1. Next Generation Literacy

    "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who can't read & write, but those who can't learn, unlearn & relearn." - Alvin Toffler So what is literacy? The first time I listened to an audio book I thought I was cheating. As a child, reading for me seemed like a lot of work, and my …Read More

  2. A Country of 90,000 Governments

    The total number of governmental bodies in the U.S. is approaching a staggering number - 90,000. During normal economic times there is plenty of money to go around, but now every city, state, county, parish, township, and special taxing district is competing for the same tax dollars that the federal…Read More

  3. Maximum Freud

    A few thoughts on "Maximum Freud" In 1972, I was young engineering student at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. One of the first courses I was required to take was a short-course on slide rules. For those of you who don’t know what a slide rule is – first came the abacus, then came…Read More

  4. Addressing the Problem of Addresses

    When Hurricane Katrina hit the city of New Orleans the US Post Office was faced with a major dilemma. For countless centuries, the modus operandi for the post office was to deliver mail to a location, and the individuals who lived at that location would stop by and pick up their mail. But following …Read More

  5. Ghost Towns of the Internet

    When today’s data goldmines becomes tomorrow’s data carcasses In 1859 the tiny community of Tin Cup, Colorado got its first taste of gold fever. A tiny amount of gold was all it took for prospectors to start poking around with hopes of striking it rich. Twenty years later they landed their first…Read More

  6. The Day that Google Died

    It was a frenzy of activity as workers scurried from office to office, making their final checks, gathering books, papers, and personal belongings. Many were still stunned over the announcement that Google was closing its doors. The final minutes before the deadline were reserved for tearful hugs an…Read More

  7. The Great Bank & Credit Card Backlash

    The smell of corruption is offending more than few nostrils Recent attempts by Congress and the Federal Reserve Board to curb the excessive fees being charged by credit cards, banks, and finance companies have resulted in a punitive industry response with interest rates and fees climbing in almost e…Read More

  8. 9.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – TV-Internet Convergence

    Virtually everywhere you look there are video screens. You see them in bars and restaurants, on elevators, in the back of taxis, and on airplanes. Even most cell phones have now have video screens. Some are connected to the Internet and others are connected to cable television, two distinctly differ…Read More

  9. 7.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – Colleges Face the Perfect Storm

      After looking at all the signals, there is no other way to describe it. Colleges are under attack. Several legs of the financial stools upon which they are sitting have been kicked out from under them, forcing higher tuition rates on an already cautious base of consumers. But money is only part o…Read More