Adam Fields (weblog)

This blog is largely deprecated, but is being preserved here for historical interest. Check out my index page at for more up to date info. My main trade is technology strategy, process/project management, and performance optimization consulting, with a focus on enterprise and open source CMS and related technologies. More information. I write periodic long pieces here, shorter stuff goes on twitter or


“Beware the Google Threat”

Filed under: — adam @ 1:22 pm

Wired picks up on the fact that Google is growing fast, aggregating a LOT of data on its users (some of it incredibly personal) and not telling anyone what they’re doing with it behind the veil of vague privacy policies.

The article is a decent summary, but it also misses the point that a good deal (if not all) of the Google information is subject to revelation simply if “We conclude that we are required by law or have a good faith belief that access, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of Google, its users or the public.

That is NOT the same as a subpoena. I talked about this previously in a discussion about why Google’s needs come before your own.,1284,67982-2,00.html

Supreme Court rules that municipalities can seize property for commercial development

Filed under: — adam @ 12:26 pm

I think this is a terrible precedent. But, you know, you’ve got to build bypasses.

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