July 2007 Archives

Exercise: Practice yoga at your desk

Lifehacker is always a great source of good ideas about technology and life in general.  This post includes a set of videos about how to do yoga at your desk.  I get very tired in the afternoon, so this is a good routine for someone like me that needs a boost of energy and oxygen.

Cases 2.0 / Cases 2.0

Cases 2.0 / Cases 2.0

Ross Mayfield at Socialtext has created a wiki for publishing examples of companies embracing enterprise 2.0 characteristics.  Enterprise 2.0 is the term for the technologies and business practices that liberate the workforce from the constraints of legacy communication and productivity tools like email. It provides business managers with access to the right information at the right time through a web of inter-connected applications, services and devices. Enterprise 2.0 makes accessible the collective intelligence of many, translating to a huge competitive advantage in the form of increased innovation, productivity and agility.

The cases include:

Angel.com (MicroStrategy) case study
at&t Collaborative Integration
Boston College case study
CDS division of Hearst Argyle
Fidelity Investments Collaborative Integration
MWW Group case study
Oracle IdeaFactory

 Home truths about telecoms | Economist.com

I got a lead from Ken Banks on Facebook about this article in the Economist.  Groups of anthropologists are studying how we use mobile phones and came up with some interesting discoveries:

...despite much talk of �convergence�� within the industry, people are in fact using different communications technologies in distinct and divergent ways. The fixed-line phone �is the collective channel, a shared organisational tool, with most calls made 'in public' because they are relevant to the other members of the household,�� she says. Mobile calls are for last-minute planning or to co-ordinate travel and meetings. Texting is for �intimacy, emotions and efficiency��. E-mail is for administration and to exchange pictures, documents and music. Instant-messaging (IM) and voice-over-internet calls are �continuous channels��, open in the background while people do other things. �Each communication channel is performing an increasingly different function,�� says Ms Broadbent.

Also, people like typing:

Another finding is that despite the plunging cost of voice calls, and the rise of free internet-calling services such as Skype, people seem to prefer typing. �The most fascinating discovery I've made this year is a flattening in voice communication and an increase in written channels,�� says Ms Broadbent. Her research in Switzerland and France found that even when people are given unlimited cheap or free calls, the number and length of calls does not increase significantly. This may be because there is only so much time you can spend talking; and when you are on the phone it is harder to do other things. Written channels such as e-mail, text-messaging and IM, by contrast, are discreet and allow contact to be continuous during the day. �Users are showing a growing preference for semi-synchronous writing over synchronous voice,�� says Ms Broadbent.

Moveable Type is not easy

I had a very successful time publishing my blog on Typepad and I have been a big fan of movable type and six apart.  Most likely I will continue to use them, primarily because I have invested so much time and effort into moving and updating their software package, but the package is difficult to use.  Whew!  I switched to Movable Type from Typepad last year and somehow configured the software correctly.  This time, I upgraded to v3.35 and then moved to a new server, which required another installation.  It was excruciatingly difficult and I am very patient with technology.  The settings and the software are hard to configure to your exact specifications and it is easy to change one thing and have everything fail. Never-the-less, I think I successfully got the stylesheets to work today, and I will be back to blogging, asap.

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