Outsource and Outhouse, or Cooperacy

We have hotels, motels, restaurants, theatres, sports fields, mass transit, car rentals, taxis, and public washrooms.  So, why do we have houses when we can outsource our sleeping accommodations, outsource our kitchen, outsource our entertainment, outsource our transportation, and outsource our bathroom facilities?  For the most part, we can probably sleep better, eat better and not have to worry about cleaning up after ourselves.  You know, we could become homeless. 

 A little while ago I made a comparison to the implications of outsourcing your bathroom to centralized computing applications in a previous posting “Shearing and Slaughtering of Sheeple“.

If you are a farmer and self-sufficient and self sustainable, or belong to a utility or food cooperative you have basically insourced your water supply, insourced your food supply, insourced your communications, and/or insourced your power supply. 

 So, why is it that we outsource our social media networking, our classified ads, and other cloud computing applications?  Why haven’t we formed community broadband application cooperatives to foster local development and ensure adequate access to broadband infrastructure?

Inhouse or outhouse; isn’t it really about convenience and efficiency?  The technological term is locality of reference.

You really have to be loco not to be local.

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Big Secret: Cloud Computing is Outsourcing

Cloud computing is another way of saying outsourcing which has proven to be detrimental to the nation and more relevantly detrimental to rural and remote communities.

The basis for local economic development, and my fundamental passion, is empowering the community, the demographic area, with their own resources.  I believe in community insourcing, not outsourcing, and that the “cloud” and the way it is being currently presented is just another form of outsourcing.  This mindless hype being perpetrated on the sheeple can be readily changed, https://communitydevelopmentcooperative.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/shearing-and-slaughtering-of-sheeple/

Really, does it make sense to outsource local community websites, their hosting, their development, or, does it make sense to pay outsiders for the right for us to communicate within the community, https://communitydevelopmentcooperative.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/why-do-we-pay-others-for-the-right-to-communicate/, or, does spending money outside of the community make more sense than buying locally regardless of the service or product?  This perspective can be readily changed so that everyone becomes a winner, the residents, the businesses, the associations and the institutions, and this even includes those monopolistic incumbents.

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Data Center’s Back to the Future

When I graduated from University, I worked for Control Data and one of my jobs while there was AIC (Analyst In Charge) of a data center operation.  It was my job to ensure the multi million dollar mainframes ran smoothly.  If problems occurred it was my job to ascertain whether it was a hardware or software issue and coordinate its resolution.  Those were the days when the cost of computers and running computer applications was so exorbitant only a few could justify the cost.  Sharing, that is, timesharing, became an economical way for many companies to use central processing technology through data center operations.  Initially the processing power was shared through batch processing, that is, submitting computer programs through card decks to run.  Then came dumb terminals and batch terminals making RJE (Remote Job Entry) easier using telephone lines, either leased lines or dial-up lines.

Today timesharing has been relabeled cloud computing by the sheeple herders and we’re moving back to the past in a lot of perspectives.  The information pioneer paths of yesterday have been replaced by information superhighways of fibre, copper, cable and wireless mediums.  This is being driven by the Internet whose creation was based on an open distributed architecture with no single point of failure.  For instance, social media networking, like Facebook, are examples of centralized processing, and we use the Internet to access those applications. 

Co-location facilities are another type of data center where companies store and run their servers to take advantage of economies of scale associated with power, air conditioning, and bandwidth.  They are basically a secure and fail safe environment which was once the domain of companies offering disaster backup facilities.

Yesterday’s data centers today are called cloud data centers and will inevitably become community cloud data centers.  These community data centers or community media centers, or whatever their designation, will fulfill local economic empowerment through insourcing, not outsourcing.  These data centers will share processing, and storage facilities, and even disaster backup facilities, all locally in the community, because the economies of scale are there to empower the community with their own resources.

Back to the Future can all be brought about by another type of DeLorean, a Community Development Cooperative.

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Highwaymen of Today

We have a new breed of highwaymen, informational highwaymen, not only laying in wait for you to travel the information highway, the Internet, but now enticing you with e-mail, websites, ads, and applications, all meant to extract your personal information.  They have spyware to detect and anticipate your movements on the highway.  They are devious and clever and invade your home and life with cookies, pop-ups, malware, rogueware, and propaganda.  They break into your home and business through hacking your computer.

The business social network, LinkedIn, was hacked with over 6 million passwords being stolen.  Given that information is readily and naively shared publicly by LinkedIn participants it makes you wonder why someone would bother.

There are even modern-day Robin Hoods travelling these highways; most notably, Anonymous.

These highwaymen are not just individuals but corporate information thugs who even monitor and track your cell phone and smart phone usage: “AT&T admits it tracks cell phone customers in quest for additional profits” .

This entire website, Community Development Cooperative,  is dedicated to how best to mitigate the actions of these perpetrators through local community cooperative endeavors and putting the broadband applications into the community with appropriate firewalls and increased security.

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Shearing and Slaughtering of Sheeple

The shearing and slaughtering of the intellectual and resource capacity of sheeple through cloud computing is becoming more and more apparent.  Picture these sheep below (wished I could give credit to the originator) as users of cloud computing applications where you are giving up private and confidential information and paying monthly revenue to do so.  Personal computers were initially very empowering technological tools; that’s what made Bill Gates filthy rich.  Then came the Internet and communication and collaboration on a scale never before achieved much to the chagrin of pathological globalists.  To counter, the process of shearing using these same tools is now practiced by globalists; little by little robbing you of your empowerment while making you pay for it.  Are you starting to feel indentured?  If not, are you ever going to wake up sheeple, before you are slaughtered.  To do nothing makes you as culpable as the perpetrators.

Think about it!  It makes more sense to host applications (cloud applications) within the community, perhaps through a community media center, for several reasons: it mitigates dependence on the backhaul telecommunications infrastructure; reduces the cost of the backhaul; facilitates peering of disparate networks within the community; keeps revenue in the community; can foster an open access community network; utilizes resources within the community; and maximizes local economic development.  In keeping aspects of the cloud within the community, the community itself becomes an ASP (Application Service Provider) and the content drives what is required out of their telecommunications infrastructure to facilitate local access to their applications.

Let me see if I can put it a different way. Let’s say you decide to give up your home’s bathroom in favor of using a public one, that is, outsource it,  for a number of reasons: you no longer have to maintain it; associated sundry items through massive bulk buying becomes cheaper; you now know what your monthly costs are for defacating;  you don’t need tools like a toilet plunger any longer; you don’t have to worry about its air conditioning or heat or humidity; you no longer have to be concerned about how much water and electricity it consumes;  you get some added space back for storage because the garage is full; and you hopefully no longer have to contend with other family members in getting access. Of course the downside is that now: you have to travel a little further, especially if the public facilities are in a different community; you are now paying a monthly usage cost, perhaps in a different community, for defacating; it may be inconveniently closed due to a backup; the local plumber goes bankrupt and loses his home; the local bathroom shop goes out of business; the local hardware store downsizes and lays staff off; maintenance staff may be on strike; the road you travel may be congested or under construction; and all your neighbors have also been caught up by the mindless hype and have done the same thing putting an enormous demand on the transportation highways. Infrastructure requirements are lessened the closer the bathrooms are to your homes, and, as with telecommunication requirements, the closer your information needs are met to your homes the less you are going to need infrastructure.

I still wish I had my old cell phone which was also a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) and it would synch directly with my personal little cloud on my very personal computer without putting any burden whatsoever on the Internet. Crap, my smart phone now can’t synch directly with my less than personal computer unless it goes into the cloud storing the information somewhere in the world along with thousands of others.

Bottom line is that distributed processing is far superior to centralized processing because it puts less burden on the telecommunications infrastructure and more importantly it is more empowering and autonomous. Hence a cloud in a box, insourcing, can mitigate telecommunication infrastructure through meeting tiered information requirements: personal cloud, family cloud, corporate cloud, community cloud, etc.

To contemplate udderwise is sheer udder noncents.

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Community Broadband Funding Secret

Here is a secret: community broadband, and bundled entertainment, can be had for a fraction of the cost of television programs and channels that you pay for and don’t watch.

A few months ago I looked at my cable television bill and wondered why I was paying big bucks for television programs and stations that we didn’t watch? 

In reality, entertainment is already more cost effectively bundled into your broadband offering. You don’t need to pay for something now that you don’t watch.

Before dropping our cable television we found that with all the advertisements we could flick and forth between two programs without missing the story lines. Then it occurred to me that we’re paying to watch advertisements; that doesn’t make sense. 

My family now gets their shows, news, movies, etc. through the Internet. We use a Sony DVD player with WiFi, http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&partNumber=BDPS790 to connect our television.  This set top box also has Skype and video capability making it ideal for connecting to those friends and relatives across the pond, or wherever.

We still have an antenna on the roof with a rotator; remember those?  I think that I might just see what we can pick up with the old antenna then replace it with a digital antenna.  I wonder why television stations didn’t use their spectrum for two way communication? I know that the technology exists.  It would have seemed to be a logical progression to readily address rural and remote broadband.

Here is another perspective on this growing trend: “8 Alternatives to Cable TV That Will Keep You Entertained”, http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained .

Furthermore, a community media center and a local community development cooperative could enlighten residents to these trends and opportunities.

What is everyone else doing for online entertainment?

McCloud-in-a-Box Strategy for Federation of Cooperatives

So let’s try another perspective of when to be thinking in the box and about a box. 

Let’s assume that you have developed your community media center either locally, or virtually, through your C-3PO.  You have all kinds of applications being used locally, like e-mail, web hosting, community portal etc..  Let’s use your local classified ad application as an example.  Basically you have on your community walled garden a pointer to local classifed ads.  Consider if other communities where running the same application and that they were meshed allowing interaction and exchange of information.  In other words, if you were looking to buy or sell something you may want to broaden your search or placement to other local communities in your vicinity through a macro classified ad solution.  So, looking at the overall strategy with micro and macro solutions we come up with a McCloud-in-a-box strategy with broad implications.  A McMicro classified ad solution now becomes a McMacro classified ad solution in the overall scheme of a McCloud-in-a-box strategy.  I don’t know why the national ISP associations aren’t trying to foster some content standards.  Another perspective is having a community development cooperative which would essentially be another micro solution but when combined by similarly formed communities would become a macro solution; basically a McCloud solution covering a broader demographic area.   Think of various applications as part of your overall community McCloud solution. 

So we’re revirtualizing through a McCloud strategy the concept of a federation of cooperatives where cooperatives come together to form a federation to share buying power for example.

“What Happen$ in the Community $tay$ in the Community” becomes “What Happen$ in the County $tay$ in the County”, which in turn becomes, “What Happen$ in the $tate $tay$ in the $tate”, and in turn becomes, “What Happen$ in the Country $tay$ in the Country!”.

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