Archive for the 'Working smarter' Category

Calculating your nerd score

Monday, March 27th, 2006

I’m not sure how many additional nerd points you pick up by actually linking to a test designed to calculate your nerd score - but here goes:
How NERDY are You?

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No, you pay us

Monday, March 27th, 2006

The flipside view of the “Google should pay us for using their pipes” argument…

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Death by Powerpoint - an antidote

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

This presentation, given by Dick Hardt at Etech last week is worth taking a look at for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, if you’re interested in online identity management then his company, Sxip (obligatory clever Web2.0 name, pronounced ’skip’) is working on technology that aims to balance the conflicting demands of authentication and privacy.
But if you’re […]

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FT: Digital ants wreck the music industry’s picnic

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

I’d always mentally pigeon-holed the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society together with the other analogue-era dinosaurs of the music business; but it seems that I got that wrong.   In an article in today’s Financial Times, the CEO of the MCPS-PRS alliance argues that the big four record labels don’t have much of a future left.
For the […]

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Create your own blurb

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

It didn’t take long for mainstream dead-tree publishers to catch onto the potential of turning blogs into books - O’Reilly and Microsoft Press to mention just two - and now it seems that the vanity publishers are following suit.
Via Springwise comes news of Blurb, an online printing outfit who offer Booksmart -  a means of […]

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Tightening the rules on “hacking tools”

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

According to the FT this morning, plans are afoot to tighten the laws around hacking, partly in response to last year’s acquittal of someone charged with an email-based denial-of-service attack.  That loophole has been closed, but more worrying is the clause regarding “hacking tools”.  To quote the FT:
Types of activities that will become illegal under […]

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The future’s bright, the future’s - anthropomorphic?

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Once upon a time, Orange were different - they had one of the most innovative brand identities ever seen, and they made a point of being different when there was little or nothing to choose between the existing two incumbent mobile networks (remember children, once upon a time there was no such thing as a […]

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Cognitive biases

Monday, March 6th, 2006

A long list of cognitive biases courtesy of Wikipedia - a list which should be compulsory reading for anyone involved in making decisions…

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The Future of Privacy

Monday, March 6th, 2006

The pervasiveness of computers has resulted in the almost constant surveillance of everyone, with profound implications for our society and our freedoms. Corporations and the police are both using this new trove of surveillance data. We as a society need to understand the technological trends and discuss their implications. If we ignore the problem and […]

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Unsuprising news on software patents

Monday, October 10th, 2005

I told you so:
Silicon.com: EU attempting to legalise patents ‘by the back door’

The European Commission is attempting to legalise software patents through the introduction of the EU Community Patent, according to an anti-patent campaigner.

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The long Lego tail

Friday, October 7th, 2005

I find the long tail a fascinating concept - basically the idea that technology advances is moving our culture away from concentrating on a few massive hits and towards a situation where the market is spread across a much larger number of less popular items.
The classic example that gets quoted time and time again is […]

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(More) habits of the young

Friday, October 7th, 2005

More on today’s Guardian story about the media habits of 14- to 21-year-olds: Neil McIntosh, who’s a Guardian hack himself (although not involved in this story, it seems) picks up another angle:
This young group is already spending big - “an average of £27 a month on their mobile phones […] and spend an average […]

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Habits of the young

Friday, October 7th, 2005

There’s a big piece (a slice of the frontpage, a double-page spread AND a leader column) in today’s Guardian about the change in media habits of the current generation of 14 - 21 year olds. It’s an exclusive ICM/Guardian poll, so you can sort of forgive the sheer number of column inches - […]

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Playing games with development funding

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

The BBC are running a story about UK games developers missing out on public sector funding that’s available for aiding firms undertaking digital media production - according to the report, firms are often ignoring pots of cash which are available for the taking. The example cited is that of the East Midlands, […]

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Practical Soft Systems Analysis

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

As an approach to problem situations, systems thinking can be extremely powerful. Put simplistically, it considers situations in terms of inputs, transformations and outputs - so you could consider a company as being a system that transforms raw materials into profit through a process of manufacturing and selling.
The power of the technique is […]

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Improving mindmaps with relationships

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Here’s a ’so simple, why didn’t I think of it’ way of improving the clarity of mindmaps:
A frequently cited weakness of software mind maps is the lack of explicit relationship between pieces of information in the map. By contrast, Concept Maps use linking words on the relationship between two items to form a proposition.

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Free as in beer

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

You hear the phrase “free as in beer” bandied around the open source world a lot - sadly “beer as in free” doesn’t crop up that often, but this is a new take on the idea:
Students from the Information Technology University in Copenhagen is trying to help by releasing what they are calling the world’s […]

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Five Reasons People Don’t Tell What They Know

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

If you’re in the midst of trying to roll out any kind of collaborative or knowledge-sharing system, this article might be well worth a read - destinationKM.com has an article by Carol Kinsey Goman on “Five Reasons People Don’t Tell What They Know”
It’s worth reading the full article, but here are the headlines:
People believe that […]

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The Personal MBA

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

It’s a neat idea, but I’m not entirely convinced by the idea of the Personal MBA. At it’s lowest level it’s a reading list - with some interesting and useful titles, but also some of the biggest wastes of trees this side of the Da Vinci Code. Now there’s also the […]

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Software patents - gone but not forgotten

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

It’s now rather overshadowed by what’s going on in London currently, but the other big news of yesterday (apart from the Olympics) was that the European Parliament has thrown out the bill which would have harmonised patent legislation across Europe to enable software to be patented.
The thumping majority by which it was rejected is being […]

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