A bedrock institution of American life is on the verge of collapse. The U.S. Postal Service, a quasi-government business that traces its roots back to the Colonial era, is facing economic ruin as its cost of operations are outstripping its revenue by as much as $7 billion a year to date.
If you were born before 1990, it’s probably difficult for you to conceive of surfing the Internet on anything but a personal computer. Yes, you can look up Web pages on your smartphone and use apps to find restaurants, but that’s simply not the same as real research and information exchange.
What a week. First, HP’s sudden “Dear John” to the PC and tablet business. Then Google’s surprise scoop of Motorola mobile. Then the shocking step down of Stephen Jobs as chief apple polisher. Heads spin, tongues wag, stocks flutter. What’s it all mean? Here are some readings of these fresh entrails…
“Consumerization of the enterprise” is a phrase that’s been bandied about for several years, reflecting the infiltration of consumer-level IT devices and applications in the workplace. Ordinary end users have either replaced or supplemented their IT resources with freeware, their own devices and applications, or Web-based applications.
IBM reaffirmed its dedication to open source development by recommitting support to the development of OpenOffice.org, the alternative productivity suite to Microsoft’s Office and Google Apps. What IBM is really looking to cultivate is the further development of the Open Document Format, which it sees as a potential standard for collaboration across multiple platforms.
It’s much easier to collect stuff than it is to throw it away. I’ve got a basement full of accumulated and inherited junk that proves that point. You never know when you might need something, so, why not keep it? It requires a decision and usually some work to throw something out.