Time to Worry About Your Personal Data On HP/Palm Servers

Update: Don’t Worry Your Data Is Safe – Why HP Doesn’t Have Your Back

Things have grown bleaker for PalmPre and Touchpad users with data stored on HP/Palm servers. In Don’t Worry Your Data Is Safe – Why HP Doesn’t Have Your Back, I wrote about my concerns regarding the ten plus years of data I have stored on their servers. This data, including contacts, to-do(s), and calendar, is inaccessible because I no longer have a WebOs device to access what I view is mine.

Why worry? On December 9, 2011 HP announced the contribution of webOS to the Open Source Community “to enable creativity of the community to accelerate the next-generation web-centric platform.” Read more..

Donald Schwartz December 25, 2011 Filed in Tech BZ No Responses

Internet Conversations Have Gone Astray

Compuserve Tree Structure With Topics, Poster, Dates and Folders

Conversation, defined by Merriam Webster as an “oral exchange of sentiments, observation, opinions or ideas” has gone astray on the social-media-focused Internet. Everything but “oral” is applicable here because technology and the Internet have altered the way we conduct many of our conversations.

Take Facebook as an example of the decline. One person may be expressing a point-of-view and another commenting, yet another may simply take the option of liking or disliking a post or a link or a status update. These short exchanges may involve one, two, or a dozen people or more with commenters directing their attention to the original post. A post reader “likes” or “dislikes” a post or responds with a multiple word comment, perhaps a sentence or two and that’s the end of it. Even the Quora website platform, purported to be a catalyst for conversation, following the Q&A approach, does little to induce anything beyond limited, minimal exchanges. Why? Read more..

Donald Schwartz December 6, 2011 Filed in Social Media No Responses

Taking New York Times Writer Bob Tedeschi to Task for App Choices

Bob Tedeschi, a reporter for The New York Times, made a list of what he considers the 10 Must Have Apps and he graciously included a number of runner-ups (see: http://tinyurl.com/64fcyll). I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been to distill the Apple App store down to ten. Tedeschi notably pointed out that he does get paid to complete or slog through such onerous tasks.

While I share a number of choices Tedeschi assumes everybody has, Twitter or rather Tweedeck, Facebook and LinkedIn, I diverge on others.

Evernote, a Tedeschi choice,  has been sitting on my iPhone almost since I made the big switch from WebOs. I guess I don’t have sufficient motivation to do anything with it. I tried Angry Birds and played the game for a couple of days, but found the action and the skills required either just not fun enough or just plain frustrating. Maybe that says something about my tolerance for that kind leveling of up when I don’t see the objective as particularly satisfying.

I’m compelled to make some alterations to Tedeschi’s three categories: “apps that will save you time, make your life easier, and make you smile.” George Carlin condensed the ten commandments down to two so perhaps that gives me sufficient license to do as I please with Tedeschi’s app categories.

I consider saving time and making life easier as one category probably because I’m becoming increasingly aware that I’m holding onto the short end of life’s stick. I call my category not wasting time.

I find the Tedeschi “smile” category insufficient to the needs of the time we live in. I need a laughable distraction category which lasts longer than a smile.

My third category is an app that serves a personal passion (substitute your thing here); in my case the joie de vivre is photography/video. Read more..

Donald Schwartz November 23, 2011 Filed in Gear/Apps No Responses