Archive for March, 2012

Technology Will Not Solve the Human Condition

    A recent item in Home Media magazine reveals that consumers’ confidence in technology reached its highest point of the year in March, even while confidence in the economy overall dropped, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Consumer confidence in technology reached a score of 88.9 on the CEA’s index, its highest point since [...]

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At Last! Technology That Boosts Attentiveness Behind the Wheel

While Ford and other automakers are knocking themselves out to find new ways to distract drivers (a la Internet connectivity), I was delighted to hear that some others are actually coming up with things that will reduce distraction for drivers and make the roads safer for all of us.  MIT’s Technology Review reports that distracted [...]

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Will Business-Friendly Software Crush IT?

A recurring theme in software product development over the last five years or so is the ability for business users to access functionality and make changes that could previously only have been accomplished with the cooperation of or the intervention by their IT departments.  Technology vendors have made no secret of their desire to sell products [...]

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Bandwidth: When Will We Reach the Outer Limits?

Media in love with the idea of vanquishing the use of petroleum-based products like to remind us of the face that the Earth only holds so much crude oil, and once that’s gone, we need to put something else in our gas tanks and power station furnaces.  Of course, they conveniently ignore the fact that [...]

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High Tech vs. High Touch

If you were stranded on a desert isle, a la Gilligan, and you had to choose between having no food or having no water, which way would you decide?  The wise choice would be to eschew the food, because the body can live for some time without food (at least 21 days in some reports, [...]

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Cybercrime Onslaught Spurs Change in Tactics

I and other sagacious writers on security issues related to technology have been saying for years that there is no such thing as a perfectly secure enterprise.  And there is no question that most of us would agree.  Still, we go on trying to make our enterprises more secure against the literal tsunami of cybercrime [...]

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What if I Want to Keep My Legacy Systems?

  Pundits like me make a nice living out of telling folks that they really need to replace their legacy systems and get with the new, more Web-friendly alternatives.  We present a variety of business reasons for such a move, along with practical considerations that revolve around newer platforms peforming better with newer software.  But what [...]

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Thermoelectrics Raise Hope for Mobile Sensors

Mobile sensors have been a hot topic of conversation in insurance technology circles for some time now, but issues of practicality seem always to get in the way of broad scale adoption–particularly with sensors designed to monitor an individual’s health.  One of those issues is how to power the sensors in a reliable and sustainable [...]

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How Important are Data Standards?

Longtime readers of my scintillating prose will no doubt recall that over the years my relationship with ACORD–the data standards provider for the insurance industry–has had its ups and downs.  Yet one thing has remained constant throughout all the debates, and that is the idea that data standards are good for our industry and good [...]

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