The year 2010 is winding down, so everyone has been coming up with a list of top things that happened in 2010 or top things that will happen in 2011. Some are there to fill space during a slow news week. Others provide surprising insight. Here are a few:
Walt Mossberg’s 2011 to-do list for the top tech companies.
Cnet’s look back at 2010
eWeek has a bunch of lists, including this one by Chris Preimesberger on the top 10 data storage events of 2010.
Here’s a hot skills list for 2011 from Computerworld.
OK. Back in November I said that Net neutrality was showing few signs of life. Now, however Net neutrality is riding the wave of President Obama’s post-shellacking surge and is very much alive.
But as the Net neutrality measure that the FCC approved by a 3 to 2 vote comes under scrutiny, opponents on both sides of the issue are finding a lot not to like. The right is upset because it attempts to regulate the Internet at all. Republicans are saying they’ll try to overturn it in 2011. The left is having fits too, claiming it’s full of loopholes that favor big network businesses. Partisans are saying Obama sold out.
At its best, holiday gift-giving is an exercise in thoughtful empathy – an attempt to place oneself in the position of another person to imagine what might elicit pleasure in that other person. The ability to thoughtfully interact with another person makes being human worthwhile and it’s something that people alone can do — or is it?
As Google’s Chrome OS makes its way to early testers in advance of its anticipated 2011 rollout, it’s generating a good deal of buzz, probably more than is actually warranted, given what the device does – or doesn’t do. Read more
To paraphrase a certain beer commercial, I don’t often watch TV, but when I do, I watch Jeopardy! So I’ll be glued to the set when IBM’s “Watson” computer takes on Jeopardy champions on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011.
In his December 6, 2010 speech, President Obama aimed for the laudable goal of lighting a fire under the country to encourage it to compete in science and engineering with rising global powers China and India. His rhetorical tool: recalling the Soviet Union’s launch of the Sputnik earth satellite in 1957.
Is the appearance of hundreds of thousands of U. S. Department of State cables on WikiLeaks making you re-examine your corporate IT security policies and procedures? It’s a natural reaction. Whether or not your company is handling politically or technically sensitive information, there’s nothing to be gained from having confidential material aired in public.