I agree with Scoble - he's in New York. And in a recent post he asks:
"What makes me passionate? Technology. Technology continues to change our lives faster than any other industry. When I rode the subway, what was I observing? I noticed that a large number of people had cell phones or Palm Pilots/PocketPC kinds of things. I could imagine the day, coming soon, where 802.11 would be in every Subway station and millions of people were using Tablets and portable computers to communicate with each other.
Oh, another observation? One of the people we stayed with got taken by the famous three-card-monte. She felt really stupid. They played on her psychology. She's studying to be a doctor and is pretty smart (a lot smarter than I am). Proves that anyone can be taken by an occassional scam. But, what if she had a portable computer hooked to Google? She may have discovered this article which shows why you can't win.
See, information is power. Here, she didn't have the right information to be able to walk away. But, if she did, she would have made the right choice. It's my dream to see the day when every human has access to information that would improve their lives. We're not even close to getting there. Just ask the average Chinese or Iraqi citizen if they have the skills, equipment, and permission to search Google."
I too am energized by what technology can do for our lives. Sure it doesn't work all the time, but eventually it will. I don't understand people who say "technology is for geeks" or "it's overated." I say "do you like to use pencils?" That's technology. Highly developed, but technology nevertheless.
Let's all go back to writing in cuneiform with a reed stylus on a clay tablet. No? Okay, well then you like technology. You maybe just don't like developing technology, or you don't like having to learn new things. Fine, then get out of the way. Find a good rocking chair by the side of the road and get used to the doppler sound of people whizzing by you.
I agree with Scoble that pervasive wireless Internet access is hot and growing. And it will continue to proliferate at geometric rates. Last night I went to the Sugar Bowl with my son. Outside the stadium were ticket scalpers. One guy asked the scalper "are these good seats?" If he had Internet access he could pull up a seating chart of the stadium and seen for himself. Pervasive instant access to information is a good thing. Not for thieves and hucksters, of course. That's another group of people who don't like technology.
Strange Headlines - reading the headline for this story reminds me of the story my friend's Uncle Bud tells about the time that his helicopter had a "collision" with a submarine. Okay, Uncle Bud's story is better (basically the helicopter was deploying a sonobuoy and the cable got caught in the sub's conning tower and so the sub dragged the copter into the water as the sub descended).
Electronic Evidence & Document Retention - Recent business scandals have given birth to legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley, which primarily deals with corporate disclosure requirements. And "Sarbanes-Oxley embraces the issues developing around the proliferation of electronic evidence. With 93 percent of all business documents created electronically and only 30 percent ever printed to paper, corporations in the last few years have been compelled to address the retention of, and potential liability associated with, electronic documents and communication." more... [via Law.com]