my old android phone is lookin…

I watched parts of the Google I/O event today. Google’s got lots going on. When I purchased my Motorola Atrix 2 it was already an older model. I didn’t realize at the time that the carriers don’t really make a serious commitment to staying current on the software running on their phones. My carrier, AT&T has committed to getting the Atrix model I own to version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) sometime in 2012 Q4 (meaning December 31st). By then, Android version 5 (Jelly Bean) will have been released for six months. I’m confident they will never port that version to this phone – but I’ll probably move to a newer model some time next year anyways. If I knew then what I know now (and I do), I would have given priority to the version of Android running on the phone over some other characteristics.

Data Breaches Abound

It amazes me that I can be engaged in business conversations where people who have these kinds of insights in front of them can still argue against implementing fundamental security measures. Fortunately I do work with others who get it…

5 Signs You’ve Lost Control of Your Cloud App

Those of us who have been in the business for a while have seen this pendulum swing back and forth through the years.  What’s never been true in previous cycles is the business’s ability to engage truly enterprise level IT services with a credit card.  It’s a powerful, liberating circumstance for business executives who are looking to drive their business with pace.  It’s a buyer’s market and IT executives need to embrace the reality.  Fixing the problems resulting from these independent decisions is too late – get in front of these business decisions and avoid the problem.

Adalene’s Priorities

This past weekend I drove down to Danville to spend time with Mother, Tom, Carol, Jeff, and Marcy.  I had a great time.  Most importantly, I caught up with Mother and the photo collection she’s going through.  My Grandmother passed away last year and as part of that transition, passed along her possessions to her children.  My Mother’s portion of the memorabilia includes photos, postcards, and letters between my Grandmother and grandfather while they were courting.


It’s a treasure trove of memories.  My Grandmother managed to hang on to large volumes of photos while moving to progressively smaller spaces in Toledo Ohio, Portland Oregon and Danville Kentucky.  In Portland and Danville she lived in very small spaces. She chose to retain this volume of memories because it was a priority. The material filled three moderate sized bins which Mother has now pared down to one large and one small bin.

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Tweets Still Must Flow?

It’s really very hard to understand why Twitter thinks it’s necessary to enable technology which provides selective censorship.  Now, when a local country objects to a tweet, the company has the ability to selectively remove a specific post.  I suppose if it provides a tool for something they were doing manually – and thus saves labor expense.

And finally – how perverse is the post title:  “Tweets still must flow”?

Volkswagon disables off hours e-mails

I live my life in e-mail. One of the best ways for me to write my own performance review is to go back through my e-mail for the year – and since I keep every e-mail I’m basically journaling via Outlook. That’s sad. What’s even sadder is that I’m not alone. In fact it’s so bad companies are finding ways to rein in the practice.

Matt’s Leg

2012/01/02 Update:  A follow-up visit with Dr. Fowler at Cardinal Group’s Hilliard Office on Thursday 12/22 went well.  The flexibility in his knee was considered good.  The swelling in his ankle suggests that he’s not been diligent enough with the physical therapy exercises for that joint.  X-Rays of his leg were taken and (along with the x-rays of his leg taken on 12/9) I’ve posted them in the Flickr photo set for the event.

In response to several requests, I’ve put this summary together describing the circumstances around Matt’s broken leg.  A few people didn’t care for the pictures on the original Facebook post so I’ve not included any direct photos here – but be advised that all the links to Flickr come with an advisory.

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