Tag: Mobile


Why internet security matters

Now that the Internet is an integral part of our lives, it’s easy to forget that 15 years ago it didn’t even exist, at least for most people. In fact, the Internet has been around for more than 45 years, with the original iteration functioning as a way for scientists and scholars to send messages to one another. So, how did the Internet grow from its academic origins to become the indispensable global tool we know today? Many would say its rise was due to the creation of the World Wide Web or the speed of data transmission that made


The Economist Debate – Rebuttal

As I mentioned last week, I am participating in an online debate with The Economist. You can follow the debate and vote online for the issue you feel is more important. Here is the rebuttal I just posted based on the opening statements by my opponent, the moderator and feedback/comments I received from the various participants. My rebuttal:I am delighted by the response this debate has produced. Many thoughtful readers have pointed out that the initial premise of the debate is unnecessarily dualistic: it suggests an either/or dichotomy that seems unrealistic. Most people seem to believe that we need some


Participating in The Economist’s online debate on innovation

I’ve been asked by The Economist to participate in an online debate. I’ve spoken for The Economist on several occasions as panelist and even keynote speaker, but this is a first for an online debate. The motion for the debate is “This house believes Japanese ‘incremental innovation’ is superior to the West’s ‘disruptive innovation.’” The debate will run online from March 8th to 18th. Ex-Google CIO Douglas Merrill will be debating that ‘disruptive innovation’ is superior. You can follow the debate and vote online about which you feel is more important. My intro opening: Growing up in the West, we


Blogger feature, blogging and update

Yeah! Blogger’s latest editor now has a spell check feature. Its frightening to see all the mistakes in my older blog entries. Fix or not? The feature itself is a little buggy.  Namely, if you save/post a blog entry with “spell check” on, it will leave the highlights (in yellow) in the post itself.  Nevertheless, even with its very basic features, its a godsend to those with bad spelling habits – and will continue to perpetuate them.  Its also embarrassing to see all the misspellings instantaneously. For the 3 people who read my blog, no I have not lost interest


Overseas Mobile Woes

Was taking 3G speed for granted when you can only get “EDGE or “edge” – SLOW! Even GPRS would have been an improvement.  My DoCoMo “international” handset couldn’t even find a network – fail. Thankfully, at least my AT&T (iPhone) and Verizon (CDMA Blackberry) phones worked. Update: My phone bill for the whole trip (just two weeks) around Africa and the Middle East cost me $2,327!

William H. Saito