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"Stop Energy is not reasoned, it never takes into account the big picture, it is the mirror image of Forward Motion. In the Stop Energy model, everyone, no matter how small their stake in a technology, has the power to veto."
I know what that is! I had this every step of the way when I was starting up weblogging communities. Everybody I talked to, in the hope that they would pick up on my forward energy and dance along energy said, "you'll need to do this." Or, you can't do that. Not until I started to ignore them did I move forward. But is still could have done with advice - deciding what was SE and good advice was my downfall.
Reading this has helped crystalise my own mind. I'll seek less advice and make certain, that I can deal better with the SE when it comes.
I missed this article last year. Found via J Robb's comments re RSS/Echo.
Apparently there's, now, two blogging MPs: Liberal Democrat Richard Allen is at it too.
I don't find their news particularly exciting. I'll keep looking for a while and see if it picks up, or if I get into their character and plot.
Tim Bray: "RSS has huge business potential. Here is a laundry list of a few things you could (and I think should) use it for. There are big-money implications. But thereÕs at least one big obstacle too..."
Having and RSS feed delivered from my bank re: my account or credit card would certainly be very handy, as Tim explains above. I'd also like that on my phone, as David Davies has.
"Our aim is to have a viable Welsh desktop running by the 2003 National Eisteddfod in August. If you want to help, read on!"
More here from ZDnet. "If I wanted to get a Welsh version of Windows, it would mean a lot of lobbying and probably spending a lot of money to get it done," Donnelly said. "With free software it cuts through all that."
Mr. Meckler(CEO Jupitermedia) views blogging as a marketing opportunity. "But it doesn't work unless you have some personality in it," he said.
Tim O'Reilly, (president of O'Reilly & Associates) views blogging as a way for chief executives to do an end run around the company's public relations firms and "glossy brochures" and speak directly to customers and vendors.
Ms. Ireland, (CEO Cheskin, a marketing consulting firm in Calif.) you have to hit just the right tone or you will turn off customers, she said, by making it seem "like you're trying to market the company."
The Government Office Intranet is still haunting me. Will I ever be free? ";->"
Still writing the report. Finally collected everything into one outline, now to sting it all together into a nice read. Later, I'll add some nice formatting, and mouse over tricks.
I've been reading some intranet advice sites, and there are plenty, I think we've got most things covered. One thing I'd like to concentrate on is the internal promotion of the intranet. So that users look there first, before asking someone on the phone. Part of that would revolve around the production of calendar posters placed in every office. Over a few months I guess people would get the message, and the writers will be encouraged.
Here is a nice calendar that I'd like to make into a Manila plugin.
The side by side comparisons for the new G% against the Windows world, "Apple ran the Adobe Photoshop tests using a 600MB Photoshop file."
A 600MB file? What the hell's in that? Is it just a big file in pixels (width x height), or has it hundreds of layers, channels and filters?
I've been reading about the new G5s having upto 8GB of RAM as well, now I'm missing something here, what would a user what with all this horse power? Video? Sure. But Photoshop files? Well, I suppose I haven't really pushed Photoshop for sometime, maybe I should get one of these machines and try. Doing web graphics, and 1 megapixel pix from my digital camera, I couldn't get close to 600MB!
The new bluetooth stuff sounds very good. Using a phone as a proximity sensor, really does blow my mind. To stop iTunes as I move out of a room and start it back up again is pretty cool. And it being Applescriptable opens up a whole new world. Though, I see Nokias aren't yet compatible, only Sony-Ericsson.
"The GIF graphics file format was invented by CompuServe in 1987. In the years since, a debate has been raging as to the correct way to pronounce "GIF": like "jif", or with a hard 'g' as in "gift" as a majority of Mac users seem to prefer. With this page I intend to clear this up once and for all..."
Well, that's clear. But I'll still call them 'ghiffs.' And Jay-pegs. And P.N.G.s Always has been always will be.
"To participate simply bring your camera-enabled cellphone to any love hotel on the evening of Thursday, July 3rd 2003 and post photos and commentary to the shared public blog for the event."
Example: "Leaning against a wall
I was standing next to a wall and began to feel a little tired. I leaned to the side against the wall and continued to adopt this slightly more comfortable posture for several moments."
187 comments to that one post!
"Welcome to Keitai Log, an occasional Web diary by a group of Tokyo college students who are researching the changing role of cell phones -- keitai -- in Japanese society."
Should be interesting, isn't at mo.
"One day last weekend, I had nothing to do. I was visiting my old Radio weblog, and started wondering how many others had jumped ship like myself. 98 lines of Ruby later, I had a set of totally useless statistics... "
Half interesting stats. Though I think there's more, like me, who've moved to our own hosting and not updated the Userland version. And I'd bet that over the past few months, as blogging's become bigger the numbers have jumped.
"(6) If you are approached by a salesperson, explain that everyone present lives together, in a huge converted warehouse in Long Island City, and that you are there looking for a "[secret phrase]." Explain that you make all purchases as a group."
Art or just prankiness? School kid prankiness me thinks. See more pix. Funny. $10,000 rug?
"It's a solution relying on CSS3 selectors, so you'll need Mozilla or some other Gecko spin-off to get the full effects. "
Nice little idea, and Sjoerd seems to think his works in MSIE too.
" The all-but-final proposal draft says that Internet news organizations, individual Web sites, moderated mailing lists and even Web logs (or "blogs"), must offer a "right of reply" to those who have been criticized by a person or organization. "
Euro-bloggers would be knackered, but me here in the UK, will probably be left out of this nonsence.
"test styles opens a popup window in which you can type CSS rules that will be applied instantly to the page you are viewing, while edit styles does the same thing but pre-populates the window with the style sheets of the current site, allowing you to edit them in place. ancestors is also useful; it shows the element hierarchy of the element your mouse is currently over, which can help you see what selector you need to use to modify that element's style."
Sounds well useful. Haven't tried them out yet, but will report later.
A competitor, I guess, but useful quotes for me ";->"
Weblogs offer enterprises an alternative to e-mail or traditional content management by providing easy to use publishing tools that create a unified repository of shared information can be quickly disseminated.
[Weblogs] save them from printing out documents and e-mails and putting them in folders.
I need to write a report for the Governement Office's Intranet project. In it I need to say what will be the next steps. So, I'm lloking around for some quotes about blogging in business and this geezer 'Rock' has pointed out some nice little bits for me...
With his budget and staff slashed, Connecticut state CIO Rock Regan is looking to Weblogs as a key tool to keep his organization running.
...the ability to capture knowledge about current problems and upcoming technologies and distribute it across a company quickly has become critical, he said. Weblogs let employees jot down notes and ideas on pages available across the corporation.
"We desperately want to use [Weblogs] for project management," because the department, which serves 65 agencies, has so many projects that it could benefit from a shared knowledgebase, he said.
Regan said Weblogs are proving vital in breaking down bureaucratic walls. "My people in general don't communicate well on projects," he said.
Weblogs are proving a way for employees to realize what they have in common.
Still busy building the intranet for the Government Office of the West Midlands.
No time to blog. Well, that's not true, there's always time to blog, just that, I can't be arsed most of the time. If I've got some spare time, I don't want to be on a computer, I want to taste some life - mainly with the kids.
Next week, the job'll be finished and I'll catch up blogging the kids, got plenty of pix to put up and there's lots to write about regarding the recent biz blogger conference.
Here's a nice quote that stuck in my mind: Adam talks about the barriers to entry with CMS systems. Boy is that ever true. We tried to put a CMS system in place in Utah and I think its still not off the ground. Its difficult to get the use cases right, difficult to train people, and requires a lot of money (more than its worth, perhaps). About the same time, I started playing around with Radio because it was a personal CMS. We'd have been better off to just buy Manila for $1000 and get people used to the idea of content management. When you're in a big organization, there's a temptation to do things big, even if you ought to start small. That's a tough lesson to learn.
Well, it's been learnt at the Gov Office of the West Midlands ";->"
There's more here: but it's still the cluetrainy stuff that's been knocking about for ages. I guess they're just rewording it so businesses can understand it better. One day biz will blog. They'll have to. Sterile ads won't cut it and those biz who blog will reap the benefits, so the old internet adage, "if you're not on the internet by 1999, you'll be out of business" will become, "if you're not a blogging biz by 2005, you'll be out of business." I wonder just what the world will be like once ads are dead and the whole world blogs?
Mobile blogging from the front line! [Via blogs of war]
Still busy, building the intranet for the Government Office. Nearly finished, just cleaning up the edges ready for the swap over at the weekend.