The last private place is no longer private

This press release was issued today. Normally, I wouldn’t publish a press release in its entirety, but I really have nothing to add to this release. All I know is that I do not want to borrow your phone.

If there is one interesting bit from this, the generational differences are once again evident.

New IT in the Toilet Study Shows Americans Aren’t Spending Alone Time Alone

Study Highlights Americans’ Habits Behind Closed Stalls

ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Three-fourths of Americans with mobile phones report they use their phones in the bathroom, according to a new study by 11mark, a new integrated marketing agency. Americans are texting, emailing, and yes – as you may have heard – talking on the phone in the bathroom. Approximately one quarter of Americans report they don’t go into the bathroom without their phone. The new report, “IT in the Toilet,” uses the “bathroom benchmark” to examine just how connected we have become.

The survey of 1,000 Americans reveals that neither men nor women are going to the bathroom alone today – 74 percent of men and 76 percent of women report they have used their mobile phone in the bathroom. 63 percent report they have answered a phone call, and 41 percent have initiated a phone call. Many (67 percent) have read a text, and 38 percent have surfed the Internet. Men are a bit more attached, however, with 30 percent reporting, “I don’t go to the bathroom without my mobile phone,” versus 20 percent of women. Men also work more from the bathroom – 20 percent say they have participated in work-related calls versus 13 percent of their female colleagues. Continue reading

What is “The Cloud?”

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I said, Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Don’t hang around ’cause two’s a crowd
On my cloud baby
— The Rolling Stones

So many things have been written in the last few years about “The Cloud” that many people are confused. Is it something that should be used? Or avoided? What is it really?

Here is David’s definition: “The Cloud” is a term used to describe computing resources that are not tied to physical hardware or equipment. That’s it. Pretty simple, don’t you think?

So why is there so much confusion about the cloud? I think there are many reasons, but one primary reason is because it is new and we naturally don’t trust new things. Think about our hunter-gatherer ancestors sitting in their hut, and someone new comes walking up. Is the new person a friend or an enemy? Our defenses go up automatically until we learn more. In the same way, many people are suspicious of new cloud services that come along and haven’t learned whether or not those services can be trusted. Continue reading

Android or iPhone? Which do I get?

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One of the most confusing things for people to consider these days is what kind of smartphone to purchase. There are lots of different smartphones available, including Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and even some WebOS and Symbian phones. But the two big kahunas right now are the Apple iPhone and Google Android.

What’s the difference?

There are various differences between the two platforms, but it really comes down to Apple or Google. Apple makes the iPhone; Google makes Android. One thing to mention right away is that the iPhone is a hardware and operating system package from Apple; Android is an operating system from Google that various hardware manufacturers use on their phones. This means that Apple makes everything for the iPhone and Google only makes the operating system. You can think of it like Mac and Windows; an Apple Mac includes the hardware and operating system and Windows is the operating system from Microsoft that can run on a bunch of different hardware from different manufactures, like Dell, HP, Asus, etc. Continue reading