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Friday, June 28, 2002
Down the rabbit hole of blogging ...

Sometimes following other people's blogs is like talking to someone who won't shut up: you ask one question, and you're in for a 15 minute answer. Well, it's a little like that, except it's not: it's a lot more interesting. Case in point: I pulled a little piece out of my news aggregator this morning on a k-log pilot experiment, and many hours later, I'm left with a pile on interesting pages scattered around my screen that I'm trying to make sense of. (I can't even remember where I found the reference to the k-log item; it's already gone from my aggregator.)

The k-log item came from David Gammel's High Context k-log. Gammel's log was a font of other interesting stuff, including the Phil Wolff piece on klogging vs the 11 deadly KM sins, which I've already blogged.

It also included this innocent looking little item:

Faceted Classification.

Ease:

Faceted classification of information and The business requirements for classifying content. Here's more. (via IASlash)

These articles look great at a quick glance. I'll pull out some nuggets later after I've had time to review them more closely.

[High Context]

and that lead to a bunch of interesting stuff, including having me pull a book off my shelf that I've had for a while but haven't really read: The Knowledge Managment Toolkit: Practical Techniques for Building a Knowledge Management System In a touch of serendipity, Phil Wolff had a note about the second edition of that book which will be coming out anytime.

Somewhere along the way I found a pointer to a Wiki on kblogs and that was a rabbit hole all by itself.

Six hours and a lot of blog posts later .. where has the day gone?


4:34:26 PM      comment []
Software for research using Windows

The mention of old PIM programs in my last post sent me to google to find any page that mentioned Lotus Agenda, InfoSelect, and Ecco. I came up with a page about Software for research using Windows which looks interested. I'll have to look later.


4:32:09 PM      comment []
Can't get enough Classification

I picked a reference to something called faceted classification from High Context. The back credits on where this comes from are getting a little deep for more (more on that later), so I'll just quote the item:

Faceted Classification.

Ease:

Faceted classification of information and The business requirements for classifying content. Here's more. (via IASlash)

These articles look great at a quick glance. I'll pull out some nuggets later after I've had time to review them more closely.

[High Context]

I've had a look, and I think there's good stuff there. It's a little hard to tell on first glance; things like this can be real mind stretchers. (Or after a while they may turn out like a popsicle that you've held in your hand: just sticky and not very much fun after all.)

The notion of classification fascinates me. Long ago I toyed with the idea of classifying my then growing collection of computer science articles by the the ACM's computing classification scheme. (This must have been after 1982, because they came out with a revision of the original 1964 scheme them, and I'm sure that's what set me off.) In the end, I don't think I did anything with this; when you get right down to it, I'm just not organized and dedicated enough (anal enough?) to be that organized.

But something infected me way back then in this general area; it lead to a whole series of side effects/symptoms which included a long time fascination with PIMs (Personal Information Managers). Remember Lotus Agenda? InfoSelect? Ecco? Don't even get me started ....


4:28:29 PM      comment []
Klogging vs. the 11 Deadly KM Sins

Phil Wolff has posted a wonderful little piece called Klogging vs. the 11 Deadly KM Sins. It's Phil's suggestion about how klogging overcomes previously experienced problems with KM. My favorite meme:

By reading your colleague's klogs, you crawl inside a little of their day.

Almost as fun as Being John Malkovich.

[Phil Wolff, via High Context]


2:01:04 PM      comment []
Cleaning supplies online

The New York Times has a nice article called "Swab, Then Scour: How to Sell a House. There a couple of useful looking pointers in the article. A couple of excerpts with pointers:

Clearly, a seller may need to embrace a whole new universe of heavy-duty cleaning supplies for this job. I had in mind the sort of products that I last saw used by the school custodian and that's exactly what I found online at www.atmosphereproducts.com. The site, which sells more than 3,000 products that fall into hard-core-cleaning categories like "Floor Maintenance Equipment" and "Matting and Utility Cleaning Tools," specializes in selling items in bulk at wholesale prices and will ship any order up to 19 pounds for $7.95, said Howard Hurwitz, owner of Atmosphere Products.

....

One annoying chore on my list the Internet could simplify: replacing some unattractive old switch plates. Although switch plates are a commonly stocked item, even large offline stores have frustratingly idiosyncratic selections that don't take into consideration the fact that nearly every room in my house calls for multiple sizes of plates.

If I go in looking for, say, six white single cover plates, four combo wall plates and a triple rocker, I might end up finding only half of what I need in stock. And I never like the jarring effect of mixing brands in a single room. One solution proved to be cornerhardware.com, which stocks a wide selection of sizes at competitive prices in chrome, ceramic, plastic and wood.


10:52:08 AM      comment []

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