Monthly Archives: May 2002

In an article titled, Riding the tiger, Steve Gill…

In an article titled, Riding the tiger, Steve Gillmor makes these observations.

AT THE INTERSECTION of two disruptive technologies lies the Bermuda Triangle of the Digital Age. Wi-Fi (802.11 wireless communications) and Weblogs (the untethered journalism of the immediate) are comingling to produce an intoxicating blend of chaos and innovation.

The Wi-Fi/Weblog axis has been increasingly visible in recent months at conferences and trade shows. At the O’Reilly Emerging Technology conference two weeks ago and again last week at the Vortex 2002 networking confab, 802.11-enabled laptops chattered quietly in the background as attendees caught up on e-mail, sent pithy instant messages to one another, and, in the case of the O’Reilly conference, posted a running transcript/commentary on key sessions to a variety of Weblogs.

Here’s a new book, that sounds quite interesting. …

Here’s a new book, that sounds quite interesting.

KQED’s review says, “Here’s a book I can’t help but recommend, and highly. Linked: The New Science of Networks by Transylvanian physicist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, vividly explains how everything from websites to global financial meltdowns are connected. The emergence of of the web as an organizing principle in our lives gives the book particular resonance right now. But it would be a terrific read even if we weren’t becoming ever more interrelated. Barabasi’s book provides an engaging look at how scientists today limn the dynamics of networks ranging from electrical power grids to terrorist organizations to the path of a virus among individuals. Yet whereas Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, which covers similar turf, charms the reader with anecdotes, Barabasi keeps you reading with his deep understanding of the science and his expansive coverage of networks throughout history in a range of settings. He provides the science behind ideas like Six Degrees of Separation, the 80/20 rule, and how the rich get richer. His book calls to mind Complexity by Mitchell Waldrop, another scientific work that had no business being so compelling. And yes, I did say Transylvanian physicist.”

Although the timestamp on this post indicates that…

Although the timestamp on this post indicates that it’s 10:55 AM, that isn’t exactly accurate where I am. I’m posting one last time from Stan and Georgia’s home here in Escondido, CA, so here it is almost 8:00 AM. I leave this morning for the airport and my return to Knoxville, via Atlanta.

It’s been a very relaxing three days visiting with my friends. Almost like going away to a South Seas Island where I was undistrubed by all the things that usually occupy my attention, I feel quite rejuvenated and ready to get back to my usual activities. “Be it ever so humble” and all that …

During my visit, Stan and I discussed collaborating on a re-issue of his 1979 book, “Authentic Management,” updating it to take into consideration the particular problems associated with being authentic in online communications and when working in virtual teams. A lot has changed in the work world since 1979, and though the needs of people have remained relatively constant, even they have undergone a shift. Whereas only 20 or so years ago people still had a loyalty to the companies they worked for and companies structured their policies and benefits to try to retain the employees they had, today the longevity of someone’s employment with a company is rarely longer than 5 years. So I think taking a fresh look at the perspectives of that book will be an interesting experience. Our discussions during my visit here should help to make our collaboration over the net a bit richer.

Though I leave here with a bit of sadness at seeing the time come to an end, I am eager to get back to my own digs, to the familiarity of the messy piles of paper in my office, to my own bookmarks in the browser, to all those things that make one comfortable being in his own home. Off, therefore, I am to home.

I just ran across Compass, a program for managing …

I just ran across Compass, a program for managing bookmarks, and I wanted to make sure I could get back to it. You might find it interesting to check out too.

Also my buddy, Patrick Ahern, highly recommends Atomica. Though I haven’t yet tried it, it does sound interesting.

By the way, Patrick, I was pleased to discover this morning that the feature you asked about last night in Blogger now appears there. There is now an automatic way to place a hyperlink in the message you are posting to your blog (as opposed to having to type the html code in by hand). Neat! It wouldn’t surprise me if it had been there all along and I just didn’t see it, but in any event it’s there. Just highlight the word you want to be the link and then click on the hyperlink icon and type in or paste in the URL, and it’s done.

From Stan and Georgia Herman’s home here in Escond…

From Stan and Georgia Herman’s home here in Escondido, CA, I am now able to post an update to this blog. I arrived on Thursday and over the past couple of days Stan, Georgia and I have had a great opportunity to become better acquainted. They have a lovely home on five acres here in the San Diego area, and their “family” consists of Jack and Morgan, their two dogs, Gilbert, the goat, and Hammer, the horse. Yesterday morning we went for a morning walk as an extended family (about 2.5 miles) and Jack and Gilbert accompanied us. I must say it was the first time I’ve ever been accompanied on a walk by a goat!

Their hospitality has been wonderful and my time here has been renewing for the spirit. It’s great to get away from the daily routine and in the process become more well acquainted with friends that you’ve known only over the Internet for a few years. I’m confident we’ll interact in a richer way now that we’ve had our face-to-face time together.