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Jack Vinson has helpfully listed over 20 Knowledge Management blogs that he reads regularly. I already had about half of them on my sources list, I’ve now added Conniecto, How do you know that?, The Pragmatics of KM Equals Success, Knowledgeline, Mopsos, Myndsi, Networks, Complexity and Relatedness, …no straight lines…,; Reflexions, Scrapbook of My Life, [...]
Shawn Callahan points to his own white paper Using Content To Create Connections Among People [PDF] that advocates (in a style accessible to the non-techie) the use of blogs, feeds and aggregators as a more flexible solution (compared with a grand “knowledge repository”) to sharing knowledge within a company and between a company and its [...]
Fascinating series of posts by Leslie Michael Orchard applying the principles of "small pieces loosely joined" to computing hardware and appliances.
New additions to the blogroll – Claire Chaundy and Michael Feldstein
A life where TiVo has always existed
is a great example of how subsequent generations take for granted technology that was new and strange not long ago. [via The Shifted Librarian
This one from Curt Rosengren seemed worth a mention - The perfectionist definition of "good enough"
- it's a pattern I've seen in a few high-performing coaching clients too.
Clarke Ching points to a great article by Johanna Rothman on writing - especially the importance of knowing if you are an extravert!
Great article on the why of business collaboration from CIO.com. [via Tris Hussey]
has started documenting
patterns of blog posts. 3 of 7 posted so far. I think this a type 2!
Blogging your bliss – Lesley Orchard gets it.
The physics of high heels
I've started collecting my ideas about integrating blog and wiki at WikiBlogIntegration
. Note to self to review what "Ton":http://www.zylstra.org/blog/ is "up to":http://www.zylstra.org/blog/archives/001390.html ...
I’ve added a “second wiki”:http://www.synesthesia.co.uk/blog/wiki/ for no particularly good reason other than I saw how the anonymous author of Weblog Tools Collection had “integrated”:http://weblogtoolscollection.com/archives/2004/07/05/wordpress-12-wiki-integration/ [bliki]ErfurtWiki[/bliki] into WordPress and decided I wanted one too! This one is just for me – a different sort of publishing space without the time-bound nature of the blog but closely [...]
Steph Booth gives a really clear explanation of Taking Collaborative Notes at BlogTalk [via Chocolate and Vodka]
Lots of “WordPress Modifications”:http://weblog.burningbird.net/archives/2004/07/07/wordpress-modifications/fulltext/ from “Shelley”:http://weblog.burningbird.net/
Added a wiki page to capture ideas that aren’t yet ready to be articles [wiki]UnwrittenEntries[/wiki]
Added sidebar lists of Wiki Changes and deli.icio.us links using “CG-Feedread”:http://www.chait.net/index.php?p=85 Minor tweak to suppress feed titles see [wiki]BlogFeedReader[/wiki]
When movie chase scenes get it wrong – “The Reality of Running Away from Stuff”:http://www.cc.gatech.edu/people/home/idris/Movie_Reviews/Reality_of_Running_Away.html [via "BoingBoing":http://www.boingboing.net/]
Added sidebar link for my “blogroll”:http://www.synesthesia.co.uk/blog/sources.php and “my del.icio.us linklist”:http://del.icio.us/synesthesia
Leslie Orchard is “automating”:wishlist.http://www.decafbad.com/blog/2004/06/16/wishofthemonthclub1 the process of buying himself things from his Amazon wishlist
“A Guide to Implementing the Theory of Constraints (TOC)”:http://www.dbrmfg.co.nz/Preface.htm [via "Frank Patrick":http://www.focusedperformance.com/blogger.html]
“GPS Drawing Gallery”:http://www.gpsdrawing.com/gallery.htm [via "The Obvious?":http://theobvious.typepad.com/blog/2004/06/staggering_.html]
“Extreme Programming and the Economics of Flexibility”:http://www.favaro.net/john/home/publications/xpecon.pdf [PDF] via “Agile Business Coach”:http://abc.truemesh.com/
“Knowledge Management in the Real World”:http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/001946.php
Ming on “Dreaming”:http://ming.tv/flemming2.php/__show_article/_a000010-001280/
Interesting roundup of “broadcatching”:http://www.corante.com/importance/archives/004274.html#more – the impact of web technologies such as RSS(Really Simple Syndication) on broadcasting
Day-by-day Da Vinci - read the pages of Leonardo Da Vinci's Notebooks by RSS, one at a time.
(Matt Webb via LibrarianInBlack)
Public beta of a new site that let's you find out your MP's voting record, what he/she has said in various debates etc.
Tim Bray on OpenOffice
Fortune.com – Why an MBA May Not Be Worth It
FreeMind – free Java-based mind mapping software
OpenOffice are starting on a project management tool
[via Clarke Ching
From “Management By Baseball”:http://cmdr-scott.blogspot.com/ a piece on the “Diseconomies of Scale”:http://cmdr-scott.blogspot.com/2004/05/new-york-mets-confrontthe-diseconomies.html [via "Jack Vinson":http://jackvinson.com/archives/2004/06/02/diseconomies_of_scale.html]
The Art of Getting Things Done
Xkey 2.0 USB key drive with a 32-bit processor inside
Showerstar – pointless but amusing
Oligopoly Watch on the economic pressures that are creating endless boring “Blockbuster” movies
Broadband killed the TV star
"Shirky: Nomic World: By the players, for the players":http://shirky.com/writings/nomic.html - drawing parallels between Nomic online games (where the rules can change) and real life societies [via "Adina Levin":http://alevin.com/weblog/archives/001406.html#001406]
infed . What is informal education, where does it happen and how does it fit in? [via Psybertron]
RSS2Outlook – the beginnings of a tool that will have lots of uses. [via Contentious]
My Brilliant Failure: Wikis In Classrooms Heather James’ experiences using wiki as a teaching adjunct.
“Social Origins of Good Ideas”:http://web.mit.edu/sorensen/www/SOGI.pdf (PDF) via “Phil Jones”:http://www.nooranch.com/synaesmedia/wiki/wiki.cgi?HomePage in earlier “comment”:http://www.synesthesia.co.uk/blog/archives/2004/05/10/unpredictable-emergence-of-learning/#comment-148
This is very very funny, and deeply scary at the same time! (these people have nukes!)
Textism: Tools: Textile Interactive tester for Textile
Conversational Blogging Dina Mehta writes her blog as if it was spoken and contrasts Ming’s similar view with Dave Pollard.
Make Your Partner Look Good Applying the lessons of improv comedy to business change.
In celebration of the greasy spoon
Advice by Esther Derby on how to focus on what's important
In this excerpt from the new book A Bias for Action, Heike Bruch and the late Sumantra Ghoshal look at a work hazard that managers often confront.
WikidPad - wiki notebook/outliner for windows
Good summary of this group process for establishing priorities
A new study shows learning how to juggle can actually change the structure of the brain in adults and increase areas involved in thought and processing.
Watching Alone: Social Capital and Public Service Broadcasting - a report by economist Martin Brookes sponsored by BBC and The Work Foundation
...or why we should lay off 'best practice' in KM. PDF of 2003 paper by Dave Snowden
Tony Goodson on how indulging in 'tinkering about' somehow primes him for 'Butterfly Moments' that change his world.
'common pitfalls that can keep you you from reaching your perfect new job.'
The importance of looking beyond skills and competencies in recruitment.
Can absence make a team grow stronger? Erik van Bekkum comments on HBR article about teams that work better from a distance.
Virtual Audio Cable is a Windows multimedia driver allowing you to transfer audio (wave) streams from one application to another.
Mark Pilgrim is doing interesting things with Atom feeds and XSL to make feeds look good in a browser...
DNS Stuff: DNS tools, WHOIS, tracert, ping, and other network tools.
Tristan Louis has worked out how many computers Google has by reverse-engineering their IPO
Keith Ray points to document by Thoughtworks
Commentary by MonkeyX on Clay Shirky's 'Situated Software' essay
George Por offers an online experiment to explore the factors contributing to the growth of collective intelligence
Dale Pike identifies seven useful scenarios for weblogs in a professional knowledge context
Article from Psychology Today looking at the thought processes that stimulate creativity.
Tom Coates has found a new way of categorising people - the dwarf/elf and pirate/ninja axes...
Notes and slides from Michael Angeles' presentation to Computers in Libraries conference about 'Supporting enterprise knowledge management with weblogs: A weblog services roadmap'
Sometimes a cosmetic change can be the innovation that makes a product catch fire.
Spike Hall adds Instant Messaging to his structured process for knowledge workers...
PHP and MySQL: How to collect referrer data
Tracking entry referrers with PHP in MT
Jay Cross says 'Ultimately, you're responsible for the life you lead. It's up to you to learn what you need to succeed. That makes you responsible for your own knowledge management, learning architecture, instructional design and evaluation.'
Useful article [PDF] on defending PHP sites from Cross-Site Request Forgeries and Cross-Site Scripting attacks
Within most corporations, taking ownership of an intranet is an unglamorous, exhausting, and thankless job for a new intranet manager. Many corporate intranets lack thoughtful, focused, and disciplined design and are often extremely large and unwieldy. Fixing these intranets can seem an impossible and futile task.
Content management systems suck. Or so you would think from the strife heard from analysts and practitioners alike.
MTCodeBeautifier is a plugin for Movable Type that provides syntax highlighting and code beautification (indenting, etc.) on input for a variety of programming languages.
Self-taught scientist Steve Grand built his own intelligent android. Now he's seeking intelligent life among the newsreaders, television producers and yoghurt advertisers who label things as 'science'
This article explores the ways you can position footers using web standards, although the same techniques may be used to vertically position other elements.
Perl script to turn ordinary markup into entity-coded XHTML markup
The W3C�s CSS validation service has changed the way it interprets CSS authoring practices. Many sites that were designed valid no longer validate.
Mike Gross, Chief Technology Officer at Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc., reveals the five ways your conversion engine can get broken when converting MS Word documents to XML.
What are definition lists? When are they appropriate? And how to style them to look like tables, image galleries, calendar of events and more.
Bloxpert is a formatting plugin designed to overcome the limitations of Movable Type's "convert breaks" option.
Stripping The Bull Out Of Business. A consulting jargon fighter from Deloitte
Fixing <abbr> in IE without code
Pat Holt says 'Like many editorial consultants, I've been concerned about the amount of time I've been spending on easy fixes that the author shouldn't have to pay for.'
With no guarantees to its accuracy, here you can download a list of UK postcode area codes and their grid coordinates.
Persistent login cookies are the cookies that are stored with your browser when you click the �remember me� button on the login form [...] The following recipe for persistent cookies requires no crypto more powerful than a good random number generator.
Internet Explorer 6 for Windows is a sore spot for many users of CSS. Besides its countless rendering problems, it has the annoying habit of causing background-image styled elements to flicker when moused over. This article will cover a few things I've found that will eliminate that flicker.
Tim Bray: This is the first in a series of essays on a simple but important question: Which new technologies will make it, and which will fail?
Perfect for people with zero-volume heads!
Welcome to a Wiki Workgroup on Content Management Systems!
CMS Wiki is a knowledge base for Content Management Systems.
Internet Explorer for Windows does not support the element that should be used on web pages for proper markup of abbreviations. Marek Prokop has a client-side way of fixing this.
Denham Grey explains how we come to share meaning and the relation between meaning, understanding, ontology and knowledge.
The Web Developer extension for Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla adds a menu and a toolbar to the browser with various web developer tools.
A simple ruby build program with capabilities similar to make
A simple way to make CSS columns appear equal in length, regardless of the content that they contain.
A brief tutorial for MoveableType on combining regular weblog entries with quicklinks (basically, entries from two blogs each using a different template) into one column.
Great people, people with sufficient functional skills and domain expertise can trump process, good or bad. Good process, process appropriate for the context, will help those people. But great people can overcome bad process to deliver a good product.
Mandalas are circular designs that can be used in meditation or used as a way for personal growth and spiritual enrichment. The language of mandala is symbolic. The colors and the images in your mandala will reflect your inner self. There is no rule that you have to use certain kinds of color or certain types of material to create your mandala.
Enter an IP address to find its location - Lookup Country Region City etc
If you had your Christmas party in the local pub and found the jukebox had an unusually high level of choice, you were probably in one of the first boozers to have the world's most advanced music system....
OpenOffice.org XML Essentials�Using OpenOffice.org�s XML Data Format is a book in progress written by J. David Eisenberg for O�Reilly & Associates and submitted to an open review process. The content is currently licensed under a Creative Commons License. The result of this work will be freely available on the World Wide Web under the Free Software Foundation�s GNU Free Documentation License.
Some useful links from OnePine, a UK librarian...
Using Treemap to visualise blogs
Gathering News Headline Feeds using ASP
XML-based RSS parser in PHP
Useful summary from Johanna Rothman on choosing a project lifecycle
Online course in Action Research
PDF of paper by V.S. Ramachandran and E.M. Hubbard
Movable Type plugin implements a set of template tags for retrieving data in XML format and displaying the data on your MT-generated pages
Does what it says on the can!
Joi Ito blames his 'blogger's block' on a growing awareness of his audience
Erving Goffman's The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, published in 1959, provides a detailed description and analysis of process and meaning in mundane interaction
Joi Ito asks the question...
Vapor: a persistent Object-Repository for Ruby
ODBC Binding for Ruby
Ths similarities between project management and playing improvisational jazz [PDF file]
Unit testing framework for Ruby
Mock objects for RubyUnit
Extracted from the book "Programming Ruby - The Pragmatic Programmer's Guide"
...get you started at invoking and using ruby
REXML is an XML processor for the language Ruby
Learn some 'secrets' of efficient CSS coding, enabling you to pare that style sheet right down to the bare bones...
Boxes and Arrows article by Alex Kirtland on putting together 'Executive Dashboards'
Literary Moose writes: 'This article is focused on techniques exploring the potential for web page decoration. To this end, I advocate the widespread use of generated content � in my opinion the strongest and most precise tool for controlling the display where the accessible, semantic, and pure markup leaves little room for maneuverability. The most advanced techniques rely on the browser's ability to apply generated content in the form of pseudo-elements, then to apply generated content for an arbitrary element, and finally to control its flow and positioning.'
Selectors are one of the most important aspects of CSS as they are used to "select" elements on an HTML page so that they can be styled.
Find out more about selectors including the structure of rules, the document tree, types of selectors and their uses. There is also a step-by-step tutorial showing how selectors are used in the process of building a 3-column layout.
(PDF) A model that makes the process of recognizing and measuring innovativeness a bit easier and less subjective. The study starts by defining innovation as a robust creative process that turns out a very distinct output with significant impact on the market.
Notes on a possible lifecycle to combine these two approaches...
One of the wonderful things about CSS is that it allows authors to create media-specific styles for a single document.
“Wifi comes to UK Trains”:http://www.gnermobileoffice.co.uk/GNERMobileOffice/ [via Julian Bond]
It was just another ordinary day at Waterloo station...
Google�s greatest application as an �HR tool� is not in the corporation � it is out among the free agents, consultants and entrepreneurs who live and work by reputation and experience. It is here where �Google numbers� become very important.
In new studies, scientists are discovering the neurobiological underpinnings of romantic love.
some named templates, which recursively call themselves to process the URI piece-by-piece
new way of doing tabbed nav in CSS
Bookmarklets are free tools to help with repetitive or otherwise impossible tasks in your web browser
American writer Laura Kipnis has provoked a storm in the US with a new book attacking marriage. Here, she explains why monogamy turns nice people into petty dictators and household tyrants
Gotchas with CSS margin collapse
It's not a bug - it's a gotcha. A "gotcha" is a feature or function which works as advertised - but not as expected.
A useful idea, no implementation yet...
Here are some ports of common GNU utilities to native Win32. In this context, native means the executables do only depend on the Microsoft C-runtime (msvcrt.dll) and not an emulation layer like that provided by Cygwin tools.
Hal Macomber posts comparison of the two methods by Clarke Ching
Wiki for users of Moveable Type
Denham Grey on the importance of questions
Loads of useful stuff on programming
Building a living glossary - Denham Grey
The interdependence of the structure, information and presentation dimensions
Dunstan Orchard improves Simon Willison's script by handling non-URL citations
Paul Hammond shows how to insert a source link in blockquotes
Collection of papers by John Boyd (of OODA fame)
Website about solution-focused coaching
Lots of coaching-related articles at home page for Mike Munro-Turner's coaching and mentoring practice
Frank Patrick has collected a whole bunch of useful links on Project Portfolio Management
Lilia categorises knowledge work as 'a system of activity in three interrelated spaces': Idea Space, People Space, I Space
Joseph Cothrel says ' the many want to talk to the few, but the few only want to talk among themselves. I think that's one thing that blogs manage very nicely, enabling interaction at a very high level among the few, without shutting out the ability of the many to read and even comment.'
George Lakoff on the frames of reference that were used in the media coverage of Arnold Schwartzenegger's election victory.
Martin Fowler says 'As it turns out, I can get pretty cynical about enterprise architecture. This cynicism comes from what seems to be the common life-cycle of enterprise architecture initiatives. Usually they begin in a blaze of glory and attention as the IT group launches a major initiative that will be bring synergy, reuse, and all the other benefits that can come by breaking down the stovepipes of application islands (and other suitable analogies). Two or three years later, not much has been done and the enterprise architecture group isn't getting their phone calls returned. A year or two after that and the initiative quietly dies, but soon enough another one starts and the boom and bust cycle begins again.'
Dave Pollard thinks 'that for pragmatic reasons KM should be organizationally part of IT, rather than a separate department or a part of HR or Sales & Marketing'
Anne Galloway is Doing Things With Words 'But mostly I like thinking about the relationships between words, contexts and who we can - and cannot - be.'
*Pixelcharmer explains how to build a faceted classification scheme in MT
James Bullock explains for non-software project managers...
Here are four useful illustrations of Lean Joe Ely has come across in the past week.
HeadCloud is a Napster-style service, where people connect to a central hub, send a list of the thoughts they want to share, and search the database of other people's thoughts to see who they want to connect to. It's called HeadCloud after the original vision - being able to walk down the street and see little clouds above people's heads that showed what they were thinking.
Series of posts by Jack Vinson summarising Bloggingworks workshops about blogging in business
An introduction to parsing FOAF and RDF using the RAP parser for PHP
Most web services projects are missing out on choreography, a vital extra layer that assembles multiple services into coherent business processes
Useful collection of links on FOAFy things
Larry Welkowitz has some interesting things to say on Autism, Asperger’s and Geekdom…
The UK government has shut down the Individual Learning Account scheme because of widespread fraud. (source The Register, referred by Scottish lass seeks…)
Excellent article in the Observer about the problems divorced and seperated fathers have in getting time with their children, and the way the UK courts seem institutionally biased against fathers.