Do We Suffer from Information Overload?
Author: Michael Osterman on May 27, 2015 - 10:00 PM
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Is “information overload” a problem in email? Yes:

· Brits (and, presumably, most every other information-focused worker) spend 36 days each work year composing emails[1].

· Seventy-two percent of email users experience “some”, “quite a bit” or “a great deal” of information overload in email according to a current study being conducted by Osterman Research. Plus, the survey is discovering that 50% of respondents are using email more than they were 12 months ago, and that only 3% are using it less.

Add to this the information overload we experience in other areas: in 2013, broadcast networks showed an average of 14 minutes 15 seconds of commercials during each of the five hours of television we watch each day[2]; cable networks showed 15 minutes 38 seconds[3]. Twenty-eight percent (1.72 hours) of all time spent online is focused on social media[4]. The average user sees 1,707 banner ads per month[5]. The typical mobile user spends 90 minutes per day on his or her phone[6].


 
Android Auto Coming to a Hyundai Sonata near You
Author: John Duckgeischel on May 26, 2015 - 9:27 PM
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Hyundai steps out at the first automaker to ship Google’s Android Auto smartphone connection software with the 2015 Model Sonata shipping with factory navigation this summer. New cars coming to dealerships will have it pre-installed.  If you own a 2015 Sonata already, it can be updated by the dealer.    By late summer consumers will have the ability to download and self-install the upgrade for themselves.  Android Auto brings navigation, media and communications to your dashboard’s LCD and can be controlled through voice command as it blanks out your phone’s screen.   Google offers plenty of media services including iHeart Radio, Tune-in and Spotify immediately, with Pandora to become available at a later date.


 
Thoughts on Microsoft Ignite
Author: Michael Osterman on May 20, 2015 - 9:26 PM
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I attended Microsoft Ignite in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. Here are some miscellaneous ramblings and thoughts about the event:

· The event covered the variety of Microsoft’s technologies, and so was quite a comprehensive conference aimed at just about every aspect of what Microsoft does. As Brad Anderson, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Client & Mobility put it, “this is the first time we’ve pulled together all of these different conferences into one place, one time, one meeting so you can get that full perspective.”

· The upside of integrating the various Microsoft focus areas into one conference is that it provides a useful and comprehensive perspective on where Microsoft is going in enterprise IT – a “one-stop shop” for IT decision makers. Those focused on Exchange can see what Microsoft is doing with Lync, for example, offering a more holistic view of how Microsoft is addressing communications and collaboration, and perhaps gaining a better perspective on the direction of the enterprise.


 
OpenStack Bring Robust Open Source Alternative
Author: John Duckgeischel on May 20, 2015 - 9:01 PM
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OpenStack is holding its 11th semi-annual Summit in Vancouver as 500 companies and 6000 attendees to converge to show off and check out the full array of open source offerings. Not all OpenStack startups survived and the hype from earlier days may be toned down a bit, but Mark Collier, Chief Operating Office of the OpenStack Foundation says that this is natural as the technology matures.  That’s a natural progression when a technology goes from being a promise to actually delivering,” Collier says.  Meanwhile former Forrester senior analyst Lauren Nelson said that OpenStack’s viability and presence is “irrefutable” and that it has become the “compatibility standard” in the private IaaS cloud market.
 
Hacker Explains to FBI How He Hacked United Aircraft
Author: John Duckgeischel on May 18, 2015 - 9:10 PM
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Chris Roberts, a security expert with Denver’s One World Labs, a security intelligence firm tweeted last month that he was “playing” with a United Airlines in-flight entertainment and crew alert system on April 15th.   After he landed, the FBI questioned Roberts for several hours, seizing his computer equipment and later he was not allowed to board another United flight. “Lesson from this evening, don’t mention planes, he tweeted. “The Feds ARE listening, nice crew in Syracuse, left there naked of electronics.” According to his colleagues, although Roberts did not actually take control of the plane, it could be done.
 
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