January 2003 Archives

Transforming e-Knowledge

Interesting new book on knowledge. 

�We cannot predict the future, but we do sense that we have the power to shape it. So we need to take time to reflect: on what those possible futures are, which are the more desirable, and what it takes to realise them. The authors of this book set out to help us with that process. On every page you will find them striving to express the ways in which e-systems can be exploited, the benefits they could yield, and what we all, individuals and organisations together, must now do.�

�  from the Foreword by Diana Laurillard

You Can Help Change Bad

You Can Help Change Bad Copyright Rules. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a Web form you can fill out to help the Librarian of Congress come up... [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]

This is the way I feel doing yoga

"In any given session, I am besieged by all-too-familiar demons of envy, pride, laziness, boredom, judgment, and greed. In a nonstop subvocal monologue, I gloat over poses I do well and rail against those I cant (most of which, I am convinced, are preposterous and shouldnt even be in the series in the first place). I shudder in revulsion as my neighbor, for the third time, exchanges his sweat-slimed mat for a fresh one. I nurse the delusion that if I just could hook both ankles behind my neck, the rest of my life would be nirvana."

< quote from the review in the NYT>  "From January to June 1919, the leaders of Britain, France, Italy and the United States met in Paris to decide the outcome of the war they had just won against the Central Powers. They faced a Herculean task. In the course of the Great War of 1914-18, four old multinational empires had fallen: the Russian, Austro-Hungarian, German and Ottoman. The fate of hundreds of millions of people, from Strasbourg to Baghdad, from Hamburg to Aqaba, was unclear. Previous peace conferences -- including the best known, the Congress convened in Vienna in 1815 to reorder Europe after the defeat of Napoleon -- had confined themselves to adjusting the fates of dynasties and states. The peacemakers of 1919 had also to pay attention to principles, promises, public opinion and a fast-changing and unstable political scene. Russia was in revolution and much of central Europe seemed ready to follow suit. " <quote>

This is the book I am reading now.   Provides a perspecitive on the world today that we are still struggling with.

Excerpt:  "The reason why Georges is barreling along the outer ring road, with diminished reflexes, listening to this particular music, must be sought first and foremost in the position occupied by Georges in the social relations of production. The fact that Georges has killed at least two men in the course of the last year is not germane. What is happening now used to happen from time to time in the past."

I  just finished this book last night; a fascinating thriller, out of the blue George is thrown into a murderous world, that he somehow correct.   Very dark.

HP nails server sales in

HP nails server sales in 2002. A post-merger Hewlett-Packard beats out Dell for the No. 1 spot in the worldwide server market, which managed a slight gain despite the economy. [CNET News.com]

This is impressive because Dell is fighting hard for market share in servers.

News.Com: "The market for XML-based

News.Com: "The market for XML-based content-lifecycle products -- software and services that allow content to be easily reused in a number of formats -- will grow tenfold to $11.6 billion in annual revenue by 2008, according to a report released Thursday." [Scripting News]


Googlert is an experimental free service which keeps you updated on what the web is saying about you, your products or your interests. It does this by performing regular Google searches on your behalf and sending an email alert containing any new results that appear.  It is not affiliated with Google.

Has Google Won? A Librarian

Has Google Won? A Librarian Says Students Have More Data Than They Know What to Do With

"Like many other librarians, Steven J. Bell has watched students go to online databases, enter a few search terms, and get hundreds of articles in return. Swamped with information, and doubtless on a deadline, these students print out the first several articles -- making no effort to evaluate their quality -- and then run off to write their papers. Now Mr. Bell, library director at Philadelphia University, asks a question that might seem heretical for someone in his field: Is more information always better?

Mr. Bell, who poses that question in an article in this month's issue of American Libraries, the American Library Association's magazine, discussed his concerns in an interview with The Chronicle....

"There was a very interesting article recently in College & Research Libraries News ["Facing the Competition," December 2002] that basically said, We're giving up on information literacy because we can't reach the students anymore, and we're just hoping to come up with ways that they can search our Web site to come up with some information that will help them. That, to me, is throwing up the white flag and saying, Google has won. I think if we keep working with the people who create the databases, maybe we can come up with a product that has a better balance. ... There are loads of techniques that could improve searching, and they've got to be built into the systems better....

One thing that concerns me is that a lot of the services have a check box that says "full text." You click that, and you are eliminating what could be some very good articles that are available only in citation or abstract format. ... In the article, I call it "full-text fixation." We're creating a generation of researchers and scholars who are losing touch completely with the value of getting a citation that is on target for the topic, then walking to the shelf to find a hard copy or finding it in another database....

How we communicate that to the public and to our users -- that's becoming really important. I could bring you into the library and watch students do research. I could know that they are struggling, and go over and say, Do you need help? But they say, No, I'm fine. The mind-set is that all the information is out there, and that they just need to plug in a few words to find it." [The Chronicle, via WEB4LIB mailing list]

[The Shifted Librarian]

Thought this might be of interest particularly if you or someone you know is active in a job search.  Finding a job is tough these days in this economic climate.  In Silicon Valley, currently with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, it's even tougher.  Potential employers and executive recruiters get pummeled by hundreds of resumes and job-seekers every week.  Most recruiters simply don't have enough hours in the day to give each person the needed attention.  Smart job-seekers will realize that schmoozing with recruiters in this climate is essential and mutually beneficial.  To stand out in the crowd, take a couple of tips from this excellent article called "Hunting for a Headhunter: Executive recruiters are elusive prey, especially in down times.  But there are ways to get a foot in the door." (Business 2.0, February 2003) 



Outline Publishing. While parusing my

Outline Publishing. While parusing my buddy Phil Wendly's pages, I stumbled on an outline processing application for Radio. The application is called ActiveRenderer. The main page is an example of a published outline. I like the idea. I would bet that Doc, a die hard outliner, would like this thing. Take a look. I will play with it a bit and let you know what I think. [Craig Burton: logs, links, life, and lexicon]

nice tool for outlining, I  am going to try it out.

Where is IT going?

"With political uncertainty keeping the economy slow, the industry pundits are having a wild time trying to predict what is actually going to happen this year. There is a general consensus that spending will not rocket to the rates we saw a few years ago, but aside from that there is much disagreement."

Good article about my favorite subject.

Groove, Sharepoint, and eRoom

Since I am working on several collaboritve project with people from around the world, I have been using the Groove and Sharepoint as shared work spaces.   eRoom is not a good choice becasue it is much to expensive for personal use, but Groove, and Sharepoint can be used effectivelly.  Groove has much more functionality and, when the replication works well, it is very easy to exchange documents with other team members.   One difficulty that we hare having, however, is that a number of my colleagues use Macs, not PCs, so they have to run Groove in Virtual PC.   I don't think we have gotten it to work properly yet, but we are working on it.   I think Groove has a Mac client coming out soon.

Microsoft Sharepoint is entirely web based which eliminates many of the problems of connectivity that we have been having.  My colleagues with Macs can get in, although bCentral says the Mac OS 10 is not supported by Sharepiont or bCentral.    What big problems!  I have searched for other cross platform collaboration environments but I have not been able to find a suitable one yet.

Hopefully Groove will work, as promised, with sharepoint soon, and their Mac client will come out too!

Amtrack to NYC

I am on my way to NYC on the train passing by the marshes on the Connecticut coast.   It is a beautiful day, but the water looks steely gray and cold.   Tonight is going to be the coldest night of the year, so far.   I am visting friends in the city.  It is good to have the time to do this, unemcombered by work.

Meetup organizes local interest groups

What? Meetup is a new, free service that organizes local gatherings about anything, anywhere.
Who? 133,486 people have already signed up for Meetups about 739 topics.
Where? Meetups happen at local cafes (and other places) in 540 cities across 31 countries.
Why? Because there are people like you in your town.
How? Find your topic, sign up, show up! That's it.
>>>I have not determined how successful they are but it sounds like a good idea.   I am not ready to be a host yet.  I have to much work to do to find a new job!

Spam Conference Trip Report. Spam

Spam Conference Trip Report.

Spam Conference Trip Report

Yesterday was the first ever Spam Conference and it was held at MIT.  First off I have to give huge kudos to Paul Graham the organizer.  In a little over a month he put together a truly outstanding conference --- and the interest level was astonishing.  They expected "50 to 60" and instead 560 signed up.  And since the room was basically full and it held 566 by number of seats, I'd say roughly 520 to 540 actually made it.  And don't think that these were all local MIT geeks either; I sat next to a researcher from IBM Zurich, had lunch with people from Cloudmark (San Francisco), met the founder of pobox (Philadelphia), spoke with Tony Bowden at length (England) and others.  Presentations came from BrightMail, Popfile, Microsoft France, MIT, Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab, ShopIP, MessageLabs and others.

Most of the discussions focused on "Naive Statistical Bayesian Classifiers" such as iFile and Popfile (although many other systems were represented including other types).  If I can find the papers online I'll post links to them.  Otherwise Google for them from the info at the Spam Conference page.  More on the conference later or tomorrow.[The FuzzyBlog]

Former KPMG Consulting cuts staff

Former KPMG Consulting cuts staff again. BearingPoint to slash workforce by about 700 [InfoWorld: Top News]

I guess it is still happening.  I was hoping the layoffs would end in the new year.   I understand my former employer, Cap Gemini, is still laying off too.

Weblog Growth. Tim Jarret measures

Weblog Growth.

Tim Jarret measures the growth rate of weblogs.

A week ago I thought that we might see an uptick in the slope of the growth of Weblogs.com activity, as measured by the high water mark, in coming months. All it took was one little Supreme Court case to do it. The site hit a new high water mark yesterday that was more than 100 weblogs higher than the previous mark (during the MacWorld SF 2003 keynote; this is a hint that increased activity on existing blogs is a major driver of the high water mark). The figure of merit is now 2.8, back to where it was in October.

Note: the time period is approximately 1 year.

[Ross Mayfield's Weblog]

GeoURL ICBM Address Server

(see higher-resolution maps)
GeoURL is a location-to-URL reverse directory. This will allow you to find URLs by their proximity to a given location. Find your neighbor's blog, perhaps, or the web page of the restaurants near you.    And you can add yourself to the database.

Get the 411 on 802.11g,

Get the 411 on 802.11g, especially AirPort Extreme: My book co-author Adam Engst and I have co-written a 3,000-word article on the state of 802.11g equipment including an enormous amount of detail about AirPort Extreme: both the Base Station and the AirPort Extreme Card. This article will be available next week as a downloadable PDF with illustrations and photos, too. (And remember: we launched an Apple AirPort-specific blog earlier this week, too, for all your AirPort needs and questions.)[80211b News]

Good news for us wireless freaks.   I want "g".

I'm starting to see some

I'm starting to see some of my groove contacts running 2.5. When can I play? By the way, GWS is now featured at groove.net.  A couple whitepapers, a FAQ, a features list, and links to articles[Matt Pope's Radio Weblog] [Blogging Alone]

I agree.   I use Groove and want to use it with Sharepoint.   If 2.5 is ready, it should be made available.  Why wait?

Scanning images into Photoshop

I am working with Photoshop and ImageReady today, scanning photographs of my wife Barbara's paintings.  I will add them to her web site.  I am reminded as I do this just how wonderful these programs are.  And with newer faster processors, it is not as painful as it once was.  Progress!


Great new weblog about New York, well designed and informative.  Makes my bookmarks.

Discover why pigeon ranking works so well.   This is an extraordinary revelation.

Ragdale Foundation

My wife, Barbara goes to the Ragdale Foundation for a month starting on Tuesday.   This painting residency is a real honor for her.   I hope she gets lots of beautiful work done.

Apple ramps up wireless in

Apple ramps up wireless in notebooks. Use of G technology considered risky [InfoWorld: Top News]

Apple really gets out in front of everyone.  I will down load the new browser tonight.

Mitch Kapor update on the

Mitch Kapor update on the status of Chandler. [Scripting News]

I keep close watch on developments regarding this software development project.   I wish them tons of good luck, although I am a bit skeptical.


I am starting to do yoga.  Tonight was my first power yoga class.  The heat was intense, but I survived.   I have to do something, to lose weight and to get more energy.  Maybe this will help.   I tend to start very strongly, with lots of enthusiasim.  I can maintain my enthusiasm for about three months, then I start to lose interest.   This has been a pattern throughout my life.   I get intensely interested in an activity, then I drop it.  This time I need to maintain my interest.   I will post my progress.

I know, I know.  Yoga is the in thing to do.  But, honestly, I have been thinking about it for months.   Because I am looking for a job, I am to nervous to be away from my computer and email for too long.   So, now after two and a half months, maybe I am beginning to relax.  Now, I have to focus on building the new content and knowledge management business that I have started with a colleague in Cambridge.  I think we have a great idea and I will post our progress as I continue to develop the business.   Right now, the name of the business is CCA: Content and Collaboration Architectures.

barbara poole, artist

I published my wife's website tonight.  It is not done yet, but, it provides a pretty good idea of her work and presents a few of her paintings.   Here is one of the images.  Take a look.

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