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New Corante Biology and Information Blog

C o r a n t e, February 28, 2003
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Living Code: biology & information

We've launched a new blog column on biotechnology I hope we hope you'll
find useful and illuminating. It's called "Living Code" and will track
daily the exciting changes taking place in biology and in particular how
the torrent of information being unleashed is altering the way diseases
are understood, medical research is conducted and new treatments are
developed.

Living Code is authored by Richard Gayle, an industry veteran, medical
researcher, writer and rabid info-found who spent more than 15 years as a
senior scientist at one the industry's big success stories - Immunex.
While there, Richard worked in many of its divisions including molecular
biology, biochemistry, immunology, protein chemistry, structural biology,
bioinformatics and computational biology as well as penned its internal
newsletter.

I'm thrilled to have him aboard as it's one of the most compelling stories
in technology and Richard's uniquely qualified to comment on the
tremendous breakthroughs of recent years as well as what's in the
pipeline.

Please check it out and pass it along to others who might be interested:
www.corante.com/livingcode


I was recently in San Francisco and while the economic environment in Silicon Valley seemed good, when I visited San Francisco, it seemed to be much worse.   I  had an opportunity to look for property and prices were coming down in  residential real estate, to buy or to rent.   Here is a note from one of the listserves that I belong to from a woman who attests to that impression.


"Subject: RE: Economic recovery? Personal eval = recession/depression


Your comments about SF are right on. I was making the same point to a reporter a few weeks back who was interviewing me about turnaround work in the Bay Area. And while there is unquestionably a massive national recession that is affecting ALL parts of the country, it's safe to say SF has taken the hardest blow.



I'm a 6th generation San Franciscan, and I will always love the Bay Area. For it's beauty, it's people, it's unique history and it's very unique entrepreneurial/opportunistic culture that is quite simply far and away unlike any other major region....in a much better way.



But SF has a real problem, and they don't realize it. It's industries are GONE...not entirely, obviously, but to a much larger and far broader respect than most realize. As you mentioned, it was once a massive hub for entertainment (movies/TV/music), banking & insurance, import/export, publishing, maritime, defense, and a number of other industries. But most of these industries have either moved on, outgrown the severe space limitations of San Francisco, or are going through their own inflection points and reductions.



Of the 8.5% unemployed in San Francisco, a majority are from the tech industry. The same is true for the terrifyingly scary underemployment rate that is rapidly approaching 15%. San Francisco has never had much of a tech industry to begin with. Multimedia/design/agency types it had from the late 80s to mid 90s, but dotcoms pushed them out just as they did to the financial, import/export and other industry companies.



And since THOSE industries aren't hiring, or have already left the Bay Area, where are all these people going to find new jobs? Certainly not Silicon Valley for the time being...and SF has very little to offer the technology industry. There's not much incentive for a tech company to be based there.



Very rapidly San Francisco is becoming the bedroom community for people who work on the peninsula or in the south or east bays but want to live in an incredibly vibrant, fun, unique city.



All that said, yes SF/Bay Area has clearly been hit harder than anywhere else. HOWEVER, I'm not sure it's being plagued by the same economic woes that are affecting other places...I think the Bay Area has an underlying psychological issue that much of the rest of the country doesn't have, or at least not to the same extent because they haven't lived and breathed the absurdity and consequence of the last several years as deeply and personally as the Bay Area has. Your comment about LA's broad industryness helps underscore all this. And you're right also about this not being new for the Bay Area...while it may be the worst the city has ever seen, history has shown that even the post-Gold Rush / Civil War era had much of the same results.



I have a constantly negging _possibility_ in my mind that we may very well see an economic rebound THIS YEAR...perhaps as soon as May (dependent on how fast war in Iraq ends).



I think there's evidence enough to suggest that rebound will help improve business throughout the country, with new growth & innovation driving job creation. With one exception...the rest of the country will rebound while SF continues a downward spiral that no body here is expecting, and fueled mostly by the wake of the dotcom implosion. Believe it or not, there are still an awful lot of people here clinging to their delusions of grandeur about how "easy" it is to make money & build tech companies in SF. And even those who aren't, and simply want to stay and find work, will find it increasingly hard to do.



SF's government seems strongly convinced that the city will regain it's momentum as soon as the national economic crisis subsides and Silicon Valley companies are once again selling products to consumers & enterprises. I don't see it.



Supporting knowledge creation. I have

Supporting knowledge creation. I have written here about creating knowledge, giving a list of goals in knowledge creation. A bit earlier I wrote about creating an environment that fosters personal interaction. Here is a drawing I made about the concept of creating knowledge:


I have been thinking about this thing since then, without reaching any clear conclusions. It seems that in the USA many are talking about the technology for knowledge management, whereas in Scandinavia the discussion focuses on the human resources. [Universal Rule]

[Blogging Alone]

I installed Linux on my Dell Inspiron 8200

I have been intrigued by Linux for several months now but I have been afraid to install it on my Dell Inspiron for fear that it would take to long and would be too complicated for me to do without wasting lots of time.   But, I had a great experience with Partition magic and Red Hat Linux 8.0.    Everthing was easy, and the documentation was quite good.   Now I have my system running both Linux and Windows XP Professional.  The only problem that I have encountered so far is that it does not recognize my wifi mini PCI card in my laptop.    I really like working disconnected from my laptop, so I need to find the drivers soon!

Pretty neat site.  You get 50MB to create your own multimedia content and publish it to the web.  I got the link from Oliver Willis web site.   Oliver Willis is a writer from Boston who has a great site.
http://www.oliverwillis.com/


Screenblast is a broadband creativity platform, connecting people with content, devices and each other. Architected specifically for high-speed access, it represents the beginning of the next generation of Internet entertainment. Screenblast invites users to expand and explore the ways in which they interact with media as it offers a combination of original content to engage and entertain, a suite of audio and video creativity tools to encourage the creation and manipulation of individual and studio provided content, and a platform from which they can showcase and share their ingenuity and imagination.


In a networked world of multiple electronic devices, from computers to digital video cameras, portable devices and the Internet, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment's Screenblast is the open-access, connective fiber between creativity, media and electronics.


Experience, create and connect. and explore the ways in which they interact with media as it offers a combination of original content to eng

Three Degrees. Three Degrees from

Three Degrees.

Three Degrees from Microsoft. Microsoft is targeting the Internet generation with a new product called Three Degrees.... The product is a powerful extension of instant messaging with the ability to create ad-hoc personal communities. Once you establish these groups, there are a variety of tasks that can be shared including pictures, listening to shared playlists and the ability to send animated �winks� to other users.  Newsweek has the story. [Michael Gartenberg]


..."We really wanted to have a different set of skills that would allow them to meet new people online in a way I, for instance, cannot," said group manager Tammy Savage. "They have a way of vouching for each other as friends, figuring out who to trust and not trust."...


..."If you look at Threedegrees closely, there are broader implications for this product for Microsoft, (such as) driving IM use for corporate purposes," Gartenberg said on Tuesday. "Take the Threedegrees functionality and apply it to corporate work groups and you have the extension from communication to collaboration that goes beyond IM. If you look at the shared-picture feature and imagine that was a PowerPoint file, you get the idea of where Microsoft could go with this." [C-net]


Microsoft's first relationship product should be taken seriously.  By initially targeting the younger IM set, they don't have to hold back on multi-modal features.  Their proprietary FOAF functionality enables community building similar to that of Live Journal.  It could also host a trust/reputation system.  And as a platform for other applications and gateway for P2P file sharing it is comparable to Groove.  That and it bypasses blogging.  The question is if we want our kids growing up hooked on monopoly.

[Ross Mayfield: Social Networks] [Blogging Alone]

Palm, AT&T ready high-end handheld.

Palm, AT&T ready high-end handheld. The two companies say they plan to have the Tungsten W--the handheld maker's combination phone, e-mail device and organizer--on store shelves by the end of the month. By Richard Shim, Staff Writer, CNET News.com. [CNET News.com]


 

Forbes: Google Goes Blog-Crazy. [Scripting News]


Google has a great search product, I hope they do as well sponsoring blogging.  I like micropublishing and I think the level of writing and discourse among bloggers is improving.   Witness my Blog roll.   Everyday I find relevant content and a new perspective.   It's great!

Uniting under Groove, by John Udell

















This is a summay table from John Udell's Feb. 14 review in InfoWorld.|
Groove Workspace 2.5

Business Case - To work productively, people must have the right contacts, messages, and files at the right time. E-mail is a poor substitute for the richly integrated experience that Groove provides.
 
Technology Case - Despite their limitations, e-mail and the Web are the bread and butter of daily work. Now, with Groove Web Services, there are integration hooks that make it easy to connect Groove shared spaces to the mainstream.
 






















Pros
 
Cons
 











Spontaneous and secure group formation, messaging, presence management, and data synchronization
 
Elegant SOAP API for integration
 











No indexed search of shared-space data
 
Still incomplete Groove Web Services API coverage and unavailable remote access
 
 
Cost - Standard Edition: $49 per user; Professional Edition: $149 per user
 
Platforms - Windows 98/2000/XP/ME/ NT 4.0 (Service Pack 5)
 
Company - Groove Networks.; www.groove.net
 
 
Scorecard




 



















































































Ease of Use 8  



 

 
Implementation 9  



 

 
Innovation 10  



 

 
Interoperability 8  



 

 
Scalability 7  



 

 
Security 10  



 

 
Suitability 8  



 

 
Support 8  



 

 
Training 8  



 

 
Value 8  



Preliminary research by Bentley College students shows strong potential

February 10, 2003 Waltham, MA� Preliminary research from the first phase of a three-part Bentley College market research study provided early indications that the Tablet PC is a strong contender to become the technology of choice for students, faculty and staff at the nation�s leading colleges and universities, indicates Marketing professor Perry Lowe, who is overseeing the project.

Lots of Snow today in Boston!

Radar

Financial Services Fact Book

Good  site for people considering Financial Services.

The turbulent business market has caused many people to rethink their careers�sometimes without choice. Here are some tips for reinventing your career from Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career, published by Harvard Business School Press.











Here are nine unconventional strategies for reinventing your career: act, then reflect; flirt with your selves; live the contradictions; make big change in small steps; experiment with new roles; find people who are what you want to be; don't wait for a catalyst; step back periodically but not for too long; and seize windows of opportunity.


Unconventional strategy 1: Act your way into a new way of thinking and being. You cannot discover yourself by introspection.
Start by changing what you do. Try different paths. Take action, and then use the feedback from your actions to figure out what you think, feel, and want. Don't try to analyze or plan your way into a new career. Conventional strategies advocated by self-assessment manuals and traditional career counselors would have you start by looking inside. Start instead by stepping out. Be attentive to what each step teaches you, and make sure that each step helps you take the next.


Unconventional strategy 2: Stop trying to find your one true self. Focus your attention on which of your many possible selves you want to test and learn more about.
Reflection is important. But we can use it as a defense against testing reality; reflecting on who we are is less important than probing whether we really want what we think we want. Acting in the world gives us the opportunity to see our selves through our behaviors and allows us to adjust our expectations as we learn. In failing to act, we hide from ourselves.








Don't try to analyze or plan your way into a new career.
�Herminia Ibarra

Unconventional strategy 3: Allow yourself a transition period in which it is okay to oscillate between holding on and letting go. Better to live the contradictions than to come to a premature resolution.
The years preceding a career change necessarily involve difficulty, turmoil, confusion, and uncertainty. 4 One of the hardest tasks of reinvention is staying the course when it feels like you are coming undone. Unfortunately, there is no alternative but foreclosure�retreating from change either by staying put or taking the wrong next job. Watch out for decisions made in haste, especially when it comes to unsolicited offers. It takes a while to move from old to new. Those who try to short-circuit the process often just end up taking longer.


Unconventional strategy 4: Resist the temptation to start by making a big decision that will change everything in one fell swoop. Use a strategy of small wins, in which incremental gains lead you to more profound changes in the basic assumptions that define your work and life. Accept the crooked path.
Small steps lead to big changes, so don't waste time, energy, and money on finding the "answer" or the "lever" that, when pushed, will have dramatic effects. Almost no one gets change right on the first try. Forget about moving in a straight line. You will probably have to cycle through a few times, letting what you learn inform the next cycle. You will know that you are learning at a deeper level when you start to question what aspects of your life apart from your job also need changing.


Unconventional strategy 5: Identify projects that can help you get a feel for a new line of work or style of working. Try to do these as extracurricular activities or parallel paths so that you can experiment seriously without making a commitment.
Think in terms of side projects and temporary assignments, not binding decisions. Pursue these activities seriously, but delay commitment. Slowly ascertain your enduring values and preferences, what makes you unique in the world. Just make sure that you vary your experiments, so that you can compare and contrast experiences before you narrow your options.


Unconventional strategy 6: Don't just focus on the work. Find people who are what you want to be and who can provide support for the transition. But don't expect to find them in your same old social circles.
Break out of your established network. Branch out. Look for role models�people who give you glimpses of what you might become and who are living examples of different ways of working and living. Most of us seek to change not only what we do; we also aspire to work with people we like and respect and with whom we enjoy spending our precious time.








Forget about moving in a straight line.
�Herminia Ibarra

Unconventional strategy 7: Don't wait for a cataclysmic moment when the truth is revealed. Use everyday occurrences to find meaning in the changes you are going through. Practice telling and retelling your story. Over time, it will clarify.
Major career transitions take three to five years. The big "turning point," if there is one, tends to come late in the story. In the interim, make use of anything as a trigger. Don't wait for a catalyst. What you make of events is more important than the events themselves. Take advantage of whatever life sends your way to revise, or at least reconsider, your story. Practice telling it in different ways to different people, in much the same way you would revise a r�sum� and cover letter for different jobs. But don't just tell the story to a friendly audience; try it out on skeptics. And don't be disturbed when the story changes along the way.


Unconventional strategy 8: Step back. But not for too long.
When you get stuck and are short on insight, take time to step back from the fray to reflect on how and why you are changing. Even as short a break as a day's hike in the country can remove the blinders of habit. But don't stay gone too long, or it will be hard to reel yourself back in. Only through interaction and active engagement in the real world do we discover ourselves.


Unconventional strategy 9: Change happens in bursts and starts. There are times when you are open to big change and times when you are not. Seize opportunities.
Windows of opportunity open and close back up again. We go through periods when we are highly receptive to major change and periods when even incremental deviations from "the plan" are hard to tolerate. 5 Take advantage of any natural windows (e.g., the period just after an educational program or assuming a new position; a milestone birthday) to start off on the right foot. Communicate to others that you have changed (and will be making more changes). Watch out for the insidious effect of old routines. Progress can be served by hanging in limbo, asking questions, allowing time and space to linger between identities. But don't let unanswered questions bog you down; move on, even if to an interim commitment.


Excerpted with permission from Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career, Harvard Business School Press, 2002.


[ Buy this book ]


Herminia Ibarra is a professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, France.





                                               

Footnotes


4. Samuel D. Osherson, Holding On and Letting Go: Men and Career Change at Midlife (New York: Free Press, 1980).


5. Daniel J. Levinson, The Seasons of a Man's Life (New York: Knopf, 1985). See also Manfred Kets DeVries, Struggling with the Demon: Perspectives on Individual and Organizational Irrationality (Madison, CT: Psychosocial Press, 2001), 95-119.



 

Culture of Ideas. Highlights from

Culture of Ideas.

Highlights from Nicholas Negroponte's Creating a Culture of Ideas [MIT Technology Review]



  • Yet without innovation we are doomed�by boredom and monotony�to decline. So what makes innovation happen, and just where do new ideas come from? The basic answers�providing a good educational system, encouraging different viewpoints, and fostering collaboration�may not be surprising. Moreover, the ability to fulfill these criteria has served the United States well. But some things�the nature of higher education among them�will have to change in order to ensure a perpetual source of new ideas.
  • One of the basics of a good system of innovation is diversity.
  • On how diversity and risk taking offsets the lower standards of education in the US for innovation

    • One is that we do not stigmatize those who have tried and been unsuccessful.
    • The other reason is that we are uniquely willing to listen to our young.
    • But when it comes to nurturing our youth, we have to do better.

  • The antidote to such canalization and compartmentalization is being interdisciplinary, a term that is at once utterly banal and, in advanced studies, describes an almost impossible goal.
  • Two additional ingredients are needed to cultivate new ideas. Both have to do with maximizing serendipity.

    • First, we need to encourage risk.
    • The second ingredient is encouragement for openness and idea sharing...

  • A key to ensuring a stream of big ideas is accepting these messy truths about the origin of ideas and continuing to reward innovation and celebrate emerging technologies.
[Ross Mayfield's Weblog]

Software Success Has India Worried.

Software Success Has India Worried. Is the United States going to start turning its back on outsourcing, the lifeblood of India's software and services industry? By Saritha Rai. [New York Times: Business]

A GNU/Linux desktop: through a browser

quoted from site:  "A workspot is a GNU/Linux account, on our servers. You use the desktop and software through a web browser, from anywhere in the world.


You get a full graphical desktop. It's the real thing: Screenshots ; Features.


We want the world to learn Linux, and GNU, and this is the simplest way. There's no setup; no installation."


Pretty cool way to try out Linux.

Pentagon names boards to oversee

Guernica at the UN. I

Guernica at the UN.


I noticed this too, and was appalled that they shrouded this picture.   It is an extremely important image as we decide to go to war.  


A diplomat stated that it would not be an appropriate background if the ambassador of the United States at the U.N. John Negroponte, or Powell, talk about war surrounded with women, children and animals shouting with horror and showing the suffering of the bombings.



UN Censors Picasso's Guernica.

[Ross Mayfield's Weblog]

Knowledge work and productivity. I'm

Knowledge work and productivity. I'm rereading one of those classic Peter Drucker articles that make everything seem so straightforward and obvious. This one is from the Winter 1999 issue of the California Management Review and is titled "Knowledge-Worker Productivity: The Biggest Challenge." (CMR, V.41, #2, Winter 1999, pp79-94) If it is typical Drucker, the rest of the world will start catching up with him in another couple of years. For those of us in the midst of knowledge work related topics, better to start paying attention now.

His essential thesis is that focusing on the productivity of knowledge work will drive economic success in the 21st century in exactly the same fashion that manual work productivity drove 20th century economies.


Some selected observations from Drucker.



  • "Whenever we have looked at any job - no matter how many thousands of years it has been performed - we have found that the traditional tools are wrong for the task."
  • "What Taylor saw when he actually looked at work violated everything poets and philosophers had said about work from Hesiod and Virgil to Karl Marx. They all celebrated "skill." Taylor showed that in manual work there is no such thing. There are only simple, repetitive motions. What makes them more productive is knowledge, that is, the way the simple, unskilled motions are put together, organized, and executed. In fact, Taylor wa the first person to apply knowledge to work"
  • "Making knowledge workers more productive requires change in basic attitude, while making the manual workers more productive only required telling the worker how to do the job. Furthermore, making knowledge workers more productive requires changes in attitude not only on the part of the individual knowledge worker, but on the part of the whole organization."

Drucker identifies six factors that determine knowledge-worker productivity that I paraphrase as follows:



  • Definition of the task
  • Required autonomy of knowledge workers
  • Continuing innovation
  • Continuous learning and continuous teaching
  • Qualilty of outputs as signature requirement. Quantity is irrelevant until a quality standard exists
  • Knowledge worker as asset not cost

Lots of good material to chew on here. I'll be revisiting this and pushing on it in the next few weeks.

[McGee's Musings]

Report: Bush Considering Cyber Warfare

Reported in Jupiter Online Media: 

"President Bush secretly signed an order last July directing administration officials to develop the parameters for possible cyber-attacks against enemy computer networks, according to a report in Friday's Washington Post. The report also says the Pentagon is actively developing "cyber-weapons," to disable enemy radar, electrical grids and telephone systems.

The U.S. has never used cyber attacks against a country and the early planning stages have been shrouded in mystery. According to Friday's report, security around the program has been likened to the secrecy surrounding the development of the atom bomb. "

Very Cool: News Quakes. Very

Very Cool: News Quakes.

Very Cool: News Quakes


I found this over on Marc Canter's blog: News Quakes, a visualization tool for tying news to geography.  [_Go_]

[The FuzzyBlog!]

Groove to Radio. This is

Groove to Radio. This is a test of Tim Knip's Groove interop tool for Radio, which if successful will post this item I am writing in a Groove discussion tool to my blog. As Tim noted a few days ago, the identity URL has migrated into the SOAP header. I'm not sure if this version of grooveInterop.root accounts for that or not. Let's see... ... [Jon's Radio]

Dell Inspiron 8200 FAQ

I use a Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop as my main computer.  It is a great machine, although quite heavy.   This FAQ gives you all the information you need to know about maintaining the machine.

Burgundy Wine Makers

This is an excellent list of wine makers from Burgundy, my favorite wine making region in France and the World



  • Antonin Guyon - A prestigious estate in Burgundy, spread amongst the most renowned vintages of the C?d'Or.
  • Alex Gambal Wines - A great producer and US importer of Burgundian wines.
  • Bouchard Pere & Fils - The largest vineyard owner of premiers crus and grands crus in the Cote d'Or, and one of the most distinguished sources of estate-grown wines from Burgundy.
  • Chateau Corton-Andre - The Chateau de Corton-Andre is a symbol of tradition in Burgundy as the only Chateau in the Grands Crus of the Cote de Beaune.
  • Chateau de La Tour - This Domaine is inside of the Clos de Vougeot in Burgundy. Site provides history of the Domaine, describes the appellations produced, discusses the 2000 vintage and has an email link to the Domaine.
  • Domain Morey-Coffinet - Chassagne-Montrachet - Welcome to Domain Michel Morey-Coffinet & Fils, winegrower in Chassagne Montrachet. Site includes information about vineyards, wines, distributors; includes photos.
  • Domaine Alain Verdet - Organic wine and liqueurs in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
  • Domaine Amiot-Servelle - Seven-hectare estate, managed using soil cultivation with compost addition and soil analysis check-ups.
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau - Located at Gevrey-Chambertin in Burgundy. Provides history, appellations, vintages and how to find the wine.
  • Domaine Chantal Lescure - The vineyards stretch from Chambolle-Musigny in the north to Volnay in the south, producing 16 appellations of AOC red wines and a single appellation of white.
  • Domaine Des Epeneaux - Eleven hectares, producing premier cru wines in Pommard.
  • Domaine Georges Roumier - Winery in Chambolle-Musigny that initiated the practice of domaine bottling.
  • Domaine Hervé de Lavoreille - A family estate of seven hectares located in the old village of Santenay le Haut.
  • Domaine Jean-Claude Rateau - Located in the heart of Beaune. Splendid wines.
  • Domaine Joliot - A family estate, cultivating vines in the traditional Burgundian manner.
  • Domaine Laleure-Piot - Pernand Vergelesses - The Domaine Laleure-Piot is nestled in the heart of Burgundy in Pernand-Vergelesses. The Domaine offers you the complete palette of Pernand Vergelesses, including Corton Charlemagne, Corton Bressandes, and Pernand-Vergelesse.
  • Domaine Meo-Camuzet - In Vosne Romanee in Burgundy, Domaine Meo-Camuzet invites you to discover its news, wine tasting notes and its fine wines from the terroirs Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, Corton, and Nuits-Saint-Georges.
  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret - The family cultivates approximately 25 hectares of vines spread out over 23 different appellations.
  • Domaine Olivier-Gard - Located in the hamlet of Concoeur and Corboin, six kilometres from Nuits-Saint-Georges.
  • Domaine Parent - This Pommard producer traces its roots back to Etienne Parent who in 1787 established a professionnal and friendly relationship with Thomas Jefferson, thus becoming the precursor in the export of Burgundy wines across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Domaine Pierre Damoy - In Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Pierre Damoy invites you to discover its fine wines from the terroirs Chambertin, Chambertin-Clos de Beze, Chapelle Chambertin, Gevrey-Chambertin, Marsannay La C?
  • Domaine Prieur-Brunet - The estate covers more than 50 acres of vineyards located in the six principal wine villages of the C?de Beaune.
  • Domaine Raymond Launay - A family-owned estate making wines that are vinified according to Burgundy tradition.
  • Domaine Rebourseau - Founded in 1919 by General Henri Rebourseau at Gevrey-Chambertin.
  • Domaine Rossignol-Trapet - Fine wines from Gevrey-Chambertin.
  • Domaine Tortochot - In Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Tortochot invites you to discover fine wine of terroirs.
  • Domaine Trapet - In Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Trapet invites you to discover their fine wines.
  • Domaine Vincent Girardin - The Girardin family wine estate has been passed from father to son for 11 generations in the commune of Santenay.
  • La Pousse d'Or - Producer in Volnay in since the 12th century. On line ordering for Volnays, Pommards, Cortons. Multilingual site.
  • Maison Andre Goichot - This domaine, located near Beaune, produces Charmes Chambertin, Beaune Premier Crus, Mersault and Santenay. Information request form, price list request form.
  • Philippe Leclerc - Hand-crafted wine, oak-aged for several years and bottled without filtering.

In Job Search, Warm and

In Job Search, Warm and Fuzzy Beats Online and All-Business. Young people, it seems, tend to place great faith in their Internet skills and lack familiarity with the personal approach that many employers are seeking. By Melinda Ligos. [New York Times: Business]

Management and Virtual Decentralised Networks: The Linux Project by George N. Dafermos

"Abstract
This paper examines the latest of paradigms - the Virtual Network(ed) Organisation - and whether geographically dispersed knowledge workers can virtually collaborate for a project under no central planning. Co-ordination, management and the role of knowledge arise as the central areas of focus. The Linux Project and its development model are selected as a case of analysis and the critical success factors of this organisational design are identified. The study proceeds to the formulation of a framework that can be applied to all kinds of virtual decentralised work and concludes that value creation is maximized when there is intense interaction and uninhibited sharing of information between the organisation and the surrounding community. Therefore, the potential success or failure of this organisational paradigm depends on the degree of dedication and involvement by the surrounding community. "

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