My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Google and Apple - Case to point on Public and Diplomatic Relations

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Google and Apple - Case to point on Public and Diplomatic Relations

If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in hell

Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, Speech, 1855, which John Public Attended

Despite the strange title, this is a technology related article, believe it or not. And indeed, I do wish I was in hell right now, as it has been raining these past few days, like the Monsoon in India.

Google’s long stand-off with the Government of the People’s Republic of China has finally been solved simply by having Google placed a clearly labeled hyperlink on the Google Search Page for the Hong Kong versions of Google’s Search Page, where the restrictive covenants of the Government of the People’s Republic of China does not apply, oweing to the “One China, Separate Policy” that is the rule of law of the day.

The history is rather long, but simple. The Government of the People’s Republic of China was accused of spying by Google as it relates to hacking the Google emails of Chinese Dissidents which Google protested of by allowing searches in the People’s Republic of China for free.

The Government of the People’s Republic of China retaliated, threatening to shut down Google’s operations in China and deny them an ISP (Internet Service Provider) license to operate in People’s Republic of China.

The impasse was eventually resolved when Google, after initially re-routing traffic to Hong Kong (which is still part of China, by the way), much to the disapproval of the Government of the People’s Republic of China, eventually placed the web link visibly written out in Mandarin and in English, at which point the impasse was solved.

Google got their ISP license signed and stamped as this change is  similar to how Baidu, the largest competing Search Engine in China and Google’s rival in search, is constructed as stated in the article “Google fine-tunes its China weather vane”, published July 9, 2010 9:47 AM PDT by Tom Krazit, CNET News - Relevant Results.

Thus lies the clue to the Government of the People’s Republic of China U-Turn: the Government of the People’s Republic of China, despite wishing to enter into the eCommerce likes its sister state Hong Kong, is deathly afraid of dissidents stirring up people otherwise under strong state control.

The People’s Republic of China still likes control even in the free intellectual domain that is the Internet. This move by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, albeit draconian, is what allows them to maintain law and order, even on the Internet.

By having hyperlinks displayed on Baidu’s Search Page website and now on Google Search Page, it forces Chinese users to click on the link, which can be easily recorded as a click event by a keylogger, a drone program installed by the Chinese Authorities on the computers of suspected dissidents to spy on their activities via the remote recording of their keystrokes, Google engineers should by now realize.

Google has thus learned a hard won lesson in Chinese diplomacy that Senator George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, learned during the Spy Plane standoff with the People’s Republic of China, in his first term in office not even 100 day after being sworn in as President of the United States of America.

An impasse which he resolved by sending them a carefully worded letter saying in English “the USA is sorry”, which translates into Mandarin as “It’s USA fault. We are sorry”. John Public needs to learn a Far East language, soon!!

This is a technique of Language and Cultural of Far East diplomacy that John Public knows all too well, having been dealing with people of Chinese descent, even once having one as a girlfriend. John Public is also aware of their spying and snooping habits

This as I had used their keylogger technique to get access to email accounts while working at C&W and send email from them to order stationary and twisted pair wiring for the Pembroke North Central Office on several occasions, hacking even the C&W President’s Gary Barrow email - before he promptly discovered the fraud and had his password changed

I got sent to see the company shrink, a sexy psychiatrist from Trinidad and Tobago, who told me to say “woo-saaah”, a humorous end to a rather serious event which occurred in 2002. Later, in the same year, I also used this same technique to get my revenge.

I also used a keylogger to obtain the login and password of Stacia Green’s Yahoo email account remotely (like the People’s Republic of China is known to do!!) and sent in my proposal for bmobile to then HOD (Head of Department) Claude Petgrave in 2002 while Stacia Green and I were employed as Network Maintenance Technicians at C&W.

Thus it made it appear that she had come up with the idea, as she was the company’s favourite – which of course as history records, worked as C&W launched their GSM Network with bmobile, successful reversing months of churn and in the process:

  1. Promoting the use of Jamaican patios
  2. Flat Rate Calling i.e. 10/8 Anyone Rate Promotion, Homefone
  3. A promise to pursue MNP (Mobile Number Portability)
  4. Getting Stacia Green a Green colored Nissan Serena as a reward for her troubles to boot

bmobile spawned bfree (PrePaid), bmobile (Postpaid) and bfree Plus (a hybrid of bfree and bmobile and GPRS Data Plans, the first Data Plan in Jamaica before Digicel).

bfree later evolved into the 10/8 Anyone Rate Promotion with the loveable Pressa, bfree Plus became SupaPak and UltraPak. Homefone later became Homefone Xpress, a wireless EDGE/GPRS based VOIP wireless data service.

I later re-worked my other ignored proposals and combined with bmobile to create LIME. LIME was inspired by the decal that used to be posted on the Ground Floor showing the history of Cable and Wireless: from Landline, then Internet with the introduction of ADSL, Mobile with the re-launch of its GSM network and finally an Entertainment Telecom Provider.

With the coming of a much-rumored, much hyped Digital Wireless Subscriber Television product, LIME TV set to bring the “E” in the name alive!

LIME TV is based on a deal with Direct TV, set to launch in the midst of August 2010 and possibly piggybacked on Telecom Provider LIME 3G Wireless Broadband Network.

This is slated to coincide with Telecom Provider Digicel launch of their WiMax 4G Mobile (IEEE 802.16d) Wireless Broadband Network during SumFest 2010 and their new Motorola Droid X.

This is allegedly to be re-branded the Motorola Mainstream as stated by the Digicel Brand Manager on the program Smile Jamaica TVJ on Friday July 9th 2010, Television Jamaica.

Oddly enough, John Public has been hearing rumblings of Telecom Provider CLARO planned launch of the Apple iPhone 3GS and Apple iPhone 4G as prizes to the Festival winners along with cash as well as for sale to the general public at the Denbigh Agricultural Show on in August in Denbigh, Clarendon and then later at all of their outlets, major or minor along with the launch of their CDMA 2000 Network and a product similar to LIME – with the free complementary bumpers

But I may be getting a bit ahead of myself.

Coincidentally, the 1st of August is also the final date when FaceBook is planning to clean up all of the flair i.e. cupcakes, gifts etc, cluttering the FaceBook servers as stated in the video CNET Loaded, aired Friday July 9th2010 by Natalie Del Conte, Executive Editor, CNET News which happens to be my birth day and my birth month.

Even Dekal Wireless is my inspired idea, based on my experience with setting up Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) as “roast” on Saturdays during Weekend Duty while working at C&W from 2001 to 2004.

Most of the major Telecom Providers in the United States of America also have new smart phones lined up to be launched – all in August!!

Finally, some revenge for people born on August, with benefits for all, myself included as this smorgasbord of smart phones, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) is making my mouth water for Data Plans for this August. The Summer of 2010 in Jamaica is nice again!!!

The Government of the People’s Republic of China needs Google to teach them how to make money from the internet, the one place where they have no control over and are yet to make money from eCommerce and Google needs the People’s Republic of China to keep growing, as already they are seeing signs of reduced revenue.

This is due ironically, to fewer and fewer people clicking on advertisements and more people clicking on web links, as evidenced in their charging for page transitions and sudden interest in managing their large cash pile via setting up their own Trading Floor as stated in the article “Google's Latest Launch: It's Own Trading Floor”, published May 27, 2010, 5:00PM EST By Douglas MacMillan, BusinessWeek - TECHNOLOGY.

Their increased and considerable diversification into other business not related to its core business of searchis evident also. FaceBook and Twitter are also in a similar position, having begun to plateau in their growth in the Developed World and now having to look towards the Developing Economies of Russia, The Peoples Republic of China, Korea and Japan as stated in the video CNET Buzz Report, aired Thursday June 24th 2010 by Molly Wood, Executive Editor, CNET News.

A similar lesson exists for Apple as to how it tailors it products to a market, both in the United States of America and Internationally that is increasing scrutinizing its products and looking for even the tiniest flaws to exploit so as to attack the companies, as Google and FaceBook all to well knows from FaceBook’s past foibles as stated in the article “FaceBook's follies: A brief history”, published May 13, 2010 4:00 AM PDT by Caroline McCarthy, CNET News - The Social.

Google’s problems with Google Buzz as stated in the article “Buzz backfire: How google pushed me to Facebook”, published March 5, 2010 4:00 AM PST by Stephen Shankland, CNET News - Deep Tech yet of my suggested ideas gone bad along with Google StreetView, now putting Google in legal trouble in several countries over alleged Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) snooping.

This is a problem which co-founder Sergey Brin owned up to as being a problem of Internal Company controls as stated in the article  Google's Brin on Wi-Fi spying: 'We Screwed up'”, published May 19, 2010 3:07 PM PDT by Tom Krazit, CNET News - Relevant Results.

CNET News Executive Editor, Tom Krazit answered a few FAQ (Frequently asked Questions) who neatly summarizing the whole affair as stated in the article “Deciphering Google's Wi-Fi Headache (FAQ)”, published June 1, 2010 4:00 AM PDT by Tom Krazit, CNET News - Relevant Results.

Odd, as capturing and mapping Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) hotspots for a Google Earth Layer would effect create a mapping for Municipal Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Network to use on the fly.

Man, ALL of my suggestions to these Fortune 500 or Silicon Valley Companies to which John Public has been emailing over the years work, from an engineering and experimental point of view.

But they all have frightening LEGAL problems, mostly related to people’s privacy, which strikes me as odd, mainly due to the fact that I do not see why it is such a big issue especially for Americans who live in the shadow of Hollywood!

Worse, Google, FaceBook and Apple’s large size makes them vulnerable to lawsuits from all quarters for all manner of things, the only people rooting for them of course being Apple own Engineers and fellow employees, Developers, Apple Fanboys and bloggers such myself who periodically write proposals to Apple and other Fortune 500 companies with very simple low cost ideas and suggestions.

I do love it when my ideas work and visibly so, creating great moot point with which to impress females with money, as was Audia was so impressed.

Both Google and Apple did the correct thing, as my Audia Granston used to say, which is to “talk up di ting dem”, as it helps people to come to grips with the fact that as CEO Steve Jobs asserts on Black Friday July 16 2010 as stated in the article “Apple's solution for the iPhone 'death grip': free cases”, published Friday July 16 2010 by Ben Patterson, Technology Writer, Yahoo! News: “Phones aren’t perfect. It’s a challenge for the whole industry.” Add to those challenges Diplomatic challenges.

Apple, like the above mentioned Silicon Valley Companies, is seeking to penetrate the closed and still nascent markets of Russia, The Peoples Republic of China, Korea and Japan to continue growing, always looking for bright ideas from far away resource starved Third World Countries with bright ideas.

Foursquare, who along with the above motley crew of Apple, FaceBook and Twitter will be eventually coming to Jamaica, which John Public has already rented out to the People’s Republic of China and would live in Hell to see happen………..but that is for a future article.

Stay tuned!!

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