The iPad II

I got a new iPad II for my birthday the other day and so far it seems pretty cool. I have been a Windows PC guy (and a Linux) guy forever so I never really delved into the world of Mac. My old college roommate, who allowed me to use his original Macintosh for my word processing assignments back in the early 90’s, moved over to PC’s right after that and never looked back. So after I received the iPad I was having a chat with him and he said to me, “O’Connor, ya gotta try out the iPad, I use it for everything.”

So, as I sit here and write this, my laptop PC running Windows is hooked up by a little white USB cable to my new Mac iPad II and is synching all my music. (That’s what we ‘Mac-heads’ call synchronizing the music on our computer with that on our iPod or iPad). I’ve already downloaded some cool apps, some for productivity and a couple of games and I am really enjoying it. Pretty cool so far anyway.


Two Great Quotes

Recently I came across two really fantastic quotes, one in a book, the other in an email signature:

“In a world of fugitives the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away.”
– T.S. Eliot

“There is a field out beyond right and wrong. I will meet you there.”
– Rumi

A Couple of Good Business Books I’m Reading Right Now

I’m reading a couple of good books right now that are business-related. Or at least related to my business which is owning and helping others who own businesses utilize the Web.

One of them is a book I read a while ago and am now reading the latest edition (the hardcover is orange), The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss. It’s primarily helpful for business owners although there are many things that an employee would find helpful as well. The book explains how you can significantly reduce your work week by following a number of strategies.

One of the ways for example, is to outsource all your administrative and repetitive tasks to cheap, but reliable overseas labor. The way Ferriss explains how smart, useful and easy it is to do, it will make you wonder why you haven’t been doing it all along. The book, and the updated version I’m reading now are a fantastic source of new ideas, strategies and paradigms. And there are a number of good suggestions for utilizing the Web to help save you time. In the latest edition Ferriss actually explains how you can even outsource most of your email reading!

Another really interesting book I’ve been slowly reading is called Yes We Did! An inside look at how social media built the Obama brand by Rahaf Harfoush. This book explains how Obama’s campaing was aided by online, social media efforts done by a team dedicated to that end. Whether you like his politics or not, you can’t argue with his extremely impressive ’08 campaign and win. This book sheds some light on how they did it in the Web 2.0 world.

Tell the FCC to Stand Up for Net Neutrality

Will control over the Internet remain in the hands of users and innovators like us? Or will a handful of telephone and cable companies determine which Web sites you see and which you don’t? Urge the FCC to protect Net Neutrality once and for all.

Net Neutrality is the engine of innovation, free speech and democracy on the Internet.

The FCC must protect Net Neutrality by enacting strong rules that keep the Internet free from blocking, censorship and discrimination and ensure that Internet service providers disclose all efforts to manage content.

More than 1.6 million Americans have already called for Net Neutrality protections. Please stand with us by passing a strong Net Neutrality rule.

Please consider telling the FCC — in your own words — to stand up for Net Neutrality.

Here’s what I wrote:

It is vital that the Internet remains out of the control of private entities such as telephone and cable companies. Please make every effort to keep the Internet the way it is today. I am a Web professional who believes that this is an extremely important issue. Allowing private entities whose sole motive is making profits to determine who gets to see what websites based on pay scales will ruin the Web as we know it and cause millions of small business websites rendered invisible to large amounts of people. Don’t allow the collapse of the Web and thus our economy. You think the Internet bubble of 2001 was bad? This will make that look like child’s play.