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Black or White by #MichaelJackson. #recoveryrelief #music #video #photo via @RecoveryRelief.


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@RecoveryRelief Wanted: The World’s Software Library, by Subscription /via @louisgray

Retail software prices are often eyebrow-raisingly high, and for the most part, inflexible. Every couple years, it’s not uncommon for our family to shell out $150 to $500 for the latest Microsoft Office Suite. The full Adobe Creative Suite will set you back almost $2,000, and upgrades are $600. The home edition of Mathematica is about $300. Apple Final Cut Studio will cost you $1,000 and Logic Studio another $500. These prices are no doubt in line with professionals who require the software to live, but for more casual users, who might interact with the software infrequently, paying full retail price seems exorbitant. This sets up a market imbalance, similar to that of the world of music pre-Napster, where the consumer at times can seem justified for obtaining the software freely using another method.

I’ve previously stated that the vast majority of consumers are solid law-abiding citizens who are happy to pay for quality, assuming price is in line with the assumed value of the goods. When inequality enters the system, be it for full music albums, individual movie theater tickets, software, or even pay per view TV events, technology often comes into play to circumvent the traditional restraints.

The disruption of the music industry by Napster’s steal what you can model, followed by iTunes’ efforts to reign things back again at an affordable price point, has recently evolved further with the subscription-based all you can eat method, one not pioneered by Spotify, but popularized by it, despite years of Rhapsody and Napster (part two), and newer competitors like Rdio offering similar structures. Software, running in parallel, can similarly be downloaded for free on peer to peer networks, and can even be downloaded directly with options like the Mac App Store and Google’s Chrome Web Store, but missing is the solution for the casual buyer who just wants to rent the software, occasionally accessing it, without needing to shell out for the boxed retail option, dedicating gigabytes of hard drive space for the privilege, being sure to keep one’s serial numbers stored under lock and key.

A new business model, following the Music as a Subscription service, emerges with Software as a Subscription, more commonly referred to as SAAS (Software as a Service). SAAS applications can be enterprise-focused, or consumer focused, like Google Docs and Gmail, most of whom see all the activity taking place on the Web via a Web service. But what about the more traditional software titles from Adobe, Microsoft and others? What about an iTunes-like, Spotify-like service where the consumer could pay about $25 to $50 a month and tap into all the popular software titles in the world, reading and writing remotely, but saving locally?

One assumes the major reason this generic software subscription model has not emerged is because the traditional retail software giants can still get buyers at the hundreds of dollars apiece, and they would be less interested in spreading a customer’s $500 to $600 across 12 months with other providers. So long as they are raking in the revenue, disrupting their own business isn’t appealing.

For consumers with high-speed Web access and relatively powerful CPUs and GPUs, the infrastructure for creating such a software subscription service is there. Toss a few thousand titles on Amazon or iTunes and you can see that with smart cataloging, the ability to use any title in the world would be at your fingertips. Then too would come the next stage of the rollout – including video games and premium offerings with tiered pricings and tiered privileges.

Despite the music industry and other’s concerns, Spotify’s success is not in the ability for some folks to gain free access with ads, but in the popular and accelerating option for paid accounts, eager to shell out real cash for access to an immense music library. I may scoff at the idea of upgrading my Adobe Creative Suite again for a few hundred bucks, only using it sporadically, but I’d pay a good amount per month, like I do for cable TV, electricity and other plumbing, to gain access to the world’s software library. Web-based SAAS for single instance applications is not enough. It’s early days. A company that can get all the copyright holders to work together and find a solution to customers would be extremely compelling.

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Get Ready for Web 3.0 @DebraUlrich #RecoveryRelief

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, once said, “The web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.” It’s only a matter of time before web 3.0 — better known as the “semantic web”– rolls around, making web 2.0 — the web as we know it today — a thing of the past. Though there is a debate among experts as to when exactly web 3.0 will arrive, most predict it’s sooner rather than later.

In the beginning…
Web 1.0 was all about basics. With this first iteration, social networking was merely a dim glimmer in the minds of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and MySpace founders Tom Andersen and Chris DeWolfe. Back then, websites provided information with little opportunity for user interaction and feedback — a one-way process dubbed “read-only”. The most interactive user activities involved chat and instant messaging.

Then web 2.0 came along and introduced the world to blogs, social-networking sites, and a host of self-publishing tools. Articles are now accompanied with “comments” tools, and any hack with a computer can create a blog. Content exploded on the web, and a considerable portion of it is created by average users.

Booming web audience
The first decade also saw a tremendous leap in the growing number of online users. Mobile devices have also made 24-hour access to the web — anywhere, anytime — readily available: Simply sit at Starbucks and read email, check the news, and browse the web while sipping a Frappucino.

What Web 3.0 holds in store
What industry analysts foresee for the next version is a more personalized and easy-to-use web, eliminating several steps from your online searches to make them quicker. Hence, your computer is ‘smarter’ and can better understand what you are searching for. According to PC Magazine, “the Semantic Web is a place where machines can read web pages much as we humans read them, a place where search engines and software agents can better troll the Net and find what we’re looking for.”

For example, if you are planning a weekend getaway to a mountain lodge and you want to make sure that there are convenience stores nearby, you wouldn’t have to conduct separate searches for lodges and stores. The web would simply deliver search results for both and categorize it in such a way that you would know which places are more convenient. What web 3.0 then promises is a more personalized, faster method of search that is tailored to your needs. And experts predict that this could also simplify the current problem of sifting through pages and pages of irrelevant web search results.

Virtual world: Others also speculate whether web 3.0 will eventually develop into a virtual world. Writing in, Daniel Nations explains that it’s a possibility that Web users would eventually be able to walk into virtual buildings and stores online.

What this means for your computer
With every technological advance, older gadgets are eventually replaced by new ones. While web 3.0 doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need a more powerful computer, the average lifespan for most computers is still 4 to 5 years and that isn’t expected to change. You can have your computer in top-notch shape as web 3.0 approaches by doing preventive maintenance to keep it healthy with help from programs like Computer Checkup Premium or System Mechanic.

Clean registries, remove clutter by clearing out temporary or unwanted files, and help your hard drive run more quickly by rearranging data to remove fragments. Also, speed up your computer and ensure your PC’s hard drive is operating at its maximum potential.

WWW and information overload
One drawback, some say, to these web technologies is that they could make it easier to rely on the web to do the bulk of your work for you. Once upon a time, the fear was that television would dull creativity and mental stimulation, and now the worry is that the Internet has replaced TV in this regard.

As Chris Christensen, a computer executive and host of the Amateur Traveler podcast, says: “So we will hear stories about people for whom the web becomes an obsession. But that is no different from the couch potatoes who did not make good decisions about their TV habits.”

As the New York Times explains, “Their goal is to add a layer of meaning on top of the existing web that would make it less of a catalog and more of a guide — and even provide the foundation for systems that can reason in a human fashion.”

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20 Most Influential #Twitter #News Accounts @DebraUlrich #RecoveryRelief #Amplify #Posterous

Account: @peoplemag
Name: People Magazine
Followers: 2099081
Influence Rank: 565


Number @name Name Followers Influence Rank
1 @mashable Pete Cashmore 2037840 59
2 @cnnbrk CNN Breaking News 3224475 71
3 @big_picture The Big Picture 23666 92
4 @theonion The Onion 2289939 116
5 @time 2111832 143
6 @breakingnews Breaking News 1795976 147
7 @bbcbreaking BBC Breaking News 509756 168
8 @espn ESPN 572577 187
9 @harvardbiz Harvard Business Rev 219039 227
10 @gizmodo Gizmodo 111025 237
11 @techcrunch TechCrunch 1402254 319
12 @wired Wired 547187 322
13 @wsj Wall Street Journal 366133 358
14 @smashingmag Smashing Magazine 224333 360
15 @pitchforkmedia Pitchfork 1494896 384
16 @rollingstone Rolling Stone 133999 436
17 @whitehouse The White House 1794544 448
18 @cnn CNN 1196719 473
19 @tweetmeme TweetMeme 52386 515
20 @peoplemag People magazine 2099081 565
21 @natgeosociety National Geographic 274851 603
22 @nytimes The New York Times 2502914 705
23 @lifehacker Lifehacker 62302 708
24 @foxnews Fox News 260081 710
25 @waitwait waitwait 32895 824
26 @newsweek Newsweek 1250884 844
27 @huffingtonpost Huffington Post 632555 849
28 @newscientist New Scientist 144355 852
29 @mental_floss Mental Floss 68975 874
30 @theeconomist The Economist 311109 902
31 @emarketer eMarketer 30235 906
32 @engadget Engadget 135418 999
33 @cracked 110611 1037
34 @slate Slate 71091 1040
35 @bbcclick BBC Click 1749470 1041
36 @fastcompany Fast Company 148292 1056
37 @reuters Reuters Top News 194429 1119
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39 @eonline E! Online 2271026 1227
40 @rww Richard MacManus 1037907 1232
41 @gdgt gdgt 20556 1315
42 @instyle InStyle 1716786 1330
43 @mckquarterly McKinsey Quarterly 90981 1354
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47 @mtv MTV 648014 1714
48 @freakonomics freakonomics 124751 1784
49 @boingboing Boing Boing 48649 1811
50 @billboarddotcom 63766 1818
51 @empiremagazine Empire Magazine 33335 1905
52 @todayshow The Today Show 620413 1927
53 @good GOOD 414956 2003
54 @gawker Gawker 37980 2027
55 @msnbc_breaking msnbc Breaking News 59375 2088
56 @cbsnews CBS News 1575638 2090
57 @guardiantech Guardian Tech 1592067 2139
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59 @life 1270303 2277
60 @sciam Scientific American 88336 2373
61 @pastemagazine Paste Magazine 64642 2379
62 @drudge_report Drudge Report 100558 2468
63 @parisreview The Paris Review 22127 2599
64 @latimes Los Angeles Times 71287 2625
65 @telegraphnews Daily Telegraph News 17325 2629
66 @abc7 ABC7 Eyewitness News 36343 2638
67 @arstechnica Ars Technica 82051 2692
68 @cnnmoney 219552 2777
69 @nprpolitics NPR Politics 1801871 2882
70 @nytimesphoto New York Times Photo 79443 2927
71 @nybooks NY Review of Books 89827 2966
72 @nielsenwire Nielsen Wire 13840 2994
73 @io9 io9 12152 3023
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76 @vanityfairmag VANITY FAIR 76282 3182
77 @cw_network CW Network 70031 3183
78 @bbcworld BBC World News 262857 3202
79 @abc 1119958 3411
80 @themoment The Moment 1580569 3413
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95 @seedmag Seed Magazine 9898 4696
96 @tvguide TV Guide 586240 4757
97 @travlandleisure Travel + Leisure 84029 4767
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99 @discovermag DISCOVER Magazine 71913 4816
100 @sciencenewsorg Science News 75665 4888

Oseh Shalom #nowplaying @DebraUlrich #RecoveryRelief #Amplify #Posterous #AnalogTweet

On 24th November 1984 one of the most famous music recordings in history, “Band Aid”, took place at a studio in North London. On 30th April 2008, this arrangment of Oseh Shalom was recorded in the very same studio.

Featuring the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom Sir Jonathan Sacks, this song if the finala to the Home of Hope double CD featuring music and words to celebrate Israel’s 60th Anniversary.
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Put your arms around the World & give it a hug! :) @DebraUlrich #RecoveryRelief #AnalogTweet

How 'bout we put our arms (& fingertips) around the World and (always) give it a hug EVERY DAY?! :)

And The Ultimate Game Changer Is Going To Be…? @DebraUlruch @RecoveryRelief

Amplify’d from
Arianna Huffington

I am delighted to announce HuffPost’s 2010 Game Changers — 100 innovators, mavericks, visionaries, and leaders who are changing the way we look at the world and the way we live in it. Innovation has always been part of HuffPost’s DNA. So we’re pleased to recognize those who are pushing the envelope. Our Game Changers operate in multiple worlds but, whatever the arena, they share a common trait: a willingness to look at things and take the risk of saying, “I think I have a better way.” To salute these Game Changers, we’ve put together slideshows giving you the lowdown on who we picked, why we picked them, and how they are changing the game. But that’s just the beginning: now it’s up to you to vote for the Ultimate Game Changer in each category. Click here to find out more about who we picked and how to cast your vote.