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Links 1 through 10 of 2983 Dennis D. McDonald's Bookmarks

DDMcD: Great post! t really helps to visualize the "... of things" meme by relating it to the workplace. As I look at the examples, though, a lot are what I would consider focusing on creation of an environment (or infrastructure) in which people can work, not on the actual work that has to be done. That's not necessarily bad but it does increase the risk of concentrating too much on the tools rather than on the work the tools are supposed to support. See my "'Mobile First' Is An Obsolete Strategy" http://www.ddmcd.com/first.html for some related comments.

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DDMcD: "I think the issue is that there is a wide chasm between how social media SHOULD be used (which I think is the topic of your own article) and how social media ARE used (which is the topic of The Atlantic extracts you quote). Criticizing how social media are used seems a legitimate topic to me."

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DDMcD: "I've been running WIndows 8.1 on my desktop (no touch screen) and a small Asus notebook (with touchscreen) and have to agree with what you say. The tile side of Windows is great but not everything works that way and I'm still figuring out my way back and forth. It's great to have all the flexibility and I do find myself using the touch screen on the notebook more and more. Yesterday, though, I had an experience with the Chrome Browser on the desktop that totally confused me. I selected RELAUNCH CHROME IN WINDOWS 8 MODE and I selected that as an experiment. As far as I could tell Chrome decided that it wanted to be the machine's "desktop" and I spent the morning experementing with going back and forth, now in three different modes. I know a lot of this is due to operator error since I've never really taken the time to study the new software but I think the "dual personality" issue is really the problem here."

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DDMcD: "Great review of my now favorite everyday gel pen (blue 0.38). In the past I have preferred retractables due to the ease of losing caps but this pen wins for writing (smooth despite the small tip), color (a lovely blue) and aesthetics (the barrel is crystal clear and the tip elegant). I'm wondering if the ink is the same as the RT's ink (even though the refills are different)."

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DDMcD: "Anyone who has worked in the enterprise collaboration space will not be surprised by any of this. You have to provide a collaboration framework as well as a reason for using it, especially if you want to move people away from less efficient collaboration and sharing technologies like email. Management has to lead by example and you need to tie adoption to specific goals associated with defined campaigns or projects. For more see "Pixar's Lessons for Project Communication & Collaboration" htt­p://www.ddmcd.com/pi­xar.html ."

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DDMcD: "Yes, there does seem to be a convergence of interests, not only between "open data" and "open government" but with performance measurement as well: "Open Data and Performance Measurement: Two Sides of the Same Coin" (http://www.ddmcd.com/coin.html) looks at some implications for having a more comprehensive data management strategy that supports all such efforts."

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From the article: "The irony is that, in experimenting with various ways to augment our attention with useful and targeted information, we may actually be reducing, not increasing, our ability to pay attention to the really useful information we need to interact with the people and the world around us."

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DDMcD: "The arguments here seem pretty simple to me. Which is better -- a government sanctioned monopoly that discourages competition, or a government regulated utility that promotes equal access? I think of that question every month that I have to pay $1.99 per "digital transport adapter" to Comcast to receive digital cable TV signals, even though Comcast originall said, when the conversion from analog to digital was made, that such adapters would be "free." I don't have the option to buy these adapters I have to keep renting them and I'm charged a fee whenever I add one or change one out, and I can't go to a competing cable TV supplier because competing cable suppliers don't exist. Arguing that I can use streaming internet instead sounds fine till I try to locate the same stations -- and the vendor of broadband internet service here is ... Comcast. So every time I see one of those huge full page ads in the Washington Post arguing for the Comcast Time Warner merger using arguments li"

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In my case I've found that .pdf's can be both an asset and a liability. As you say they make it difficult to search and extract data; there are ways around that but you do run the risk of changing the source data in the extract process; see one of my blog posts for some comments along this line: http://www.ddmcd.com/order.html. On the other hand, I've found that there are still people who prefer to read documents that are formatted as traditional page-oriented reports; that's one of the reasons I usually make a .pdf version of my longer blog posts available for downloading.     While some of what you say about World Bank reports might be true it's also true that the Bank and its affiliates have made great strides in making the data associated with its research and reports available as downloadable files; check out http://data.worldbank.org/use-our-data. In fact, the Bank is one of the increasing number of governmental and official organizations that is taking the "open data" movement quite seriously by making government sourced data files available to the public as downloadable files or accessible via specialized APIs. I suspect, though, that .pdf reports are gooing to be with us for a long time given the need to satisfy demand for unified documents that combine text, graphics, and data; it's hard to resist the "save as .pdf" command! 

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DDMcD: "I don't pretend to understand all the technical details of all this but I sense that this is a situation where one of the reasons we have such arguments is that the data that would help us understand the situation is lacking. We don't know what costs are, we don't know what the actual throughput is among the different players, and we don't know how prices are actually being set. Till there is more transparency about all this we'll continue to suffer from the effects of secrecy brought about by monopolies and lack of oversight. Perhaps it is simply impossible to have true network neutrality without true network transparency."

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