Information Technology

Welcome to REALNEO, your virtual community for NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 11/18/2005 - 12:10.

REALNEO.US has been up and running since October, 2004, and has 1,000s of postings, 100s of members, and gets 1,000s of hits a day from all around the world. To join the free REALNEO community, simply create an account - if you are already a member, log in. Some suggestions on how to participate... go to the events calendar to find something interesting to do around town, and add events you think others will enjoy ("create content", "event")... go to the Community Forums and comment on the topics, or add a topic for collaboration with others... post a thought to your blog ("create content", "my blog")... comment on the thoughts of others... invite your friends to join you, and make new friends. If you have questions or would like to do more for the community, like cover events, email info [at] realinks [dot] us.

"We Media"

Submitted by robataka on Wed, 11/16/2005 - 22:52.

I missed it, but apparently on the Lehrer-Mcneil Report, there was a section on increased individual participation in "journalism", or what they called "We Media". A large piece of the report was focused on wiki technology. Of course they mentioned Wikipedia. Apparently, wikipedia has over 2 billion hits per month. "Subscribers" to wikipedia outnumber the subscribers to the New York Times, Washington Post, the LA Times(and maybe one or two others) combined.

Tech Czar Holiday Bash

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 11/14/2005 - 15:43.
12/06/2005 - 16:30

This year has been a fantastic time for the entire Northeast Ohio tech and biotech community. So my thought
was that we should have some time to celebrate this fact.


Foundation Room at the House of Blues

Technology ideas generated from brainstorming at the Palace - Nov. 1, 2005

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 11/03/2005 - 18:40.

Over a period of roundtable "world cafe" discussions, participants at the Storm the Palace table wrote the following summary ideas on a flip chart or post-it to the idea wall - each idea is being posted to the "Community Forums: Technology" on REALNEO focused on this category... read on:

Storming the Palace for a sustainable NEO - November 01, 2005

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 11/03/2005 - 12:33.

As dusk approached on a dreary, rainy Cleveland 1st of November, the skies suddenly cleared and around 80 diverse NEO Stakeholders gathered at the Palace Theater for a shared experience of insight from Mayor Campbell and Next Generation Consulting CEO Rebecca Ryan followed by "world cafe" collaboration. See the results linked below.


Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 10/27/2005 - 07:49.
10/31/2005 - 15:30

Event #1:

Come to the CIA and plan for a “more better future”

October 31, 2005 - 4:30pm – free parking behind
Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Galleries - 11141
East Boulevard

Even though you are busy, come for as long as you like - stop by, be entertained, see some friends, and enjoy - invite your friends!

Escape the trick-and-treat world... connect with your friends for a real, free treat – get tricked-out for the CIA’s great new exhibit, “Dreaming of a More Better Future” (an exhibition of Art, Architecture, Technology, Science, Politics, Life Style and Mutation) – experience the world-premier of an original composition performed by an exceptional string quartet from the Cleveland Institute of Music – view multimedia work of CIA masters in TIME (Technology and Integrated Media Environment) - have your mind supercharged by Rebecca Ryan’s high-powered energy and insight – enjoy some wine, beer and cider - get really involved in state of the art visioning on your community’s future! See


Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Galleries - 11141 East Boulevard

STORM THE PALACE - Nov. 1 at Playhouse Square

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 10/27/2005 - 07:04.
11/01/2005 - 16:00

Storm the Palace and act up at the
Playhouse Square

November 1, 2005 -
Playhouse Square, Palace Theater - 1615 Euclid Avenue.

Even though you are busy, come for as
long as you like - stop by, be entertained, see some friends, and
enjoy - invite your friends!

Come act up in the stunning Cleveland
heart of theatrics – Playhouse Square – for a theater-of-life act
of collaboration. Rebecca Ryan will set the stage – area multimedia
artists will inject visual stimulation – a pianist from the
Cleveland Institute of Music will score with virtuosity – and we
all are stars. Invite your friends to join you in the lobby of the
Palace Theater to form a cast of hundreds and begin scripting the
best possible future for Northeast Ohio, and have a blast.


Playhouse Square, Palace Theater - 1615 Euclid Avenue.

Truth, Technology, and the Visual/Virtual World

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Sat, 10/22/2005 - 16:50.
10/23/2005 - 13:00

The Lockwood Thompson Dialogues

Moderated by Jaron Lanier with Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid


Cleveland Public Library Main
( categories: )

Two Telecom Mergers, One Digital Divide

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Thu, 10/20/2005 - 12:21.

The Ohio Community Computing Center Network, the umbrella organization for free public computer centers and teaching centers, has provided testimony to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio stating that the SBC/AT&T Merger and the Verizon/MCI Merger are not in the best interests of the public.   The following is a summary, raising the concern that further telecom consolidation will reduce vital high-speed Internet opportunities for low-income urban and rural areas.  Today, high-speed Internet is critical for education, work and other activities of daily life.  While technological advances in more robust networks, immense Internet speed and additional services are exciting, if only a portion of spciety can participate in yet another technological evolution, Ohio will again be left struggling.  The testimony called for efforts to reduce the divide that finds low-income and rural communities with lower levels of broadband access and an end to telecom efforts to limit the rights of cities to invest in broadband services directly, on behalf of their residents.

Philadelphia chooses vendor for muny Wireless project

Submitted by DerekArnold on Tue, 10/04/2005 - 17:22.

Philadelphia has chosen a provider for their municipal wireless network and the winner is...Atlanta-based Earthlink over HP.Click here to read the story .

Tech Emergency Meeting: Tech Support for New Orleans

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 09/08/2005 - 13:16.
09/13/2005 - 09:00

Based upon numerous conversations I have had with other tech
companies in the region - I wanted to connect with everyone and ask for help in
supporting the tech needs of New
Orleans – its businesses, non-profits, civic
organizations, etc. The City of New Orleans desperately needs to get its tech
infrastructure up and running, and truly there is no better infrastructure and
talent than what we have in the Cleveland region. I am asking for everyone
to join me and the City of Cleveland
in convening an emergency meeting next Tuesday, September 13 @ 10:00am. This
meeting will be held in the Board Room at Thompson Hine – located at 127 Public Square, Key Tower
– 39th Floor.

Immediate needs would be the following:


Board Room at Thompson Hine – 127 Public Square, Key Tower – 39th Floor

09.06.05 Excellence Roundtable Invitation - Optimizing New Economy Mentality

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 09/06/2005 - 07:00.
09/06/2005 - 10:30

In NEO today, we see a growing consciousness in the alternative energy and sustainability movement, a resounding catalyst in the digital cities OneCleveland phenomenum, and many other indicators that we are finally developing a vibrant new economy mentality.


City Club - 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor

Ingenuity Festival 2005

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 09/05/2005 - 12:26.

Images, videos and stories from the 2005 Cleveland Ingenuity Festival

Develop Open Technology Business Center

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 08/30/2005 - 06:47.

Oregon's commitment to Open Source is well demonstrated by the establishment of their Open Technology Business Center in Beaverton - we need this in NEO:

Let's make NEO "Open for Business"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 08/30/2005 - 05:05.

Earlier this month, REALNEO IT Analyst Derek Arnold attended the O'Reilly Open Source Convention and Drupal Conference in Portland, Oregon, and he brought back more than new code, knowledge and relationships - he brought back the State of Oregon's vision of being "an epicenter for Open Technology (Linux and Open Source-enabled hardware, software and services)". The State of NEO needs to embrace such a vision!

Apple Computer brings hope to Detroit

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Mon, 08/29/2005 - 07:56.

California computer firm will fund ambitious high school to get kids ready for the real world.

could the same thing happen here??

read more HERE

NEO-X-NY Roundtable outcomes and next steps

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 08/24/2005 - 12:10.

As is our tradition, at the NEO Excellence portal, we have posted some notes and an attendee list from the First NEO-X-NY Roundtable, in a book bound at

Our roundtables are outcome oriented, and the outcomes we pursue from the first NEO-X roundtable include developing the Community Development Venture Capital (CDVC) Fund we introduced in New York, expanding the NEO-X network in support of economic development in NEO, and assisting NEO Expatriates to return to or collaborate with NEO.

newCAT in town: New Collaboration in Arts and Technology for Ingenuity

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 08/24/2005 - 08:17.

newCAT (New Collaboration in Arts and Technology) CEO William Scheele shared his vision for the future of his not-for-profit arts organization at the 08.23.05 Excellence Roundtable, including collaborating with the Ingenuity Fesitval on an innovative slate of digital arts events not to be missed - see schedule of newCAT Ingenuity events below. Bill also previewed a poster that will be sold for $5 at the Ingenuity Festival to raise funds for newCAT... shared below. See you at the Ingenuity Festival...

08.23.05 Excellence Roundtable NOTES: New Arts Innovation in NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 08/24/2005 - 00:36.

Around two dozen NEO arts champions came together for the 08.23.05 Excellence Roundtable, which featured overviews of current work by newCAT, CIA and CPAC, among many important regional, innovative arts initiatives.

Getting out there: Successful online communications for nonprofits

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 08/15/2005 - 20:41.
08/25/2005 - 08:00

On Thursday, August 25 from 9-11 a.m at the Cleveland Environmental
Center (3500 Lorain Ave.), EcoCity Cleveland hosts the third in a
series of workshops designed to help nonprofits sharpen their Web site
skills. In this training session, we move beyond the basics to discuss
more advanced tools for effective communications such as surveys,
integrating your group email, and alternative software to build
community online.


3500 Lorain Ave.

08.23.05 Excellence Roundtable Invitation: New Arts Innovation in NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 08/14/2005 - 13:45.
08/23/2005 - 10:30

The 08.23.05 NEO Excellence Roundtable will feature leaders of new arts innovations and movements in NEO, including William Scheele of newCAT, the New Collaboration for Arts and Technology, who will be able to update attendees on Ingenuity Fest, with which he is affiliated - we'll invite other Ingenuity spokespersons to attend as well.


City Club - 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor

Business Unusual: “BrandMuscle: An Entrepreneur’s Story!� Phil Alexander

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 08/14/2005 - 10:21.
08/18/2005 - 07:00

Hear One of the Most Successful Entrepreneurial Stories to Ever Hit Cleveland!

Business Unusual: “BrandMuscle: An Entrepreneur’s Story!� Phil Alexander

Ever hear of someone starting a new business and turning it into gold and find yourself saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?� Well a lot of people have dreams of starting their own business but few actually take the leap because of the risks, hard work and dedication involved.


Signature at LaCentre - 25777 Detroit Road, Westlake

08.11.05 NEO-X Roundtable NOTES: NEO-X-Pats in NYNY know no place like NEO home

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 08/12/2005 - 00:24.

The August 11, 2005, NEO-X Roundtable, at the Jones Day building in New York, New York, brought together a fascinating cross section of former Clevelanders now living or working in the New York area, sharing the common bond that we all still care about NEO.

Message: In U.S. politics, the party that most quickly absorbs the latest technology often dominates

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 08/08/2005 - 22:48.

Calling All Luddites - Thomas L. Friedman - NY Times

I've been thinking of running for high office on a one-issue platform: I promise, if elected, that within four years America will have cellphone service as good as Ghana's. If re-elected, I promise that in eight years America will have cellphone service as good as Japan's, provided Japan agrees not to forge ahead on wireless technology. My campaign bumper sticker: "Can You Hear Me Now?"