January 24, 2011

Quick question - do you want the President of the United States to have final say on when the Internet can be "turned off?" This would include any private networks the government deems "crucial components that form our nation's critical infrastructure."

Not a new topic/debate in this space, but one I like to bring up when Congress bellies up to the bar intending to pass dubious legislation. This is one of those occasions.

Internet 'kill switch' bill will return

The whole scenario and response put forward to justify the bill smacks of laymen thinking there is a single on/off switch for Internet access. Plus, as most are want to point out, the Internet is now the major communication and news provider for a large percentage of Americans. Remove access to that communication and info, then what?

And while I'm not a lawyer, highly doubt that the Presidential powers necessary to pull this off would survive a constitutional challenge.

Still, it's interesting reading and does raise some valid security concerns. But do those concerns override the necessity of Internet access for all who want it?

What say you loyal readers?


January 21, 2011

So I'm a big TV watcher. Watch a lot of it - always have, probably always will. Sports & scripted TV mostly, but the specialty channels also get my eyeballs. So I followed this whole Comcast Cable / NBC Universal deal with great interest. While I don't see the end of TV as we know it, there is potential for good & bad to come out of this merger.

TV has obviously lost its perch as the most powerful communications medium to the Internet, but that doesn't mean it's not a valuable tool. Comcast is a pretty innovative company, so this coupling gives them a strong platform on which to meld old-world TV with new-world connectivity.

What worries me is the history of deals like this (see Time Warner & AOL). Comcast is delivery while NBC is content; it will take a strong effort to merge the two. How that's done and what advantages it brings to viewers and consumers will be a big question. I'm sort of non-plussed by the whole thing, but check back when I have to pay extra to watch the local NBC broadcast online, then I might feel one way or another.

So at first blush, what's the merge mean? Here are some answers: Comcast-NBC Universal FAQ

About that TV/online synergy... my thoughts on that later (where I think Optimum is way ahead of the game).


January 18, 2011

The realization didn't really hit us until mid-February 2010, but it was like a slap to the back of the head. December 31, 2009 was the last day of business-as-usual for systems integration firms (like Syzygy 3). It seemed like businesses of all sizes and verticals decided to jump into the cloud services arena - with both feet - on January 1, 2010. We realized after just six weeks that our business model was undergoing a dramatic shift, and if we weren't smart about it, we'd be done as a business entity in short order.

A year later, we continue to evolve Syzygy 3 into a firm that can meet the mass acceptance of cloud services and still be a viable firm. How have we done it? By embracing the cloud more fully than ever and broadening the knowledge of business owners and executives on the reality of the cloud (and why it's called "the cloud").

We continue that educational impetus with a presentation on cloud services for members of Network!Network!, a business networking group in NYC. This isn't a techno-jargon presentation; it's designed to give a realistic overview of cloud services and identify those areas where Syzygy 3 sees the greatest benefits for businesses (now and in the near-term).

Yours truly will be giving the 45-minute talk, and while PowerPoint slides will be involved, this will be an interactive event (lots of Q&A). The event is open to all Network!Network! members, but if you'd like to be a guest at the event, then contact the main man at N!N!, David Bresler (db@networknetwork.net, 914.924.1297).

It'd be great to have you there (the more the merrier).


January 12, 2011

It's good to be back. Thanks for being patient with us as we wound through the holidays and the weather. Hope 2011 is off to a good start for everyone.

Not really news anymore - the rumors have been flying for almost two years. On February 10, 2011, Verizon will begin offering the iPhone. Whoooooo! But don't go lining up to be the first to activate your new iPhone - the device is still going to run over the CDMA network (no calls & surfing at the same time). Plus, I have serious questions about how the Verizon network will handle the expected jump in usage (especially data). Leaves a lot of questions... here are some answer courtesy of Erica Ogg @ cnet.

FAQ: iPhone on Verizon

Just in case you were interested, I do want to get the iPhone, but I will wait a bit to see how things shake out (my normal modus operandi). But if you're one of the first, let us know what you think.