March, 2008

Technology Adoption Issues

Tony Karrer

I'm sure we can all relate to this

Burgers

Jay Cross

For years, New York seemed more foreign and intimidating than Paris, Munich, Washington, or other cities I knew. Switchblades, peep shows, con men, crazies, bad neighborhoods, muggers, and way too much traffic. Worst of all were the prices. Everywhere else was cheap by comparison.

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3d -- A model for learning and improvement

Dave Gray

All learning and improvement begins with action -- with doing. For example, as a child you touch a hot stove. Action leads to discovery; in this case, the discovery that the action led to pain, burning, discomfort. Based on this discovery you design new ways of interacting with your environment.

Reflections on Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the last year, I have become intrigued by the rise of cloud computing. An increasing number of articles are being written on the subject, as a quick online search of the term will attest. More and more companies are taking a serious look at cloud computing. Last summer, IBM launched a study of cloud computing sponsored by the IBM Academy of Technology and led by our top experts in the area. The study was very positive about the opportunities of cloud computing for the IT industry.

Value and Good

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to Doug Johnson, Does the Intangible Have Value ? I think that we should question the concept of 'having value' itself. This is a quantification of what otherwise might be called 'goods' in our society. It creates the idea that something is a good if and only if (a) that good can be identified as specific instances, and (b) tehse instances can be counted. Things can be 'good' without 'having value'. For example, I can have a peaceful thought right now. This is a good.

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Greetings from Geneva!

Dave Gray

Greetings from Geneva! originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. I'm in Geneva this week and next. If you are in the area and want to connect, send me an email at dave.gray@gmail.com

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Google Apps vs. Sharepoint

Nancy White

I have been playing around with Google Apps over the last week as I was interested to see how they had finally integrated JotSpot into their suite of services. Despite some technical glitches with creating a site on the Google Sites service which is their integration of JotSpot, I am generally impressed. My first thought was that this could present some serious competition to Microsoft Sharepoint now that Sites is part of the Apps portfolio.

Not All.

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

My series on homeschooling will continue. But for now, this interruption. Dave Taylor, who is normally rational, writes : "all cars should not be black." It's part of a presentation where he's trying to encourage people to "Allow experiment & change." Fair enough. But does it have to be expressed in the form of a basic error of logic? The sentence "all cars should not be black" means "No cars should be black."

Lou Gerstner at MIT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Leadership was the overriding objective of the graduate seminar I taught at MIT last Fall, - Technology-based Business Transformation , - which I will be teaching again in the Fall of 2008. I told the students at our first meeting that I hoped the course would help them develop or enhance their leadership skills, so they can better deal with the complex systems, complex markets and complex organizations they will likely encounter throughout their careers.

Fun Game or Serious Game

Tony Karrer

Found via Bad Science - A really fun game (simulation) that let's you create things and control the physics (dynamics) of the objects and the environment. Does that make it a serious game? Maybe. You pretty much need to watch the video for a while to figure out what it is.

Lessons of history

Jay Cross

Why do I hate RealNetworks? Let me count the ways. #1 1 You must provide a credit card number even though you’re welcome to drop out before charges begin. They’re hoping you’ll forget… #2 You can sign up online but you can’t sign out online. Sign up 24/7; sign off working hours only. Reminds me of AOL. #3 3 Real claims to do this to improve their service. What bullshit. #4

VizThink 08 sketch notes

Dave Gray

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Do You Sociate? » Windows Mobile is one way Microsoft can’t innovate

Jerry Michalski

I'm not sure how many articles I've read over the years that not only say that Windows Mobile sucks, but detail the same reasons why: putting a tiny version of Windows on small screens is an idiotic idea, no matter how comfortable it's

Homeschooling, Abuse and Qualifications

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Dana Hanley 's post combines a mixture of misinterpretation and criticism in response to my recent video outlining my position on home schooling. In this post I respond to the first part her post, that dealing with abuse and qualifications. This post does not deal with the remaining four sections (content, accountability, resources, and equity).

An Exciting New Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the beginning of March, I started to work with Citigroup as strategic advisor for innovation and technology. This is a part-time position, which I will take on while continuing my current activities with IBM, MIT and Imperial College. When I retired from my full time position at IBM last May, my intent was to continue working pretty much full time, but instead of doing so at one company - as I had done for 37 years - I wanted to now do so by working closely with a few different institutions.

Life is Mostly an Open Book Test

Tony Karrer

There has been wonderful discussion with a few folks around my post: Life is an Open Book Test. The most recent was a comment by Bill Brantley who generally agreed, but added: In Boy Scouts, I use to teach wilderness survival which required a lot of memorization. You couldn't count on having the Boy Scout Manual with you during a survival situation so I had the students memorize what plants were edible, different ways to purify water, and first aid techniques.

Internet Time Blog » Platforms, not programs

Jay Cross

john hagel's keynote presentation at fastforward has a vital message for general managers. this high-quality video makes the case for shifting the basic business model from push to pull. the user revolution is in full sway

Be like the internet

Dave Gray

Presented at SXSW. View | Upload your own

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Do You Sociate? » An iPhone grumble grumble (ok, two)

Jerry Michalski

What happened to the nifty link between addresses in my Google Calendar and the Google Maps app on my iPhone? Once upon a time, I'd fill in the location data for an appointment on the Web. Then I'd look up the appointment on my

On Home Schooling

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

People did not agree with my comments on home schooling. In this video, I respond with my grounds for objecting to home schooling and describing what an appropriate alternative, community schooling, would look like

Hello world!

Andy McAfee

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging

Indicator of Valuable Content

Tony Karrer

I saw a post by Christy Tucker that pointed me to a feature in Diigo - their site community. It feels like a combination of del.icio.us and MyBlogLog. The nice part is that you can see it for every site - even if the site owner hasn't done anything. So, I was able to look at the eLearning Technology's Site Community.

Jay Appleseed

Jay Cross

Internet Time Blog is shifting its focus from learning to “getting things done in business.&# Since this blog is my alter ego, I could just as well say that I am focusing more and more on helping people in corporations prosper, now and the future.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The Silent Room Tone

Steven Berlin Johnson

i didn't actually get to see the now infamous mark zuckerberg interview yesterday at sxsw, but having read through about six thousand blog posts about it, i feel as though i've seen it. and, naturally, i have some thoughts about what

Social Pheromones and X-Reality

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The MIT Media Lab is launching a new research initiative - X-Reality. Broadly speaking, X-Reality will focus on the integration between the virtual and real worlds at several levels. The new initiative aims to bring together related Media Lab projects in this new area, to share their diverse viewpoints and research approaches, and hopefully accelerate progress. A series of weekly seminars has been organized, and I was invited to speak to the group a few weeks ago.

Do You Sociate? » Interesting sessions on the future of life and the Net

Jerry Michalski

I'm at the Stanford Legal Futures Conference, which today adopted a FOO Camp approach that, in truth, isn't that FOOish. Last night they posted the schedule, which has multiple panels with five or six smart people on each.

The adventures of Helvetica man (and woman)

Dave Gray

By Ti.mo.

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Life is an Open Book Test

Tony Karrer

I just typed "Life is an Open Book Test" when I was working on part of my ASTD 2008 presentation. I did a quick search on this phrase and found only 52 occurrences. There doesn't appear to be a well known initial quote source. Or am I missing it? By the way, have I mentioned that I'm feeling really good about this presentation? I have 90 minutes and I think I'm going to blow some minds, change a few lives, its going to be fun.

Helping customers learn

Jay Cross

Informed customers make informed decisions and end up much happier with their purchases. Onlines demos are so cheap and easy to put together that retailers have no excuse for not providing them. Here is J and R’s Lunch and Learn schedule: And here’s a brief show-and-tell recording.

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: Games and the iPhone

Steven Berlin Johnson

Two quick thoughts on the iPhone announcement today: First, an open question: does this mean the only way you can do over-the-air syncing of calendar events and contacts (a feature I really, really want) is by connecting to an Exchange

Information Literacy - back to basics

Nancy White

This article from IWR , a recent book from my colleague, Professor Tara Brabazon , as well my experience as an educator at the University of Brighton have got me thinking again about the importance of information literacy for both young and old. Tara certainly hit a nerve a few weeks ago with her proposition that students need to be aware of the problems of relying on search engines such as Google and the increasingly popular reference site, Wikipedia as research tools.

Do You Sociate? » Dan Pink’s new career advice — in manga!

Jerry Michalski

Over the years, Dan Pink has written many pieces that I've found truly inspiring, from his 1997 Fast Company cover story Free Agent Nation to his more recent book A Whole New Mind. Now he's going to offer career advice in a whole new

Technology, Innovation and Social Action

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago I received an e-mail inviting me to come talk to the Provost Council at St John's University. John's "is one of America's leading Catholic universities – recognized for its superb academic programs, diverse student life, BIG EAST excitement and New York vitality." " The talk would be in their main campus in Queens, so it would be easy for me to drive there from my home.

Infovore - Need for Information Filtering and Selection

Tony Karrer

Great WSJ article - Why We're Powerless To Resist Grazing On Endless Web Data (via Will Richardson ). The article looks at various information consumption behaviors: Coming across new and richly interpretable information triggers a chemical reaction that makes us feel good, which in turn causes us to seek out even more of it. The reverse is true as well: We want to avoid not getting those hits because, for one, we are so averse to boredom. It is something we seem hard-wired to do.