October 2004 Archives

Eric's Big List of SharePoint Links

Some how I missed this link about SharePoint resources, but being a SharePoint user this is a great find!
This post provides a link to a html help file for SharePoint Services. For an inexperienced user SharePoint is confusing to configure, this file makes it easier.

Very nice, a help file that contains information that can be used by "normal" users who want to work with Windows SharePoint Services sites, lists, document libraries, ... Download here.

This compiled help file provides searchable, up-to-date information about using and managing sites based on Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services technology. The topics covered in this file include the following:

  • Basic concepts
  • Viewing information
  • Sharing files and documents
  • Sharing information
  • Deleting information
  • Organizing meetings
  • Customizing lists and pages
  • Customizing sites
  • Customizing pages by using Web Parts
  • Managing permissions and security
  • Managing sites and settings
  • Troubleshooting
  • Reference

The content in this file is different from the content you can find in a Windows SharePoint Services site when you click Help. This content has been updated to correct errors, add information, and be easier to browse.

[The latest blogs from your friends at OfficeZealot.com]

MSN��s new search technology preview

FYI, give it a try.

Well, this web sites author isn’t going to complain http://techpreview.search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=wss

[Ian Morrish's WSSDemo Blog]
FYI, this would be interesting to test!
Microsoft is expected to announce beta availability this week for its new real-time collaboration client, codenamed Istanbul.

[Yahoo! News - Search Results for microsoft VoIP]

ELearning mind map

One of the biggest challenges in discussing elearning arises from different understandings of the field. Most often, we attach our experiences and career to our conversations, presenting an image of elearning that reflects what we have encountered. For an instructional designer, elearning often means courses or learning materials directed at meeting an objective within the larger scope of program development. A corporate trainer may view elearning as a combination of courses and knowledge management. No one perspective is symbolic of the whole industry.

[Edu RSS Search Results]

On to the World Series

On to the World Series, originally uploaded by nedward.

Red Sox win! Everything is right with the world.

Keep the Faith

Keep the Faith, originally uploaded by nedward.

David Ortiz was quiet tonight, but he has contributed so much in this series. I have watched every minute of every game. Its a marathon!

Why not us?

Why not us?, originally uploaded by nedward.

A-Rod smacked the ball out of his glove. It was a good call by the umps. Go Sox!

Selling the Desktop to Google

Another reference to a superb post on the Google Desktop. So far, because the applications are so good, I am willing to give Google access to my email and my desktop. I worry when I read this analysis however.

Google has launched a desktop search product and as often is the case John Battelle has the full info. And like nearly everything Google has done of late, this move scares the shit out of me. Why? Because Google is not in the search business, they are in the datamining business. The information on your hard drive is both personal and valuable, do you really want to give it to Google for free?

More soon..

[Abstract Dynamics]


This is a good essay on Wikis. I have been intrigued by wikis for some time and I am just beginning to experiment with them now. I have two: one on Seed Wiki that is open to anyone to contribute to, and one on JotSpot that is for a small workgroup to collaborate on building the content for a conference. I hate to get overly focused on a technolgy because I think that content is more important that technology, however, wikis offer a process difference by allowing other users to edit content, making the process democratic.

Wikis: "Wikis are one of those internet phenomena that are confusing, intruiging, powerful, and often misunderstood. Many users and even some programmers of wiki software have missed the point completely, and from what I've observed in scholarly discussions on the subject, most teachers "using wikis in the classroom" are so far off the mark that I am at a loss whether to laugh or cry. When I read these reports, it's like reading about how someone completely and utterly failed to use their shiny new Ferrari to properly tow a horse trailer."


Brian Wilson's Smile

B0002LI11M.01.LZZZZZZZ, originally uploaded by zlind76.

I spoke with a friend about this album last night, so it is serandipidous that I found a picture of it at Flickr. I want to hear the recording!

Information Architecture is an important discipline for those of us that develop and publish content. I have been saving links to IA sites and tools, this wiki aggregates a lot of the good sources.
IAwiki is a WiKi and in this particular case, it's a collaborative knowledge base for the topic of 'Information Architecture'. IAwiki is much more than that though. It's certainly a knowledge base, but not exclusively for Information Architects. Anyone involved...

[Robin Good's Latest News]

Both American major political parties are running vast databases of voter information. The Democrats have fired up Demzilla from Plus Three, while the Republicans enjoy the Vault, built offshore.

The more data the parties have, and the more ways they search, collate, cross-reference and puree them, using data-mining kung fu perfected by generations of direct marketers, the more precisely they can tailor their pitches to individual voters. Undecided black housewives under 35 will get very different phone calls from the Kerry campaign than Hispanic CEOs over 60. Data mining also helps the parties find, and sway, those all-important swing voters.

(thanks to Peter Rothman)

[Smart Mobs]

Google Desktop and its impact on Lookout

Real Dornfest wrote an objective review of the new Google Desktop which I have linked to in the title of this post. I put the application on my machine last night after reading about it on several blogs. I have a lot of storage so, I left my machine running all night and allowed it to index my files. This morning I have been using the app and I am very impressed! For example, when Google finds an email in Outlook, it provides some data to help you identify the souce and then you can launch the email directly from the Desktop results page. I have not found out whether it indexes zip files, which I would like. Today, I found emails and other content that I have misplaced, so it was immediately helpful to me. It also finds mp3s, photos and other images easily, allowing me to aviod my regular practice of searching through the higherarchy of files. I have had a small application that works form within Outlook called Lookout do much of the searching through my file system. Lookout is lightning-fast search for your email, files, and desktop works with Microsoft Outlook®. Microsoft bought Lookout and I understand is incorporating it into their MSN search product. I wonder how this Google introduction will effect Microsoft's plans. Here is a note from one of the Lookout Administrators regarding the Google Desktop:
So, Lookout Fans, anyone tried the Google product yet? What do you think? I'm completely unbiased, of course, but here are some of my thoughts. I think the Google product is a good product and will definitely be received well. They did a great job of making a small, compact product, and the desktop-into-web-results is really cool. There are lots of articles out there on this already. But, it also definitely misses on a few things that I had hoped Google, being the king of search, would address: Notably: * Finding email is at least 4 clicks away from outlook: go to IE (click), type in a query (click), select a result (click), hit the "view in outlook" button (click). Thats a lot of clicks! * The search is pretty primitive. No fielded queries (e.g. search by folder, recipient, sender, etc). No wildcard searching. No date ranges. * The search results is even weaker than Lookout's - only 10 results per screen. Can't sort by subject, sender, recipient. Can't do full actions on results - delete, move, copy, categorize, print. * Doesn't search contacts or calendar items. * Doesn't search public folders The approach of doing web-first probably resonates well for Google. But for solving the problem of finding email items, it seems like it is a pretty entry-level offering. So, what do you think of my unbiased opinion? :-) Thanks, Mike BTW - these ideas are solely mine and do not represent those of my employer.

JotSpot: Application Wiki

I got a beta account to test JotSpot and I am really looking forward to it. My most recent experience is with Seedwiki, which I have found to be a wonderful platform for writing and inviting others to participate. JotSpot should add lots more functionality and utility.

Joe Kraus, one of the co-founders of Excite, and new blogger has long been rumored to be working on a new wiki tool. Today at the Web 2.0 conference Joe finally unveiled JotSpot, a new type of wiki that they have named an "Application Wiki". JotSpot appears to be not only an advanced wiki, but it also moves the predominantly text-based wiki toward being able to handle structured data and web application development.

At the JotSpot website there is an page on How JotSpot is Different and an Advanced Tour of this wiki's database capabilities.
[Life With Alacrity]

Tracing the Evolution of Social Software

Christopher Allen has written an insightful essay describing the evolution of social software. In fact using computers for social interaction started almost immediately as computers were invented and experimented with.

The term 'social software', which is now used to define software that supports group interaction, has only become relatively popular within the last two or more years. However, the core ideas of social software itself enjoy a much longer history, running back to Vannevar Bush's ideas about 'memex' in 1945, and traveling through terms such as Augmentation, Groupware, and CSCW in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

By examining the many terms used to describe today's 'social software' we can also explore the origins of social software itself, and see how there exists a very real life cycle concerning the use of technical terminology.

This is the second of eleven presentations on invention. It is sponsored by PARC. Bernardo Huberman is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This is a good lecture.

Innovation & Synergy: The Power of the Implicit
Who: Bernardo Huberman (HP Labs)
Where: PARC
When: 10/9/2004 4 PM (Pacific)
Length: 60 minutes
Series: Forum 2004

How do we understand the dynamics of sorting out useful ideas from the general chatter of a community? What does the productivity of a community depend on? From a theoretical perspective, models of information within networks help us to understand how information spreads and is aggregated, and that determines the speed with which individuals and organizations can act, innovate and plan their future activities. This talk will describe new mechanisms for automatically identifying communities of practice within large networks and for elucidating the spread of information within those communities. In addition, I will describe a novel methodology for information aggregation that leads to accurate predictions of uncertain events in the real world.

On Demand - 320x240 - 100KBps

Biography: Bernardo Huberman is a Senior HP Fellow and Director of the Information Dynamics Lab at Hewlett Packard Laboratories. His current work centers on the design of novel mechanisms for discovering and aggregating information in distributed systems, as well as understanding the dynamics of large distributed systems. Dr. Huberman has worked in theoretical physics, dealing with systems ranging from superionic conductors to two-dimensional superfluids, and is one of the discoverers of chaos and its properties in a number of physical systems. His research into the dynamics of complex systems helped establish many of the universal properties of cooperative systems, as well as the laws governing the growth and use of the web. He is one of the creators of the field of ecology of computation, and the author of the book "The Laws of the Web". Bernardo was a member of PARC for many years, a Chairman of the Xerox Council of Fellows and manager of the Internet Ecologies Group. He is also a Consulting Professor of Physics at Stanford University. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a former trustee and Secretary of the Aspen Center for Physics, a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and a faculty member in the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University. He shared the 1990 CECOIA prize in Economics and Artificial Intelligence and the IBM Prize of the Society for Computational Economics. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Paris, the University of Copenhagen and the European School of Business.

This is an insightful interview with Steve Jobs on why Apple remains so innovative. It is fun to compare his approach to others in the same business.
The Seed of Apple's Innovation: Steve Jobs interview in Business Week


Four Ways to Pick a Winning Product

My colleague Eric Mankin has published an article in the Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge. Eric is a strategy consultant who specializes in product and business creation. In this article Eric asserts that there "...are four benchmarks for predicting the success of your product or service, according to this view from Strategy and Innovation. Here��s how a few well-known products tested out."

Dave Pollard writes:
.My UK KM colleague David Gurteen has recently launched a new journal entitled Global Knowledge Review. I am delighted to have been asked to be a regular contributor to the journal. You can download the inaugural edition free here.

[How to Save the World]

MSN Search Champs: Robin Good Reports

As always, I appreciate Robin Good's trip report on the "Search Champs" invited to Microsoft to comment on the MSN search engine. I wish we could learn more about about features, functions, and the UI, but I understand the need for confidentiality.
Introduction Microsoft generous effort to bring together a unique group of technology users, evangelists, reporters, entrepreneurs, developers and passionate bloggers for a 2-day collaborative review of the new and upcoming Microsoft Search engine tool(s) paid back handsomely to both the hosts and the highly diversified group of participants. Having been invited by Microsoft to participate in this event was as much surprise to me as clear indication that my conspicuous personal investments in independent reporting and knowledge sharing was finally getting some mileage. As Robert Scoble so effectively puts it: “good bloggers get noticed”. Here is my personal report on...

[Robin Good's Sharewood Tidings]

Hard working George Video

I can't help myself, this stuff is just too funny.

Hard-Working George Video

Presidency 101

clipped from youforgotpoland.com


Ellen Muraskin speculates about Microsoft's intentions in the VoIP market:

"I'm damned if I can figure out what Microsoft Corp. is going to announce with the first, most prominent keynote of all at this month's Voice on the Net show, if not telephony links to its LCS (Live Communications Server). The keynoter is Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president of Microsoft's real-time collaboration business unit��the one charged with LCS. "

Instant Mess

This is a great little video about IMing. Not to be missed! Instant Mess

Card Sorting Tools

I am always impressed with the links that I find from Bloug and Column Two. Information Architecture lacks a good set of tools, but these guys are pros and really help to sort out tools or content you should avoid or embrace. Very useful stuff.

More great stuff from Donna Maurer, this a brief summary of card sorting applications.

You know what would be wonderful? Reviews of relevant classes of software tools from the IA perspective. Search engines, CMS, portals... AIfIA IA tools people, are you listening? :-)


When I am 64



I enjoyed listening to this conversation about blogging strategies. There is lots of discussion of metadata, categorization of content,and podcasting.
From Gnomedex 4.0, Maximizing Your Blogging Strategies, a panel of well-known bloggers: Adam Kalsey, Robert Scoble, Nick Bradbury, Ross Rader, Jason Shellen, Dave Taylor

[IT Conversations]


Internets, originally uploaded by Ross Mayfield.

The President works hard, it is serious business!

Wikia is a free content search engine being created collaboratively by contributors from around the world.

Wikia runs on wiki-style software, allowing users to add, remove or modify listings. The project replaced 3Apes in March 2004. This earlier project, which started in September 2002, had been a directory-style search engine. As of October 2004, Wikia is at a beta stage and has not been publicly launched.

One of its aims of this site is to apply the organizational model of Wikipedia to search.

At wikia.com, users can add URLs to our search index, assign keywords to them and give them ratings to show how relevant each keyowrd is. Sites can also be rated for quality, and given a tag of "adult" or "family". The language of the site can also be specified.

Wikia provides a new direction in search. Our user-editable search results are free, both in terms of cost and freedom. The data is available for anyone to download and use as they like. All content is licensed under the GFDL, and the software under the GPL, allowing others not only to work with it, but to build upon it. See Wikia copyrights for details.

Anyone can add and edit the search index. 360,000 sites have already been added, and you can add more. See the forums to discuss the project and read the FAQ and the tutorial to find out how you can participate in the development of Wikia.

The software is in a beta stage and Wikia has not yet launched on a large scale but feel free to add URLs to the index and report any bugs you find.

Site are chosen and assigned keywords and descriptions by Wikia users. There are no hidden formulas; just thousands of people classifying links and giving their own rating of how relevant those links are to the keywords assigned to them. Because decisions are made by humans, not computers, Wikia is less affected by search engine optimization techniques as non-relevant sites won't be highly rated in the Wikia index. Keywords are assigned to real results, not to link farms, giving you quality results when you search Wikia.

Engadget Podcast

Hosts: Lenn Pryor (Channel 9) and Phillip Torrone.Guest: Eric Lin.
Topics discussed: New microphones for our Macs, Pocket PC Phone XDA III (Blue Angel), Wifi-Phones, ActiveSync for Palm, Handango��s new developer program, Hackaday.com, Goggle releases Google SMS, Text Message Privacy and more��
Format: 37 minutes, 8mb, MP3.

I asked Doug Kaye for lists of RSS feeds with audio attachments so I could subscribe to podcasts now that I have iPodder.

Hi, Ralph.
Check out:


And thanks for listening.

Doug Kaye, Producer
IT Conversations

Microsoft to Muscle Deeper Into VOIP?

I predicted that Microsoft would go after the telephony market since so many pieces of its technology are pointing in that direction. Their MSN IM client is voice and video enabled while also providing all the functionality of a text-based IM client. Skype has excellent sound quality, we will have to see how Microsoft provisions a high quality connection so that the sound is clear or clear than a phone.
Microsoft is expected to play up Live Communications Server 2005, due out this month, as a key piece of its quest to conquer the telephony market.

[Microsoft Watch from Mary Jo Foley]
Francis Good, a new member of Robin Good's family, has posted an interesting link to Newspapers around the world that also publish on the web. This directory is an invaluable source of information and insight into the views of other parts of the world. We could all learn more by paying attention to different perspectives on a situation. This looks like a superb source.
As an independent publisher and NewsMaster, having access to authoritative news sources is an essential resource. Although more and more news publishing entities around the world are offering some or all of their content online, it's always a judgement call...

[Robin Good's Latest News]
The first item that popped up as I opened my news reader tonight was the del.icio.us link to an new application by Adam Curry called iPodder. This app receives RSS feeds with attached audio files and immediately sends them to iTunes so that you can listen to the audio program on your computer, or, if you wish, transfer the audio clip to your ipod for listening later. I have really been enjoying IT Conversations on my iPod and I am thrilled to have an automated capture device for these feeds. I have no idea when I will get to listen to all this stuff, but it is certainly better than listening to the radio all the time. My favorite audio so far is Hally Suitt's interview with Dan Bricklin on Memory Lane.
iPodder, the cross-platform Podcast receiver.


I wanted to amplify the posting of this conversation since I agree that their are benefits of an "always on" business environoment. I have blogged about this earlier and taken part in the debate about "Continuous Partial Attention". I like the idea of increasing your own bandwidth and to listen for weak but important signals amidst the noise, but critical thinking requires attention, something that I do not think has been addressed properly in this debate.

Instant Messaging in the Attention Economy -- 26 Oct 2004 ( Posted by Stowe Boyd)

You're invited to this complimentary seminar, covering business topics from leaders in today's leading companies��delivered via web conferencing from Microsoft Office Live Meeting. All you need is a web browser and a phone. We hope you'll join us.

Instant Messaging in the Attention EconomyOctober 26, 2004
9:00AM - 10:00AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
12:00PM - 1:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Speaker: Stowe Boyd, President/COO of Corante

Seminar Overview
The discussion around instant messaging generally centers on the first order effects of its deployment: costs, risks, and direct savings. This was true of all preceding communication media as they were being adopted by business, as well: telephone, fax, email, and cell phones. But as we now know, the second order effects �� that generally take much longer to become manifest �� are significantly more important in the long run.
We now live in the world that email built; but are headed for a world where instant messaging will become the foundation technology of communication. What will that world be like, how will it be different, and why should we work to adopt the new modes of interaction and communication that this medium requires?
We are in a time of unparalleled information access, but this paradoxically limits our ability to absorb information, because we have limited bandwidth: only so much attention to go around. Herbert Simon, the Nobel laureate, once wrote, ��What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.��
Linda Stone coined the expression �Continuous Partial Attention��, characterizing it as an aberration, a disorder, and an unnecessary disruption in business. But the benefits that arise from reorganizing around real-time coordination, collaboration, and communication pathways �� most importantly the acceleration of response and increased parallelism �� outweighs the apparent change in social mores needed to accommodate this new form of interaction.
This seminar will cover:
· What are the first order benefits from IM, and why are they less important than generally argued?
· What is �Continuous Partial Attention�� and why does its adoption offer advantages, not disruption?
· Why does IM etiquette matter, and what can we learn from the biggest users of IM?
· How can we gain the acceleration latent in massive real-time communication across projects, the enterprise, and the extended enterprise; and what role can instant messaging play?

Last week while visiting London on business, I had a fabulous Indian dinner at RASOI VINEET BHATIA. The translation is Vineet Bhatia's Kitchen. The restaurant is an easy walk from Sloane Square in a renovated town house at #10 Lincoln Street in Chelsea. The experience was completely unexpected; I had asked my hotel concierge for a recommendation of an Indian restaurant, which they enthusiastically gave me, saying they had an excellent choice. I was unprepared for a completely transcendent experience!

The dinning room was a dimly candle lit choclatey color. As you would expect in a small residence the rooms were small and intimate. I started my meal with a kir. Immediately I was brought a small tasting appetizer of onion fritters. One of my first experiences of Indian food was onion fritters, years ago, also in London, and I will never forget the experience. These small fritter exceeded the tastes firmly embedded in my memory. I knew immediately I was in for an extraordinary meal.

I started with a selection of chutney, each with a subtle differences with sweetness, spice, and heat. The chutney was served in a delicate long white dish about an inch wide with equally delicate spoons. I spooned the chutney onto the dal and delighted in every bite.

I choose the vegetarian menu since I am on a diet and did not want to overeat. The waiter suggested a young, crisp, and delicious Sauvignon Blanc, I had a wild mushroom khichdi.. The creamy khichdi had something in common with an Italian risotto. It had a thin crust but underneath was a pungent rice dish that worked well with the yogurt sauce served along with the entre.

After I returned to my hotel, I looked up reviews of the restaurant on the web and found that Vineet Bhatia was the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, an extraordinary honor. Although, pricey this is a restaurant not to be missed.

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