Book Reviews

[Day Permalink] Wednesday, October 9, 2002

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Tufte speaks: "Presenting Data and Information." [Krzysztof Kowalczyk's Weblog]

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Seb's Open Research quotes Metaphors for weblogs:
  • a journal
  • an editorial column
  • a URL favorites manager
  • a messenging application
  • one side of a discussion group tool
  • a news reader
  • a project management assistant
  • a knowledge repository
Seb's Open Research continues: "Well, here's how I see my weblog. It's your interface to me, and my interface to you."

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JD's New Media Musings writes: "I have a new column up in the Online Journalism Review. It's about personal storytelling, and it profiles the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley."

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A few months ago Dave Winer pointed to Jon Udell on Personal RSS Aggregators: "I've been running Radio UserLand for about four months now, and the built-in RSS aggregator has changed how I process information in a dramatic way. At first, my list of channels was biased towards "official" sources - that is, the RSS channels published by newspapers, magazines, and web sites in the areas of interest to me. Increasingly, though, I now rely on other people who are active in these areas, and who are publishing weblogs to which I can subscribe by way of RSS."

[Item Permalink] Ideas are easy. Books are hard. -- Comment()
Krzysztof Kowalczyk writes: "Ideas are worthless. I really have a problem with people who either think that they are so great just because they've come up with an idea or people who think that a great idea is a pre-requisite for a successfully program/business/you-name-it. So I'm not going to pass up the chance to link to someone, who shares my POV:
Ideas are easy. Books are hard.
So please, repeat after me: ideas are easy; it's the execution that matters. God is in the details."

I agree. Perhaps I should take the opporturnity to point to my books (about a dozen) which are available on the web.

[Item Permalink] Let's spam the world -- Comment()
Krzysztof Kowalczyk writes: "It just occured to me: bloggers are spammers. We spam the world with unsolicited opinions."

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Today appeared issue 12/2002 of the MikroPC magazine. This is the largest professional IT magazine in Finland with 249 000 readers. My column was titled Forbidden Fruit (in Finnish "Kielletty hedelmä"). I discussed in the column the emotionally loaded attitudes people have towards Apple.

To my suprise also my net column on Microsoft and Linux security was printed in the magazine, in abbreviated form.

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Monster molecule techniques win Chemistry Nobel: "Pioneering techniques for identifying large biological molecules such as proteins, carbohydrates and DNA have scooped the Chemistry Nobel prize this year." [Google Technology News]

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3 Nobels for Solving Longstanding Mysteries of the Cosmos: "Two scientists who used underground vats of water and cleaning fluid to see into the hearts of stars and a third, who deployed X-ray sensors in space to detect the invisible violence rattling the cosmos, won the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics yesterday. " [Google Technology News]

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Search Google from the command line: "To use the script, simply type google your search terms while you're in Terminal." [Mac OS X Hints]

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Report: Net Not Getting Any Safer: "An Aberdeen Group security specialist asserts that malicious active content lurks unchecked on enterprise networks and home PCs. One group vows to address the problem, while other experts say the report exaggerates. By Elliot Borin." [Wired News]

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What People Search For: "Misspellings, along with X-rated search requests, are common. Below, a glimpse at some of the searches the great Internet public is making." Have a look at Google Zeitgeist - Search patterns, trends, and surprises according to Google. But where are the X-rated search requests made with Google? Perhaps there are none, or Google is hiding those.

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Minolta DiMAGE F100 review: "Our full in-depth review of Minolta's compact four megapixel, three times optical zoom, DiMAGE F100. This slim digital camera offers a wide and flexible feature set, small dimensions, SD/MMC..." [Digital Photography Review (]

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Site Review: Google News Beta: "A 1,500-word analysis of Google News Beta. Includes recommendations to media outlets about what they can learn from this search tool, as well as recommendations to Google for the next iteration." [Hypergene MediaBlog]

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Personal knowledge publishing and its uses in research: "Sébastien Paquet has written an article about the rise of personal knowledge publishing." [Radio Free Blogistan]