Ray Ozzie: Perspective: A Mosaic of New Opportunities

Ray Ozzie is the CEO of Groove Networks and the creator of Lotus Notes. He’s written a new article outlining his predictions on dominant trends in computing. Not suprisingly, his vision involves greater collaboration and virtual workspaces, but Ozzie, a blogger (and it’s great to see that his sabbatical from posting may be ending), sees the increasing number of inputs and quantity of information we deal with driving this process of change. He notes, “We’re chained to e-mail and the Web, drowning in an information flood that leaves us feeling more and more like human message-processing machines.” Many will agree with this sentiment.
Ultimately, he argues, “these changes will transform the personal computer into an interpersonal computer. This will be a rich, self-synchronized and readily interchangeable device focused specifically on people and what they do with one another online.”
His message is an optimistic one. He says, “Even though our current use of PCs, productivity tools, e-mail and the Web seems quite sophisticated, we’ve only just begun to understand how to apply them and effectively realize their benefits. The next 10 years will find us moving decidedly from an era of personal productivity to one of joint productivity and social software. ”

Practical Protection Practices for Your Intellectual Property

A great article in CSO (Chief Security Officer) Magazine covers the practical “where the rubber meets the road” issues of protecting a company’s IP on an every day, in the trenches, basis. The article contains excellent examples of what companies like Sony and W. L. Gore do to protect intellectual property through technical, administrative and policy approaches. It all starts with thinking of IP as “intellectual capital.”

Pattern Recognition

“The future has never been more like the present than it is now.”
William Gibson hooked my attention with the famous first line of his novel, Neuromancer, “The sky above the port was the color of a television, tuned to a dead channel.” And it’s been a great ride ever since.
I highly recommend his newest book, Pattern Recognition, which touches on many things that I find most interesting these days, including the subject of pattern recognition. In a way, we all see the patterns we want to see, but it struck me that the book touched on the blogging phenomenon in a fundamental way, without ever mentioning them. There is a current dance between art and expression and commerce and marketing that plays out in the book as well on the streets of the Internet these days.
The book is written in Gibson’s superb and challenging style, one in which you must resist the urge to fight in order to be rewarded by the flow of it. There are classic Gibsonian characters and observations on our world – it’s fascinating that the main character has a physical allergy/phobia to trademarks, yet works as a finder/arbiter of what is cool.
While Neuromancer seemingly predicted the nearly two decades that followed it, Pattern Recognition is set right in the present – the post 9/11 present. Pattern Recognition is about 9/11 without explicitly being about 9/11 in much the same way as is Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising, and a strong common thread of “missing” runs through both. Both Gibson and Springsteen, to me, have presented the most artistically rewarding responses to 9/11, both deserving multiple re-readings and re-listenings.

Microsoft Licensing: Showdown at the 6.0 Corral

CIO Magazine has a good article on the frustrating history and difficulties of Microsoft licensing. So many companies have or will run into these issues that it is important to get a good understanding of the various approaches companies are taking. One very interesting stat: 60% of CIOs surveyed said that changes in Microsoft’s licensing practices have caused them to consider Open Source alternatives.