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Open comment to ICANN on WhoIs changes

If you haven’t already, you might considering reviewing the current proposed ICANN changes to Whois and consider sending in your comments. Mine follow. In short, the proposed changes are more than morally questionable, they undermine the core infrastructure that keeps the Internet working. (Many thanks to Doc Searls for pointing me to this issue.) Dear […]

Credit Industry needs new integration paradigm… think VRM and Personal Data Stores

Slashdot brings us this article highlighting yet another picture-perfect case for the VRM Personal Data Store: Technical Writing Geek writes with the news that the retail industry is getting mighty fed up over credit card company policies requiring them to store payment data. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has gone to bat for store owners, […]

Midland Accent

Doc Searls points me to this accent test. Tells me I’ve got no accent. Hmph. What American accent do you have? Your Result: The Midland   “You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, […]

Microsoft & Personal Health Records, Take 1

Microsoft launched its Personal Health Record initiative yesterday, according to the New York Times: The company‚Äôs consumer health offering includes a personal health record, as well as Internet search tailored for health queries, under the name Microsoft HealthVault ( The personal information, Microsoft said, will be stored in a secure, encrypted database. Its privacy controls, […]

The Four Steps to the Epiphany

Steven Gary Blank’s The Four Steps to the Epiphany Review I’ve read a lot of startup books and been involved in several efforts of varying success. Blank’s book is the first how-to-guide that provides clear, unequivocal directions for taking a brilliant product idea and turning it into to a successful, thriving company. Fans of Geoffrey […]