I Know What You Did Last Night!

Written by Mike Banks Valentine

Don't try to deny it. I know what you did last night!

One might expect that a line like that could only come from a jealous wife who has had a private detective follow her straying hubby, but soon it may come from your wallet or even your milk carton!

Why would your milk carton care what you did last night? It doesn't, but it could soon "know" that you passedrepparttar grocery store onrepparttar 119071 way home without picking up a fresh carton of milk. It will simply askrepparttar 119072 garage door opener which was told byrepparttar 119073 car and then inform your briefcase which will remind your cell phone to alert you tomorrow before you passrepparttar 119074 market again.

Your checkbook will know your bank balance before you balance it, so you won't need to balance it. Your car will insist that you take it torepparttar 119075 dealership for maintenance before it reachesrepparttar 119076 mileage limit set byrepparttar 119077 manufacturer for required service to keeprepparttar 119078 warranty intact. The Secretary of State (or Dept. of Motor Vehicles [DMV] in some states) will be able to disable your car if you fail to renew your registration or license.

All of this magic is possible now and in use in some cases.

Your world is very close to being automated, trackable and recorded in a permanent database. Huge abuses are possible in this strange new world and we need to establish boundaries and limit access to this information before it gets out of those databases and into any "unsavory" databases. I'll bet onrepparttar 119079 newest action adventure movies inrepparttar 119080 next few months having something to do with "Arnold" chasing down a good database that was corrupted by an evil data warehousing software developer.

I'm not a doomsayer, so I'll address these issues by suggesting that we all remain aware, informed and alert torepparttar 119081 possibility of abuses so that we can stop them from occurring.

I am a technology enthusiast so I welcome these developments for what they mean in terms of convenience and in making my life easier. The wireless web, BlueTooth technology, embedded chips, bar codes and information databases make it all easily do-able.

For those of you unfamiliar with BlueTooth technology let me put in its simplest terms (limit of my own understanding) it allows antyhing with this low frequency radio transmission to "talk" with anything else withrepparttar 119082 same embedded technology. This means that inanimate objects can communicate with each other whenever they are within a specific physical proximity to each other.

PRIVACY as we've known it inrepparttar 119083 past may be unattainable or shall I say, un-maintainable. Public uproar at well publicized issues such asrepparttar 119084 ToySmart.com database being sold as an asset in its bankruptcy, when it had promised that information would never be sold, illustrate how information on YOU could be sold, resold, sold onrepparttar 119085 blackmarket, hacked from multiplicity of sources or simply stored for access by big brother.

With The Right Support You Can Reach The Stars

Written by Martin Avis

Everything of any great consequence is built on a strong foundation. The world's most enduring icons of power, prestige, determination and success -repparttar great pyramids at Giza - depend as much onrepparttar 119070 bedrock beneath them as onrepparttar 119071 skill ofrepparttar 119072 stonemasons to survive. So it is with all of us.

Our bedrocks may not be made of granite but they have to be every bit as solid.

"No man [or woman] is an island." Certainly, this truism applies to every successful businessperson. And no businessperson needs a solid bedrock, an efficient network of support, more than one involved in Internet marketing.

Anyone can set up shop online. That'srepparttar 119073 problem. Books, magazines, tapes and videos, 'courses', e-zines and web sites all tell you how easy it is. How you just 'follow these simple steps' and watchrepparttar 119074 dollars flow.

They don't tell you how discouraged you will get whenrepparttar 119075 dollars are only flowing inrepparttar 119076 wrong direction. Or how lonely it can get staring at a computer screen in your spare bedroom for fourteen hours a day. Or how to deal withrepparttar 119077 anxiety of knowing you have to spend money to promote your business, but not being able to afford a mistake.

Every business has downsides and problems, but offline there are often people to turn to for help. Online traders may not be so lucky. Who do they turn to whenrepparttar 119078 'failsafe' strategy they read about fails? Who can they ask 'why?' when nobody buys from their site? Who will hold their hand when they feel as lonely as that long distance runner?

The answer is staring us inrepparttar 119079 face. The Internet isrepparttar 119080 greatest storehouse of human knowledge and experiencerepparttar 119081 world has ever seen. It is also peopled by warm-hearted generous souls from every corner ofrepparttar 119082 globe who are more than happy to share what they know.

Some will know less than you but think they know more.

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