Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Thinking about soft infrastructure

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Our national attention finally turned to our aging transportation infrastructure this past decade, although we’ve just begun to restructure and fund these priorities.

But we may be even father behind in communications technology, despite private and public efforts. Most people’s eyes glaze over when you mention ” broadband”.

Here’s a good article that presents a different meme, “soft infrastructure”. While it will never overcome the focus on Dancing with the Stars, maybe this can better capture our group consciousness and attention, so we can really do something about it.

http://archpaper.com/e-board_rev.asp?News_ID=4404

“Sound” Social Networking

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Music & Arts:Raven Sound Utilizes Twitter
By Nick Corsi


Click to RavenSound’s Twitter Profile

FOLLOW @RAVENSOUND

I recently began utilizing Twitter to promote Erie, PA based sound reinforcement company Raven Sound. I knew that I wanted to include at least one social networking site into Raven’s marketing mix, and the fast and easy updating potential of Twitter while on the road and on stage doing gigs was the deciding factor in incorporating the ever growing Twitter.

THE TWITTER PLAN (more…)

Keep Your Pulse On Developing Tools

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

What's new in the Crystal Ball?

What’s New?

Use Tools Wisely

strategic planning: innovation: management:success

SEVEN QUESTIONS FOR YOUR PLANNING MODEL

Technology and alternate ways of doing things are always in a state of flux. Whether it’s outsourcing some of your operations or looking at techniques that aid your decision process, it’s important to keep emerging tools and practices on your radar screen.

One example is the evolving nature of financial planning and analysis software that transcends beyond traditional spreadsheet tools. Do you ever wish you had a crystal ball to aid your business decision process? Would you use such a tool if it was available? With operations becoming more and more complex, having the ability to anticipate, analyze and assess alternate strategies BEFORE committing valuable time and resources is becoming vital.

Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read old five-year projections.“-Malcolm Forbes

Does your current financial forecasting model provide answers to theseĀ  SEVEN TYPICAL INQUIRIES? (more…)

Another Home Grown Solution in Grande Prairie Alberta

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Residential wind turbines
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enlightened orgs: inspiration

ALBERTA’S WINDIEST CITY

That seemingly constant, gusting wind I cursed when I lived in Grande Prairie, Alberta, had a different look and feel for Drennen and Jamie Hallett. It was the whiff of opportunity.

The Hallett’s, owners of Golden Sheep Power, officially opened their doors for business in Grande Prairie on February 1, 2009. They will be the first company in Alberta to offer home-owners a chance to get off the grid by using home-based wind turbines and solar panels.

A NEW WIND IS BLOWING

Their timing could not be better. The provincial government just passed regulations to allow for micro-generation in Alberta. And the City of Grande Prairie, a city that has seen explosive growth in the past 5 years due to oil and gas exploration, has shown its openness to explore other sources of energy by allowing the Halletts to set up a pilot project to demonstrate and test the home-based units.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE PILOT IS SUCCESSFUL?

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Poop – Planet – Prosperity

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Highmark Renewable “natural” gas
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enlightened orgs: inspiration

A NEW BLACK GOLD

In the debt-free province of Alberta, where the black gold that first gushed from the ground in the 1950’s, has resulted in a Heritage Trust fund worth of billions of dollars being set aside for a “rainy day” – getting anyone to think about alternative energy sources is not an easy sell. But two framers from the tiny farming community of Vegreville have risen to the challenge.

Their innovation to create Biogas from cattle manure seems a perfect fit for a province that has ranching as it second largest industry. It is also timely for a province aware of the implications of the depleting sources of non-renewable oil and gas, and the challenges of a reliance on an industry with a Boom/Bust economic cycle.

“Inventing a new technology is a pure Alberta story… a great example that building a knowledge economy can happen on the farm, not just in ivory towers” – Evan Chapko, CEO, Highmark Renewables (Edmonton Journal, 02/08/09)

FROM POOP TO PROFIT…Alberta’s new Black Gold…

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And The History Will Rock…

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Ongoing History of New Music with Alan Cross
Check out episode transcripts, schedules, and more!

music & arts: The Ongoing History
By Nick Corsi

What is alternative rock?

I have always been a big Alternative Rock fan. What is alternative rock? Well, you could categorize it using a number of sub-genres such as grunge, punk, indie, hardcore, metal, or any off-shoot that isn’t completely mainstream. The last 40 years have provided an explosion in the amount of genres rock n roll has to offer. Classifying, categorizing, and placing different artists in the proper labels is incredibly difficult. But I know a guy who can give you a little help if this is something you want to tackle…

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5 Simple Secrets To Saving Your Life Online

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Who’s visiting now?
This photo’s story

security: personal identity & passwords

HEY YOU! CHANGE YOUR TWITTER PASSWORD!

You wouldn’t hand your ATM card and pin number to a thief (I hope). Don’t let them control your online identity.

The first Twitter phishing attack has occurred. If you have a Twitter account, there’s a chance someone you don’t like, now has your password, and is sending direct messages to your followers in your name.

HERE ARE FIVE SIMPLE STEPS TO PROTECTING YOUR DIGITAL BUTT!

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The Market Is Finally Set For Micropayments

Monday, January 5th, 2009

TechCrunch Micro$
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Economy: Micropayments

WILL MICROPAYMENTS TAKE OFF?

For years, developers and investors have tried to create a system to collect micropayments [Wikipedia] for online goods or services. Web businesses have been stuck between free/subsidized, and about $1-$5, since the charges for credit card processing don’t usually justify payment processing for items less than $5.

This has led to advertising as being the only viable web model for businesses that might rely on micropayments. Following a 15% growth in $11 billion in the first half of 2008, Web advertising is taking a hit from its exponential web growth with the economic downturn, as reflected in the PubMatic Ad Price Index.

A NEW REVENUE OPTION FOR WEB BUSINESSES

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Is This The Energy Breakthrough We’ve Been Waiting For?

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Security on Twit TV
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Energy: Market-changing Products

IS NIKOLA TESLA ROLLING OVER YET?

“Think replacing batteries in electric cars, all the way down to no more lithium batteries in your computer, phone, and every other gizmo.”

Nick Gogerty has a brief discussion of such a product in his Designing Better Futures blog post, Ultracapacitors: is the energy revolution about to arrive?

We keep watching the market, as do so many folks in the energy industry for the game changer. One may have finally arrived!

A GAME-CHANGING PRODUCT

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Steps Count – Ahead Of The Crowd

Monday, December 15th, 2008


Staff at Steps Count
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Enlightened Organizations: inspiration

REDEFINING THE COMPANY

Steps Count www.stepscount.com is a small Ontario company with huge inspiration. I have chosen them as the first company I want to profile as an exemplary Enlightened Organization. Located in an office building basement, off the main street in Deep River, Ontario, a little town 2 hours north of Ottawa, it is nothing like any basement office you have been in!

AN INSPIRED ENVIRONMENT

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30 Years Of Research & Systems Development

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Brilliant Marketing Solutions

Marketing: Client Solutions

LOYALTY IS EARNED

Since we began VanAmburg Group in 1977, we have worked with thousands of clients, mostly in North America. During those 30 years, we learned a few things, and developed a few more. Within confidentiality limits, we’ve decided to share many of them with you. Every week over the coming months, we’ll add multiple articles, templates, case studies, interviews with thought leaders and CEOs, and tutorials, along with trends and analysis on everything at the intersection of research, planning, marketing and technology.

Read about us. Welcome aboard.

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