb' phones.</a> It got me to thinking.

Buying Smart Phones or ‘smartphones’ still at the end of the day boils down to the fact that you are buying a device. But to do what ?

If you buy an iPhone simply to make Phone calls – and make no use of any additional iPhone / Smart Phone features – well – not too smart would be one conclusion !!

So I wonder what kind of usage you would need to see on a Smart Phone that would allow Horace to qualify you in as a Smart User.

If we could work that out – I think that would expose some interesting analysis.

At the end of the day – if the salesman sells you a smart phone – because that is what all the cool people are doing ….. why wouldn’t you ? And if you did – and ONLY used it to make phone calls – I guess that puts you at one end of that particular spectrum.

This relates tangentially to how people seem to have no idea how to use most of the stuff they have got – let me re quote from this earlier post.

Most people don’t even know what they have got. Be it email, word, a browser – people do not know how it all works. Here’s an interesting data point (sorry – I cant attribute this – or even confirm it is accurate – I tried but failed), still – how many features requested by microsoft word users are already available? I was told today 70%. Half that number and the result is just as mind boggling,

I believe smart phones are no different. I think this also explains why people get so excited about the device and the form factor – that is the tangible, visible, got this cool new thing ….. but really – the excitement SHOULD be about what it does, how it helps, is life simpler …


            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/natekontny.jpeg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2662" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/natekontny-150x150.jpeg" alt="natekontny" width="150" height="150" /></a>OK - so with a switch here - and a switch there, I think I have managed to introduce a new part of my workflow - "just like that" - as Tommy Cooper used to say.

Here’s the deal – I have discovered this amazing online resource called ‘Draftin’.

Why am I excited ? Well – for a long time now I have been VERY disappointed with myself with regard to my use of Facebook. I drop a lot of stuff in there – mainly because it is soooooo easy. Then even just a week later – try finding anything – close to impossible. Facebook is ‘for the moment’. Sure – fun – but totally impractical.

I have the wordpress app on my pad and phone, i use Mars Edit, I have Blogsy – all great for ‘proper’ posts – but for quick ‘comments into the stream’ – over kill. No longer. Sign up to Draftin – post my comment – submit – and it drops right into my blog stream, complete with tags and categories.

Just some of ‘the bennies’

  • It uses HTML and Markdown
  • You can collaborate with it
  • You can publish to blogs – hidden and public
  • It hooks into dropbox, box, evernote …

In fact – what I have done is set up a new tag in the blog called ‘Journal’ – so that everything coming through this channel will be flagged – and though it is part of the timeline, it wont appear on the main blog – where more (ideally) thought provoking pieces will appear.

Anyway – now you know why I am excited – and now signing off as I move on with my ‘Great Experiment’.