December 2003 Archives

I have about 396 posts on my weblog. I find it funny to see which posts are most popular. One popular post was about Microsoft Strategy. It was a short post linking to a good article. The next was a comment on the role of a chief knowledge officer. The was was: "Chief Knowledge Officer: Key to Survival?":" iTunes problems and then a fix via QuickTime"

There is a lot of hype about social networking and the tools that support it. Cesar is the CEO of a firm that focuses on using networks of trusted individuals for sales purposes. He makes good points about the value of the network to which one belongs, privacy of your personal contact information, and simplicity of use for all participants in the network. Good post!

This article summarizes how the online music industry is evolving and how Loudeye is functioning as an intermediary.

Profiles Loudeye, which the Mercury News calls "the dominant, if invisible, middleman in [the] emerging online music business." Loudeye announced a partnership with Microsoft yesterday that will allow anyone to set up an online music store. Loudeye's Digital Music Store service uses Windows Media 9 technology and copyright protection. Among its first customers: AT&T Wireless and Gibson Guitar

U.N. Summit Calls for Wired World

I think that more ubiquitous plumbing might be a better priority, but I am all for a wired planet. 

The first World Summit on the Information Society wraps up with a plan for extending the Internet and other modern wonders to the planet's poorest countries. No word yet on who will pay.
[Wired News]

Groove Company Weblog


Richard Eckel has started an official Groove Networks Company Weblog. A discussion about this new weblog is taking place on

TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)   via [Jeroen Bekkers' Groove Weblog]

I like the concept of a company weblog, but I agree with the posters in discussion; the site should allow comments.    Groove makes an excellent product and has always been open about what they are doing.  This would be a good way to have a constant dialog with their customer group.   More communication rather than less is positive, a two-way forum would be better. Hopefully this is just an oversight.


Stuart Henshall is an expert in the use of new media technologies in the workplace. His current obsessions are social networking tools, social software, blogging, wikis, and the revolution taking place around voice communications. I have only recently made the acquaintance with Stuart thanks to a truly creative and well thought out idea he had built around the availability of Skype as an immediate and easy-to-use-mean to interact with other, like-minded people. Sprung by curiosity I contacted him and found him to be a truly fascinating character. Stuart has strong point of views and truly rides ahead of the majority...
[Robin Good' Sharewood Tidings]

Since I work, the majority of my time, on the net and disconnected from my co-workers, I am always interested in the work that Robin Good is doing on web conferencing and online collaboration. This latest post, an interview with Stuart Henshal, is an interesting discussion, because he asserts a strong point of view on the evolution of the social software tools. I've been working this way for many years, and I have begun to see a significant decline in costs along with a simultaneous increase in the value of the services.

Recently, I set up a new Sharepoint site for a team that I am working with. It was extraordinarily easy. It has none of the instant messaging or video capabilities mentioned as a best practices, but it does include document and meeting workspaces, discussion areas, announcements and tasklists. I am sure that Microsoft will add other functionality that will augment the tool further. Groove, of course, adds a significantly more secure environment because of their relationship with the defense department. Both tools, however, are easy to set up and allow users to interact quite immediately. To keep costs low, I usually recommend relying on a telephone connection, email, and, most recently a collaborative work space; most work can be done over the phone. My experience is that video adds another level of complexity that does not significantly add to the value of the communication. An internet vioce solution, other than the telephone, INHO would add value. I also like Grooves ability to share web sites on the fly, and to share presentations in their environment without using Webex or Microsoft servers.

A New Way to Cover Presidential Campaign

I agree, super site… I have posted about Chris Lydon before.   He is a great commentator, this is a site that I will keep up with! 

Chris Lydon's Blogging of the President is a huge step forward in political campaign journalism. I hope to participate to...
[Dan Gillmor's eJournal]

Learning Objects Portal

I investigated this site and found it interesting.   It mostly links to other sites, as a portal should, but they seem to have screened  them well.   Interesting to see the aggregator use this terminology.   We used learning objects as a term to describe elearning modules at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, I did not realize it was becoming an accepted term.

Learning Objects Portal (via Careo): "Welcome to our Portal, a gateway to many resources about learning objects and repositories."

[elearnspace blog]

Interesting author, and, in fact, I agree! 

Bruce Sterling's been running his new Wired blog for a couple months now, and this morning, though, he hit his stride with a classic cyberpunk-dense review-cum-rant of a Brazillian electro-pop CD. This is killer prose.

I am digging this thing. Even a white-guy-samba chestnut like "So Nice (Summer Samba)" springs into a weird post-60s afterlife once it's been globally cyberized with a samplerdelic melange of hisses, whoops, whooshes, bleeps, thuds and twitters. The spacey remixes of "Tanto Tempo" sounds like they're scratching at the edge of the universe with thick rubber spatulas.

I pay attention to electronica for obvious reasons, and I can always get along with easy-going, caiparinha-blurred Brazilian beach music... I mean, who couldn't like such stuff, it's so harmlessly sexual and ingratiating... but techno gives bossa nova some serious nova-osity. The fact that these are actual songs, with verse-verse chorus and that ruthlessly slinky beat, gives all that synth dithering some useful spine. Hey, it's "Brazilectronica!" This stuff could conquer the world!

[Boing Boing Blog]

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