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The Semantics of the Semantic Web: Don’t Confuse the Concept with the Movement

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

This past week, another rash of the “Semantic Web is dead” cries have made their rounds at conferences (at least one) and across the Twittersphere. This is sensationalism at its best—and used quite effectively.

The truth is that the promise and accrued benefits of the Semantic Web are far from dead. Read more »

How the Death of Net Neutrality Effects You

Monday, August 16th, 2010

The potential impact of the Google-Verizon proposal to end wireless net neutrality on bloggers, niche social network owners, and ecommerce sites seems to be misunderstood or not even realized by many of my colleagues in the the Web design and development business Read more »

Google-Verizon Joint Statement Presages End to Net Neutrality

Monday, August 9th, 2010

If you design websites, run a small web-based business, make money from blogging, or are launching a startup, the level playing field of the Internet is about to get very bumpy. If you think that mobile-based services are the future and are catering to the wireless crowd, then be prepared for a game-changing shift. Read more »

Goodbye Google Old Friend: It’s time for the Open-Source Internet

Friday, August 6th, 2010

The issue of net neutrality has once again reared its ugly head, coming to a roiling boil with recent reports of Google entering a back-room deal with Verizon to end net neutrality. Read more »

Repackaging the Promise of the Social Semantic Web

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I recently read Robert Scoble’s blog post, Privacy Reboot Needed. He makes a compelling case for the possible benefits accrued to each Web citizen that volunteers to expose their entire activity stream–across their various social networks–for all to see. Read more »

Regaining Control of Privacy and Identity: It’s up to Each Individual

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

This is a follow-up post to my article, Privacy in the Facebook Era. It was originally a reply to a comment by Chris Messina in that post. As this topic continues to be relevant, I’ve decided to extract my comment from that post, revise it, add to it, and turn it into an article. Read more »

Rash Decisions Are Not Good Decisions

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

I recently posted an article entitled, Looking for Two Startup Partners 35-plus years Old.

It is interesting how some people quickly jumped to conclusions and made sweeping assumptions based on a single blog article, or worse yet, blog title. Although the majority of people who have taken the time to comment or tweet about this post have been positive about my efforts, a small minority (across the age spectrum), have been negative, even seemingly offended. Read more »

Are You a Successful Project Manager Or a Reluctant Leader?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

In my previous incarnations as an executive at two different consulting firms, I often came across the type of person that I refer to as the reluctant leader, or the reluctant manager. I use this term somewhat euphemistically. This type of person is more aptly described as having or exhibiting one or more of the following attributes: being clueless about their role and responsibilities; scared that they are in over their head; ineffective at managing people and projects. Read more »

Looking for Two Startup Partners 35-plus years Old

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

At first, that might seem like an odd announcement. But when Dave Winer made a recent post about ageism, I decided that I would try a little reverse ageism in finding startup partners.

Since I am not hiring employees, I am not breaking anti-discrimination laws. I am not making job offers. I am searching for business partners with whom to start a business. Read more »

New Equity Offering Model: the Semi-Public Market

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Corporations have a fiduciary responsibility to their debt and equity holders—collectively called their stakeholders. But when a company decides to issue stock in the public market, they lose significant control over how their shares are valued and traded. This is deemed acceptable, of course, because there are many shareholder advantages when a private company goes public.

With the recent meltdown in the global-financial system, it became apparent that risky-trading behavior is a rampant, real issue in financial markets. Read more »