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Destination Dubai: Human Software as a Mobility Service (Part 1 of 2)

In The World is Flat, Tom Friedman writes about how human as well as digital”software” is required to make a society work. This includes: medical care, education, effective legal systems, etc.I am just back from my first trip to Dubai and can affirm that the Emirates, in addition to building the world’s largest buildings and shopping malls, are pioneering another first: transforming human software into a service through importing and maintaing human talent. Read More »

The Dreaded Car Computer

I’m on a car thing- Specifically how to merge cars and wireless- Wireless enables mobility, and the most mobile thing I have is my car. So bringing the two together, so that I can stay mobile, seems like a pretty good thing. Willie Nelson once sang,”You are always on my mind-”Right now I’m singing,”My car is on my mind-”Here’s why- I have two cars. One looks like this and the other looks like this- The more expensive one is currently in the shop, which means I’m a racking up bills and thinking about my youth.When I was younger I used to love to give my cars tune-ups, change the oil, and swap the brakes out- that sort of thing. Any of you real ‘gear heads’ out there will agree that there is no feeling (or smell) quite as sweet as dumping a few quarts of syrupy black goodness into the local sewer so it can make its way out to sea. Read More »

The best wireless protocol for my commute (or how to find a mate at a snail’s pace or 70 Miles Per

Multiple times per I drive from my home in San Francisco to building 14 at Cisco’s campus in San Jose-It is not a short drive. Like commuters everywhere I listen to the Radio (NPR, Adam Carolla, and Sports Radio -- thank you). But like every other MTV generation Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). person on the road my mind wanders. Usually I drift off when commercials are on regular radio and NPR is doing a story about endangered earth worms living on a fault in downtown Los Angeles. It is at times like this that I turn to one of my favorite distractions. Looking at other drivers on the road and trying to figure out something about them. More specifically (and I don’t know how politically incorrect this is) I try to figure which women are single. So, being a geek-a-zoid, I’ve decided to write about what the best wireless protocol would be for my new web 2.0 wirelessly-enabled social networking idea: Car-Matchster. Read More »

How do wireless and dry cleaning converge?

Despite the fact that my co-workers joke about my wrinkled clothes -- I *do* go to the cleaners. In fact, this morning I went to the one up the street from where I live to drop off some of my wrinkled clothes. “You work at Cisco Systems Matt?” Ahmed, my dry cleaner, asked me. I have been using him for a long time and we call each other by first name. “Yeah. How’d you know?”"I found a business card in one of your shirts. What do you know about RFID?”I paused for a second… I was truly taken aback. Then it dawned on me that you know that something is going to become pervasive when your dry cleaner asks about it. Read More »

Matt’s Wireless Experience yesterday – no wires attached

Yesterday I woke up right on time (again) because my clock wirelessly synchronizes to a master clock. As part of my morning routine. I grabbed my remote control and flipped on the stereo to my favorite news station. While I was trying to open my eyes, my mother called to talk about the Oscars. So I grabbed my 2.4 Ghz phone and listened to why she thought “Little Miss Sunshine” should have won and how cute the little girl was sitting in her chair. Yada yada yada… I want to go back to sleep 5:30 AM is a bit too early to hear how pleased she was that Martin Scorcese finally won. “Mom can I call you later?” I hung up -- threw the phone on the nightstand (knowing I’ll forget where it is but knowing I can use the base station to find it later on). The truth is -- its at these early morning moments when I regret not investing in one of those wireless thing-a-majigs that turn your hot water on for you. But I’m inherently cheap -- so I pulled myself out of bed, turned on the water, and waited for it to get warm. Read More »