So, I finished reading “The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century” this week. Here’s an Amazon link if you wish to take a peek. This is a book that I wish everyone in the country would take time to read. I read Friedman’s previous book, “The Lexus and the Olive Tree,” and that was good, but it didn’t have the same impact on me that TWIF did. I encourage anyone who cares about the economic future of the good ol’ US of A to pick up a copy and spend a bit of time on this…and then go sharpen up your job skills.
So, I’m catching up with various RSS feeds, trying to stay on top of things. There is so much information out there, it’s easy to miss important or interesting stuff. For example, I hadn’t realized that Level3 and Cogent had decoupled their peering arrangement this week. I read in a separate article in the Wall St. Journal that the impacts on average users are noticable…for example, Time Warner gets its IP service from Level3, and this meant that there was roughly 15-17% of the internet that was inaccessible to RoadRunner subscribers. Not good :-(. I found this really good article about the nascent hype about Web 2.0, in this article from the Register, Bubble 2.0. Incidently, this also mentions the Level3/Cogent issue.