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This article is an excerpt from James Carlini's upcoming book Location, Location, Connectivity. The new wonder metal, graphene, is being looked at as a building block for communications and electronic devices on the level of what the transistor was sixty years ago. Graphene is a one-atom thick, mesh-like (think hexagonal honeycomb or chicken wire), semi metal that will add more battery-life into a smartphone among other breakthrough ideas like bendable displays. It is also ten times stronger than diamonds so its resiliency is perfect for use in a smartphone or any other device that requires super-ruggedness. Wikipedia defines it as: High-quality graphene is strong, light, nearly transparent and an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. Its interactions with other materials and with light and its inherently two-dimensional nature produce unique properties, s... (more)

Cloud Computing? Corning Sees the Light

In a recent Corning whitepaper, The Connectivity Premium, it discusses how commercial real estate developers can profit from forward-looking strategies in network infrastructure and wireless connectivity. Corning quotes ABI research that points out there are over 10,000,000,000 mobile devices already connected wirelessly, with that number expected to expand to 30,000,000,000 by 2020. With that type of growth, we need to expand the network infrastructure and upgrade its capacities across all commercial real estate because copper cannot handle the traffic that keeps growing geomet... (more)

Cloud Computing: Impact of Comcast’s Acquisition

COMCAST's recent $45 billion acquisition of Time-Warner Cable was big news in the Cable TV world, but it should be big news in the area of cloud computing and network diversity. Instead of looking at COMCAST as a cable TV provider, it is time that we should be looking at it as another alternative to the traditional network carriers like AT&T and Verizon for our data needs both at home and at the business location. Re-Thinking Cloud Computing Strategy Do you have network redundancy in place in your cloud computing applications? They cannot be considered "mission critical" if you ... (more)

Cloud Computing: Help Desk Disasters

So many organizations switched to third-party help desk solutions without really putting in place any performance measures or tracking mechanisms to really measure how good - or bad - the support is. Some executives got a big bonus for "thinking out of the box" and coming up with a cost-cutting initiative to outsource IT help desks. Those same executives do not want to hear all the complaints of people getting no results and wasting a lot of time in repetitive phone calls as well as no solutions to their problems. Even routine problems become time-consuming nightmares because th... (more)

Hyperloop: A New Layer of Infrastructure?

Sometimes, people frustrated with the status quo within an industry come up with a better solution, much to the surprise of that industry's experts. Evolution comes from within. Revolution comes from the outside. Wake up America - especially the politicians in California, Illinois, and anywhere else where they are considering implementing a high-speed train. High-speed trains are so "last century" and they are not cheap to build or maintain. If they are not used to their maximum capacities and there is only marginal ridership, they are a supreme waste of money and their residual ... (more)