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Tuesday, June 11, 2002

What if being non-communicative weren't an option?. This Fortune article on Esther Dyson was cited on a private mailing list. It's interesting to see where she is placing bets: ... [Jon's Radio]

Heinlein argued in one of his books that the next industrial revolution would happen when long distance calls became free. I counter that the next revolution will happen when information becomes accessable to all the people in the organization. No, the janitor doesn't need to know how often the CEO goes for coffee.  However, when the people who are working on a project all understand the goals and importance therof, they can all make sure that everything runs smoothly.

While this is a part of good project management, itís also vital for non PM work within an organization. Communication and access to information helps to minimize the time spent going "How do I fill out this request form?" and maximizes the time spent getting it done.

True story: I worked for a company that had a department that had to approve all media that went out to the public. Their rules for what was acceptable in a readme.txt were not all published on their site, and were subject to change. So what worked last week, might not work this week. If they had an easy way to publish the guidelines, or better yet, supplied forms that were to be filled in that would in turn create the readme file would have literally saved days of work that was lost to the heartless trial and error system that we were forced to work in.

Likewise, having a searchable set of data that explains the process and projects would serve to get new employees up to speed on how things work, as well as help existing employees with policy changes to existing processes.

Dyson has the right idea, investing in companies that are on the cutting edge of this. One of them is bound to succeed, and now is the time to invest.

comments   10:32:22 PM    

Glad I didn't buy one

Terapin Mine Review [Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters]

This is the device that I had reccomended to Dave a short time ago. A copy of the review is available here.

comments   6:10:45 PM    

How Bad Can a 'Dirty Bomb' Be?. Some predict the detonation of a radiological weapon would make huge sections of a city uninhabitable for decades, while others' assessments aren't as dire. By Noah Shachtman. [Wired News]

Reality Check.

comments   10:40:02 AM    

IBM's nanotech 'punch card' data storage - South China Morning Post 06-11-2002. IBM back to the future with nanotech 'punch card'  - The Namibian
IBM's 'millipede' could be breakthrough in data-storage technology  - Nando Times
IBM 'punch cards' make data storage breakthrough  - Boston Globe
IBM labs unveil super-dense storage  - Yahoo! Headlines [Google Technology News]

Remember punchcards? Well, IBM has managed to make punchcards that are about the size of a postage stamp, with holes that are 10 nanometers across. Said cards can hold about a terabit of data. They should be available by 2005 with a size of roughly 5-10 gigs. Portable storage in a very small size.

Thought: Plug and Play OS that is near impossible to pirate, since it's set to read only. Updates live on your hard drive. I wonder if instead of reading this off a set of physical needles, if this could be set up to read off a laser. Given that dust would be a serious issue wiht this type of media, it would have to be housed in something that kept it clean during transport, as well as keeping the read area clear from any debris/dust that might build up.

comments   7:39:11 AM    

I have been seriously considering taking the plunge and buying the MX Studio suite from macromedia. Seeing stuff like this (Thanks Dave!)makes me really want to give it a go, especially with the ability (finally) to be able to bookmark Flash based web sites, which has been one of my long standing pet peeves.

Additionally, getting their long time critic Jakob Nielson to work with them to improve sites is a huge move in the right direction.

categories: Web stuff

comments   6:49:22 AM    

garrulous: Dictionary.com Word of the Day. garrulous [Dictionary.com Word of the Day]

categories: Words

comments   6:34:07 AM    

Joseph Addison. "Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station." [Motivational Quotes of the Day]

comments   6:33:53 AM    

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