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Old books, new devices

Gina Trapani at Smarterware writes an article on Jeff Bezos behaviour of reading in bathtub using Kindle (full article at http://smarterware.org/3919/jeff-bezos-on-reading-in-the-bathtub).

This is my comment:

I use the ziplok when I go for a run under the rain with my Iphone… not expensive and safe 😉

I understand Jeff use, but I prefer a good paper book: maybe I don’t read it in the bathtub but has all a different experience in terms of sensations (because, yes, I really like the smell and feeling of paper under my fingers).

This post as a comment also at http://smarterware.org/3919/jeff-bezos-on-reading-in-the-bathtub/comment-page-1#comment-1342


Geolocation: opportunity or paranoia?

Gina Trapani at Smarterware writes an article reporting that “Robert Scoble argues that requiring users to post their true location in geolocation apps is an “antifeature” because it freaks people out. Users want control over where they say they are and want the option to be “fuzzy” about it” (full article at http://smarterware.org/3455/geolocation-software-features-freak-people-out, original article at http://scobleizer.com/2009/09/23/antifeatures-big-mistake-that-location-app-developers-make/).

I’m quite scared about geolocation and at the same time excited. 

Fears comes mainly from the fact that in the world today, God only knows the use that can be made from geolocation (BTW: fears doesn’t come because I need to hide something, but mainly because I have no control on what others can do with this informations).

Excitement comes from possible uses (example: 911, first aid, finding missing people, testimonies,…).

The problem is not geolocation itself, that, like any other technology is an “enabler”, but as I said before, is the use being made: going digital is great, abusing of technology is quite stupid.

This post as a comment also at http://smarterware.org/3455/geolocation-software-features-freak-people-out/comment-page-1#comment-1119


Google chances to create the real IPhone alternative

Gina Trapani at Smarterware reports that John Gruber at Apple gives some hints on how Android can become a real option to the Iphone (full story at http://smarterware.org/2862/one-way-android-can-become-viable).

On a technical point of view I agree on indications given, but, please, remember that is not only a problem of “techiness”.

Is mainly a problem of business approach: people in the world like the Iphone because represents something more than a phone, it’s a trend (but yes it’s good and lovely to use it).

People love IPhone at the point that they could not care less (or opt out for another phone) for a telephone without mms for more than a year. And after Iphone 3gs has been released they will continue to choose Iphone.

Seems to me that people at big G are thinking of applying the same strategy (means philosophy) that worked well for everything at Google also to mobile approach: sorry, but I think is not the way (or at least is not completely) that will drive Android to success.

Technology is an enabler, but, in this case is only a part of the game.

This comment as a post also at http://smarterware.org/2862/one-way-android-can-become-viable/comment-page-1#comment-878


Personal finance management_ stand alone vs on line

Gina Trapani at Smarterware writes an article on her decision to move personal budgeting to Mint from a “stand alone” program like Microsoft Money and Quicken (full article at http://smarterware.org/2709/why-i-stopped-being-paranoid-and-started-using-mint, Mint at http://mint.com/, Microsoft Money at www.microsoft.com).

I appreciate Gina as usual for her technology and descriptive skills: Mint service is described well and in depth.

But, as I stated many times, I’m not sure that moving everything on line is everytime a good move.  And personal finance is one of the things that in my opinion should be integrated with data available on line, but kept strictly stand alone.

On this point of view there are also a couple of points that helped to build this idea:

  1.  the fact that while I travel for work (and maybe I don’t have an internet connection available), I use to arrange my accounts and check my budget. and I can do this easily with the client version of some accounting suite.
  2. the fact that my bank use a One Time Password, making quite impossible a complete integration with on line services. 🙂

This post as a comment at http://smarterware.org/2709/why-i-stopped-being-paranoid-and-started-using-mint/comment-page-1#comment-841


Different times perception

Gina Trapani at Smarterware reports an essay by Paul Graham on different times perception between Maker’s Schedule and Manager’s Schedule, giving some suggestions on how to manage this differences (full article from Gina at http://smarterware.org/2548/why-the-managers-schedule-blows-creative-productivity and at http://lifehacker.com/5325582/why-the-managers-schedule-blows-creative-productivity and original essay at http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html).

Paul says that “One reason programmers dislike meetings so much is that they’re on a different type of schedule from other people. Meetings cost them more.”

My personal feeling is that there’s a deep truth in this words, because the perception of time management when doing things (not only) when programming is really different than when trying to manage things.

But I think that more than a problem within managers and makers is a generalized issue linked to people leak of abitude in managing due dates and deadlines.

If someone knows the meaning and importance of a due date, thinks twice before making an “immediate” meeting or asking someone to have a coffee, if he (or she) knows that the other is approaching this  deadline.

This post as a comment at http://smarterware.org/2548/why-the-managers-schedule-blows-creative-productivity and at http://lifehacker.com/5325582/why-the-managers-schedule-blows-creative-productivity


Idle or active mind?

Gina Trapani at Smarterware tells us of a disovery reported, among the others, by The New York Times, where we are told that minds when are wandering, this helps problem solving  (full article at http://smarterware.org/2441/daydreaming-is-problem-solving, original article at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124535297048828601-email.html#articleTabs%3Darticle).

The preface is that what follows is only speculation and brainstorming, because I have no scientfic basis to say this nor I have similar skills.

I think is a way mind uses to use spare or costless resources for creating a sort of “cache” that permits faster renderings of real thoughts.

Sometimes when you start wandering is very similar to engaging autopilot. It seems that mind is taking control of your thoughts and start making (il)logical links, where some times is difficult to reconstruct th efull path used to get there.

I think when this happens is a sort of trigger hit by thoughts that starts this process, and by doing this, connections arre stimulated. and this solutioning helps solving problems faster because some (or all nodes) of the possible solution have been explored before.

This post as a comment also at http://smarterware.org/2441/daydreaming-is-problem-solving/comment-page-1#comment-700


Google OS: a step forward or a step back?

Google os announced that in 2010 will release its own Operative system.

Seems a good news, because of a new Google release, a free OS and innvation for all.

To me, at first feel, seems we are moving a step back, with all the effort done since 80’s to have few well diffused OS and not having many councurrent challengers.

Weren’t Microsoft, Linux and MacOS enough?

The market is big, is growing and is attractive. Unfortunately there’s no place for all.

This post as a comment at http://smarterware.org/2430/just-a-little-excited-about-google-chrome-os


Too easy to be true

Gina Trapani writes a good article at Smarterware on how Matt Mullenweg works (full article at http://smarterware.org/2188/how-matt-mullenweg-works).

She reports that some of his rules are ”

  • No computer or email for an hour after he wakes up (not to an alarm clock)
  • No meetings before 11AM
  • Working from home six days a week, even though his office is a five-minute walk from his home
  • Going out for long lunches (and having meetings over food)
  • Batching his tasks to avoid context switching: all his meetings in one day, all coding TODO’s in another, all his errands in another. “
  • What follows is my comment:

    Hi Gina.
    Sorry, but I don’t agree to all of this points.
    Or at least I don’t think this rules apply to an efficient working style, unless you are a free lance or you can decide on your own the way you plan your work.

    Just a couple of major points I don’t agree on:
    No meeeting untill 11 AM, for me for example is quite utopic, unless I completely forget of my customers.
    doing similar tasks in same day: good thing to do if you work on your own, much harder if you have a big group of people working with you.

     ”

    This post as a commment at http://smarterware.org/2188/how-matt-mullenweg-works/comment-page-1#comment-635


    Opportunistic (mis)use of social networks

    Gina Trapani at Smarterware tells us that her friend Penelope Trunk had her Twitter feed stapled as primary evidence in judgement (full story at http://smarterware.org/2144/when-social-networking-becomes-self-incrimination)

    What I wrote is that “I’m sorry for her friend experience on Twitter, that I still think is a great way of communicating.

    And of course I don’t know the backround of your friend story.

    But what I’m questioning is on the opportunity to use twitter for everything. Do we all feel a so unstoppable need to share everything on social networks? Do we need to trace a line between shareable thoughts or experiences and unshareable things?”

    This post also at http://smarterware.org/2144/when-social-networking-becomes-self-incrimination


    Changing world and changing communication

    Gina Trapani presents at smarteware her intervention to Twit, where among other themes, they discussed on newspapers future (full article at http://smarterware.org/1826/google-wave-bing-and-the-future-of-newspapers-on-twit), an issue I’ve been discussing a couple of times here at How I see the world.

    Gina is brilliant as usual, togehther with Leo Laporte.

    What follows is my comment:

    “agree on what has been said on newspapers future.
    I think it’s really hard to change a business model in the middle of the run.
    Though, I think that traditional media will survive a little bit more than we expect. That is mainly because, in my opinion, there will be a matter of a geographic technologic and social allignment. Until this gap is filled, and technology will be availble widely at low cost, traditional communication (and traditional news reporting) will survive.”

    That links to a similar article I wrote year last month.

    This post is a comment at http://smarterware.org/1826/google-wave-bing-and-the-future-of-newspapers-on-twit/comment-page-1#comment-578


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