The Internet - The first Worldwide Tool of Unification ("The End of History")

" ... Now I give you something that few think about: What do you think the Internet is all about, historically? Citizens of all the countries on Earth can talk to one another without electronic borders. The young people of those nations can all see each other, talk to each other, and express opinions. No matter what the country does to suppress it, they're doing it anyway. They are putting together a network of consciousness, of oneness, a multicultural consciousness. It's here to stay. It's part of the new energy. The young people know it and are leading the way.... "

" ... I gave you a prophecy more than 10 years ago. I told you there would come a day when everyone could talk to everyone and, therefore, there could be no conspiracy. For conspiracy depends on separation and secrecy - something hiding in the dark that only a few know about. Seen the news lately? What is happening? Could it be that there is a new paradigm happening that seems to go against history?... " Read More …. "The End of History"- Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“…5 - Integrity That May Surprise…

Have you seen innovation and invention in the past decade that required thinking out of the box of an old reality? Indeed, you have. I can't tell you what's coming, because you haven't thought of it yet! But the potentials of it are looming large. Let me give you an example, Let us say that 20 years ago, you predicted that there would be something called the Internet on a device you don't really have yet using technology that you can't imagine. You will have full libraries, buildings filled with books, in your hand - a worldwide encyclopedia of everything knowable, with the ability to look it up instantly! Not only that, but that look-up service isn't going to cost a penny! You can call friends and see them on a video screen, and it won't cost a penny! No matter how long you use this service and to what depth you use it, the service itself will be free.

Now, anyone listening to you back then would perhaps have said, "Even if we can believe the technological part, which we think is impossible, everything costs something. There has to be a charge for it! Otherwise, how would they stay in business?" The answer is this: With new invention comes new paradigms of business. You don't know what you don't know, so don't decide in advance what you think is coming based on an old energy world. ..."
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)



Etiquette mavens say the book on manners must be rewritten, literally, to take into
account new technologies and social media (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

A 2012 survey by Intel found that in several countries, a majority said they were put
off by "oversharing" of pictures and personal information on the
internet and smartphones (AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls
Logo No Hate Speech Movement

Bundestag passes law to fine social media companies for not deleting hate speech

Honouring computing’s 1843 visionary, Lady Ada Lovelace. (Design of doodle by Kevin Laughlin)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Neighbours' fury as BT chairman is only person in village to get high-speed broadband

MailOnline, By SCOTT WARREN, 30th November 2009

Blackspot: Hambledon residents cannot access fast broadband internet

BT chairman Sir Michael Rake has outraged neighbours in the small Oxfordshire village where he lives, after it emerged he had been picked to take part in a trial of high-speed broadband internet.

Despite having lived in Hambledon, near Henley-on-Thames, for just a year, Sir Michael was the sole resident of the internet 'not spot' - where access to fast broadband is not commercially feasible - to be chosen for the nationwide trial testing the ability of 10 telephone exchanges to deliver a high speed broadband signal.

Resident Gary Ashworth, the executive chairman of Abacus Recruitment, has been forced to wait five years for fast broadband access, and was quoted £68,000 by BT when he asked what the charge would be for connecting his house to the network.

'I think it stinks of corruption,' he said.

'The chairman of BT is given preferential treatment.

'I run a business and we probably have 1,000 BT lines. Clearly there is preferential treatment if you happen to be the chairman. I think it is a disgrace.'

A BT spokesman said Sir Michael was chosen to test the ability of the network to access BT's corporate network, with a view to other large companies being able to have staff access secure networks remotely.

'Large companies often conduct trials among staff in the early stages so the lessons learnt remain in-house,' the spokesman said. 'The current trial includes staff from throughout BT, as well as customers.'

Tory Wycombe MP Paul Goodman said: 'Unless all BT staff members are entitled to participate in the trial on exactly the same terms, I think some of my constituents will find this very strange.'

Rural areas like Hambledon have been described by the Prince of Wales as 'broadband deserts', with 2.75million people stuck with slow broadband and another 166,000 unable to access the internet at all.

The Government has promised to have the entire nation connected to fast (greater than two megabits per second) broadband by 2012, with a 'broadband tax' of 50p per month on phone bills to fund the upgrade, which would run until 2017.

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Indonesian Minister Draws Twitter Anger for Disaster Remarks


Indonesians are among some of the most avid users of online social media like Twitter and Facebook. (Photo: Yudhi Sukma Wijaya, JG)

A government minister drew sharp criticism from earthquake victims Saturday and alienated some of his Twitter followers by blaming natural disasters in Indonesia on immorality.

Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring linked disasters to declining public morals when he addressed a prayer meeting in the city of Padang to mark Idhul Adha on Friday.

"Television broadcasts that destroy morals are plentiful in this country and therefore disasters will continue to occur," Antara quoted Sembiring as saying.

He also referred to Indonesian-made hard-core sex DVDs available in street markets as an example of growing public decadence and called for tougher laws against pornography.

Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that make the nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity. A giant quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Aceh.

A magnitude 7.6 temblor on Sept. 30 killed more than 1,000 on western Sumatra.

News of what Sembiring, a former leader of the Islamic-based Prosperous Justice Party, said provoked criticism Saturday from disaster victims.

Kikie Marzuki, a Muslim Aceh resident who lost 10 relatives in the tsunami, said victims were not to blame.

"I prefer to believe that natural disasters occur because of the destructive force of nature that cannot be avoided by humans," he said.

Sembiring's remarks also brought swift rebuke from some of his followers on the social interaction network Twitter.

One tweeter, who identified himself as Ari Margiono, told Sembiring his words inferred that residents of Aceh and Padang were more decadent than other Indonesians.

"Disasters provide a momentum for repentance," he told the Jakarta Globe earlier.

Not everyone disagreed with him, and his speech in Padang won the backing of the Indonesian Ullema Council.

"Based on the religious view, a disaster could be seen as a punishment for people's sins, and could also as a reminder to us of our mistakes," prominent council member Ma'ruf Amin said.

AP

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Social media 'could transform public services'

BBC News, by Mark Ward , Technology correspondent, BBC News

Capturing experiences can change the way some services are run

Social media could transform the NHS and other public services in the same way that file-sharing changed the music industry, a conference has heard.

Growing use of tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, offered an opportunity to reinvent services, delegates heard.

The MyPublicServices event debated ways to harness these conversations, many of which are critical, to make services better and more inclusive.

If this was not done, many services would be undermined, speakers said.

"It's happened to the music and travel industries and it's going to happen to public services," said Dr Paul Hodgkin, founder of the Patient Opinion site that organised the MyPublicServices conference.

Said Dr Hodgkin: "The question is how do we cope with it in a useful and productive way and not spend decades beating each other up?"

Capturing stories

Dr Hodgkin created Patient Opinion to capture stories about what happened to people when they got medical treatment. The site takes their criticism or praise and routes it to people in a local health authority who need to know and can, if need be, use that information to improve services.

He said that conversations about people's experiences with public services were going on all over the web and needed to be taken into account.

Dr James Munro, the director of Patient Opinion, said the web and the rising influence of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and other discussion sites was likely to force big changes in the running of programmes.

"Public services seem only to be there to give you what you need," he said. "A patient is all about being passive."

"This is about turning things upside down so the thing that looks like a deficit, your experience, becomes the gift you have to give to other people."

The conference heard from many people who had been moved by their frustration with current practices to set up a website or a service that can do something about it.

Denise Stephens created Enabled by Design in 2003 after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Ms Stephens said she grew increasingly frustrated with unattractive assistive technology that made her home resemble a hospital. She started Enabled By Design to share information about better designed, cheaper and more attractive alternatives.

"A lot of assistive technology is ugly and does not do the job very well," said Ms Stephens.

Talking about their experiences at MyPublicServices were projects to ensure that those in nursing homes are looked after with dignity, to help make welfare to work programmes less adversarial and a place to report experiences with police investigations.

Tom Loosemore, head of 4iP, Channel 4's Innovation fund, said he suspected that active citizens and frustrated users could become a big catalyst for change in public services.

"The design of public services around the needs of the public not the needs of the state enabled by the internet, that's the big change," he said.

"I'm not sure that the government can re-engineer itself from the inside out," he said. "It's going to take the demands of people to force it into shape."

He counselled attendees to "shout loud and force change" on local and central government.

He told conference goers: "You are the future of public services not .gov.uk."

Nearly half the money spent at US retail on desktop PCs goes to Apple

Beta News, by Joe Wilcox | November 25, 2009, 2:24 PM

In October, Mac US retail desktop computer revenue share was 47.71, percent up from 33.44 percent a year earlier, according to NPD. It's a stunning number, given just how many Windows PC companies combined command so much more market share, while competing for the same revenue share.


NPD measures in-store and online sales to compile the numbers. Contrary to blogs or news sites that will link to this post, NPD did not issue a report with this data. I asked for it. That's what reporters do -- ask questions.

The larger questions: Can Apple sustain such high desktop dollar share? Does Apple benefit long-term from the trend? "No" is likely answer to both questions.

Stephen Baker, NPD's vice president of industry analysis, attributes some of Apple's October gains to the release of fast, new iMacs during the same month that Windows PC sales declined ahead of Windows 7's October 22nd launch. "You only really had 10 days to catch up some 20 days of lost [Windows PC] sales," Baker said.

Additionally there is the recession, which force hit following the late-September 2008 stock market crash. "You're comparing the [iMac] launch month this year to the month last year when people stopped going into stores to buy things," Baker said. "To some extent it's a little bit apples and oranges."

He emphasized: "While those are great numbers, that's probably not sustainable." Perhaps, but even a decline to 40 percent revenue share would put Apple head and torso above every single competitor selling Windows PCs. It's worth noting that Mac desktop revenue share had already risen to 44.91 percent in April 2009, although Baker attributed some of that "pop" to the "residual effects" of new iMac upgrades a month earlier.

One factor helping Apple is average selling price. The Mac maker has largely chosen not to compete with Windows PC manufacturers below $1,000. While price wars continue at the low end among Windows PC manufacturers, Apple's entry-level iMac starts at $1,199. True, Apple offers the Mac mini for $599 or $799, but the ASP is considerably higher than comparably priced Windows PCs. Low-cost Windows PCs typically come with monitor, keyboard and mouse, which are all extra-cost items for Mac mini unless the buyer uses existing gear.

In October, the Mac desktop ASP was $1,338, down from $1,390 in April and $1,581 in October 2008, according to NPD. By comparison, Windows desktop PC ASP was $491, or nearly $900 less than the Mac desktop. Generally, Apple also captures more revenue share on much smaller sales. For example, according to Apple SEC filings, worldwide, the company shipped 3.05 million Macs -- only 787,000 of them desktops -- in third calendar quarter. By comparison, HP shipped 16.1 million PCs and Acer 12.5 million, according to Gartner.

Where Apple's sales are stronger, in notebooks, it's revenue share is by no means as high -- yet still an enviable percentage for any single computer manufacturer. Mac notebook US retail revenue share was 33.66 percent in October, up from 30.07 percent in April but down from 38.13 percent in October 2008. In the year-ago month, Apple released its first unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros, which lifted revenue share. The change in revenue share from October to April to October bookends the new Mac laptop launches and corroborates Baker's assertion that Apple revenue share will recede in coming months.

"Apple gets a huge bump out of new products that no one else gets," he said. "Those [share increases] haven't tended to be sustainable in the long term."

Maybe, but one third of sales going to one company is an amazing feat -- and it's where the market is growing fastest: Portable computers. The Mac laptop ASP also is much higher than Windows notebooks: respectively, $1,410 to $519 in October, according to NPD. Apple sells fewer units, but commands higher margins on every one than Windows PC manufacturers.

The question ahead: What about Windows 7 and the holidays? On Monday, Gartner predicted that Windows 7 wouldn't lift PC sales in 2009. That's a question to answer in January when the sales figures are final. But based on Apple's ability to defy the recession's downward pull on computer sales and just how consistently busy are the company's retail stores, I'll predict that Mac overall US retail revenue share will stay well above one-third and more than 40 percent for desktops. Surely any Windows PC competitor would want make so much on so few computers sold, comparatively.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Indonesian Muslims Surf Internet for a Sacrifice

The Jakarta Globe, Lisa Siregar and Tasa Nugraza Barley

Muslims commemorate the Idul Adha holiday by sacrificing goats and sharing the meat to feed the needy. (JG Photo)

Muslims no longer have to purchase sacrificial goats and cattle for Idul Adha in person, but can arrange for them to be delivered to their home or slaughtered in their name via the Internet.

In the days prior to Idul Adha, most Muslim families of sufficient means purchase livestock at their neighborhood mosque or at tethering stalls on the side of the road.

On the holiday itself, the majority of them bring the animals to halal slaughterhouses for butchers to sacrifice, but some others, who know how to kill animals humanely following the Koran’s edicts, take matters into their own hands.

The main purpose of the slaughter is to feed the needy, who receive portions of meat. However, it is not always easy to find a healthy animal, a halal butcher and bona fide poor people.

Aiming to simplify the process, a number of Indonesian-based halal livestock sellers have begun operating online.

Risdiyanto, 32, a physics teacher living in Central Java, established www.sapiqu.com about six weeks ago, just in time for Idul Adha.

He said his family had always been in the halal cattle industry, but he worked as a teacher and simply didn’t have time to run a cattle market.

“With Internet technology you don’t have to spend a lot of money building an office or store,” Risdiyanto said.

He posts pictures of his cows on his Web site’s gallery. Prices range from Rp 7.7 million to Rp 18.3 million ($815 to $1,940). Orders are made over the phone and the transaction can be completed either by cash or bank transfer.

Risdiyanto requires a down payment of Rp 2 million and says he can deliver to any address in Bandung or Jakarta. After the initial payment has been made, the cow is transported from the family’s stockyard in Purbalingga, Central Java, to the delivery address.

Risdiyanto said it hadn’t been easy building trust among customers, most of whom had so far been friends or friends of friends. First, it’s not easy to convince people to transfer their money to someone they don’t know, he said. Second, most people prefer to see the cows in the flesh, and are generally fussy.

“For Idul Adha, most people are concerned about the appearance of the cows,” Risdiyanto said.

“Most people want plump, white cows, while it’s hard to sell black ones.”

He said people also liked to show their animals off around their neighborhoods, signifying the extent of their charity.

Mulyadi Ilham, a customer of sapiqu.com, said he learned of the service from a friend. “I just wanted to try. It’s a very easy method of buying a cow for Idul Adha,” Mulyadi said.

Rumah Zakat Indonesia (The Indonesia House of Alms) also offers Idul Adha services at rumahzakat.org.

Founded by Abu Syauqi, a cleric living in Bandung, in 1998, Rumah Zakat cans beef and goat and sells it online with the aim of distributing the meat to those in need in the poorer parts of Indonesia, such as in Sabang and Papua.

Before the sacrifice, the butcher will say a prayer and also mention the buyer’s name.

Purchasers, however, don’t get to pick animals out, and are not presented with proof of their sacrifice other than an e-mail confirmation.

A goat, priced at Rp 1 million, yields about 40 200-gram cans of meat. Cows sell for Rp 10 million and provide about 400 cans of meat for the poor.

Another option is for buyers the share the costs of a cow with seven others.

Rumah Zakat also has consultants available to talk buyers through the process via Internet messenger service.

Three sociologists from the University of Indonesia declined to comment about the practice of arranging sacrifices online, because it is considered a sensitive issue. However, Masdar F Mas’udi, the deputy chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama, said buying sacrificial livestock on the Internet should not be controversial.

“Life is changing. If it is possible to buy sacrifices indirectly with credible information, it is not a problem,” he said.

Masdar said the most important concern was whether buyers were being scammed.

Sapiqu
www.sapiqu.com
risdiy@yahoo.com
0811226023
(022) 87825922

Rumah Zakat
www.rumahzakat.org
welcome@rumahzakat.org
0804 100 1000

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www.tebarhewan.or.id
www.hewanqurban.com


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Iraq government launches its own channel on YouTube

The Iraq government has followed in the footsteps of the Queen and the Pope and set up its own YouTube channel.

Just one in every hundred of the population has access to the net

The channel has been set up to promote transparency and allows people to watch speeches and behind-the-scenes footage.

The country's Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, said it was aimed at "people both at home and abroad".

In an opening address on the channel he said it was also an opportunity to show the world what Iraq had been through during the war.

"The government sees in this video technology an opportunity to show our achievements," said Mr al-Maliki.

"The world has not seen what the Iraqi government has been able to achieve in regard to security, economy, politics and building."

He said it was also a "showcase potential investment opportunities" and would be used to show the world the "vigorous war and terror" that Iraq had been through.

Mr al-Maliki said the channel was "one of the methods" that the government would use to "connect with people globally".

However, the first video published on the channel had a key feature disabled, meaning that viewers could not leave comments.

In addition, the web service may be of limited value to many of Iraq's citizens.

The UN estimates that just one in every hundred of the population has access to the internet. It has no figures of the number of people who have broadband subscriptions.

The channel has been set up by the Iraqi National Media Center and says it is aimed at "publicising the most important activities of the Iraqi Government".

Eric Schmidt, head of Google, said it was "exciting to see the Iraqi Government embrace online video as a new way to connect and engage with the Iraqi people and citizens of the web around the world".

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hackers steal electronic data from top climate research center

Scientists' e-mails deriding skeptics of warming become public

By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post Staff Writer ,Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hackers broke into the electronic files of one of the world's foremost climate research centers this week and posted an array of e-mails in which prominent scientists engaged in a blunt discussion of global warming research and disparaged climate-change skeptics.

The skeptics have seized upon e-mails stolen from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in Britain as evidence that scientific data have been rigged to make it appear as if humans are causing global warming. The researchers, however, say the e-mails have been taken out of context and merely reflect an honest exchange of ideas.

University officials confirmed the data breach, which involves more than 1,000 e-mails and 3,000 documents, but said they could not say how many of the stolen items were authentic.

"We are aware that information from a server in one area of the university has been made available on public websites," the statement says. "We are extremely concerned that personal information about individuals may have been compromised. Because of the volume of this information we cannot currently confirm what proportion of this material is genuine."

Michael E. Mann, who directs the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, said in a telephone interview from Paris that skeptics are "taking these words totally out of context to make something trivial appear nefarious."

In one e-mail from 1999, the center's director, Phil Jones, alludes to one of Mann's articles in the journal Nature and writes, "I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (i.e., from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline."

Mann said the "trick" Jones referred to was placing a chart of proxy temperature records, which ended in 1980, next to a line showing the temperature record collected by instruments from that time onward. "It's hardly anything you would call a trick," Mann said, adding that both charts were differentiated and clearly marked.

But Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said this and other exchanges show researchers have colluded to establish the scientific consensus that humans are causing climate change.

"It is clear that some of the 'world's leading climate scientists,' as they are always described, are more dedicated to promoting the alarmist political agenda than in scientific research," said Ebell, whose group is funded in part by energy companies. "Some of the e-mails that I have read are blatant displays of personal pettiness, unethical conniving, and twisting the science to support their political position."

In one e-mail, Ben Santer, a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, offered to beat up skeptic Pat Michaels, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute, out of sympathy for Jones.

Neither Jones nor Santer could be reached for comment.

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Brin: Two Google Operating Systems May Become One

Google co-founder says Chrome and Android could someday become a single OS. Chrome browser plus Android OS equals... Android.

PC World, David Coursey

Saying that Chrome is for the Internet and Android for devices, requires a belief that users actually make the distinction.

They don't and Google knows it, but only co-founder Sergey Brin can say so.

In this case, it is the Emperor seeing his subjects' new clothes. Or the profound lack thereof.

(And if you haven't seen Chrome OS, here is our visual tour).

Following the Thursday's Chrome OS announcement, Brin informally told reporters that the two operating systems were "likely to converge over time," but offered no specific timetable.

His remarks didn't seem important at the time and were briefly lost in the excitement of the new OS. Today, however, people who heard the remark realized Brin actually said something important. And it undermines the whole Chrome OS concept.

Brin cited the common Linux OS and WebKit browser heritage the two operating systems share as an example of forces driving them together.

During the presentation, other Google execs described a "perfect storm of converging trends" that somehow required it to develop and support two separate operating systems.

Maybe converging trends lead to converging operating systems? Could be, just ask Sergey Brin.

I had already wondered what the difference would be between Android and Chrome when installed on a netbook. Given the Chrome browser, wouldn't Android do all the same things Chrome could do, plus run Android applications?

Isn't that what users really want? A s opposed to an operating system only capable of running a browser and connecting to Internet-based applications?

It is easy to understand why Google wants to keep Chrome OS and Android separated in our minds: Chrome OS seems revolutionary, if a bit far-fetched. Android, by comparison, is the evolution of what are already doing.

In reality, Chrome OS is a subset of Android, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. It's the new Lite OS, faster and less filling.

However, merge Chrome and Android and you end up with Android.

It will be hard for Google to keep people from noticing what a good idea that is. An idea that in some ways cuts the legs right out from under a standalone Chrome OS.

David Coursey tweets as @techinciter and can be contacted via his Web site.

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Indonesia Information Technology Report Q4 2009 - New Report Published

New report provides detailed analysis of the Information Technology market

Companiesandmarkets.com and OfficialWire, by Press Office, Published on November 20, 2009

The Indonesian IT market should grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 13% over 2009-2013 despite a deceleration in 2009, with demand in key segments affected by the global economic crisis. In H109, some manufacturing organisations deferred IT procurements, but there was continued spending in the financial sector, which had previously accounted for as much as 30% of total spending.

Demand is expected to pick up in 2010, and return to double-digit territory by 2011.

Government spending is expected to increase this year, and some fundamental drivers, including low computer penetration and growing affordability, should ensure that the market remains in positive growth territory. Indeed, Indonesia is projected to be one of the best regional IT market growth prospects over BMI's five-year forecast period. 2009 has undoubtedly brought more caution, however, with pressure for cutbacks as companies focus more on the bottom line and immediate needs.

By 2013, Indonesia's hardware-dominated IT market is projected to reach a value of US$5.7bn, displaying faster growth than many Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) neighbours. With information and communication technologies (ICT) penetration of only around 20% and development restricted to richer areas such as Java, the market has much latent growth potential. However, the country's uneven development, and resultant digital divide, is a major barrier to faster growth within this potentially huge IT market.

Industry Developments

In H109 a ministerial decree directed that local government offices across Indonesia must adopt open source software (OSS) by 2011. The mayor of Surabaya revealed in July 2009 that his city had launched a pilot project for OSS applications. According to the mayor, all Surabaya municipal offices were now using the software, and civil servants had been given relevant training. The local government hoped that the municipality could save between 20% and 25% of its budget.

E-government is expected to emerge as an area of growing opportunity for IT vendors over the next couple of years. Currently, several ministries at both federal and province level are planning to implement projects. In 2008, a number of projects were launched, including an e-procurement system by the State Ministry for State Enterprise, which covered 25 state-owned enterprises, including state oil and gas company Pertamina and state electricity company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).

The government is also rolling out new e-learning initiatives, which could see education's share of the local IT spending rise from its estimated level of around 4%. The current ratio of PCs to students in public schools is around 1:3,200, and the government wants to increase this to 1:20. As there are 53mn students in Indonesia's schools system, this would require at least 2.5mn computers.

Indonesia Information Technology Report Q4 2009 © Business Monitor International Ltd Page 6 Competitive Landscape Multinational vendors dominate the Indonesian brand PC market leaders, with Acer currently boasting the edge in both notebook and desktop segments. In addition to HP and Acer, the rest of the top five comprises of Dell, Lenovo and Zyrex. While locally assembled 'white boxes' still claim up to 60% of the local PC market, a number of local PC and notebooks brands also enjoy increasing success, including Zyrex and Ion.

Acer is thought to have a market share of more than 40% for notebooks. In 2009 the Taiwanese vendor continued to expand its presence across both notebook and desktop segments with more product releases.

Meanwhile, HP has pledged to reclaim top spot in the Indonesian market from Acer at some point in H110 and has been aggressive in launching new notebook and netbook series.

IT services vendors have reported a growing demand in the telecoms, manufacturing and banking sectors.

Oracle has an agreement with local IT solutions provider PT Sigma Cipta Caraka (Sigma) to provide outsourcing services. Meanwhile, e-government is also being eyed by IT services vendors as a potential growth area. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said that it had targeted the government as a future growth driver in the Indonesian market. Currently, TCS's 15 local clients are principally from sectors such as banking and financial services, telecoms and media.

Hardware

The report forecasts 2009 Indonesia computer hardware spending of around US$2.5bn, up from US$2.4bn last year. Growth decelerated in 2009 and is forecast to be in low single digits this year before ticking up again in 2010. Double-digit growth is expected to resume in 2011, with the market rising to a value of nearly US$4.0bn by 2013.

Early results for 2009 were encouraging, due largely to notebook sales, which surged thanks to the popularity of netbooks; notebook sales grew faster than desktops in H109. In the current environment, the most promising growth driver is perhaps the consumer segment, which accounts for around 25% of computer demand. The main drivers are growing affordability and more credit availability.

Software

For 2009, software sales are projected at US$402mn, up from an estimated US$377mn in 2008, despite the current economic slowdown. There were signs in H109 that many firms planned to increase software spending. One market inhibitor is the continuing software piracy problem, which, by the local government's own figures, loses Indonesian software companies alone more than US$100mn a year.

Over the forecast period, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software continues to be of most interest to the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) market as currently only around 20% of Indonesian SMEs are estimated to make use of IT.

IT Services

Indonesia's IT services market is projected to be worth US$589mn in 2009, recording year-on-year (y-oy) growth of 4% from US$564mn in 2008. Currently, IT services account for only 17% of the country's hardware-centric IT market sales. Hardware deployment services remain the largest Indonesian IT services category, with approximately a 20% share.

In 2009, the banking sector continued to provide opportunities for IT vendors, despite the fallout from the global financial crisis. Banks continued with transformation strategies driven by factors such as new technologies & services and regulatory compliance. However, most opportunities are currently in fundamental service areas such as system integration, support systems, training, professional services, outsourcing and internet services.

E-Readiness

Low telephone line density, high charges and low PC penetration are all significant obstacles to higher internet penetration. However, the picture is not all bad as there are signs of faster growth in user numbers, and recent surveys have shown that, among a very small elite, there is fast adoption, by regional standards, of broadband and a willingness to pay for video conferencing, security and other additional features. The government is encouraging fixed wireless deployments, including WiMAX, to bring the internet to more remote areas.

The government is also rolling out an internet-based National Education Network, which involves 1,000 network points in five clusters nationwide, designed to facilitate the use of the internet in schools. Despite some advances in e-education, constraints remain due to poor infrastructure and lack of public awareness in a country where only 20mn people own fixed-line telephones.

Friday, November 20, 2009

FAQ: All you need to try out the Office 2010 Beta

Everyone can get Microsoft's next-gen productivity suite, but all the pieces aren't ready

Computerworld, Gregg Keizer, November 19, 2009 01:51 PM ET

As anticipated, Microsoft yesterday launched the first, and likely only, public beta of Office 2010.

Because this is the last available-to-all milestone for the new suite, Microsoft's geared up to get the beta into the hands of a very large group. "Instead of tens of thousands who tried the Technical Preview, now we're talking about millions and million of people," Takeshi Numoto, the corporate vice president for Office, said in an interview Wednesday.

On your end, the best thing about Office 2010 Beta is that you can use it free-of-charge for nearly a year: The preview won't expire until Oct. 31, 2010.

But what does our expert say? "Anyone interested in Office should get a copy of this beta," wrote Preston Gralla in his first-take review. "It was solid and performed well without crashing once. I experienced none of the slowness that you sometimes do with betas."

You can find out whether Gralla's right by downloading the beta and giving Office 2010 a spin yourself. But where is it, how do you install it, what do you need to run it, and how do you get rid of it if it's a can of worms?

Questions, questions, questions. Here are our answers.

When can I download the beta?That's easy: Now. Microsoft rolled out the beta during a keynote at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) mid-day Wednesday.

Where do I get it? The public download is available from the Microsoft site, on this page.

Office 2010, by the way, is the first Microsoft suite to be offered in both 32- and 64-bit versions. Choose the version that fits your operating system. You can check to see whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit edition of Windows 7 by clicking the Start button, then clicking Control Panel and System Maintenance. Click System.

Follow the instructions here for checking Vista and XP.

Is Microsoft limiting who can download the beta, like it did with the Technical Preview, or the number of people who can have it?No, there is no numerical cap on the number of downloads for Office 2010.

It's unclear whether Microsoft will set a time limit on Office 2010 Beta, as it did for Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) last summer. "I'm not sure if we have a specific plan to shut off availability at some point," said Numoto. Microsoft does plan, however, on making sure "millions and millions" of users are able to download and try the preview, Numoto added.

What edition of Office 2010 is the beta? At the Nov. 18 debut, the version offered everyone was Office Professional Plus 2010, the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink collection.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Global CIO: Building A Brand Takes IT Flexibility

There are fundamental differences in how marketing and IT see their roles, and the world. And it's bad for a company's brand when the CIO and marketing execs don't get along.

InformationWeek, By Brian Gillooly, November 17, 2009 03:04 PM

When my colleague Chris Murphy recently raised the issue of IT's impact on brand, and specifically the role the CIO plays in brand development, a reader responded by calling Chris' thoughts "blindingly obvious." The reader later added, "I can't believe that there's a CIO on the planet who doesn't understand this."

Sadly, there are plenty of CIOs who don't understand this, or at least don't pay heed to it to the extent it deserves in the rapidly unfolding collaborative IT environment. It's an environment in which customers, who ultimately determine what a brand means and what value it has, are increasingly taking control of their own buying experiences through the use of collaborative technologies and social media.

Forbes CIO Mykolas Rambus talks about managing cost cutting, the changing role of the CIO, building leadership within, and his company's high priority on mining intelligence from vast amounts of data.

Chris' column prompted a call from Bruce Rogow, a good friend of mine who speaks with more CIOs than anyone I know through his "IT Odyssey," a trek Bruce makes each year across the country and during which he visits with an average of 120 CIOs and other executives. His mission is simply to better understand the role of the CIO and the impact of IT and to track changes in how IT is used and valued in the organization. Bruce told me that recently he's been making an effort to meet with both the CIO and top marketing folks at some of the firms he visits to better understand the impact of IT on the brand. It's part of a project he's working on for Don Tapscott's nGenera Insights program called "Marketing 2.0."

Bruce says that, by and large, marketing people and IT people just don't get along. That might not surprise some (especially those who think that IT people don't get along with anybody!) The reason is that there's a fundamental difference in how each group thinks about its role: While this is admittedly a generalization, IT people tend to look at things linearly and in absolutes; marketing people tend to look at things conceptually and more fluidly. The problem is, both are responsible for building, protecting, and projecting the brand, so they've got to figure out a way to communicate and work together better.

In most of Rogow's Odyssey visits, he says IT and marketing--and specifically many CIOs and CMOs--simply don't get along. In one visit, he sat with the CIO awaiting someone from marketing who never showed. In a conversation that Rogow says typifies the relationship between the two officers at many companies, the CIO told Rogow he wasn't surprised by the no-show and that he "can't stand the [CMO]." According to Rogow, a staggering 10% or less of the 150 or so CIOs he's met with in the past year described the relationship with marketing in a positive way.

But the problem doesn't lie just with marketing, or with a perception (accurate or not) that IT is a weird science that few others can hope to grasp. One part of the problem, and a very correctable one, is the need for IT to become more flexible, says Rogow. IT has to figure out a way to work differently--become more agile, assign the right people to a project, worry about nuances that they may have dismissed before, and understand they're dealing with people who sometimes don't quite know what they're asking for. As I said earlier, marketing tends to focus on a concept--unlike, say, manufacturing, which generally knows what it wants from IT.

This need for flexibility in a collaborative world as a means of building the brand is most apparent when you consider that, in their research on the Marketing 2.0 project, the nGenera Insight folks discovered that there are at least 81 distinct IT customer touch points. These include some of the obvious like order status systems, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as things like kiosks, mobile applets, and online simulations. That's a lot of links in the brand chain that have to be firing on all cylinders, and it creates quite a burden on IT moving forward. CIOs who don't get that are in for a world of hurt when a disgruntled customer decides to use some of those 81 touch points to express displeasure among equally influential customer cohorts.

Rogow says there are three primary reasons that IT has begun influencing the marketing experience, and therefore the brand, so much over the past three to five years.

First, marketing has shifted dramatically to include the customer experience, partly due to technology, and partly as result of a cultural phenomenon. The second is the number of times and ways that IT is touching the customer today (those 81 distinct touch points). And the third is how IT is delivered, which can have a profound impact on customers' perception of brand.

While Rogow claims that the assertion in Chris Murphy's column by Andy Bateman, CEO of Interbrand New York, that, in building brands, "the CIO is as important a change agent as the CMO" is a bit of hyperbole, he agrees wholeheartedly with the concept that the CIO and IT are integral to helping define the value of the brand.

So what should CIOs do? One is to work on relationships. At companies where the IT and marketing teams are doing well at brand management, the CIO has generally, over a period of time, developed a working relationship at the senior level, executive management level, and staff level, where there is now a certain amount of both trust and distinctive competence. What's critical, says Rogow, is to force what one CIO called "trust incidents" between IT and marketing, as well as between IT and the customer. Don't assume that if you have confidence in one particular area, such as building supply chain systems, that your IT teams have the skills and working relationship to automatically succeed with another area of the business, such as creating effective mobile applets for the marketing department. Keep working at it.

It also may require another look at the enterprise architecture. Some companies will hire an IT person to work in marketing, and vice versa, and assume cross-pollination will just work. But that may only be a cosmetic solution: If you have 16 order-entry systems, Rogow says, you've still got a problem because of the confusion and complexity it can create for a marketing department. "You've got to get lean" by streamlining and cutting wasteful processes and systems, he says.

Ultimately, says Rogow, where CIOs and IT teams are great at developing order-entry and inventory systems, managing PCs, and building global supply chains, one of the next major challenges for IT is to step up to support the brand, and to ensure that the company is aware of IT's role in that.

Twitter has replaced RSS, claims Unilever exec

StrategyEye, by Andrew McDonald, 17th November 2009

As a business tool Twitter is now more powerful than RSS, according to the VP of global communications and planning at brand giant, Unilever.Speaking onstage at the 140 Characters Conference in London, Unilever’s Babs Rangagiah claims that the microblogging platform has surpassed its consumer origins.

“I think Twitter is the single best business tool I have now,” Rangagiah says. “In many ways it’s replaced my RSS feeds. It’s replaced how many different newspapers I go to. I used to go to a bunch of places [on the web] on any given morning, to get any information about what we’re doing for work, for our brands, for business, for statistics. All of that now, I feel, based on the followers that I have, I get through Twitter and the links [on Twitter].”

Rangagiah adds that for marketing products, it is essential for brands to reach out to the public.

“It is critical in today’s world, when you are marketing to people, to really live the space. Not just to read about it and to hear about it, but to be out there. I think anybody that’s in media today – media, entertainment and technology – has to be using Twitter. It’s just part of the job.”

Unilever is responsible for a host of household brands, such as PG Tips, Persil and Flora.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Age of cyber warfare is 'dawning'

BBC News

Compiled by security firm McAfee, it bases its conclusion on analysis of recent net-based attacks.

Analysis of the motives of the actors behind many attacks carried out via the internet showed that many were mounted with a explicitly political aim.

It said that many nations were now arming to defend themselves in a cyber war and readying forces to conduct their own attacks.

While definitions of what constitutes cyber war are not shared, it was clear that many nations were preparing for a future in which conflict was partly conducted via the net.

"There are at least five countries known to be arming themselves for this kind of conflict," said Greg Day, primary analyst for security at McAfee Europe.

The UK, Germany, France, China and North Korea are known to be developing their own capabilities.

The US is known to have an operating manual governing the rules and procedures of how it can use cyber warfare tactics. It is known to have used hack attacks alongside ground operations during the Iraq war and has continued to use this cyber capability while policing the nation.

Mr Day said there was evidence of a growing number of attacks that could be classed as "reconaissance" in advance of a future conflict. The ease with which the tools of such attacks can be gathered and used was worrying, said Mr Day.

"To go to physical war requires billions of dollars," he said. "To go to cyber war most people can easily find the resources that could be used in these kind of attacks."

The targets of such future conflicts were likely to be a nation's infrastructure, said Mr Day, because networks of all kinds were now so embedded in peoples' lives.

In response, he said, many nations now have an agency overseeing critical national infrastructure and ensuring that it is adequately hardened against net-borne attacks.

Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at Veracode which advises many governments on security, said cyber war presented its own problems when it came to deciding motive and finding the perpetrators.

"In physical warfare it's pretty clear who has which weapon and how they are using them," he said. "In the networked world that attribution is incredibly difficult."

The same is true for cyber crime, he said, where following a trail of money can lead investigators back to a band of thieves.

"If it is someone stealing information or planting logic bombs, it's far more difficult to find them," he said.

Mr Wysopal said many governments had woken up to the threat and were starting to put in place systems and agencies that could help protect them.

However, he said, they still had some weaknesses.

"The thing about governments doing this is that they have a time horizon of many years," he said. "But the criminals are doing it in a matter of months."