Digital Liquidity

Saturday, June 03, 2006

LinkedIn-The Latest Extorter of Personal Information for Profit

LinkedIn a social networking website that utilizes its users connections and contacts to make money in making introductions is the latest in middle-man web trash. The services on linked in that are useful cost money and becoming a member and adding contacts is not worth it. Think about it. What are your corporate contacts worth to you?
Consultants make a living off of managing contacts and knowing people. People gain jobs and friends from making meaningful introductions. Hold on to your contacts. Your Information is worth something or at the very least worth the networking services that Linkedin provides. Members should not pay a dime. You can catch up with former class-mates on My Space for free. Linkedin is the corporate version of INTERNET DATING. They profit on both ends for charging you and potential contacts for informations for virtually no work. How evolved is this pay version- of a post but don't read message board.

Meet-Up owned by Yahoo, is also a great idea, that comes with a price tag. The services offer great opportunity for stay at home mom's and other groups yet it costs money to run a group. Start a blog for free and I promise an application that scours the net for groups  and brings it all to one spot for free will be in the works shortly, OH WAIT YOU CAN ALREADY GOOGLE FOR GROUPS

In short, both these services get an F- so close to giving them a G- Don't subscribe or support services that do not preserver your digital liquidity or make your life easier on the dirt cheap or free.

Monday, April 24, 2006

PDL Revised Definition

PDL in the Raw and Without Bias

Personal Digital Liquidity is a term used to describe an individual's flexibility and versatility in regard technological lifestyle.PDL was created by Nicholas McGill, an Northern California IT Consultant and is defined by a user's ability to freely move aspects of their technological lifestyle including their purchases, choices, preferences, information, and personal data across any hardware or software solution. In short it is the individual's ability to fluidly move from one technological solution to the next with out the loss of information, control, or choice.

A person is said to have successfully preserved their personal digital liquidity if they have migrated to a different, separate or new technological solution without the loss or limitation of purchasing choice options, capabilities, or ownership or control of personal information or data.

At any given time, a particular product or solution may beat all competitors or stand out, but it may place a heavy toll on an individual's personal digital liquidity; limiting choices,options or control.

Friday, April 21, 2006

PDL & Web 2.0 Go Together Like PB&J

Web Apps are the greatest things for PDL since Linux

The new suite of web applications make it easier for a user to get anything done over the internet from anywhere. With all the files hosted online a user merely uses the device as a vessel and the information is the soul. Preserving that digital soul is what PDL is all about. So there will be a focus on recommending the best Web Apps to use to be an Digitally Liquid Nomad, wander the hardware and OS platform realms and still have the same effective functionality everywhere you go. The journey begins for everyone surviving on the web alone.

Some Great Applications
This is a no brainer, use it to organize and store thoughts
The swiss army knife of web applications
gets you connected to all of Google's services
Even use it as a hard drive

Google Page Creator- create web pages online

Google Calendar
Great sharing capabilities and you can use it anywhere.

ZOHO Writer-online document editing
ZOHO Creator-build your own web application in less than 30 minutes a very useful tool
Protopage- Web Desktop Experience

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Keeping it Liquid- Easy VPN Access from Anywhere

VPN Solution That is Borderless: Hamachi as a Personal and Professional VPN Alternative

A digitally liquid individual needs to be able to access data anywhere on the go. Accessing files from work or home with traditional methods can be costly. Fortunately there are great individuals out there who make free programs for the masses. I give to you Hamachi, a product that I recommend to all my clients.

may have a weird name, but it is a necessity for people on the move, or those who need access on the go, and therefore definitely for the digitally liquid consumer. This is a free VPN product that is easy,effective, and secure. This product can be used for professional VPN access, personal mediated peer to peer networking, and of course creating a LAN game with all your buddies from around the world. The installation is smooth even for a computer novice, and the program functions like any other Instant Messaging Client. Once the host network is created and a password assigned, users must know the network name and the password to connect.

-users must know network name and password
-user rights are assigned by the policy in place on XP- no need to reconfigure, making it extraordinarily easy for the right people to have access to only shares that they are entitled to
-AES encryption-Professional Standard of end to end encryption-so there is no loss in security

It Gets Through almost Anything
Microsoft's VPN solutions are notorious for being lost in the various paths and hung up on language and protocol. Hamachi creates its own network adapter and creates its own way through. This product and the lack of a huge expense to utilize it make it the perfect solution for the Digitally Liquid Consumer. It works over firewalls, wifi, everything, where professional products fail and get hung up costing time and money, Hamachi Gets through.

Fun and Easy to Use
Hamachi can be used as an IM client for those on your network giving you an extra layer of private encrypted communication. If you can use MSN Messenger or AIM you can use this application. It even launches a guide to help you along the way.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Personal Digital Liquidity Explained

The Concept of Personal Digital Liquidity as a Right

Personal Digital Liquidity is a concept created by Nicholas McGill, an aspiring IT consultant in Northern California designed to describe a person's right or strategy to choose and maintain technological solutions be it hardware or software that preserve consumer control over information, purchase decisions (steering away from the propietary), most importantly protects the consumer's ability to move quickly,effortlessly, and fluidly to alternative solutions.

Personal Digital Liquidity is an encompassing concept/strategy focused on technology to maximize a consumer or individual's options and choices and to maintain control over all aspects of their digital lifestyle by choosing solutions and products that provide the most flexibility and universal compatibility. Personal Digital Liquidity can be applied to all aspects of technology.

At any given time, a particular product or solution may beat all competitors or stand out, but it may place a heavy toll on a consumer's digital liquidity; limiting choices,options or control. However if the user is compensated by the quality of the product and there are alternative means of bypassing the restraints and thus restoring digital liquidity than it is a fair exchange. As a general rule of thumb an individual should guard their right to personal digital liquidity as closely as they guard their right to free speech. If it is easily given up then the consumer forfeits the freedoms of choice, flexibility, and control.

For example, the ipod is hands down a great product. However, the software it forces upon users (itunes) takes away the flexibility of using different types of media files used (extension ie mp3 vs aac) and the software takes away the control and distribution of a user's library. This software clearly takes away the consumer's personal digital liquidity when it comes to media. However, there is hope. Because of its mass consumption, the ipod has its own hacker following and there is software and tools that can be used in place of itunes thus restoring the consumer's digital liquidity. The ipod hacks and the large community dedicated to keeping control of their media while using the ipod make it a worthy purchase.

Flexibility can be described as the quality of being adaptable or variable. If a user can save, edit, convert, change information or configuration to many formats and is not obligated to any particular form it is said to be flexible.

For Example, on the software side, audio programs like Winamp, Audacity and others allow users to open, save and edit in many different formats. Mp3 players like ipods and others that play many different formats and do not force or require you to stick to their software to manage your digital content. Itunes and Windows media player attempt to restrict the consumer's choices and flexibility by forcing them to use their proprietary (exclusively owned and controlled) software and encode content in formats that are controlled by the companies. Not only do these programs control the encoding of the files the software also attempts to control the entire library and distribution of files by governing when, where, how often, and how many times content can be copied or distributed.







On the hardware side, SD memory is a competitive standard memory solution, meaning it is used by many different manufacturers and in many different products at the same time. Companies that manufacture products with SD slots honor the consumer. SD is can be used in many different products at the same time, including holding images from my digital camera, songs for my mp3 player or computer, and documents and files for my computer all at once. Sony on the other hand has its own memory solution called Memory Stick and its smaller buddy the Memory Stick Duo. They attempt to limit the consumer's choice by making Memory Stick the only memory option for their products cameras, mp3 players etc.







ZIP DISKS and similar iomega products

Universal Compatibility refers to a solution product, or format's ability to be used on most if not all platforms or can be read, edited, manipulated, and shared across most software or hardware solutions in its field.

On the Software side for example, a text file can be read and understood by Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems and most others as well, it is therefor universally compatible and maintains the consumer's personal digital liquidity. A program in the form of a cab installation file for the Pocket PC OS may be ran from a Pocket PC and could install a program may not be so easily. Using a program that is limited to a specific version, or operating system or is otherwise not universally compatible limits or reduces a consumer's personal digital liquidity.

An example on the hardware side would be the contents of an SD card or a CD can be read by any platform. Most USB devices are universally compatible. However, the Microsoft Fingerprint Reader for example may only work on a Windows operating system with the Internet Explorer browser, and is not compatible with other browsers or operating systems. This loss of compatibility reduces the choice of the consumer and thus reduces the personal digital liquidity of the consumer because the individual is forced to using the compatible browser. If the reader worked with all browsers it could be called universally compatible and would maintain personal digital liquidity.If the limitation is beyond the scope of possibility for the user (ie they'd never use a different browser or cannot) then there is no loss


USB PRODUCTS that are universally compatible


Microsoft Fingerprint Reader because they pretty much try to force you to use their browser, Internet Explorer instead of making their hardware universally compatible and giving the consumer the choice.