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April 26, 2006

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Don’t Mess With The Net "The giant telephone and cable companies are trying to take control of the Internet away from the public." This is important stuff. BBC - Press Office - Mark Thompson RTS Fleming Lecture...

Simplicity is hard

David Weinberger has an interesting thought.Knowing has been primarily a way of seeing the simplicity behind the world's apparent complexity. But now as a culture we're busy complexifying everything we can. E.g., blogs take a simple idea and turn it...

April 21, 2006

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Charlene Li's Blog: Google Calendar creates a platform for "time" applications "Just as the Google Maps API enabled numerous mash-ups like housingmaps.com, the Google Calendar API will create a new ecosystem of applications around schedules." (tags: Google_Calendar API time...

April 20, 2006

Social Loafing

Social Loafing is an interesting phenomenon. From what I can work out, it was first discovered by a German called Max Ringelmann. He had people alone and in groups pull on a rope attached to a strain guage to measure...

April 18, 2006

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"Web 2.0 AJAX Power Panel" with Jeremy Geelan @ SYS-CON.TV (tags: webcast web2.0) : : Speak Up > Ye Olde Graphic Designer : : By applying heraldry to logo design, you get "careful symbology applied in, yes, a creative...

April 12, 2006

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The Observer | Business | Simon Caulkin: Bosses in love with claptrap and blinded by ideologies "Despite management's obsession with hard numbers, many organisations are a fact-free zone ... Horrifying sums of money are committed on superstition or whim....

Scary stuff

"A lot of folks who are blogging “experts” talk about blogs in a way that scares the hell out of normal business people." Anil DashYup....

Access to Voice

"In 1999, the World Bank conducted a survey amongst 60,000 people living on less than a dollar a day. When asked what they felt would make the greatest difference to their lives, the number one answer, above even food and...

April 11, 2006

tOKo

Anjo is progessing apace with his tOKo tool, which aims (I think) to give some analytical clout to questions such as whether or there is any "knowledge transfer" between blogs. It's intriguing stuff. Spurred on by Ton's call to arms,...

Midnight Oil

Peter Pesti is using Google Maps in a nice way. He's mixed up the Google API with night time satellite shots from NASA to give you images like this. It made me think of an old 1994 Al Gore speech,...

April 10, 2006

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The New Wisdom of the Web - Next Frontiers - MSNBC.com "Why is everyone so happy in Silicon Valley again? A new wave of start-ups are cashing in on the next stage of the Internet. And this time, it's...

Applications as social entities

Antonella Pavese has some interesting things to say in a piece called The social life of humans and machines: How to design for the social interaction | AntonellaPavese.com"Designing an interface for a successful social interaction is not about adding faces,...

Sync

"Nonlinear dynamics is central to the future of science. Chaos theory revealed that simple nonlinear systems could behave in extremely complicated ways, and showed us how to understand them with pictures instead of equations. Complexity theory taight us that many...

April 9, 2006

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The New Community - Presentation by Derek Powazek Company towns and online communities...

April 7, 2006

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"G/localization: When Global Information and Local Interaction Collide" "The designers of these systems [craigslist, flickr, myspace] are engaged in embedded observation. They are living in the culture that they are helping to frame. They are aware of the others...

Social Information Architecture

From Peter Merholz's closing remarks at the IA summit [via Blackbelt Jones]"Think of an architect. They design the space. People flow through it, meet in it, contribute to it.! With that model, the bulk of information architecture currently on the...

The thing about search

... is that it's not all it's cracked up to be. For sure, sometimes I want the right information and the right time. Train timetables to Oxford, what wires go where on an extractor fan. But I also I want...

April 6, 2006

Black Market Information and the Enterprise - Part 1

[I recently read a book called Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts. It's an astonishing autobiography of a man who's been heroin addict, slum doctor, escaped prisoner, Australia's most wanted man, Indian mafia member and Mujahadeen fighter. In it, he talked...

April 4, 2006

links for 2006-04-04

Entropy Gradient Reversals - The Rise of the Stupid Network "Why the Intelligent Network was once a good idea, but isn't anymore. One telephone company nerd's odd perspective on the changing value proposition" - David Isenberg (tags: networks telecoms...

Back

Right - the end of my self-imposed 3 month no blogging stint is over. And am looking forward to seeing what's changed, if anything, around these parts....