Archive for: February 2007

February 22, 2007

Google and Offsite Storage of Corporate Data

Filed under: Internet,Technology — Les Bain @ 1:34 pm

Mary Jo Foley discusses the new Google Office for Business proposal and thinks offsite storage of corporate data might be a deal breaker. She sites the Microsoft Hailstorm project as a precedent.

In the corporate world, it is more instructive to look at outsourcing. EDS and IBM do in excess of 20 billion dollars worth of outsourcing where they store corporate data at offsite data centers. Google should look to that model.

February 21, 2007


Filed under: Personal — Les Bain @ 8:54 pm

Heard about fatblogging.  If not see

I am joining in the fun.  I am going to lose weight also.

February 18, 2007

Happy Birthday

Filed under: Personal — Les Bain @ 6:00 pm

Today is my Birthday.  It is the sort of information that I used to keep very quiet.  This blog is encouraging me to share that sort of thing with the world.  I am not sure why.  Maybe it is just a topic to blog about.  Maybe it is realizing that sharing is connecting.  Nah .. that is way too pompous.


Filed under: Blogging — Les Bain @ 5:54 pm

If I only had a few bloggers to read, they would be in this order

  • Dave Winer
  • Doc Searls
  • Jason Calacanis
  • Eric Rice
  • Robert Scoble
  • Amy Bellinger

Very simply, they are all authentic voices.

February 17, 2007


Filed under: Blogging,Politics — Les Bain @ 4:43 pm

I saw John Edwards interviewed.  He discussed the two bloggers who were blogging on his campaign until it was discovered they had written some critical posts about the Catholic Church.

He said the two bloggers resigned because of the criticism they were receiving from conservatives.

We sometimes think the Blogosphere can be rough, but it is not as rough as other media.  The issue is whether bloggers have thick enough skins.  It is difficult, because Bloggers do not have an organization behind them to support them.

February 14, 2007

Rock Paper Scissors?

Filed under: Personal — Les Bain @ 1:17 am

The Police Reunited at the Grammies.

The Police at the Grammies

RSS Feeds

Filed under: Blogging — Les Bain @ 1:07 am

There is a cycle to RSS feeds: accumulation, overload, purge, restart.

I am going into the purge phase. I am considering just reading a very few blogs and listening to more podcasts. My latest criteria is to only read blogs that require you to read more than the headline.

February 12, 2007

Public Transportation

Filed under: Personal — Les Bain @ 7:17 pm

I like public transportation. I have always liked buses and trains. I use public transportation when I can. It is a particularly good time to think, plan, and consider.

February 10, 2007

Search Engines

Filed under: Internet — Les Bain @ 3:31 am

I looked at some alternate search engines today. I like the ones that cluster. My test cases:

Saturn – the clustering search engines divide up the results by planet, the car, and the Roman god.

Cardinal – Stanford University, bird, Catholic Cardinal, Arizona Cardinals, and Cardinal Health.

February 9, 2007

Web 2.0 and Social Media

Filed under: Internet,Personal — Les Bain @ 5:50 pm

I have two members of the Millennial generation in my household. They do not understand the big deal about Web 2.0 and Social Media.

They were both on the Internet at a very early age, and they always experienced the web as a read/write media. They were never passive on the Internet. They were in chat rooms, forums, groups, and bulletin boards from the start. They both have long term friends they met online.

And of course there were aggressive household safety rules. They helped define those rules by their participation in various Internet safety forums and groups.

When we discuss Web 2.0 and Social Media, they just do not get it. For them, it is their parent’s generation finally figuring out what the Internet was all along.

February 6, 2007

Palm IIIx

Filed under: Personal,Technology — Les Bain @ 12:23 am

I have an old Palm.  I like it just fine.  I have taken it to geek meetings and it gets almost as much attention as the new products.  I am carrying around a dinosaur.

I wanted to start syncing it with my laptop, so I had to get a serial / USB cable and drivers from Radio Shack.  I am synced again and ready to go.


Filed under: Personal,Technology — Les Bain @ 12:19 am

I am trying out Carbonite Backup. It is a backup system that backs up my hard drive to a Carbonite server. It is easy to set up, it backs up without worry, and stores my information off site.

I have an Amazon S3 account also, but I cannot seem to find the right software. Carbonite software backing up to Amazon S3 would be nice.

My biggest problem with Carbonite is that is does not back up external drives.

February 5, 2007

Super Bowl Winner

Filed under: Notes — Les Bain @ 5:49 pm

There are apparently two Super Bowl Winners.

One is the the Indianapolis Colts.

The second is the unofficial winner of the best Super Bowl advertisement. This winner is harder to determine.

February 4, 2007

Repurpose vs. Splogs

Filed under: Internet — Les Bain @ 2:02 pm

Check out the new Website at Yahoo about WII.

Yahoo takes the information about Nintendo’s WII from Flickr,, Yahoo Answers, Yahoo Maps, Yahoo Shopping and other Yahoo properties and creates a website. It then adds advertising.

That is repurposing. Is it also a splog?

February 3, 2007

Free Wifi

Filed under: Personal — Les Bain @ 1:14 pm

Today I am working in a library that has excellent free wifi. Sweet.

February 2, 2007

Bloggers: A-list and others

Filed under: Blogging — Les Bain @ 5:59 pm

Bloggers that are not on the A list, work to get attention, links, and comments so they can move to the A list.
Bloggers that are on the A-list complain about the unwanted attention and mean comments.
Makes one wish they could switch for a while.

February 1, 2007

New Technology

Filed under: Technology — Les Bain @ 4:06 pm

Office 2007?
Microsoft Expression?

“Be not the first by whom the new is tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.”
Alexander Pope