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I Wish I Were an Earwig

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Won't See This in 2006

by jpgbdp In reply to Won't See This in 2006

<p>As a long time IT tech, I agree with points 4 and 5 entirely. </p>
<p><strong>Point 4: Software Now Easy-to-Use<br /></strong></p>
<p>I think consumers are in part responsible for ever increasing software complexity.We have always liked the "extras" and tend to choose the software with the most features. Business professionals try to be more objective but the reality is that they develop spreadsheets with feature lists and recommend the most feature rich program to management. Features sell and developers will continue to add them, even if it is at the expense of ease-of-use or reliability. </p>
<p><strong>Point 5: Technology Reduces Stress</strong></p>
<p>The adoption of communications technology for the convenience of others seems to be driving the pressure to be instantly available. Blackberries, cellular phones and other devices may be convenient, but they never let us leave the office. My favorite is "sorry to bother you at home, but.......". Nobody is ever sufficiently sorry that it stops them from calling the next time they need to ask a question. </p>
<p>Technology also allows us to do many things at the same time. In a single 10 minute span I might have replied to a dozen emails, modified a spreadshet, surfed the web and checked my voice mail. Multitasking can be productive, but it is not relaxing. </p>
<p>Any solution is going to be cultural, not technical, and that may be a long time coming. </p>
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Won't See This in 2006

by djdrew In reply to Won't See This in 2006

<p>One thing that <strong>you will not see</strong> in 2006 or any year thereafter is the <strong>elimination of software and hardware upgrades and updates</strong>.</p>

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Stuff I'm Buzzin from Aught Five Slavin

by paulsisler In reply to I Wish I Were an Earwig

What technologies and products changed my life as an Internet wageslave in '05?<br /><br /> <strong>IM: <br /></strong>Around 10 years ago, my wife and I started a chat on a university UNIX system, ostensibly about doctoral programs at Carnegie Mellon and Cornell, after meeting at a post racquetball margarita party with mutual friends in Ames, IA. Now, we co-parent twins. A few years later, I was rapping with friends on ICQ. Today, I log on to Trillian and plug in with ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, and MSN all at the same time. <br /><br />So, online synchronous communication has played no small role in my life for at least a decade.<br /><br />Still, my use has changed quite a bit in the last year. When I worked with a geographically dispersed team a few years ago, I used IM regularly to keep up with team members, but only in a deliberate, scheduled "meet me on IM" sort of way.<br /><br />With my virtual team today, I use IM as an open window. Leaning over and whispering a quick question when all I need is a brief answer and I need it right away. I reserve email for topics demanding a more permanent record, greater attention or a group response. Sometimes topics require more synchronous interaction than practical using email--so I just jump to IM.<br /><br /><strong>RSS</strong>: <br />I've been using Atom for a bit, and I've been aware of web syndication for a few years, but RSS has taken hold in a big way for the teeams I work with this year. It's not just a matter of aggregating, syndicating, and consuming content for the sites I work on either. I use it to keep on top of industry blogs. And I use it personally to keep up to date on my friends' blogs. <br /><br />I suspect micropublishing and syndication on the web will continue to break open interesting new media opportunities in the next year too.<br /><br /><strong>Tagging</strong>:<br />Tagging and folksonomy have been hot this year. I think I'm way less enthusiastic than most people on this front.<br /><br />Tagging is an amusing personal past-time to me. Collaborative tagging and social software in general helps me discover content and relationships among content chunks I didn't know I was looking for. But it sure hasn't helped me find information I need online or better organize my bookmarks. <br /><br />I like it, but I'd rather have it as a sidebar for exploration than a primary means of navigation--though that may depend on my mood and the reason I'm looking. <br /><br />Regardless it's been a big player on sites I work with. <br /><br />Shouts to Ed from A2 of <a href="http://www.socialtext.com/">Vacuum List</a> and <a href="http://www.socialtext.com/">Socialtext</a>, who got there way before the rest of us hanging out at ArborComm and <a href="http://factotem.net/nmf/index.shtml">New Media Fridays</a>.<br /><br /><strong>AJAX</strong>:<br />Am I doing a ton with AJAX. Nope, but I'm listening to a lot of talk about it. And I think there's a lot we can do to improve user interaction using a combination of asynchronous calls, client-side script, the DOM, and CSS. Pioneering services, like Google Maps, Flickr, 37 Signals, and others have blown the industry away with possibilities. The biggest trouble will be educating greedy site owners about possibilities, limitations, and best practices.<br /><br /><strong>Petzl Quickdraws with Spirit Carabiners</strong>:<br />These are really the most awesome draws for sport climbing you can get. I love the rubber gasket that keeps your biner from sliding. They're lightweight and totally bomber. They can literally save you from a nasty ankle sprain. Oh, wait. That's not work. Sorry. But it is technology, it is cool, and it has changed my life.

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Zeldman says: Tag clouds are the new mullets

by paulsisler In reply to I Wish I Were an Earwig

I can't believe it took me so long to find this: <a href="http://zeldman.com/daily/0405d.shtml">Tag clouds are the new mullets</a>.<br /><br />Really, goatees are the new mullets.<br /><br /><br />Mullets and goatees are harmless like handlebar mustaches.<br /><br /><br />The oppressive ubiquity of clouds greying and obscuring information on the web like the cold Michigan sky, however, is just criminal.

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Dumb as a post

by paulsisler In reply to I Wish I Were an Earwig

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