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Web 2.0 Magazine on Ulitzer We all know about outsourcing, the ability to farm out work to people, often overseas, that will work for less, and sometimes for a lot less. But a not-so-new trend is changing the way that outsourcing happens, called crowdsourcing. The idea is to take a job and divide it into small enough pieces that someone can do it quickly in their spare time. Think about transcribing an audio recording. Or Photoshopping a series of photographs. The difference between regular outsourcing and crowdsourcing is that you don’t necessarily know your contractors, and they mostly are here in the good ole U S of A. Think of it as stimulus package for our troubled times, but based entirely on the private sector. The idea isn’t all that new, but is catching on due to some important trends. First off, there is a critical mass of people who are willing to do th... (more)

25 Years of PC Week

The scene is a deserted office park in Los Angeles after hours. I am driving around, trying to find the spot that my IT manager friend left an envelope for me. Inside the envelope is a disc with a secret IBM software program that is about to give me one heck of a scoop for PC Week, c. 1987. It has been a week of memories. Last week was the 40th anniversary of the real beginning of the Internet, and this week is the 25 years that PC Week (regrettably now called eWeek) began publishing its weekly commentary on our industry. While I didn’t start writing for the publication until 198... (more)

Windows 7 Networking Controls Video Screencast

Dell News On Ulitzer This week I begin a new series of video screencasts for Dell’s IT Expert Voice Web site. The site has all sorts of useful information for corporate IT folks that are interested in migrating and using Windows 7, and my humble part will be to produce a regular series of videos similar to what I have been doing on my own over at WebInformant.tv. Do check out this video which talks about the differences between Windows 7 and earlier versions when it comes to networking controls. ... (more)

What’s the Best Approach to Business Continuity?

Business continuity is critical to delivering world-class service to your customers, so it’s important to understand the variety of approaches available. Whether you ultimately decide to employ cloud services or a remote hot site data center, understanding the implications of your decisions may be more important than the actual technologies you deploy. You can read more about this in my feature story in this month’s Baseline magazine here. ... (more)

Is Google the Next Evil Empire?

Google Session at Cloud Expo The news last week that Italian authorities have convicted three Google executives with criminal privacy violations got my attention for two reasons. One, the charges are based on a video that shows an autistic boy being bullied, a video that Google did not create or post. It was filmed by cell cameras and posted more than three years ago, and indeed one of the executives has since retired from Google. Two, none of the three live or work in Italy, and a fourth executive – a product manager – was acquitted. We truly live in a global village, and one in... (more)