CA Magazine knows information wants to be free

I need to commend the publication of my profession here in Canada, CA Magazine, for offering the full content of each issue online as soon as the physical copy of the issue arrives on my doorstep.

There are many magazines that charge for access to their full content, but CA Magazine realizes that increased readership of its articles will only help the profession’s stature in this country and internationally. It also helps bloggers like me link to and discuss the articles.

The source of the headline was Stewart Brand who, at the first Hackers’ Conference in 1984, said:

On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time.

Read the June issue.

(Yes I realize we’re into July now, but you’ll have to trust me that the contents have been available for over a month now!)


Your business needs a Backbone

Backbone magazine is a Canadian bi-monthly focusing on business and technology issues. In their own words:

Our primary focus has been on how technology enhances business processes, markets, profitability and productivity. Backbone magazine’s aim is to provide business people with a tangible tool to enhance the way they do business in Canada’s New Economy.

Compare this to the short bullet describing this blog and its focus:

I’m interested in the future of the profession and how technology is changing the way accountants do their job.

Seems like there might be some overlap there. Perhaps an opportunity to work together and learn a thing or two about how technology is changing the way business is being done here and abroad, not just by accountants, accounting firms, but by any and every company.

So I was thrilled to see they picked up a recent post I made about Facebook and LinkedIn for their blog, Backblog.

I found out about Backbone when I strolled through the lobby of my firm’s office and lo and behold, we have a subscription. Naturally, since I was at work, I sat down on the plush sofa and dove right in. Professional development, I figured!

I hope to contribute more of my writing to their fledgling blog in the future. Check it out:


How Playboy protects its intellectual property

Gives a whole new meaning to the term “asset management” doesn’t it?

With more than 53 years of multimedia content under its belt, Playboy Enterprises takes content management and rights management very seriously. Developing the best systems to manage all those photos, videos, television footage and text is top priority for Playboy chairman and chief executive Christie Hefner.

Read the interview with Christie Hefner.