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Digital Neighborhoods – Guiding design

Digital neighborhoods seem like a powerful tool for discussing technology and its impact on users (students, staff, researchers, etc) and the concept adds interesting new requirements to projects. Getting a good understanding of your users’ digital neighborhoods can guide design and deployment of new technologies and help predict impacts on the users themselves. Understanding how … Continue reading

Old meets new – You can follow the New York Times on Twitter

I just discovered that there are several twitter feeds for the New York Times. These feeds include a main New York Times feed at http://twitter.com/nytimes along with several specific feeds: NYT Business – http://twitter.com/nyt_biz NYT Food – http://twitter.com/nyt_food NYT Metro – http://twitter.com/nyt_metro NYT World – http://twitter.com/nyt_world and about a dozen more. You can find most … Continue reading

Running Leopard – another easy upgrade

I’m now running Leopard on my MacBook Pro at work and on my G5 dual 2Ghz desktop at home. So far, everything has been glitch-less. I did have to set up my work printers again but that was it. Certain things are much faster: loading the java based weather maps from Weather.gov at significantly faster, … Continue reading

Kinkless Getting Things Done

I’ve been working with the Kinkless Getting Things Done (GTD) system. For more info about GTD, see my GTD Tag and/or read David Allen’s book, “Getting Things Done…” Kinkless Getting Things Done (kGTD) is a system for organizing and trapping tasks using Applescripts and Omni Outliner Professional 3.6 (or better).  You create a project and … Continue reading

Collaboration Channels – I don’t want to think about protocols

Burton Group talks about the distinction between Channels and Workspaces in Collaboration. Channels are routes where information flows. Workspaces are areas where collaborators gather. Examples of Workspaces are Wikis, shared document repositories, group calendar software. Channels are things like email, chat, VoIP, video conferencing and telephony. The problem with Channels is that we have to … Continue reading

Dreamhost one-click upgrade: I

Just upgraded to WordPress 2.0.X via Dreamhost’s one-click upgrade process. Worked beautifully. All of my plugins and themes came across with the upgrade. I didn’t have to do a thing. Dreamhost – I ❤ U – Jim Technorati Tags: Jim Phelps, Dreamhost

Google School Rankings

A graduate student at Stanford – Mike Tung – put together a suite of scripts and tools to generate College rankings based on Google searches. He didn’t want to pay for the USNews’ Annual America’s Best Colleges report. Though his work is quite technical, I imagine that it will be simplified into a web app … Continue reading

Making a living in a virtual world

Wire News has a story about Making a Living in Second Life.  Second Life is a virtual world were you can live out the life of your avitar.  Within a month, Grinnell was making more in Second Life than in her real-world job as a dispatcher. And after three months she realized she could quit … Continue reading

Yet more calendar requirements

Ben Teitelbaum of Internet2 pushes his availability to his web site from his calendar application. He “takes Apple iCal’s iCalendar file and strips out the subject, location and agenda for each item, leaving only an availability mask” which he feeds to PHP iCalendar. This makes scheduling time for a phone call with Ben very easy. … Continue reading

Why don’t calendars do time zones?

My laptop and my palm both understand Time Zones. I understand Time Zones. Why don’t my calendar applications (Oracle’s Calendar and the Palm Calendar in the handheld) understand Time Zones. What I want: (1) When I create an appointment I should be able to mark the Time Zone for the appointment. I should also be … Continue reading