CTD for December 21, 2005

a) Discussing the revelation of how President Bush authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy domestically inside of the United States *and* what is possible with the rumored supersecret Echelon and its technology;

b) Fantastico as an add-on to CPanel at hosting companies;

c) Needs that remain unfulfilled with using open source software ’cause it’s just too hard to make it all work together;

d) Web 2.0 and the dirty little secret post #1 and #2; and some other miscellaneous ramblings.

Link to the podcast

About Steve Borsch

I’m CEO of Marketing Directions, Inc., a trend forecasting, consulting and publishing firm in Minnesota. Prior to that I was Vice President, Strategic Alliances at Lawson Software in St. Paul where I was responsible for all partnerships at this major vendor of enterprise resource planning software products and services. Read more about me here unless you’re already weary of me telling you how incredible and awesome I am.


  1. Great podcast, Steve — thanks. The info on Echelon was especially interesting. I was just in the process myself of doing some research on corporate “email mining,” for an article I want to publish somewhere (TBD). It would be on the positive ways that knowledge can be obtained from a corporation’s email archives.

    And I of course wanted to mention that this type of information mining had its start in the government sector — as so many technologies do. (Little things like, oh, the Internet and email itself.) I had seen mentions of Echelon, but hadn’t yet read much about it. Interestingly, one thing I found in my research was an old NY Times article, which kind of sensationalistally reported that the NSA was doing communications monitoring (!) — published way back in 1982. (Just not much in the way of email back then, except by government geeks.) So, they must recycle this issue from time to time.

    Since my article will focus strictly on corporate email, privacy issues don’t come into play, of course. Legally, a company owns all its email. (As Scott McNealy was quoted not long ago: “We have no privacy — get over it.”) What I’m writing about is how companies can use their email archives as a knowledge base, for positive, proactive business reasons — beyond just retrieving emails for legal or compliance purposes, which is how they’re initially learning how to do this new email mining application.

    Anyway, keep up the good work with your blog and podcasts! You’re a continuing inspiration… 🙂 And thanks for the link to my blog on yours.


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