Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Wikipedia, www.wikipedia.com ... online collaborative encyclopedia
MediaWiki, www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki ... a way for you to make your own Wiki site, e.g. collaborative development of documentation for any type of project.
Newsgator, www.newsgator.com ... RSS Aggregator for Outlook and web access. My hunch this company will be bought by Microsoft within a year or so.
Technorati, www.technorati.com ... to find blogs. Other way to find blogs is via search engine (Google) or by looking at blogger's lists (see mine below right ... although out of date, I see).
iTunes, www.apple.com ... to subscribe and listen to Podcasts (iPod not needed)
Blogger, www.blogger.com ... Blog software provided by Google to individuals to publish blogs.
Writely, www.writely.com ... online word processor and collaboration tool.
Six Apart, www.sixapart.com/ ... publishers of Movable Type, a publishing platform which would probably be the one to implement for use by large organsations and institutions.
Sharepoint, www.microsoft.com/sharepoint ... Microsoft's collaboration software platform which per recent discussion by Microsoft will only get more ubquitious. Can't help but think this will be a bigger part of Office 12.
phpCollab, http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpcollab ... Project management and collaboration over the internet. Features team/client sites, task assignment, document repository/workflow, gantt charts, discussions, calendar, notifications, support requests, weblog newsdesk, invoicing, and many other tools. Open source licensed under GPL.
OpenOffice, www.openoffice.org ... the "free" replacement of Microsoft Office.
SpamAssassin, www.spamassassin.org ... because it works.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Good question. Would that have been worth $6 million? Is that a good offer?
Like or not, they accepted the offer.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
Is there some sort of link between the evacuees from Houston, all fleeing town in their truck or SUV, and the imminent arrival of Rita? See NY Times photo. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/22/national/22cnd-storm.html?hp.
Monday, September 19, 2005
The New York Times has launched "TimesSelect" which is a $50/year service to get parts of what they use to publish on the web for free. If you are a daily subscriber to the paper, you get "TimesSelect" for free.
When I lived in the
I'm still in the
I'm not angry they are charging for what as previously free. Some may be angry. However, I understand that it's inevitable and I support the idea of a free economy. It's just that I won't be buying.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
His final comment is:
Never has an unpredictable event been so widely predicted; never has an unforeseen catastrophe been so clearly seen; never has an unanticipatable disaster been so often anticipated.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Nice. But I'm not always in Word when the moment strikes to write a blog entry. Often I will have my Palm PDA. The best I could, when the mood struck, was to make a "todo" list entry for the idea. If I rememberd to look at my "todo" list, then something would happen. What I'm trying now is to write the entry on the Palm with DataViz Word to Go product, and then publish to Blogger later when I am sitting own on the Word/Internet equipped computer.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
I "procured" a mini iPod from my son (who, for reasons I still don't understand felt he needed a bigger one). Coinciding with that, Apple released iTunes 4.9 which provided an inventory of podcasts to subscribe to via the iTunes Music Store.
Since then, the little thing has been my main media delivery device. I’ve stopped listening to the radio during my daily bus commutes to my city centre job. I listen to my growing collection of podcast subscriptions. I listen it while walking the streets. I listen to it while on my daily bike ride. It’s become part of my life.
I've even bought Bob Dole’s autobiography as something to listen to since I've not found time yet to read the book.
I now see the value of podcasting.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Nathan Ehresman (firstname.lastname@example.org ) at Taylor University in Indiana has posted a terrific article about how they solved the problem.
Interesting, I also tried the fixes he called "temporary" and didn't get very far. Now to find time to apply the other fixes he recommends.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
... "produced no deleterious effects upon global weather, climate, or temperature. Increased carbon dioxide has, however, markedly increased plant growth rates. Predictions of harmful climatic effects due to future increases in minor greenhouse gases like CO2 are in error and do not conform to current experimental knowledge."They also go on to say
"Greenhouse gases cause plant life, and the animal life that depends upon it, to thrive. What mankind is doing is liberating carbon from beneath the Earth's surface and putting it into the atmosphere, where it is available for conversion into living organisms."I find that an interesting perspective that I haven't given too much thought about, e.g. we are actually helping living organisms. So what happens when living organisms thrive in ways different than now?
Friday, June 10, 2005
Interesting to me was:
- that they published this,
- that they are able to focus attention on a key cause of project "failure" on overly optimistic assumptions about costs and revenues,
- that the Project Management Institute (PMI) gets some attention in the magazine (due to their PR department no doubt but no reason to be cynical about this)
- that they end on a positive note to give specific examples of where project-based companies have great success.
I do have a nit to pick about their implied criticism of the
"Although oil has entered the pipeline at Baku, it will be another six months
before the high-grade steel pipe is full and ready to disgorge on to tankers in
I'm quite sure the project managers were fully aware of the time it takes to fill a long pipe with fluid before stuff comes out the other side. I can only imagine that The Economist write is guilty of "over optimistic assumptions" about how pipelines work.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Update. I changed my mind.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Sunday, May 29, 2005
I like No. 2 the best. It resonates with me.
2. No condemning something until you've tried it.
I happen to use Windows and Linux. I like both. I won't trash either. But I notice a few things:
: Windows users typically don't know, or sometimes have not heard of, Linux
: Linux users know that Windows is junk, crashes all the time, or they tell me how they hate Bill Gates.
Neither of these positions are worthly of continued discussion and I won't take the bait--although if the listener is willing, I will tell Windows-using people about Linux and tell Linux-using people that they can't count on winning the war based on expectations that Windows crashes all the time.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Interesting points in the article about the projects that don't fail:
- Alignment with the overall vision of the organisation.
- Scope is well defined at the beginning. Scope should not be allowed to expand.
- Clear sustained vision.
- Qualified team to execute the project
Sunday, May 15, 2005
This impresses me.
"Buzztracker is software that visualizes frequencies and relationships between locations in the Google world news directory. Buzztracker tries to show you how interconnected the world is: big events in one area ripple to other areas across the globe. Connections between cities thousands of miles apart become apparent at a glance."
So simple, elegant, and informative. Why didn't I think of that?
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
There are many who use and advocate it because it's "not-Microsoft". I never understood that. Some use it because it's "secure, unlike Microsoft's browser which is a disaster". I never understood that either as a) Internet Explorer is not a diaster and b) Firefox was built by humans and humans never do everything perfect; especially when attacked by other humans. If this were true, then technology would have stopped warfare centuries ago.
Well, Firefix has a very significant security-related flaw. One that was not supposed to be there, according to the vocal proponents. See the link.
I'm not bothered about the flaw. It's being dealt with. I'm bothered about the advocacy.