The Internet was originally called ARPANet — Advanced Research Projects Agency Network — designed by the US department of defense
Google Planet, by Randall Stross
Planet Google: One Company’s Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know, by Randall E. Stross
According to my StrengthsFinder 2.0 results, I am a collector of information. According to my wife, I am a packrat. So it should not come as a surprise that I would be fascinated by a book about Google. whose stated goal is “to organize all the world’s information.”
Stross has managed to weave together a tale that is part biography and part techno-thriller. (If they ever do a modern remake of Clint Eastwood’s movie A Fist Full of Dollars, they can put Microsoft and Yahoo at opposite ends of the street and let Google play the “Man with No Name” Eastwood character.) After listening to this audio book twice I now think differently about blogging, searching the net for information, relationships, my private information, and what kind of plans for the future I can realistically make
I thoroughly enjoyed the audio book version of Planet Google, found it to be eye-opening, and have no hestitation to recommend it to you. However, I don’t believe that I would have been as absorbed by the print version, so readers beware.
Little Blue Plug, Not Little Brown Jug
I keep a little blue plug on my desk. It is there as a reminder to me not to do something stupid. Not that it really works (as is evidenced by me catching a scorpion Sunday night and bringing it into a colleagues office as a gift), but that is the intention nonetheless. Why a little blue plug? It is a Quickport Cat5e Jack for a wall outlet into which a network cable was inserted for a software training class to have internet access. I got up to get coffee, wasn’t watching where my feet were going, [Read more…]
Small Business Mistakes
I have owned or managed several small businesses and am contemplating doing so again. I have been offered a wonderful opportunity, but I can tell you from experience that running a small business is very challenging.
The first small business I owned I made the mistake of trying to do everything myself. Silly boy. By doing this I kept myself from having the time to focus on doing the things that would have made the business even more successful. Focus is required. That means looking to others for help.
Concentric Business Solutions offers that kind of help. Even the smallest business require a website in the 21st century. Concentric has put together hosting and registration services specifically geared towards small business websites; domain name registration, email hosting, web hosting, shared hosting and freebies like spam filters and virus protection.
Concentric helps the small business owner keep from making the same mistake I did. Check them out.
Internet Evangelism Day is April 27
Churches have not exactly been what you would call “early adapters” when it comes to using the internet. Well, Internet Evangelism Day has been organized to help churches to more effectively employ this technology.
The Internet Evangelism Day website has materials available to enable churches “to create a short presentation within their activities on that day. A PowerPoint, video clips, drama scripts, music and handouts can be used to create a customized program lasting from one minute to 50.”
Internet Evangelism Day has been endorsed by such notables as John Stott, Sterling Huston (Director of North American Ministries for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association), and Gary McClure of LifeWay.
You can find out more at InternetEvangelismDay.com, where they also have year-round resources to help churches share the gospel online.