Friday, 20 May 2011

Big Data

"Analyzing large data sets—so called big data—will become a key basis of competition, underpinning new waves of productivity growth, innovation, and consumer surplus as long as the right policies and enablers are in place."
So say McKinsey...
"Right policies and enablers" - yup - since Informed Consent has failed in the web maybe we just need "some good old consumer protection". I would credit that quote but the relevant privacy lawyer is a very private person :-) 

Monday, 16 May 2011

LIve Mesh

After burying FolderShare for several years in MSFT development, and then giving us a crufty Office add on, MSFT seem to have sorted themselves out with Windows Live Mesh, which has recently come out of beta.
Note an important aspect of this service is that the data does not necessarily have to reside in the cloud (c.f. dropbox) but the service offers to merely sync it across your devices - for those concerned about people looking at your content "at rest" in the cloud it's quite sensible. There's a REST API for access to the service - perscon sync service courtesy MSFT?
Right now in terms of apps Windows and Mac supported for syncing. Should imagine Windows for Mobile coming soon. No sync app for iPhone and IPad; web browsing gives "not available on mobile" so you need something like AtomicWebBrowser that can lie for you.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

National Trust go Digital Economy

Think you can help manage these sheep at Wimpole Hall Farm?  (Why are these lambs heading to that phone box with such purpose?) - Great to see such a grand institution as the National Trust "getting it".... FaceBook and mobile apps next?