Nuclear Power and Windows

Something I found funny. Two years ago, Microsoft made a bit to supply Windows as the operating system to run a large percentage of power plants in the US. When the companies asked whether or not the operating system would be secure, Microsoft guaranteed a patch fixing any security issues within two weeks of a discovered vulnerability. The patch would be automatically downloaded, installed, and the computer would automatically reboot. My question. Do you really want a large percentage of power plants in the US rebooting at the same time? And what happens if the patch causes the computer to not be bootable? Could you imagine if an error crept into the patch that caused all the power plants that used windows to be unbootable? The second Tuesday of the month (the day Microsoft releases their security patches) could cause havoc on the already fragile US power grid. Thanks Microsoft, but no thanks!

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Reflective Blog Post

In our Digital Civilization class, we have been performing digital literacy labs in order to help us become more literate in the digital world.  The labs we have performed have taken place in three categories of digital media; consuming digital media, creating digital media, and connecting to others through digital media.  At this point in the semester, our professors have asked us to reflect on what we have learned thus far by asking these three questions: Continue reading

Capitalistic Feudalism

In his blog post, Kevin Carson argues, “Capitalism, as a historic system of political economy, was really just an outgrowth of feudalism with markets grafted in and allowed to operate in the interstices to a limited extent.” Feudalism in the Middle Ages was probably as widespread as capitalism today. It’s political system placed a majority of the world’s wealth in the hands of a few individuals who were lucky enough to be born into a royal lineage. Continue reading

Scarcity in the Digital World

I recently read a blog post here that explained the concept of scarcity in the digital world extremely well. The author’s main point was “The result is a huge abundance of information. And this changes what is scarce: Not the actual product (information), but the capacity for consumption — attention. Every day more free information is made available to the world than a human being could consume in a lifetime. Obviously, human attention is finite, and therefore it’s the scarce factor in the digital world.” Continue reading

Twitter and the Dating Digital Podcast

The podcast that my roommates and I are producing (The LoveBytes podcast) had started a Twitter account a while ago. While we automatically had all of our Facebook page entries and blog posts automatically tweeted, I didn’t pay much attention to actually using the twitter account as a way of spreading the word about our podcast. One day, we received an E-mail from one of our listeners asking us if we would be willing to do a podcast episode on internet dating. We had considered it, and put it on our list of podcast episode topics. Then, the Dating Digital Podcast began following us on Twitter. It seemed like it was perfect timing. We communicated back and forth and finally agreed to air commercials of each other’s podcast. So through Twitter, we were able to connect and further our network of podcasters.

PLN’s, Isolated Networks, and Bowling Alone

Mike Lemon made an excellent blog post about Personal Learning Networks that I would like to expound on. That post reminded me of something my dad brought to my attention. He told me that after being employed as an associate of Latham & Watkins for 5 years he had flown enough to be a lifetime gold member of American Airlines. That’s a lot of flying! He flew that often to close deals, find clients, and ensure things were running smoothly. Today, as a partner, he is lucky to step foot out of the office to sleep. He does more deals in a month than he used to do in a year, but he knows virtually none of the faces that are behind a phone number or email. His question? How much isolated connection are we willing to take before we have a desire to go out and meet our neighbors again? Continue reading

Of Bacon and Negative Feedback Inhibition

In my Digital Civilization class, we were assigned to read Observations Upon Experimental Philosophy by Margaret Cavendish. While reading the article, there was one quote that really stuck out in my mind, “Art, with all its Instruments, is not able to discover the interior natural motions of any part or creature of Nature.” This quote reminded me of just how intricate nature is. Specifically, it made me think of two processes in nature that we tend to take for granted. Those processes are equilibrium and Negative Feedback Inhibition. For those of you who do not know what those processes are, I will attempt to give a brief explanation. Continue reading