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Privacy Thoughts - Google Vs. ISPs

There is a lot of good blogger analysis about Google's ability to drill down deep into the search world and possibly get  into trouble by not keeping personal privacy data private. 

Given Google's business model of matching people to ads, it is in their best interest to not blow this, and keep private data private.

However, there seems to be a small group of alarmists raising issue with Google's recent purchase of RSS service provider Feedburner.

I do have to disclose that I am a big fan and happy customer of Feedburner. Congrats to the team over there. 

Based on my above assertion that Google must, if they want to be successful, protect privacy, that this new found very rich data in Feedburner will get the same high-level of protection. 

Plus, I don't see any signs of Google behaving badly, and that can not be said about ISPs.

Wired recently published a piece that outlines one of my big privacy concern areas - the data ISPs can and will be collecting, and what they plan to do with it as it effects public disclosure (overt, covert, and stolen), and possible manipulation as it enters 'their' network and gets to your devices.


Another Interest Architectural Dual-Use Space Idea

There was an interesting article in the Sunday San Diego Union-Tribune about a company called GarageTown USA  that is offering a different type of storage space in some parts of the United States. 

First up, these are 'condo' units that you purchase to own.  They also include: climate control, better security, posh customization options, and community clubhouses. 

A couple of other companies in Florida are offering something similar with a heavy focus on vehicles: Park Place Car Condo and DreamCar Carriage House.

It sounds like a nice place to setup a 'group' audio/video production area.


Competition Turn Around - Starbucks vs. McDonalds

I thought it was interesting that McDonalds recently announced premium coffee to combat the growth of Starbucks and similar coffee stores. 

I noticed yesterday at Starbucks in Pt. Loma, CA that that Starbucks is now selling breakfast sandwiches (ala competing with the Egg McMuffin).

Careful what you decide to compete with ...


Dinner Recommendation - Romesco, Bonita, CA

Christy and I were very lucky to receive a $100 gift certificate in the mail a couple of weeks ago thanks to the fine folks at RSVP San Diego.

The gift certificate was for Romesco Baja Med Bistro in Bonita, CA. 

Other than Google maps giving is bad directions because of construction, the evening was fabulous.

The bistro is located in a shopping center right across the street from the municipal golf course, but once you get into Romesco you easily forget that.  The interior style is very much like a French bistro and the atmosphere was relaxing.

The following items are all highly recommended: Ajillo Gulf Shrimp, Savervos Baby Spanich Salad, Giuseppis Napolitana, and Lasagna.  We also had Creme Brulee for dessert, and the wine for dinner was a Gewurztraminer from the Russian River area in Northern California.

We highly recommend Romesco Baja Med Bistro!


Podcast Recommendation - Interview With New Media Author Philip Meza

Chris Gondek over at the Invisible Hand Podcast had a great interview with Philip Meza the author of the book "Coming Attractions: Hollywood, High Tech, and the Future of Entertainment" that is definitely worth a listen.

The one great thing in the podcast was that Chris let Philip outline some key recommendations that companies and organizations should be doing to excel in this new media world.


Alternative Housing Designs For The Future?

A couple of related articles that I ripped out of  the print version of Wired several months back are pretty interesting if you spend any time thinking about alternative housing designs for the future.

The first is Andrew Blum's look at the Glassic Soho designed by Christopher Deam. 

The second is Asami Novack's one-pager on Richard Horden's m-ch.

I like the simple flexible designs, and the energy self-sustaining technologies.