Book Reviews

[Day Permalink] Saturday, November 23, 2002

[Item Permalink] Reviews of PowerBook -- Comment()
I found a list of recommended portables, which included both the PowerBook G4 (see review) and IBM ThinkPad T30, which I'll have for testing early next week. I searched the web for reviews of the PowerBook. The PowerBook is reviewed at Epinions. I also found the following:
But aside from its surprising power, the Titanium PowerBook is, simply, a work of art. From its beautiful exterior to its vastly improved LCD screen, it's a marvel to look at. The previous-generation Titanium PowerBook was equally stunning on the outside, but its LCD screen wasn't impressive at all. The new model has a higher resolution (1,280 x 854) and brightness, as well as an overall larger size (15.2 inches diagonal). And its color is much more even and less washed-out, though the quality depends on the viewing angle. [...] The PowerBook G4 800 is such an impressive piece of machinery and art that I can't help but give it a Strong Buy recommendation. The $3,200 price tag might seem a bit steep at first, but for what you get--workstation performance in a mobile package--it's well worth the price. In fact, my biggest disappointment with the PowerBook 800 was having to send it back to Apple when my review period ended.
I have been testing the 1 GHz model, and I must agree with this review of the previous model. I'm already regretting the moment I must return the PowerBook to Apple.

[Item Permalink] Epidemic ideas -- Comment()
How does an idea originate? At one point, or at several points simultaneously? The Tipping Blog is an article by John Hiler about "How Weblogs Can Turn an Idea into an Epidemic". In weblogs, you can reconstruct later how an idea spead, mutated, and generated an avalance of repercussions. Here is an extract from the article:

Understanding how Link Mavens and Connectors work transformed my thoughts of how ideas spread. You can literally see the process take place online in a way that is virtually impossible in real life. [...] It's generally a five-step process:

  1. An Expert (one might call her a Content Maven) Writes or Creates something interesting and puts it online (creating the critical component of any online ideavirus: the link)
  2. A Link Maven comes across the link, and blogs it to their site
  3. A Connector finds the link and blogs it to their site (or the aforementioned Link Maven has Connector-like traffic levels)
  4. The link starts to Tip within the weblog community
  5. The link Tips beyond the weblog community, as the rest of us find out about it

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CMSWatch: Featured Opinion: Structured Content: What's in it for Writers?: "The truth is, writers will use any tool that makes their task easier. If the task is to create a formatted document for print, then a WYSIWYG word processor is a task-appropriate tool. But if you are contributing a structured information object to a single-sourcing system, a forms-based interface combined with the use of XML or SGML markup certainly becomes the right tool. I have hired writers with a really strong prejudice in favor of Frame Maker. However, when they used our custom in-house single sourcing system they were converted very quickly -- not because our system was inherently superior to Frame in any general sense -- but because it was highly specific to the task they had to perform and thus it made their lives easier." [Serious Instructional Technology]