||Friday, June 28, 2002
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
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 ....
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.
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