Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Absolute power?

Cringely provides some interesting speculation about what Google is up to. Meanwhile, Liz discusses Google and anonymity, referencing Milly's anonymizing bookmarklet. I really like Milly's comment on Liz's post:
FWIW, as the de facto repository of too much of our information, I trust Google more than, say, the Yahoo/Kelkoo/Flickr/Overture/etc or Amazon/A9/Alexa/etc or MSN/Hotmail/MS/etc or eBay/Paypal/Skype/etc octopi (partly as evidenced by their past abuses and attitudes). But being the best of a bad bunch isn't itself a very high standard (nor is "don't be evil", it seems to me). And who knows what tomorrow will bring ...

Thursday, November 10, 2005

New IBM collaboration tools

David Weinberger blogs IBM's "Future of Social Networks" press event. There's a lot of cool sounding stuff in there.

I particularly like Public Image Monitoring, which sounds like a really useful tool for corporate PR departments. dogear, an inside the firewall del.icio.us, looks promising also.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Feeling old

I received my high school's annual report in the mail today. Mostly, it's a list of donors, but there is some actual content. As I read the president's letter, I discovered that each freshman this year received an HP 4200 Tablet PC "not only for learning, but also for organizing and giving structure to their knowledge."

When I was a freshman I learned to type on a manual because "electric typewriters teach you bad form." You know, push instead of strike. We did have an HP 2000F and a handful of VT100's in the computer room. They did replace the manuals with a Mac lab at some point.

I'm not a huge fan of tablets, so it will be interesting to see how this works out. Do they really add value?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Real disclosure

David Weinberger on what disclosure statements should really include, revealing more than merely financial connections.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The story of a blog

This story seems reflective of a typical blogging experience, relatively high volume aside. I haven't read the blog itself, since I can't bring myself to read about the Mets. At least it's not a Yankee or Red Sox blog...(via kottke)