Utah Open Source Planethttp://openclue.org2009-09-30T19:21:31ZPhil Windley: New Media Platforms, Building Audience, and the Purpose-Centric Web2009-09-30T19:21:31Znospam@nospam.comhttp://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/new_media_platforms_building_audience_and_the_purposecentric_web.shtml<!-- title: New Media Platforms, Building Audience, and the Purpose-Centric Web --> <!-- category: newsletter --> <!-- keywords: kynetx, new+media, purpose+web --> <a href="http://www.kynetx.com"><img src="http://www.windley.com/images/kynetx_logo_small.png" border="0" hspace="3" vspace="3" align="right" title="Kynetx Logo" alt="Kynetx Logo" width="125px" /></a> <p> Last week Seth Godin posted a piece on his blog called <a href="http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/09/the-platform-vs-the-eyeballs.html">The platform vs. the eyeballs</a>. The idea is that in "old media" the medium has control of the customer and "rented" them out to people who wanted to influence them. This is the premise of anyone getting paid for advertising. If you have control of a flow of users, you can charge other people for access to that flow. In essense you're renting out the flow. </p> <p> Seth argues that in "new media" you're not renting an audience, you're building one. Seth calls the thing you use to build your audience a platform. He says there are two steps: buy a platform and then fill it with people. He goes on to give examples of this including book authors going directly to readers and real estate agents starting their own magazines. The beauty of building an audience over renting eyeballs is that the latter has small--often sub 1%--conversion rates. Platforms have conversion rates in the double digits--sometimes as high as 90%. </p> <p> I think the reason for the high conversion rates is that "customer acquisition" (I hate the term, but nothing serves better at the moment) is done via what Britt Blaser calls "stepping stones." Convincing someone to receive your newletter or follow you on Twitter is easier than getting them to spend money or join an organization. But it's also the first step in a journey. </p> <p> You don't have to look far to see examples of this phenomenon: blogs, podcasting, Twitter, and Facebook are being used by organizations and individuals alike as platforms on which to build a private audience. I chose the word "private" with some care since I think it would be a mistake to think of the audience as proprietary or owned in any way. </p> <p> In fact, that's one of the real strengths of this model, as I see it. I can choose to read your blog--or not. I can unfollow--or even block--you on Twitter. As a consequence, the new media model shifts the balance of power. This shift gives organizations an incentive to do right by the individual. What's more, individuals are more likely to share information about themselves with organizations they trust and have a relationship with. </p> <p> One way to look at Kynetx is as a platform company. Because Kynetx apps are cross-site and contextual, they can be used to create powerful platforms on which to build an audience. As I said in my <a href="http://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/the_forgotten_edge_and_the_purposecentric_web.shtml">post on the purpose-centric Web</a>, "context matters more than content." When you are using a blog or newsletter as a platform, you're doing old media in the small: create an audience with content. </p> <p> But as <a href="http://www.paulgraham.com/publishing.html">Paul Graham recently pointed out</a>, you can't really sell content, you can only charge for the medium. And the ease of publishing online has created a situation where your content is competing with everyone else's content. Take it from someone who's blogged for a long time: creating good, compelling content day after day is tough. </p> <p> Paul finished his blog post with this statement: </p> <blockquote class="webquote"> The reason I've been writing about existing forms is that I don't know what new forms will appear. But though I can't predict specific winners, I can offer a recipe for recognizing them. When you see something that's taking advantage of new technology to give people something they want that they couldn't have before, you're probably looking at a winner. And when you see something that's merely reacting to new technology in an attempt to preserve some existing source of revenue, you're probably looking at a loser. <div class="quoteref">From <a href="http://www.paulgraham.com/publishing.html">Post-Medium Publishing</a><br />Referenced Tue Sep 29 2009 15:38:28 GMT-0600 (MST)</div></blockquote> <p> Catering to someone's purpose for being online with a cross-site, contextual application is "taking advantage of new technology to give people something they want that they couldn't have before." While the Kynetx applications that people are building now are simple, they nevertheless represent platforms that support a private audience. More importantly they do it in ways that are extremely useful to the individual who uses them and thus are more likely to be used frequently and shared often. </p> <p> In fact, Kynetx apps are so powerful and different compared to blogs, newsletters, and the like, that I don't think of the individuals who use them an "audience." Rather, I think of them as a community. Once someone has a app card installed, they've joined the community. The card owner--the platform builder--is responsible for bringing that community together, but if they fail to make the experience relevant and personal or, worse yet, fail to act with integrity, the community will dissolve. </p> <p> Done right, a Kynetx application has the opportunity to interact with an individual over and over again. What's more these interactions are inherently customer-initiated and thus more likely to be welcomed as long as they continue to provide value. Going back to the "stepping stones" idea, apps work because the app can reduce friction and ease the journey down the path. Again, if it's not useful, then individuals will just opt-out giving app developers the right incentives. </p> <p> I invite you to find out for yourself about Kynetx by <a href="http://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/the_forgotten_edge_and_the_purposecentric_web.shtml">reading my post on the Purpose-centric Web</a>, <a href="http://www.kynetx.com/signup">signing up for a developer account</a> to create your own apps (it's free), and <a href="http://kynetximpact.eventbrite.com/">registering for Kynetx Impact</a>, our conference to help you understand and use Kynetx as a new media platform for building your own private audience. </p> <p>Tags: <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/kynetx" rel="tag, nofollow"> kynetx</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/new+media" rel="tag, nofollow"> new+media</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/purpose+web" rel="tag, nofollow"> purpose+web</a></p>Steve Dibb: netflix new stuff2009-09-30T16:42:11ZStevenospam@nospam.comhttp://wonkabar.org/2009/09/30/netflix-new-stuff/<p>I found <a href="http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/17-10/ff_netflix">this article on Wired about Netflix</a>, and their plans for global domination, which is stuff I always love reading about.  There's two things about the future of television and movies I would totally love to see:  First, for cable to completely fall on its face, and everything to become on-demand.  Second, for video rental stores to go out of business so that on-demand will be the most efficient way to get stuff.  Fortunately, it seems that the markets are heading that way naturally.</p> <p>However, while Netflix is certainly the best contender right now, I think it's worth pointing out that the content is still in its infant stages.  Netflix can stream some movies, sure, but it's selection is not anything compared to say, iTunes, in regards to music availability.  One thing Apple did quite well was it got *all* the major studios to sign on to sell their music.  That means that you can expect to find everything mainstream right there without much difficulty.  Compare that to Netflix, who has *zero* major studios signed on right now.  Hopefully that will change, but everytime I see articles like the Wired one, that tout Netflix's library, I feel the need to clarify to people so they don't get suckered in.</p> <p>For example, here's a quote from the article, "And the devices won't just be streaming remaindered basic-cable or art-house fare: Already, Netflix customers can call up just about any episode of <cite>SpongeBob SquarePants</cite>, <cite>The IT Crowd</cite>, or <cite>Lost</cite> whenever they like. They can watch recent releases like <cite>WALL-E</cite> and <cite>Pineapple Express</cite>. <strong>In other words, they can get unlimited access to the kinds of programming that previously required a cable subscription.</strong>" (emphasis mine).</p> <p>Just reading that, it *sounds* like Netflix is a drop-in replacement for cable access, which is not the case at all.  Rather than trying to read between the lines and saying something like, "Oh, they have everything between Wall-E and Pineapple Express", it's far more accurate to say "Oh, I can watch Wall-E *or* Pineapple Express."  The selection simply isn't there.</p> <p>A few weeks ago, I bought my brother a Roku Netflix Player for his birthday (I'm such a nice guy, I know).  He has two small kids, and one of the main reasons I got it was because Netflix *does* serve up a lot of children's programming -- quite a lot, actually -- and I figured he would find that useful.  It's all available on demand, simple bookmarking, easy pause and resume, easy interface, etc.  I talked to him about a week later and one of the first things he mentioned about it was that there weren't hardly any new movies on there.</p> <p>Right now, their only real provider for new movies is Starz Play.  If you have an account for Watch It Now, and want to find the new stuff, that's really the only place to look.  Plus, it's really hard to find stuff as well.  The website for browsing DVD releases on the Netflix site is amazing.  It's intuitive, it's quick and easy to search and find stuff, it's great at recommendations and it gives you lots of info in lots of ways.  Now, compare that to the Watch It Now navigation menus which are *completely* different.  My take on it is that there is so little content there, that they forcibly dumb down the interface to obfuscate the fact that there's really nothing there.  It's just taking the small amount they have, and spreading it around really thin so it looks like it's more than it is.</p> <p>So, anyway, while I really hope that Netflix does the right thing, and business-wise, they are poised to take over the market -- Hollywood is holding them back.  I wouldn't blame Netflix in the least.  It's impossible to download *all* the new releases from any service anyway (from what I've seen).  For instance, X-Men Origins: Wolverine came out on DVD the other week, and I wanted to check it out.  I didn't really feel like going down to Blockbuster to get it, so I checked to see if any of my online pals were serving it up.  The Playstation Store had it, but you had to buy the movie, in standard definition, for $14. No thanks. Amazon's Video on Demand didn't have it, and neither did Netflix. I realize that's a small sample to choose from, but there's really not many more services out there -- I think iTunes sells / rents new movies now, but I don't have a way to watch them on my TV anyway, so I didn't bother checking.</p> <p>Once Hollywood gets on board, then things will really take off. I read in the news how <a href="http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/09/15/business-specialized-consumer-services-business-highlights_6890392.html">Blockbuster isn't doing well</a>, and they are the last legacy distribution market. I kind of can't wait for them to stumble, because if they are gone, the studios will have no other medium to even sell / rent new movies through, except through newer, leaner retailers like RedBox, Netflix, and on demand services. The future can't get here fast enough for me.</p>Christer Edwards: Untitled2009-09-30T15:26:48ZChrister Edwardsnospam@nospam.comhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/UbuntuTutorials/~3/vYtIw0OcJBM/<p><!-- google_ad_client = "pub-2967906068469254"; /* ubuntu-tutorials, wide-banner */ google_ad_slot = "5123233227"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; //--> <p>I found <a title="Texas Instruments Signing Keys Broken" href="http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/09/texas_instrumen.html">this</a> very interesting.</p> <p><strong>TI-92+</strong></p> <p><code>n=AD49CA3CFEF1F2DE400B5D3790813BF3822CB0BD83E3F565CE81B3A6CEF36FB833D932596D0E979615BAB6811ABE68834CA7CEBF46145C1DD1920AA4E9558DF7<br /> p=331792FFBB24450379CD2FA4F562961625E0EF737006A375CB9ABEA2C9D4E251<br /> q=3644570912C38CD2D25322B5C2074DC9C40B774873F4BCEF8E1D2526237DE51C7<br /> e=11<br /> d=7020B00959AB9D2665AD0014E50853F7EAD19F89AFB19EC9678119E467CAB1B119F600276590FBF65BE2A49E214A26963A827242F8231EBC9EEABFA3B3FFA391</code></p> <p><strong>TI-73</strong></p> <p><code>n=F3FA1D8F06918D7CAA2A3D1EE76563E96F9FD0D6068647A7C17CFE427F8B0BE1B8347669EFDD16EE9EE8D02738DC1E44C961FE1F8230FA49C99B98C0556D3981<br /> p=1ECCBA67FE2BFB6A29EFF138C2B55224FAE7D9ADBBAC2FE93422AB5745FDA6E1<br /> q=7EBE11E729ADCBEE93031F5EE347E414F064E225169B9D389F3B499DC04BE06A1<br /> e=11<br /> d=396806F47A04214A82644A9DDC17DB45FC259A8CB63DB681D32C780FA58A20E7EC982512AB04CA7EE301A03C4BAF2FB8A791E261F7B74923715B5EF4028420F1</code></p> <p><strong>TI-89</strong></p> <p><code>n=8976D4B5045A8988FB2BBAF8BADAFAFA4C5F8ABD5A9453D46790B33A03F6C225AAF31500E8246E63498D85A1C7C8240E0630331F1291F6F4F21611BD661FC2E7<br /> p=4EEC590226B160EB0C00C1A5FE84011BC04947EDB01EB434C3581CC2D901223<br /> q=1BDE307D27AD9ED6CF7ABB0D8F16F6E42175446D065B478CB248726E6C7F5F6E6D<br /> e=11<br /> d=7134AF2BA93B8052B0BA99FA034AECCE20C726F64A984509463AEDF38ACB3662685416968C52104F822D49DB8DED0EF07318BF6FA659D1FF7A1E75F4D4BE54C1</code></p> <p><strong>TI-83+</strong></p> <p><code>n=82EF4009ED7CAC2A5EE12B5F8E8AD9A0AB9CC9F4F3E44B7E8BF2D57A2F2BEACE83424E1CFF0D2A5A7E2E53CB926D61F347DFAA4B35B205B5881CEB40B328E58F<br /> p=B709D3A0CD2FEC08EAFCCF540D8A100BB38E5E091D646ADB7B14D021096FFCD<br /> q=B7207BD184E0B5A0B89832AA68849B29EDFB03FBA2E8917B176504F08A96246CB<br /> e=11<br /> d=4D0534BA8BB2BFA0740BFB6562E843C7EC7A58AE351CE11D43438CA239DD99276CD125FEBAEE5D2696579FA3A3958FF4FC54C685EAA91723BC8888F292947BA1</code></p> <p><strong>Voyage 200</strong></p> <p><code>n=8307B022CEC848E14CA5D57C0C148A4803FEB19F7EEEC4493C860DF89594250E8F0F80B7AB18CF03C27A07C1BA41B5ED4368261F4427BBE200A3B017EE100511<br /> p=8FAEE8D84AB6F0AE8FCED849C52A5E5E63366D2484CE172685BADE4D908EE7B<br /> q=E974B04EBBCA3F5AF86576CEEF637470F2AA78B84BE3784613861349DB70F4AE3<br /> e=11<br /> d=2689CA64972BD93334A93ECA21ABB0334C78161FDA09FD7EF3AEF50CE0B319F0EBE0ED4E979597BB36929C6247EAC2A35A2987B35D6C467CB2CB69A466EE8735</code></p> <p><strong>TI-89 Titanium</strong></p> <p><code>n=D65139FA0ADA452B80CD35C0F9ACA3604EFE1915F0D3A4232C2C3B1FFEDDF2D7B0A4572A12B0F86C92D7E69F9DB102B1C27A551AD128BB6AF9321784FD8EAFD1<br /> p=F39D6276648A571322729F44E84C895EF33AF37FB70FD498588CC6B414639C1<br /> q=E13689E94702FEAE752C61F9F793739B1C64E13AFF7B1D526A68118A517575A11<br /> e=11<br /> d=97486528F89A12B54BDC25F1A12E917128B35D006DC291FAB5C4DE70F02432E8A079CD0284DC85B3CD968CF94BBC004ADBFAC18D516D9565BDFE41BBBFB940F1</code></p> <p><strong>TI-84+ / TI-84 Silver Edition</strong></p> <p><code>n=EF5FEF0B0AB6E22731C17539658B2E91E53A59BF8E00FCC81D05758F26C1791CD35AF6101B1E3543AC3E78FD8BB8F37FC8FE85601C502EABC9132CEAD4711CB1<br /> p=94489014C63CC9E1E1ADB192DBBDD1F78F90A630DA9C86EFC4CBCA44E5B4D54D<br /> q=19D431AF2794229620B884E3750D622D1C74F2E4569DC15486FC8D5A3BCDFE2F5<br /> e=11<br /> d=2A3E1B2010F318D9BD7C7E19300980B055A0E2A9554B77E7142E23CDF7C7CA13C233A3D462FDFC968B1F9CEAF2AC2CF305147992AD9E834192ACEBB517DB9941</code></p> <p><strong>Date-stamp signing key for TI-73 / Explorer, TI-83 Plus / TI-83 Silver Edition, TI-84 Plus / TI-84 Silver Edition, TI-89 / TI-89 Titanium, TI-92 Plus, Voyage 200</strong></p> <p><code>n=A3E337A7BB1A47198D79FC393AB0A7898FFD714E1FC80314FB61CE71481B8B40B51BFF332E7594A6AC847AE38354C74D022E0971D7DFB70D252F144105D11E15<br /> p=3D7316BFF85539DAE08FAF040631F952EB7DB77EC824F52613ECDB523FD4745<br /> q=2AAC2314B2992A3DAE35CB3106001D972C134E4F08FCEF53E1BCFAD84200C8C091<br /> e=11<br /> d=60678A266E0F751E16FC763FC82BADD872D151B57C1B4D1B66B200F75797BB3A2122E55767292F2657EF3D7C81A9EB9D8017741540F57516405422C20BE86771</code><br /> <h3>Other Points of Interest</h3> <ul class="related_post"> <li>No Related Post</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/mnYquH0D3wvk6TOqt8aFDcZpPPI/0/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/mnYquH0D3wvk6TOqt8aFDcZpPPI/0/di" border="0" ismap="true" /></a><br /> <a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/mnYquH0D3wvk6TOqt8aFDcZpPPI/1/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/mnYquH0D3wvk6TOqt8aFDcZpPPI/1/di" border="0" ismap="true" /></a></p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UbuntuTutorials/~4/vYtIw0OcJBM" height="1" width="1" />Will Smith: Why choose proprietary languages?2009-09-30T13:00:00ZWill Smithnoreply@blogger.comhttp://undertakingyou.blogspot.com/2009/09/why-choose-proprietary-languages.htmlI am trying to figure this out. I am now supposed to be supporting a web application that is on our local intranet. It is made by one of our suppliers and although it is supposed to be a client management system its real purpose it to sell more of their product. As a free software lover I use firefox for web browsing and I was hoping to just use firefox to administer this website. But they use VBScript to do some of the work on the website. VBScript only works in Internet Explorer so I can't use linux to use. <br /><br />Now I know about ies4linux, and PlayOnLinux and stuff like this. But they suck and don't work 90% of the time.<br /><br />So this may be something beyond my brains ability to understand but, if you want to sell more product wouldn't it make sense to use technologies that everyone can access? Why limit your demographic at all?<br /><br />Maybe another way that open is ultimately better.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width="1" height="1" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5820068018871366915-5788066248835774787?l=undertakingyou.blogspot.com" /></div>Doran Barton: Politics Fozzolog: Book Review: "Free To Choose" by Milton and Rose Friedman2009-09-30T07:19:02Znospam@nospam.comhttp://fozzolog.fozzilinymoo.org/politics/2009/09/book-review-free-to-choose-by-milton-and-rose-friedman.html<p>Milton Friedman was a highly visible economist, statistician, and policy commentator during the Twentieth Century. Before he died in 2006, he wrote and co-wrote several books relating economic theory, policy studies, and statistics. He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics in 1976. </p> <p>I just finished reading &#8220;Free To Choose: A Personal Statement,&#8221; written by Thomas Friedman and his wife, Rose Friedman. The book is dense and full of well thought-out arguments for free markets, smaller government, and how policies that adhere to these principles will result in greater liberty and freedom for the people that live under them. </p> <p>This book is almost thirty years old and it shows. Many of the numbers the Friedmans use in the book are laughable today, especially those they use as salaries for the common man or the cost of an average home. </p> <p>It&#8217;s fascinating, however, they write at the end of the Carter administration that &#8220;the tide is turning.&#8221;</p> <blockquote> <p>The failure of Western governments to achieve their proclaimed objectives has produced a widespread reaction against big government. In Britain the reaction swept Margaret Thatcher to power in 1979 on a platform pledging her Conservative government to reverse the socialist policies that had been followed by both Labour and earlier Conservative governments ever since the end of World War II.</p> </blockquote> <p>&#8220;Free To Choose&#8221; is organized in chapters that each spend a liberal amount of print on a specific category of policy thinking. The first chapter, &#8220;The Power Of The Market&#8221; spends nearly 30 pages covering the ideals of a free market, the dangers of price controls, and the role of government with respect to markets. The second chapter is devoted to governments&#8217; role in free trade and overall liberty and economic growth. Hint: Friedman isn&#8217;t a fan of tariffs or any other kind of government meddling with trade between nations. He offers a compelling historical argument for free trade by examining the governance and trade policies of Japan during the latter half of the 19th century and India during the latter half of the 20th century. </p> <p>The third chapter, &#8220;The Anatomy of Crisis,&#8221; is perhaps the most relevant to readers today. It examines the modern banking system in the United States from the inception of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the depression nobody remembers from 1920-21, and the Great Depression of the 1930s. For those who believe we are currently at risk of suffering from the same mistakes or making greater ones today in our vulnerable financial status, this chapter offers some brilliant insights.</p> <p>In the conclusion of this chapter, the Friedmans write:</p> <blockquote> <p>In one respect the (Federal Reserve) System has remained completely consistent throughout. It blames all problems on external influences beyond its control and takes credit for any and all favorable occurrences. It thereby continues to promote the myth that the private economy is unstable, while its behavior continues to document the reality that government is today the major source of economic instability.</p> </blockquote> <p>The fourth chapter, &#8220;Cradle to Grave,&#8221; examines the development of the <em>welfare state</em> beginning in Europe in the late 1800s and then in the U.S. in the 1920s. Friedman spotlights health, education, and welfare in this chapter because at the time the book was written, they fell under a single department within the federal government. </p> <blockquote> <p>The waste is distressing, but it the least of the evils of the paternalistic programs that have grown to such massive size. Their major evil is their effect on the fabric of our society. They weaken the family; reduce the incentive to work, save, and innovate; reduce the accumulation of capital; and limit our freedom. These are the fundamental standards by which they should be judged.</p> </blockquote> <p>The following chapter challenges the popular notions of what &#8220;equality&#8221; means. The Friedmans distinguish between the following:</p> <ul> <li>Equality of outcome</li> <li>Equality of opportunity</li> <li>Equality before God</li> </ul> <p>Concerning <em>equality of outcome</em>, they write:</p> <blockquote> <p>Life is not fair. It is tempting to believe that government can rectify what nature has spawned. But it is also important to recognize how much we benefit from the very unfairness we deplore.</p> </blockquote> <p>This chapter goes on to examine the effects of egalitarian policies as practiced in the US and in other modern societies.</p> <blockquote> <p>&#8230; a society that puts freedom first will, as a happy by-product, end up with greater freedom and greater equality. Though a by-product of freedom, greater equality is not an accident. A free society releases the energies and abilities of people to pursue their own objectives. It prevents some people from arbitrarily suppressing others. It does not prevent some people from achieving positions of privilege, but so long as freedom is maintained, it prevents those positions of privilege from being institutionalized; they are subject to continued attack by other able, ambitious people. Freedom means diversity but also mobility. It preserves the opportunity for today&#8217;s disadvantaged to become tomorrow&#8217;s privileged and, in the process, enabled almost everyone, from top to bottom, to enjoy a fuller and richer life.</p> </blockquote> <p>Next, the Friedmans attach &#8220;What&#8217;s Wrong with Our Schools?&#8221; </p> <p>It&#8217;s no surprise their position is that centralized planning is a substantial culprit of the problem with schools. Again, freedom is the answer, they say. Vouchers, for example, tied with freedom to choose public schools, are an ideal way to encourage competition between private and public schools and drive education quality up.</p> <p>I found this passage about public subsidies of higher education shocking considering what we have observed in 2009:</p> <blockquote> <p>When we first started writing about higher education, we had a good deal of sympathy for the (justification that public subsidies was an investment in future productivity and economic growth of society). We no longer do. In the interim we have tried to induce the people who make this argument to be specific about the alleged social benefits. The answer is almost always simply bad economics. We are told that the nation benefits by having more highly trained people, that investment in providing such skills is essential for economic growth, that more trained people raise the productivity for the rest of us. These statements are correct. But none is a valid reason for subsidizing higher education. Each statement would be equally correct if made about physical capital (i.e., machines, factory buildings, etc.), yet <strong>hardly anyone would conclude that tax money should be used to subsidize the capital investment of General Motors or General Electric.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Milton Friedman is undoubtedly spinning in his grave today.</p> <p>Following education is the question of &#8220;Who Protects the Consumer?&#8221; This chapter discusses the development of the Interstate Commerce Commission, The Food and Drug Administration, The Consumer Products Safety Commission, The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Friedmans raise some very valid questions about the government&#8217;s role in establishing these authorities and whether they are effective in their stated objectives. </p> <p>For example, many are familiar with Ralph Nader&#8217;s book, &#8220;Unsafe at Any Speed,&#8221; in which he supposedly documents the safety risk the Chevrolet Corvair was to its occupants. This book ignited a firestorm that eventually crushed the Corvair out of production and resulted in new government regulations pertaining to the manufacture of automobiles. It&#8217;s difficult to argue that the outcome was a bad thing, but what about the original premise? Was the Corvair that bad? My dad was a Corvair collector and had two that he tinkered with, restored, and drove around on occasion. I always thought they were odd cars because the engine was in the back. The Friedmans point out that ten years after Nader&#8217;s book landed, &#8220;one of the agencies that was set up in response to the subsequent public outcry finally got around to testing the Corvair that started the whole thing. They spent a year and a half comparing the performance of the Corvair with the performance of other comparable vehicles and they concluded, &#8216;The 1960-63 Corvair compared favorably with the other contemporary vehicles used in the tests.&#8217;&#8221;</p> <p>Next is &#8220;Who Protects the Worker?&#8221; Here labor unions land square in the crosshairs. Also addressed are government interventions into work such as regulations against child labor, minimum wage laws, OSHA oversight, workers compensation, and more.</p> <p>Chapter 9 is about inflation. This isn&#8217;t very relevant right now, but likely will deserve a re-read in a year or so. </p> <p>Here, Friedman puts his statistician muscles to work and establishes through numbers a strong correlation between monetary control and consumer prices. When the the Treasury and the Federal Reserve flood the market with money, prices respond by going up. </p> <p>The final chapter is a nice capstone on the book and discusses how the U.S. Constitution relates to many of the policies discussed and how it is eroded by some. </p> <p>Appendix A is an interesting inclusion. It is the party platform from the Socialist party during the 1928 presidential campaign. The Friedmans go through each of the 14 items in the platform and demonstrate that despite the Socialist Party not having a chance in Hell of ever having a candidate elected, since 1928, just about each and every one of these ideas put forth by the Socialist Party has been enacted. </p> <p>That&#8217;s something to think about.</p> <p>&#8220;Free To Choose&#8221; is available in paperback at a MSRP of$15.00. It&#8217;s not a quick read, but definitely an informative and educational one.</p>=Utah Open Source=: UTOSC 2009: Workshops Galore!2009-09-30T04:30:23Zadminnospam@nospam.comhttp://blog.utos.org/2009/09/29/utosc-2009-workshops-galore/<p>Ladies and Gentleman, the Utah Open Source Conference 2009 is so full of activities.  There are so many activities this year!  UTOSC 2009 now has two new options, one of them is Expo Only pass.  With the &#8216;Expo Only&#8217; pass comes 4 three-hour workshops (a fifth is one in the works) throughout the weekend.  Here&#8217;s a rundown:</p> <p><a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/119/">Intermediate Python Workshop</a><br /> <span>Start: <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/schedule/2009-10-08/">Oct 08, 12:30 p.m.</a></span><span> End: Oct 08, 3:00 p.m.</span> <span>Location: <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/location/4">127</a> (<a href="http://2009.utosc.com/static/img/locations/mfec-127.jpg">map</a>) </span></p> <p>This is a hands on tutorial lab for Intermediate Python. Participants should have a basic knowledge of Python. We should have plenty of time to introduce the material then do some hands on programming to cram it into the squishy lobes of your cranium. Come with a laptop and a 2.X version of Python installed, as well as a desire to learn.  If you bring a buddy you can pair up and do some pair programming. (Or you can team up with someone here) </p> <p><a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/76/">Master Cross-platform Builds &#8211; The OpenSUSE Build Service Workshop</a><br /> <span>Start: <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/schedule/2009-10-09/">Oct 09, 12:00 p.m.</a></span> <span>End: Oct 09, 2:30 p.m.</span> <span>Location: <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/location/4">127</a></span></p> <p>Creating software for Linux can be an enormous challenge with all the many distributions that exist out there. Wouldn&#8217;t it be nice if you could have your software packages for OpenSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Debian, Fedora, RedHat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Mandriva and Ubuntu &#8211; all in one repository? Now you can, with the OpenSUSE Build Service. </p> <p><a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/128/">Puppet Workshop</a><br /> <span>Start: <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/schedule/2009-10-09/">Oct 09, 3:30 p.m.</a></span><span> End: Oct 09, 6:30 p.m.</span> <span>Location: <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/location/4">127</a> </span></p> <p>Puppet is a popular open-source server management solution written in Ruby, in use by organizations around the world to manage their computers more cheaply, more effectively, and with a higher quality of service. </p> <p><a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/126/">Advanced Git Workshop</a><br /> <span>Start: <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/schedule/2009-10-10/">Oct 10, 2:30 p.m.</a></span> <span>End: Oct 10, 5:30 p.m.</span> <span>Location: <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/location/4">127</a> </span></p> <p>So, you’ve been using git in your projects. It’s crazy fast, you’re able to create and switch branches in the blink of an eye, and already you’re liking it better than any other VCS (version control system) you’ve ever used. But… if that’s all you do with git, did you know that you’ve just scratched the surface?</p> <h3>Sign up for UTOSC 2009 Today</h3> <p>Registration is available at <a href="http://attend.utosc.com/" target="_blank">http://attend.utosc.com</a><br /> Presentation and event information is available at <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/" target="_blank">http://2009.utosc.com</a></p> <p>Contact your <a href="http://blog.utos.org/utah-tech-groups/">LUG</a> or a <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/sponsor/list/">sponsor</a> for discount tickets today.</p> <p>See you all at the Utah Open Source Conference 2009, October 8 – 10!!</p>Joseph Hall: The Boy Scout Motto2009-09-29T23:16:54ZJosephnoreply@blogger.comhttp://blog.josephhall.com/2009/09/boy-scout-motto.htmlBe Prepared. That is the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. And everyone loves the boy scouts, right? Okay, maybe not everyone. I remember hearing kids in school make fun of boy scouts. I also remember those same kids, not too long after high school, stumbling around drunk at a local grocery store, making fun of anything they could manage to focus on. Kind of puts things into focus, doesn't it?<br /><br />What does it mean to me to be prepared? I don't board an airplane without snacks, bottled water and sufficient reading material; you never know how much time you'll spend in the air or even just on the runway. I keep small sewing kits and first aid kits in my car, along with a flashlight, a roll of paper shop towels, and of course, jumper cables. And I've used all of them. I keep a spare laptop power brick in my work backpack, and have ended up using it on a number of occasions, sometimes because I forgot mine, but often because somebody else forgot theirs.<br /><br />Being prepared means thinking about things that might happen, so that if and when they do happen, you don't get caught with your pants down. Of course, we can't think of everything that might happen, but we do our best. And one of the things that I like to keep stocked is my food storage. I started slowly building it when I got married, and when I got laid off a year and a half later and was out of work for six weeks, my family and I were fed.<br /><br />I was dismayed some time ago to discover that there is a name for people like me: preppers. It sounds like "pepper", which is kind of cool, but reeks of "Trekker", which is completely uncool (even for me, and I also reek of uncool). But it gets worse. See, a lot of preppers believe that in addition to their food storage, they must also prepare for things like civil unrest. I don't think this is entirely unfounded. Anyone that's been through, or even seen on TV, riots and looting in large cities because of everything from natural disasters to local sports teams winning (or losing) would be a fool to find civil unrest unlikely.<br /><br />I don't mind them stocking up on their guns and ammo. It's not my thing, but I'm not going to slam on them either. But what kills me is when their efforts to ensure their families' safety makes them look like gun-toting fanatics who will try to cease power at their earliest opportunity. I don't see it like that, but a lot of people do.<br /><br />That's right. Some people actually have actually expressed discontent and fear at preppers, for a variety of reasons, including the one I just mentioned. One person, who's vanity mandated that her blog's name included the words "pretty girl", has stated that "<a href="http://prettygirlsays.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/preppers-scare-the-crap-out-of-me/">Preppers Scare the Crap Out of Me</a>". Her post is filled with a torrent of misinformation, and even tries to bring politics into condemning what I consider to be common sense: being prepared. For the record, I'm a little jaded that <a href="http://www.utahpreppers.com/2009/09/a-liberals-view-of-preppers/">the post</a> that refered me to hers also brought politics into it. Look, I don't care whether you're liberal, conservative, moderate, etc: when disaster happens, if you're not prepared, it may mean the difference between life and death, or at the very least, confinement and freedom.<br /><br />Hundreds of years ago, back before the days when American politics invaded our society, way before the Boy Scouts, there was a dude named Aesop. I don't know if he really came up with the story of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ant_and_the_Grasshopper">The Ant and the Grasshopper</a>, but the moral is clear: being prepared can save your life.<br /><br />My favorite part of the pretty girl's post is her closing thought: "For now though, I’m stocking up on sugary rum and tequila and calling it a day." Well, at least she has a plan, even if it is no more than to drink herself into a drunken stupor.<br /><br />Kind of puts things into focus, doesn't it?<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width="1" height="1" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/18314879-8239596379465940642?l=blog.josephhall.com" /></div>Phil Windley: The Futility of Positively Identifying Commenters2009-09-29T17:44:24Znospam@nospam.comhttp://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/the_futility_of_positively_identifying_commenters.shtml<!-- title: The Futility of Positively Identifying Commenters --> <!-- category: newsletter --> <!-- keywords: sidewiki, google, context, purpose+centric --> <div class="zemanta-img"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22418143@N00/93518757"><img border="0" width="125px" src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/14/93518757_d47ef87f26_m.jpg" alt="google in china" /></a><p class="zemanta-img-attribution">Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22418143@N00/93518757">El Tipo Gráfico</a> via Flickr</p></div> <p> A recent NY Times article discusses the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/06/world/asia/06chinanet.html">Chinese order for Web sites to register and post comments using their true identities</a>. Of course, in a totalitarian regime (are we calling China that these days?) identity is a tool that the state uses to control dissent and it's clear that's what's behind this. </p> <p> This article caught my attention because of the <a href="http://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/claiming_my_right_to_a_purposecentric_web_sidewiki.shtml">attention that SideWiki has been getting</a> this week. John Gillmore <a href="http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Gilmore">said</a> "The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it." SideWiki is an example of how what China's attempting is ultimately going to fail. Of course, China might put pressure on Google and get SideWiki limited in some way inside China, or even just block it. But China's never going to be able to block all the ways that people can link up comments and news. </p> <div class="zemanta-pixie"><img class="zemanta-pixie-img" alt="" src="http://img.zemanta.com/pixy.gif?x-id=136b4bc0-5ba4-4568-82b3-05f7d4e638d1" /><span class="zem-script more-related pretty-attribution"></span></div> <p>Tags: <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/sidewiki" rel="tag, nofollow"> sidewiki</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/google" rel="tag, nofollow"> google</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/context" rel="tag, nofollow"> context</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/purpose+centric" rel="tag, nofollow"> purpose+centric</a></p>Phil Windley: Usability Study at HP2009-09-29T16:25:38Znospam@nospam.comhttp://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/usability_study_at_hp.shtml<!-- title: Usability Study at HP --> <!-- category: newsletter --> <!-- keywords: events, utah --> <div class="zemanta-img"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19716902@N00/2372292640"><img border="0" width="125px" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2134/2372292640_334a7d6eda_m.jpg" alt="Canon PowerShot A590 IS Sample - Hewlett-Packa..." /></a><p class="zemanta-img-attribution">Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19716902@N00/2372292640">włodi</a> via Flickr</p></div> <p> A friend of mine, Esther Sumner, is running a usability lab at HP in <a class="zem_slink" href="http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=40.3841666667,-111.791944444&spn=0.1,0.1&q=40.3841666667,-111.791944444%20%28American%20Fork%2C%20Utah%29&t=h" title="American Fork, Utah" rel="geolocation">American Fork, Utah</a> the end of this week or beginning of next. She's looking for participants who are business owners who will come and review their product for 1 hour. In exchange you'll get a $50 American Express gift card. No technical skills required. </p> <p> If you're interested but not a business owner, you may still qualify for a$25 American Express gift card to participate in a lab. if you work closely with a business owner (e.g., admin, someone planning to start a business, spouse of a business owner). If you're interested, contact Esther at usability@hp.com. </p> <div class="zemanta-pixie"><img class="zemanta-pixie-img" alt="" src="http://img.zemanta.com/pixy.gif?x-id=635ac0c3-74f7-40dc-bc8a-48298909687f" /><span class="zem-script more-related pretty-attribution"></span></div> <p>Tags: <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/events" rel="tag, nofollow"> events</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/utah" rel="tag, nofollow"> utah</a></p>Will Smith: UTOSC 2009 Highlight of the week(5)2009-09-29T13:00:00ZWill Smithnoreply@blogger.comhttp://undertakingyou.blogspot.com/2009/09/utosc-2009-highlight-of-week5.htmlAnother highlight from the upcoming 2009 UTOSC<br /><br /><a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/144/">ODF and You: Why free formats are important</a><br />I don't know about you but I sometimes have a hard time 'selling' OpenOffice.org to people that don't care about freedom. For some reason price is not the deturent there. This talk seeks to answer these questions:1) what's an open document?, 2) who's adopted/using it?, 3) why open document? (including why ODF/open standards are important to open source) and more.<br /><br />The presenter is part of the Open Document Foundation and I am excited to see this. If you haven't done it yet you can register so you can see this and other great presentations. Go to <a href="http://2009.utosc.com">2009.utosc.com</a> for more info.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width="1" height="1" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5820068018871366915-4226764780915498789?l=undertakingyou.blogspot.com" /></div>Byron Clark: gnome-screensaver and alternative window managers2009-07-01T05:15:18Znospam@nospam.comhttp://byron.theclarkfamily.name/blog/2009/06/30/gnome-screensaver-and-alternative-window-managers<p>I've been using gnome-screensaver with <a href="http://awesome.naquadah.org/">awesome</a> for a while without any problems. Unfortunately that all came to an end when GNOME 2.26 hit Debian Sid last week. Just so that no-one else has to dig for this, gnome-screensaver now uses gnome-session to determine idle time. gnome-screensaver will run without gnome-session, but the screensaver and locking mechanism will never kick in. Fortunately, there is an easy fix. I changed my </p> <pre><code>gnome-power-manager &amp; </code></pre><p>line to </p> <pre><code>gnome-session &amp; </code></pre><p>in <code>~/.xsession</code> and everything works now. </p>Byron Clark: pcapy2009-05-21T16:21:35Znospam@nospam.comhttp://byron.theclarkfamily.name/blog/2009/05/21/pcapy<p>So, <a href="http://oss.coresecurity.com/projects/pcapy.html">pcapy</a> is a great, simple library to interface with libpcap. It works well for reading live packets and dump files. There's only one problem: there is no way to modify or create a <code>struct pcap_header</code> from Python code. So there's really no way to add data to the packets and add them to a dump file. </p>Byron Clark: View a Certificate2009-05-20T18:10:40Znospam@nospam.comhttp://byron.theclarkfamily.name/blog/2009/05/20/view-a-certificate<p>Yet another command I'll never remember unless I write it down. Here's how to view a certificate. In my case I was viewing a certificate that Mutt had stored: </p> <pre><code>openssl x509 -in .mutt_certs -noout -text </code></pre>Byron Clark: _hg_ps1()2009-04-01T04:23:53Znospam@nospam.comhttp://byron.theclarkfamily.name/blog/2009/03/31/_hg_ps1()<p>In honor of the <a href="http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2009-March/087931.html">decision</a> to move Python development to <a href="http://www.selenic.com/mercurial">Mercurial</a>, I decided to write something helpful. I've found <code>__git_ps1()</code> to be incredibly useful, so, here's my take on <code>_hg_ps1()</code>:</p> <div class="highlight"><pre>_hg_root<span class="o">()</span> <span class="o">{</span> <span class="nb">local </span><span class="nv">basedir</span><span class="o">=</span><span class="k">$(</span><span class="nb">pwd</span><span class="k">)</span> <span class="k">while</span> <span class="o">[</span> <span class="s1">'/'</span> !<span class="o">=</span> <span class="s2">&quot;${basedir}&quot;</span> <span class="o">]</span>; <span class="k">do</span> <span class="k"> if</span> <span class="o">[</span> -d <span class="s2">&quot;${basedir}/.hg&quot;</span> <span class="o">]</span>; <span class="k">then</span> <span class="k"> </span><span class="nb">break</span>; <span class="k">fi</span> <span class="k"> </span><span class="nv">basedir</span><span class="o">=</span><span class="s2">&quot;$(readlink -f &quot;</span><span class="k">${</span><span class="nv">basedir</span><span class="k">}</span>/..<span class="s2">&quot;)&quot;</span> <span class="k">done</span> <span class="o">[</span> <span class="s1">'/'</span> <span class="o">==</span> <span class="s2">&quot;${basedir}&quot;</span> <span class="o">]</span> <span class="o">||</span> <span class="nb">echo</span> -n <span class="s2">&quot;${basedir}&quot;</span> <span class="o">}</span> _hg_ps1<span class="o">()</span> <span class="o">{</span> <span class="nb">local </span><span class="nv">g</span><span class="o">=</span><span class="k">$(</span>_hg_root<span class="k">)</span> <span class="k">if</span> <span class="o">[</span> -n <span class="s2">&quot;${g}&quot;</span> <span class="o">]</span>; <span class="k">then</span> <span class="k"> </span><span class="nb">local </span>branch <span class="nv">branch</span><span class="o">=</span><span class="k">$(</span>hg branch<span class="k">)</span> <span class="k">if</span> <span class="o">[</span> -f <span class="s2">&quot;${g}/.hg/bookmarks.current&quot;</span> <span class="o">]</span>; <span class="k">then</span> <span class="k"> </span><span class="nv">branch</span><span class="o">=</span><span class="s2">&quot;$(&lt; &quot;</span><span class="k">${</span><span class="nv">g</span><span class="k">}</span>/.hg/bookmarks.current<span class="s2">&quot;):${branch}&quot;</span> <span class="k">fi</span> <span class="k"> if</span> <span class="o">[</span> -n <span class="s2">&quot;${1-}&quot;</span> <span class="o">]</span>; <span class="k">then</span> <span class="k"> </span><span class="nb">printf</span> <span class="s2">&quot;$1&quot;</span> <span class="s2">&quot;${branch}&quot;</span> <span class="k">else</span> <span class="k"> </span><span class="nb">printf</span> <span class="s2">&quot; (%s)&quot;</span> <span class="s2">&quot;${branch}&quot;</span> <span class="k">fi</span> <span class="k"> fi</span> <span class="o">}</span> </pre></div> <p>Yes, I know that the <code>hg root</code> command does the same thing as my <code>_hg_root()</code>, but it felt slow running mercurial before printing each prompt. The only thing that's missing is showing when merges are in progress. I'll try to add that the next time I need to do a manual merge.</p> <p><em>Update:</em> It seems that some of my repositories don't have a <code>.hg/branch</code> file so I'm calling <code>hg branch</code> for that info. Also, the <code>readlink</code> line in <code>_hg_root()</code> did not properly handle spaces.</p>Byron Clark: Saving ViM Macros2009-03-11T16:32:01Znospam@nospam.comhttp://byron.theclarkfamily.name/blog/2009/03/11/saving-vim-macros<p>I use ViM macros (aka <code>complex-repeat</code>) all the time. Occasionally, I find that it would be nice to reuse one of my macros across editing sessions. Turns out it's pretty easy to save the macro. Just add a line like the following to a file that gets sourced when your file is opened by ViM (This example is from <code>~/.vim/ftplugin/rst.vim</code>). </p> <div class="highlight"><pre><span class="k">let</span> @<span class="k">h</span> <span class="p">=</span> <span class="c">&quot;yypVr&quot;</span> </pre></div> <p>Now, whenever I open a ReStructured Text file, I can hit <code>@h</code> and my macro will run. </p>Byron Clark: Sparse Files and tar2009-03-09T01:50:42Znospam@nospam.comhttp://byron.theclarkfamily.name/blog/2009/03/08/sparse-files-and-tar<p>GNU tar provides the <code>-S</code> option to efficiently handle sparse files. Of course it only works if you <em>create</em> the tarball with the <code>-S</code> option. That is all. </p>Byron Clark: More Useful ViM Tags2009-03-05T03:35:04Znospam@nospam.comhttp://byron.theclarkfamily.name/blog/2009/03/04/more-useful-vim-tags<p>Frequently, I find myself writing C code that requires the use of <code>struct ifreq</code>. There are plenty of fields there and of course there are other structures that I never remember. I could always look in the headers, but it ends up being a good amount of digging before I find the real definition and all its accompanying pieces. So, I decided to let ctags and ViM do the work for me. I created <code>~/bin/update_local_tags</code> with the following contents: </p> <div class="highlight"><pre><span class="c">#!/bin/sh</span> <span class="o">[</span> -d ~/.localtags <span class="o">]</span> <span class="o">||</span> mkdir ~/.localtags ctags -f ~/.localtags/usrinclude.ctags --exclude<span class="o">=</span>vector<span class="se">\*</span>.hpp -R /usr/include &gt;/dev/null 2&gt;&amp;1 </pre></div> <p>Then I created <code>~/.vim/ftplugin/c.vim</code> with the following contents: </p> <div class="highlight"><pre><span class="k">setlocal</span> <span class="k">tags</span><span class="p">+=</span>$HOME<span class="sr">/.localtags/</span>usrinclude.ctags </pre></div> <p>For good measure I copied <code>c.vim</code> to <code>cpp.vim</code> so it would be loaded for C++ file types also. </p> <p>Now I just have to run <code>update_local_tags</code> to generate a tag file for everything in <code>/usr/include</code> and ViM automatically includes that list whenever I edit a C or C++ file. Updating the tags file is still a manual process, I should probably attempt to hook it into apt. Observant readers will have noticed that I exclude <code>vector*.hpp</code> when generating the tags. Boost includes a few generated header files that match this pattern and swell the tag file to almost 750 MiB. </p>Byron Clark: application/vnd.fdf and pdftk2008-10-07T03:40:24Znospam@nospam.comhttp://byron.theclarkfamily.name/blog/2008/10/06/application/vnd.fdf-and-pdftk<p>So, if a webserver ever serves you a fdf file, you can view the resulting form with evince or your favorite pdf viewer. Just check the beginning of the fdf file to see which form the fields should be applied to and then run </p> <pre><code>pdftk form.pdf fill_form my.fdf output filledform.pdf </code></pre>Byron Clark: Mercurial Presentation2008-08-15T01:24:05Znospam@nospam.comhttp://byron.theclarkfamily.name/blog/2008/08/14/mercurial-presentation<p>I'm presenting on <a href="http://www.selenic.com/mercurial/">Mercurial</a> at the <a href="http://utahpython.org/">Utah Python Users Group</a> tonight. Probably not as useful without the demos, but here are my slides: <a href="http://byron.theclarkfamily.name/dump/mercurial.pdf">mercurial.pdf</a>. Sadly, the slides really just seem to be my notes on a pretty background. </p>Byron Clark: Using the verbatim Environment and listings Package with Beamer2008-08-14T05:11:25Znospam@nospam.comhttp://byron.theclarkfamily.name/blog/2008/08/13/using-the-verbatim-environment-and-listings-package-with-beamer<p>I finally figured out how to make the <code>verbatim</code> environment work with Beamer. Beamer can't handle the following code: </p> <div class="highlight"><pre><span class="k">\begin</span><span class="nb">{</span>frame<span class="nb">}{</span>A Title<span class="nb">}</span> <span class="k">\begin</span><span class="nb">{</span>verbatim<span class="nb">}</span> Don't mess with my text. <span class="k">\end</span><span class="nb">{</span>verbatim<span class="nb">}</span> <span class="k">\end</span><span class="nb">{</span>frame<span class="nb">}</span> </pre></div> <p>To make it work, you need to include the fragile option for the frame. Example: </p> <div class="highlight"><pre><span class="k">\begin</span><span class="nb">{</span>frame<span class="nb">}</span>[fragile]<span class="nb">{</span>A Title<span class="nb">}</span> <span class="k">\begin</span><span class="nb">{</span>verbatim<span class="nb">}</span> Don't mess with my text. <span class="k">\end</span><span class="nb">{</span>verbatim<span class="nb">}</span> <span class="k">\end</span><span class="nb">{</span>frame<span class="nb">}</span> </pre></div> <p>If you use the <code>listings</code> package, the same trick works for the <code>lstlistings</code> environment. </p>Doran Barton: Tech Fozzolog: Book Review: Palm Pre - The Missing Manual2009-09-29T05:33:07Znospam@nospam.comhttp://fozzolog.fozzilinymoo.org/tech/2009/09/book-review-palm-pre---the-missing-manual.html<a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6881595-palm-pre-the-missing-manual"><img alt="Palm Pre: The Missing Manual" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41xAZ-SFDFL._SX106_.jpg" border="0" /></a> <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6881595-palm-pre-the-missing-manual">Palm Pre: The Missing Manual</a> by <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3081431.Ed_Baig">Ed Baig</a><br /><br /> My rating: <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/72489642">4 of 5 stars</a> <p>I'll start by saying that this book-- <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6881595.Palm_Pre_The_Missing_Manual" title="Palm Pre The Missing Manual by Ed Baig">Palm Pre The Missing Manual</a>-- is a must-have for any new Palm Pre owner. Sure, the pamphlet that comes with the Palm Pre is adequate for getting you started and on your way, but there are so many figurative nooks and crannies in the operation of the Palm Pre that you won't even know about unless you've happened across them by accident or you've read this book.</p> <p>I've owned a Palm Pre since the first week it was available. A long-time user of older Palm smartphones such as the Treo line and Centro, I enthusiastically and anxiously followed the the technology news about the forthcoming Pre. The concept of Synergy -- the Pre's software mechanism for collecting data from various online sources such as GMail and Facebook into centralized databases on the phone -- was incredibly appealing and frightening at the same time. I often wondered if Palm really could pull it off or if the Pre was going to be Palm's dying gasp and I would be left to the mediocrity of Windows Mobile or Blackberry or the cult of conformation using Apple's iPhone. </p> <p>Thankfully, my experience with the Pre has given me hope. Being an early adopter, I've had my shares of bumps along the way, but generally, the Pre is an awesome device. Now that the Palm App Catalog is filling up with new, exciting applications and there's talk of more operating system updates on the horizon, I'm really enjoying myself with the Pre. </p> <p>Let's get back to the book. <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3081431.Ed_Baig" title="Ed Baig">Ed Baig</a>'s book seems fairly typical for a "Missing Manual" book. It is fairly short, witty, funny, and packed full of valuable information interspersed with plenty of callouts to "tips" and "notes" along the way.</p> <p>The book is extremely easy to read and shouldn't intimidate those who are nowhere nearly as geeky as me. My daughter was easily digesting the book before I started reading it she's nine years old. </p> <p>Had I had this book the first week I owned a Pre, it would have saved me some frustration figuring out the best way to get my contacts and calendar data onto the Pre. </p> <p>Palm Pre, The Missing Manual is available directly from O'Reilly and Associates and probably from any of your favorite online booksellers. The MSRP is$24.99. $24.99 seems a bit much for this book, even if you're probably never going to pay full price. For what you get, I would think$10 less would be more reasonable.</p>Mike Basinger: Dell Studio XPS 1340 Review and Howto2009-09-28T23:11:38Znospam@nospam.comhttp://www.mikesplanet.net/2009/09/dell_studio_xps_1340_review/[caption id="attachment_337" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Dell Studio XPS 1340"][/caption] I recently got a new Dell Studio XPS 1340 laptop to replace my older XPS m1330 that was having video problems. The Dell Studio XPS 1340 is sold in Dell Ubuntu store but since Dell will not sell PCs with Ubuntu to Higher ...Lars Rasmussen: Links and Junctions in Windows (yes, even in XP)2009-09-28T19:39:47ZLars Rasmussennoreply@blogger.comhttp://larsrasmussen.blogspot.com/2009/09/links-and-junctions-in-windows-yes-even.html<p><font>link –s</font></p> <p>A command that hearkens to the goodness of Linux… <br />Windows can do that, too!</p> <p>My wife recently created a directory for scanned documents on her system under the <strong>&quot;My Documents&quot;</strong> folder.</p> <p>I wanted this new folder that my sweetie named, <strong>&quot;My Paperless Lifestyle&quot;</strong>, to automatically upload/sync to her <a href="http://www.getdropbox.com/">Dropbox</a> account.&#160; This would allow me to access the files on any computer with Dropbox installed.</p> <p>I looked at the preferences for Dropbox on her machine, and Dropbox only syncs files that are stored under the <br /><strong>&quot;c:\Documents and Settings\debbie\My Documents\My Dropbox&quot; <br /></strong>folder in my wife’s profile. <br /> <br />Debbie’s machine is running Windows XP, so I grabbed the <a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768.aspx">JUNCTION.EXE utility from Microsoft</a> (thank you, Mark Russinovich!) to make a &quot;fake&quot; folder (junction, or symbolic link) under Dropbox that would point to the scans.&#160; A machine running <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/howto_master_your_file_system_mklink">Vista or higher would use the command MKLINK</a><strong></strong> instead.&#160; Now the scans can be accessed on any computer with Dropbox installed.&#160; I can then access the stuff Deb scans on my work computer or laptop, and the added bonus is I don’t have to mess up my wife’s existing folder/organizational structure.</p> <p>Here’s the command:</p> <pre><code>C:\&gt; junction -s &quot;c:\Documents and Settings\debbie\My Documents\My Dropbox\scans&quot; &quot;C:\Documents and Settings\debbie\My Documents\My Paperless Lifestyle&quot; </code></pre><br /><br /><p><a href="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_i9HjVXB62LY/SsDJGL7ea6I/AAAAAAAAAKY/sR46zJVCzBw/s1600-h/junctionsxp4.png"><img title="junctions-xp" border="0" alt="junctions-xp" src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_i9HjVXB62LY/SsDJG7ubFpI/AAAAAAAAAKc/dP46xNG2oA4/junctionsxp_thumb2.png?imgmax=800" width="634" height="484" /></a> </p><br /><br /><p>Now let’s open the Dropbox folder, and… <br /> <br /><a href="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_i9HjVXB62LY/SsDJHGImKlI/AAAAAAAAAKg/PhsgnYAr2Kg/s1600-h/junctions-xp02%5B4%5D.png"><img title="junctions-xp02" border="0" alt="junctions-xp02" src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_i9HjVXB62LY/SsDJHkaxfTI/AAAAAAAAAKk/3vhAG4cuYZU/junctions-xp02_thumb%5B2%5D.png?imgmax=800" width="644" height="267" /></a> </p><br /><br /><p>There it is, an NTFS junction point called <strong>scans</strong>, that actually refers to the <br /><br /> <br /><strong>&quot;C:\Documents and Settings\debbie\My Documents\My Paperless Lifestyle&quot;</strong> folder.</p><br /><br /><p>If a directory listing is output it looks like this: <br /> <br /><a href="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_i9HjVXB62LY/SsDJIOL3RaI/AAAAAAAAAKo/uu54lhPt4pk/s1600-h/junctions-xp03%5B4%5D.png"><img title="junctions-xp03" border="0" alt="junctions-xp03" src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_i9HjVXB62LY/SsDJIusqyrI/AAAAAAAAAKs/LV9WsvWjHM8/junctions-xp03_thumb%5B2%5D.png?imgmax=800" width="644" height="242" /></a> </p><br /><br /><p><strong>&lt;JUNCTION&gt;</strong> doesn’t really tell us the secret location of where scans really points, so instead of using <strong>DIR</strong>, here’s the <strong>JUNCTION</strong> command with <strong>scans</strong> as a parameter. <br /><br /> <br /><a href="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_i9HjVXB62LY/SsDJI9JMfBI/AAAAAAAAAKw/29QVTJGwrLA/s1600-h/junctions-xp04%5B6%5D.png"><img title="junctions-xp04" border="0" alt="junctions-xp04" src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_i9HjVXB62LY/SsDJJtzFQhI/AAAAAAAAAK0/V-QRczaxcj4/junctions-xp04_thumb%5B4%5D.png?imgmax=800" width="736" height="193" /></a>&#160; <br />That’s it!&#160; Now you can fool programs into thinking files are in one place, when the files are actually stored in your preferred location.</p><br /><br /><p>I’ve used this same technique to have multiple users on the same machine use the same Firefox profile.&#160; This helps prevent me from installing the same Add-ons for Firefox for each one of my children individually.&#160; I like reducing redundancy and the machine is configured so that only one user can be logged on at a time(it’s a netbook).</p><br /><br /><p>Maximum PC has a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/howto_master_your_file_system_mklink">great article with examples on using MKLINK in Vista, Windows 7</a>, etc.&#160; Here is another post explaining the <a href="http://ipggi.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/windows-file-junctions-symbolic-links-and-hard-links/">differences between symbolic links and hard links(junctions are the directory version of hard links) in a Windows context</a>.</p> <div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width="1" height="1" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/20014007-8081465625535584993?l=larsrasmussen.blogspot.com" /></div>Hans Fugal: SIGABRT and gdb2009-09-28T19:13:45ZHansnospam@nospam.comhttp://hans.fugal.net/blog/2009/09/28/sigabrt-and-gdb<p>So you fire up gdb and pepper your code with <code>assert()</code> calls. Then one of your assertions fails and you see this:<br /> <code><br /> Assertion failed: (item_idx < si.slabclass[clsid].perslab), function ITEM, file slabs_items.h, line 78.<br /> Program received signal SIGABRT, Aborted.<br /> 0x00007fff83efab16 in kevent ()<br /> (gdb)<br /> </code><br /> Well shucks, you think you're screwed because gdb doesn't seem to have left you in a useful state. So you investigate conditional breakpoints (that are a pain to set and don't seem want to work in inline functions), and generally beat yourself over the head for awhile.</p> <p>Then you realize that gdb's throwing you out into a different thread, and your pretty backtrace <em>is</em> there for the exploring, you just have to switch to the right thread. Yeah, remember that. Then maybe you can set a breakpoint on the actual assert code (which you can find with the backtrace—it was <code>__assert_rtn()</code> in my case) so you're already in the right thread and just need to go up the backtrace one level to get to debugging goodness.</p>Steve Dibb: jump on it2009-09-28T18:08:11ZStevenospam@nospam.comhttp://wonkabar.org/2009/09/28/jump-on-it/<p>Hee, hee, hee, this was fun. <img src="http://wonkabar.org/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" class="wp-smiley" />   On Saturday I got to take my little brother out, and I had a great idea this time around.  There's this place in Lindon, Utah (about 20 minutes or so south of Salt Lake) called <a href="http://www.jumponitparty.com/">Jump On It</a>, which is basically an empty warehouse full of all these trampolines joined together.  It's awesome.</p> <p>I've driven past the place plenty of times and thought, "eh, I should probably go there."  Then I remember <a href="http://www.ilovemyjournal.com/?action=view_entry&eid=3264">my friend Jason wrote about going there one time</a>, and that made a trip even more necessary.  I don't know how I got the idea to go this weekend, it just popped in my head, but I'm glad I did.  I looked it up online, and it's only 8 an hour to go jump around and do whatever you want.</p> <p>The concept is so incredibly simple, but it is so well done and so much fun. There are probably at least twenty trampolines just all next to each other, which make this huge, very fun square that you can just jump around in non-stop. And you can get going fast, really fast, with a lot of momentum. And you can flip around and hit the sides and just bail and not hurt yourself. It's awesome.</p> <p>There are two areas for trampolines, too, there's a smaller one for kids four feet and under, where the tramps are a lot less springy, so you won't go nearly as high. The other ones are for any size / age group, and the springs there are really tight. I grew up with a trampoline, so I know all the tricks and how to get really, really high, and I managed to nearly touch the ceiling I was bouncing so high on those things. Holy crap, that was a feeling.</p> <p>Here's a pic of the kid's one. I really, really wish I had taken my camera with me to get some decent shots. This one is from my cell phone, which is craptacular when it comes to taking action shots, so I had to tell my bro to stop for a second so I could take his pic. He does not look too thrilled to pause for me. I can't really blame him.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-994" title="0926091736b" src="http://wonkabar.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/0926091736b.jpg" alt="0926091736b" width="358" height="269" /></p> <p>The other thing that really amazed me is how fast I got worn out. I didn't think it'd take that much energy, but man, after the first 10 minutes I was about ready to pass out, I was working my body so much. I had to constantly take a break so I wouldn't throw up / pass out. The hour sure went by fast, and I'd say I got more than my money's worth. I gotta get into better shape, and go back. It's a total blast, and this post hasn't done a great job in the least documenting how much fun it is.</p>Phil Windley: You're Invited to Kynetx Impact2009-09-28T17:51:55Znospam@nospam.comhttp://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/youre_invited_to_kynetx_impact.shtml<!-- title: You're Invited to Kynetx Impact --> <!-- category: newsletter --> <!-- keywords: kynetx, utah, events, conference, purpose+web, impact --> <a href="http://www.kynetx.com"><img src="http://www.windley.com/images/kynetx_logo_small.png" border="0" hspace="3" vspace="3" align="right" title="Kynetx Logo" alt="Kynetx Logo" width="125px" /></a> <p> I've recently been writing about my thoughts on <a href="http://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/the_forgotten_edge_and_the_purposecentric_web.shtml">building a purpose-centric web</a> and how SideWiki illuminates the <a href="http://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/claiming_my_right_to_a_purposecentric_web_sidewiki.shtml">client-centric focus of a purpose-based Web</a>. If you've read through these (yeah, they're long) then you'll know that Kynetx is in the business of helping developers build purpose-centric applications that run in the browser. </p> <p> If that interests you at all, I'd like to invite you to sign up for <a href="http://kynetximpact.eventbrite.com/">Kynetx Impact</a>, our conference for bringing together anyone interested in the idea of a purpose-centric Web and building applications for it. <a href="http://www.searls.com/dochome.html">Doc Searls</a> will be giving the keynote and I'll be speaking about the purpose-based Web. <a href="http://craigburton.wordpress.com/">Craig Burton</a> will be closing the conference with his analysis of what this all means. In between will be tracks for developers and on business and product development in this space. </p> <p> The conference is November 18th and 19th at the Novell Open Source Technology Center in Provo Utah. Please <a href="http://kynetximpact.eventbrite.com/">register online</a>. The cost is45, but if you <a href="http://xri.net/=windley">send me a note</a>, I'd be happy to send you a discount code. </p> <p> Please take a minute and sign up now. I'd love to have you there. </p> <div class="zemanta-pixie"><img class="zemanta-pixie-img" alt="" src="http://img.zemanta.com/pixy.gif?x-id=2c1de5dd-2baf-4c22-888d-20d5c0e4e160" /><span class="zem-script more-related pretty-attribution"></span></div> <p>Tags: <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/kynetx" rel="tag, nofollow"> kynetx</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/utah" rel="tag, nofollow"> utah</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/events" rel="tag, nofollow"> events</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/conference" rel="tag, nofollow"> conference</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/purpose+web" rel="tag, nofollow"> purpose+web</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/impact" rel="tag, nofollow"> impact</a></p>Steve Dibb: star trek on blu-ray: the motion picture2009-09-28T17:46:22ZStevenospam@nospam.comhttp://wonkabar.org/2009/09/28/star-trek-on-blu-ray-the-motion-picture/<p>I have still been, for the most part, extremely hesitant to purchase anything on Blu-Ray just yet.  My modus operandi so far has been to rent a lot of them to see how the quality is compared to the DVD to see if a repurchase is justified.  So far, this approach has been serving me rather well, and I've discovered very early on that it's nowhere the same across the board.  Some movies look awesome, some look okay, and some look like they just dumped the DVD transfer onto the new medium without a thought (which is really noticable, too).</p> <p>Switching from VHS to DVD was an obvious decision, an upgrade that would have been hard not to argue for.  I imagine I'm getting old if I can even reminisce about such times.  I remember right when DVDs first started coming out, and I would keep a watchful eye on how things were progressing (anyone remember DivX?  What a nightmare).  It's really interesting to see how much the tables have turned in some regards.  Disney was a huge holdout on DVD, and eventually came along with feet dragging, but now, they make the best Blu-Ray editions, bar none.  Universal sucks across the board -- their Blu-Rays have been less than impressive (I just watched the Bourne Trilogy the other week, and the first two were nothing to write home about).  And then, there's Paramount ... who distributes Star Trek.</p> <p>All the movies except Insurrection and Nemesis got released on Blu-Ray last week, and I have been really excited to check them out (edit: okay, actually I can't find the first one on it's own release ... I must have rented the one from the trilogy set, oh well.  I know the other ones are out though).  I've thought about buying them out-right, but I'm a bit cautious considering the studio's past foray into the market.  What they tend to do is create a money grab by releasing the films a few times in different editions.  First, they'll put one edition out, just to have something people can buy, and then later on clean it up, add more special features, and tout that one as a better upgrade.  It can be a bit maddening, and expensive.  So, I added the first few films to my Netflix queue, to see how well these new transfers held up, and I got to watch the first one this weekend: Star Trek: The Motion Picture.</p> <p>All I can say is, wow, they did a nice job.  The picture is gorgeous.  For a movie that is so old, I was extremely skeptical that they would even be able to do anything with it at all.  But on my HDTV, the picture was just ... more clear and vibrant.  That's the best way I could describe it.  Some films don't hold up to the test of time when being presented in a larger format, but this one looks like it just came out.</p> <p>I wish I had a Blu-Ray drive so I could rip the disc and get some snapshots, but that'll have to wait.  I keep thinking of a few scenes that showed off the detail so well that they would do a much better job explaining what I'm trying to get across.</p> <p>I can't say much about the sound, since my setup is 3.1 (no rear speakers).  Besides, my speakers are from an off-the-shelf surround sound setup, and not really good quality.  I've got it in my sights to eventually replace it with something decent, but that's a major hop and a skip away.  I'll just wait on that one.  For what I heard, it did sound really good though.  I really love how in this movie, it opens with the score for a few minutes and you just get to hear the long version of the Star Trek theme.  Great stuff.</p> <p>There was only a few spots where there were any video issues at all.  Again, if I could take a screenshot, I would.  It's not that they were bad, it's that it was more like "uh, how did you miss *that* big black blotch right on the front of the Enterprise."  It happened twice, briefly, and that was it.  Aside from that, the only parts where the film quality was lacking was a few scenes which were probably just notoriously hard to clean up, so they didn't -- the ones where the probe from V'ger is on the bridge of the Enterprise, and it's zapping it's way around.  The shot was really fuzzy to start with, and you could notice a huge drop in quality and cleanup for the few seconds that the shot took place.  Again, not a dealbreaker, and in fact you'll see the same thing on the DVDs.</p> <p>Overall, I'd say this one was well worth the price.  I started playing around with the special features, but didn't really get far because I was tired.  It does have this cool on screen index you can access while the movie was playing, that I thought was really innovative.  It'd give you descriptions of certain Star Trek topics related to the film.  There was also an audio commentary track, though I didn't bother listening to it.</p> <p>I'm definitely gonna get a copy of this one though, given the chance.  I've got the other ones in my queue and I'll write up a review as I watch them in the next couple of days.  Tell you what. <img src="http://wonkabar.org/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" class="wp-smiley" /> </p>Steve Dibb: psp go2009-09-28T16:41:49ZStevenospam@nospam.comhttp://wonkabar.org/2009/09/28/psp-go/<p>So, apparently the new PSP Go is going to hit shelves soon.  I totally keep forgetting about it.  While it looks pretty freaking cool, there are a couple of things that are keeping me away completely, and I'd have to think long and hard about getting one.</p> <p>First of all, this sucker is freaking expensive.  $250. Eek! That's only$50 less than a PS3, although that'd be a little harder to lug around in your pocket.  I still have a PSP-2000 or whatever the number is, I know it's not the first generation one, and it works really well.  Sure the UMD thing is slow and cumbersome and sucks power like uh ... something, but it works fine.  And it's about $100 less retail.</p> <p>This is my *real* beef though with the system -- it only has 16 GB onboard memory. That could arguably be a reasonable amount, except that this PSP is entirely digital. The only way to get games is to download them to the flash drive. On top of that they are marketing it as a great portable movie player. 16 gigs is not a lot of space to play with. If they had 40 in there then I might start thinking about it, but that still brings me to the next point.</p> <p>It *still* only accepts Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo (man, what a mouthful) for the extended storage. Normally, I wouldn't care -- Sony has their own format, yay, whatever, good for them. But they are priced exhorbantly high. A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sony-16GB-MemoryStick-PRO-Mark2/dp/B0013AX2HO/">16 GB flash card</a>, that would double the system's space, costs$72 right now on Amazon.  Not only that, but that's the highest storage capacity available.  So, you're going to cap out at 32 GB.  That's a lot, I suppose, but if I wanted to tout around movies with me, I'd still want more space than that.  I dunno.  But at this point you're talking $320 to carry around max storage.</p> <p>The last thing that has me worried is that all the games are digital. I'm a big believer in the second-hand market for used games, and the new PSP just guts that opportunity completely. You want the game? You buy it new, and you pay full retail price. Normally, I wouldn't have a problem with that, but what happens with digital games is that when there is only one source to get them, I've noticed that the price does not go down. Ever. At all. Games that are listed for sale at launch point that originally start at$40 or so, might eventually go down an extra $10 or so, but after time, it just stays there, and it's always going to be prohibitively expensive. That's a problem. What's worse, is that you would think that after five years or so the price would come down, but by then the owner / manufacturer / retailer has completely forgotten about it, so nothing ever gets changed. It's really going to screw up the economics, I think, when there's only one way to get a copy of the game (well, legally, of course).</p> <p>So, while I'd love to get one, I think next time I have a spare$250, I'd probably be putting it towards getting something else.  I think the PSP Go is a great idea, in concept, but too expensive and not enough storage.  I could get past the all-digital downloads, eventually, I assume.  I'd still like to see some way to get a second hand market in there though -- it would really drive things along.</p> <p><strong>Edit:</strong> Whoops, apparently it <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/28/psp-go-review/">uses a different format</a> -- Memory Stick Micro M2 (or whatever order that goes in).  The pricing is just as bad, though.  $80 for a 16 GB stick.</p>Steve Dibb: dan in real life2009-09-28T16:27:38ZStevenospam@nospam.comhttp://wonkabar.org/2009/09/28/dan-in-real-life/<p>I watched "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Real-Life-Blu-ray-C-J-Adams/dp/B0011IR3DW/">Dan In Real Life</a>" again this weekend (on Blu-Ray, wow it looks nice), and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite movies.</p> <p>What's interesting, that I have noted, is now that my DVD movie collection is pretty much rounded out -- save the consistent three or four I always forget about and are on my wishlist to get someday -- is that now I get to see which ones I watch regularly. What surprises me is that it's always the dramas. There's a few classics that I keep returning to, to watch over and over again, and the great thing is that I enjoy them the next time as much as I did the first one. It's awesome. This movie is quickly becoming one of those, too ... I think this is the third or fourth time I've seen it, and it's not even close to becoming old.</p> <p>If there's one type of movie I can never watch again, it's suspense / action movies. Ones where they have you gripping / guessing what's going to happen in the end. I don't like the sense of anxiety it creates, and besides, once I figure out what happens (by watching the movie) the feeling can never be recreated, and watching it again is really just torture for me. So, there's a lot of movies -- really good ones, even -- that I refuse to buy only because I can't possibly sit through it again. Movies like The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Toy Story come to mind (that's odd, all animated Disney ones ... go figure).</p> <p>Anyway, dramas are for me. And this is a great one. I managed to score a copy on Blu-Ray for only$10 on Amazon which I could not pass up.  I don't remember the actual timeline, but I think this was one of they very first movies on Blu-Ray I saw ... well, I definitely remember that the colors were so gorgeous, and the transfer was so well done, that it convinced me to stop scoffing the format, and instead give it a chance.  It was probably then that I realized that *recent* movies on Blu-Ray look gorgeous.  And they do.  Wow.  Good times. <img src="http://wonkabar.org/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" class="wp-smiley" /> </p>=Utah Open Source=: UTOSC 2009: Become BSDA Certified2009-09-28T15:54:09Zadminnospam@nospam.comhttp://blog.utos.org/2009/09/28/utosc-2009-become-bsda-certified/<p>The BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) will offer the <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/142/">BSDA certification exam</a> to attendees of the <a href="http://2009.utosc.com">Utah Open Source Conference 2009</a>.</p> <p>The exam will be paper based and in English. Exam information is available from the Certification page of the BSDCG website (<a href="http://www.bsdcertification.org/certification/">http://www.bsdcertification.org/certification/</a>). Exam candidates should be proficient in the BSDA Certification Requirements and the Command Reference, both of which are available for free download from this page of the website.</p> <p>The exam will be offered on Thursday, October 8 at 2pm, room 207 of the conference center. Due to limited seating at the event,pre-registration is required. Exam participants need to register for a BSDCG ID at <a href="https://register.bsdcertification.org//register/get-a-bsdcg-id">https://register.bsdcertification.org//register/get-a-bsdcg-id</a>. Once you have an ID, you can choose UTOSC as the exam location and pay for the exam. Exam candidates must bring government issued photo identification with them to the exam that matches the name they used when they registered for their BSDCG ID. Those who participated in the 2007 BSDA beta program are eligible for a 50% price discount. The exam price is $75 (or$37.50 USD for those who were beta testers) and payable through Paypal or credit card.</p> <h3><span>Register for UTOSC 2009 Today!!</span></h3> <p>Registration is available at <a href="http://attend.utosc.com/" target="_blank">http://attend.utosc.com</a><br /> Presentation and event information is available at <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/" target="_blank">http://2009.utosc.com</a></p> <p>Contact your <a href="http://blog.utos.org/utah-tech-groups/">LUG</a> or a <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/sponsor/list/">sponsor</a> for discount tickets today.</p> <p>See you all at the Utah Open Source Conference 2009, October 8 – 10!!</p>Peter Abilla: Why Transformation Efforts Fail2009-09-28T13:20:06Zpsabillanospam@nospam.comhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shmula/dfYo/~3/TYVd7bwv86c/why-transformation-efforts-fail<div class="seriesmeta">This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series <a href="http://www.shmula.com/series/turnaround-transformation-and-change-management" id="series-226" title="Turnaround, Transformation, and Change Management">Turnaround, Transformation, and Change Management</a></div><br /><p><img class="alignright" src="http://www.shmula.com/wp-content/gallery/blog-pictures/shmula-failure.jpg" alt="adoption, International, Domestic, Waiting, child, baby, infant, adoption, adopt, adopting, adoption" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="194" height="157" align="right" />Transformation or Change efforts sometimes fail.  In fact, the numbers are staggering &#8211; most of them fail.  While the root cause is wide and varied, there are general themes or characteristics that are important to keep in mind in your own transformation efforts.  Think of these as symptoms also &#8212; that a failure is around the corner if you see these characteristics creeping-up or, better yet, you can course-correct if there&#8217;s still time.</p> <p>The data on Transformation failures is instructive:</p> <p><em>click to enlarge image</em></p> <a href="http://www.shmula.com/wp-content/gallery/blog-pictures/shmula-transformation-failure.jpg" title="" class="thickbox" rel="singlepic90"> <img class="ngg-singlepic ngg-center" src="http://www.shmula.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/nggshow.php?pid=90&width=320&height=240&mode=" alt="shmula-transformation-failure" title="shmula-transformation-failure" /> </a> <p>The main categories for why Transformations fail are <sup class="footnote"><a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/shmula/dfYo#fn-1510-1" id="fnref-1510-1">1</a></sup>:</p> <ul> <li>Employee Resistance to Change (39%)</li> <li>Management Behavior not supportive of Change (33%)</li> <li>Lack of resources (14%)</li> <li>Other (14%)</li> </ul> <p>The top two reasons are instructive and actionable &#8211; the root causes for most transformation failures have to do with people: employee resistance and management behavior.</p> <blockquote><p>Management Behavior that is not supportive of the change and Employee Resistance are the main factors that lead to transformation failures</p></blockquote> <p>Typical characteristics in transformation failures are the following:</p> <ul> <li> There is no obvious connection to outcomes that the organization values</li> <li>The aspirations of the organization are not clear, concise, or communicated</li> <li>The desired behaviors are not role-modeled, trained, or reinforced</li> <li>The top team is not aligned</li> <li>The informal &#8220;how things get done&#8221; remain inconsistent with espoused values</li> <li>The change champions lose interest and move to the &#8220;next&#8221; change program</li> <li>The leaders charged with implementing the change do not possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities</li> </ul> <p>In the next post, we&#8217;ll discuss how to surgically address the failure characteristics above, create a transformation story that is rigorously architected along broad themes, the chapters in that story, and the key initiatives that those chapters produce, and the role of the leadership team in all of it.</p> <div id="_mcePaste"><span>Beer and </span><span>Nohria</span><span> (2000); Cameron and Quinn (1997); CSC Index; </span><span>Caldewell</span><span> (1994); Gross et al. (1993); </span><span>Kotter</span><span> and </span><span>Heskett</span><span> (1992); </span><span>Hickings</span><span> (1988); Conference Board report (Fortune 500 interviews); press analysis; McKinsey analysis</span></div> <div class="footnotes"> <div class="footnotedivider"></div> <ol> <li id="fn-1510-1">Beer and Nohria (2000); Cameron and Quinn (1997); CSC Index; Caldewell (1994); Gross et al. (1993); Kotter and Heskett (1992); Hickings (1988); Conference Board report (Fortune 500 interviews); press analysis; McKinsey analysis <span class="footnotereverse"><a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/shmula/dfYo#fnref-1510-1">&#8617;</a></span></li> </ol> </div> <div id="crp_related"><br /><h3>Related Posts:</h3><ul><li><a href="http://www.shmula.com/212/social-media-kind-of-explained" rel="bookmark">Social Media, Explained...Kinda</a></li><li><a href="http://www.shmula.com/299/shotgun-approach-to-recruiting" rel="bookmark">Shotgun Approach to Recruiting</a></li><li><a href="http://www.shmula.com/94/how-much-is-my-blog-worth" rel="bookmark">how much is your blog worth?</a></li><li><a href="http://www.shmula.com/363/the-toyota-a3-report" rel="bookmark">The Toyota A3 Report</a></li><li><a href="http://www.shmula.com/298/the-face-of-wisdom-teeth-removal" rel="bookmark">The Face of Wisdom Teeth Removal</a></li><li><a href="http://www.shmula.com/1424/poka-yoke-pharmaceuticals" 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and Qt?2009-09-28T04:23:45Znospam@nospam.comhttp://thesmithfam.org/blog/2009/09/27/model-view-presenter-and-qt/Here's a question for Qt hackers: Does Qt implement the Model/View/Presenter design pattern? The short answer is (drumroll): it depends on some stuff. Let's dive into it and give you a real answer. First of all, I am no Model/View/Presenter expert. I've only read what little information is available online, and I've never ...Jeremy Robb: Weekend Roundup: Politics, Autism, and Mac OS X 10.6 Training and Certifications2009-09-25T18:02:44ZJeremynospam@nospam.comhttp://blog.robbclan.com/?p=471<p>Today I thought I would throw up a quick roundup of the week that has been keeping me really busy.  </p> <p>Politics<br />First, a quick word on politics.  Not really a position, but I want to mention that I finally got a response from my Congressman, Representative Jason Chaffetz.  But not an email, or even a letter, I was called.  That&#8217;s right, he had an aide call me.  The call basically said they read on my blog that I hadn&#8217;t gotten a response, and so they wanted to be sure I got one.  They left a message because I was teaching at the time, but still, it&#8217;s cool.  How many congress members contact their constituents by phone?  I was impressed.  </p> <p>Autism<br />Lately there have been a lot of articles on the news again about the MMR vaccine and Autism.  It seems that the<a href="http://timesonline.typepad.com/science/2009/09/national-autistic-society-comes-off-the-fence-mmr-isnt-linked-to-autism.html"> National Autistic Society of Britain as finally admitted that the MMR vaccine is not the cause of autism</a>.  This is because of a survey that was conducted amongst adults and children.  It seems that the rates of autism amongst adults and those of children are the same (in Great Britain).  Why is this significant?  Because if autism were caused by the MMR shot, the autism rate would be much higher in children.  The MMR shot has only been in existence since the 1990&#8217;s.  </p> <p>Yes, yet another great pillar in the false rumors and fear spread about vaccinations has gone down.  Now, let&#8217;s focus on the education of those with Autism.  Science has triumphed again, though those who are &quot;convinced&quot; of a &quot;world-wide government conspiracy&quot; to support the MMR shot will probably still claim the same old arguments that have no basis in fact.  Wouldn&#8217;t it be nice if we just all focused on the problem at hand?  Autistic children need education, and they need it now. </p> <p>In other news, the question of Autism as a real disorder seems to be spreading.  While looking for specific details on an autism related website, I found <a href="http://www.defend.net/deluxeforums/xbox/31390-open-question-autism-real-myth.html#post331663">this post by someone questioning the existence of Autism</a>, as though it&#8217;s an excuse for parents to let their children run wild.  I&#8217;ve heard this argument a lot, always from people who have never interacted with an autistic child.  My response was long, not quite as long as their response, and a lot easier to follow because I believe in paragraphs, but it was pretty comprehensive.  Perhaps, one day, I won&#8217;t have to defend the diagnosis of doctors&#8230;  some day, perhaps.  *sigh*</p> <p>Mac OS X 10.6<br />With the release of Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.6 Server, Apple Training is preparing to launch their 10.6 training materials.  To date, only the 10.6 Support Essentials and 10.6 Server Essentials tests are available.  Hopefully the exams for Deployment and Directory Services will be made available in October, and I can get those classes ready for Spring semester.  The final class, Mac OS X 10.6 Security and Mobility, which is new, I&#8217;m hoping will be made available during the Spring, along with the T3 that I will need to attend.  The T3, I&#8217;m hoping, will be less expensive than those in the past, and will allow me to offer the class as the Capstone course in the Summer.  </p> <p>10.6 Support Essentials training materials will not be made available until late October, and 10.6 Server Essentials training materials not until late November.  So what does that mean for my classes now?  </p> <p>Well, luckily, not much has changed in Support Essentials, so preparing my students for the Support Essentials 10.6 test will not be that difficult.  Server Essentials is different on a lot of levels, like the setup and a couple of other methods, so that one will be different, though I can still cover a lot of the same material in the 10.5 class to prepare the students for the 10.6 test.  </p> <p>To date, the podcasts and Trainer exams for those ACT&#8217;s certified for 10.5 classes are yet to be made available, so I don&#8217;t have a timeline for the 10.6 classes.  I&#8217;m hoping the next Server bootcamp we have coming up in December will be 10.6.  Well, hopefully I&#8217;ll find out something by next week. </p>Will Smith: Music Player with DAAP support2009-09-25T13:00:00ZWill Smithnoreply@blogger.comhttp://undertakingyou.blogspot.com/2009/09/music-player-with-daap-support.htmlSo, yesterday I talked about setting up the DAAP server <a href="http://snorp.net/pages/tangerine">Tangerine</a>. Now I want to talk about a client music player that supports it.<br /><br /><a href="http://banshee-project.org/">Banshee</a> is supposed to support DAAP. You are supposed to be able to just fire up banshee and see any shares that are out there. I couldn't get it to find the share. It didn't matter what port I used on the server or if I had ufw disabled or not. IPTables rules opening that port in and out for both protocols changed nothing. Have no idea why it isn't being seen and you can't force banshee to look in a certain place. ((Update, I restarted my laptop and Banshee sees the share now. Who knows for how long.))<br /><br /><a href="http://projects.gnome.org/rhythmbox/">Rhythmbox</a> supports DAAP. It also allows you to specify a location. So Rhythmbox is what I have been using. Which is a bummer because my default player is banshee. However, despite not liking Rhythmbox much and being very used to something else I easily connected to the DAAP server and have been enjoying my music collection wherever I am in the house. This experience has increased my respect for the player.<br /><br /><a href="http://exaile.org">Exaile</a> is a music player that I have been playing around with lately. One of the lead devels is a friend of mine. It is a simple player who's goal is to be a gnome version of Amarok built using python. It has just recently been released at 0.3.0.1 and thus far does not support DAAP. I think that I am going to try and write the DAAP extension for it though.<br /><br />So, there is my experience connecting. If there are some other players that you know that work with DAAP I'd like to try them. So let me know.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width="1" height="1" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5820068018871366915-2384506438160685462?l=undertakingyou.blogspot.com" /></div>Jordan Gunderson: More School Brainwashing: Obama Kids2009-09-25T05:24:40ZJordynospam@nospam.comhttp://jordy.gundy.org/obama-kids-brainwashing/<p>In keeping with my recent meme of covering <a href="http://jordy.gundy.org/tag/brainwashing/">public-school brainwashing</a>, I give you the <a title="School Brainwashing" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zrsl8o4ZPo">Obama Kids</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>My favorite comment: &#8220;That must be the new &#8216;Future Czars of America&#8217; class.&#8221;  Too true.</p> <p>(Link via <a href="http://www.campaignforliberty.com/">Campaign for Liberty</a>.)</p>Christer Edwards: Minimal Window Managers: Day 12009-09-25T00:56:10ZChrister Edwardsnospam@nospam.comhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/UbuntuTutorials/~3/GDWIL4XmTlU/<p>After getting a lot of feedback from the crowd regarding window managers I&#8217;ve decided to try a few out. Initially I&#8217;ve tried awesome and wmii, and I&#8217;m fairly impressed with both. I do wish I could combine some of the features that I like from each one&#8211;and maybe that is possible. Below are my thoughts on each:</p> <p><strong>awesome</strong><br /> This window manager seems like it is very actively developed and has a decent following. It has a lot of features that I haven&#8217;t even looked at yet, but for basic window management it works well. It has a decent default configuration and is easy to navigate once you familiarize yourself with the keys.</p> <p>I like the pre-defined layouts that you can toggle through with mod-space. This allows you to really easily toggle between vertical, horizontal and many more layouts without a lot of work.</p> <p>I also like that the configuration is so simple. I really haven&#8217;t found a need to change much (yet), but the lua based config is very readable from what I&#8217;ve seen.</p> <p><strong>wmii</strong></p> <p>This window manager seems just as minimal as awesome, and even has a few things that I like that I didn&#8217;t find in awesome. The only immediate difference in wmii and awesome is the mod key is different (alt on wmii, super on awesome). wmii also swaps the status bar to the bottom vs the top and only displays the space/tag if there are open applications.</p> <p>I like the dmenu (alt-a) as well as alt-p. I find the auto-find of dmenu a little more dynamic than the super-r &#8216;run dialog&#8217; of awesome. This is one of the things I like most about wmii vs awesome.</p> <p>It seems to be easier to arrange windows in different layouts in awesome than it is in wmii, but it is possible just the same.</p> <p>At the end of the day my machine is still running wmii, but I&#8217;m yet undecided. Can anyone offer more tips on usage, scripts, plugins, etc of either?<br /> <h3>Other Points of Interest</h3> <ul class="related_post"> <li>September 23, 2009 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2009/09/23/what-is-your-preferred-minimal-window-manager/" title="What Is Your Preferred Minimal Window Manager?">What Is Your Preferred Minimal Window Manager? (22)</a></li> <li>November 11, 2008 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2008/11/11/jorge-in-december-2008-linux-journal-awesome/" title="Jorge In December 2008 Linux Journal &#8211; AWESOME!">Jorge In December 2008 Linux Journal &#8211; AWESOME! (2)</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/_wjRHxcjBJUusoUBlaFlau8IPFM/0/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/_wjRHxcjBJUusoUBlaFlau8IPFM/0/di" border="0" ismap="true" /></a><br /> <a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/_wjRHxcjBJUusoUBlaFlau8IPFM/1/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/_wjRHxcjBJUusoUBlaFlau8IPFM/1/di" border="0" ismap="true" /></a></p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UbuntuTutorials/~4/GDWIL4XmTlU" height="1" width="1" />=Utah Open Source=: UTOSC 2009: mini-LUG Meetings on Community Day2009-09-24T17:31:30Zadminnospam@nospam.comhttp://blog.utos.org/2009/09/24/utosc-2009-mini-lug-meetings-on-community-day/<p>The <a href="http://2009.utosc.com">Utah Open Source Conference</a> is just over 2 weeks away, and things are getting exciting!  Over the past few months, we have been informing you about the events and activities going on at the <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/">Utah Open Source Conference 2009</a>.  During that time, <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/schedule/2009-10-08/">community day</a> has come up a few times.  Now it&#8217;s time to dig down and focus on some of the exciting things happening during the conference on <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/schedule/2009-10-08/">Thursday, October 8</a>.</p> <h3>Sharing the Love with Local User Groups and Conferences</h3> <p>I don&#8217;t think this idea is new, but it sure is something I know we have been working very hard toward.  Over the past few weeks, we have emailed most of the <a href="http://blog.utos.org/utah-tech-groups/">Local User Groups</a> in the Mountain West and invited them to take 5 minutes directly after <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/speaker/53/">Daren Brabham</a>&#8217;s <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/53/">CrowdSourcing</a> keynote.</p> <p>The idea is that we want to promote our Local User Groups, since this is part of the <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/pages/about/">UTOS</a> charter.  Each LUG will come up and talk about their meetings and what goes on during the meetings.  We think it is really important that they have an opportunity to provide useful information about free and open source technologies.</p> <p>In addition, we have representatives from a few local conferences who will be standing before the crowded auditorium as well.  They&#8217;ll come to share their passions and their events.  We have representatives from <a href="http://utah.wordcamp.org/">WordCamp</a>, <a href="http://podcampslc.org/">PodCampSLC</a> and more&#8230;</p> <h3>mini-LUG Meetings</h3> <p>After the presentations, several of the groups will be holding their <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/cat/19/">LUG meetings</a> at <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/">UTOSC 2009</a>.  These meetings are free to attend for anyone, however, if you wish to attend other activities on Thursday, we ask that you register on our website.  Registering for UTOSC 2009 brings in monetary funds to help these LUGs grow.</p> <p>In between many of the 5 minute presentations, we&#8217;ll be handing out SWAG or other cool stuff.  If you paid money or are a volunteer for UTOSC 2009, make sure to get a raffle ticket when you arrive!</p> <h3><span>Register for UTOSC 2009 Today!!</span></h3> <p>Registration is available at <a href="http://attend.utosc.com/" target="_blank">http://attend.utosc.com</a><br /> Presentation and event information is available at <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/" target="_blank">http://2009.utosc.com</a></p> <p>Contact your <a href="http://blog.utos.org/utah-tech-groups/" target="_blank">LUG</a> or a <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/sponsor/list/" target="_blank">sponsor</a> for discount tickets today.</p> <p>See you all at the Utah Open Source Conference 2009, October 8 – 10</p>Phil Windley: Claiming My Right to a Purpose-Centric Web: SideWiki2009-09-24T16:50:24Znospam@nospam.comhttp://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/claiming_my_right_to_a_purposecentric_web_sidewiki.shtml<!-- title: Claiming My Right to a Purpose-Centric Web: SideWiki --> <!-- category: newsletter --> <!-- keywords: google, sidewiki, purpose+web, kynetx --> <div class="zemanta-img"><a href="http://www.crunchbase.com/product/google-toolbar"><img src="http://www.crunchbase.com/assets/images/resized/0001/2866/12866v1-max-450x450.png" alt="Image representing Google Toolbar as depicted ..." border="0" width="125px" /></a><p class="zemanta-img-attribution">Image via <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com">CrunchBase</a></p></div> <p> Yesterday Google released a small project called <a href="http://www.google.com/sidewiki/">SideWiki</a>. SideWiki, enabled by the Google Toolbar, allows people to write commentary about Web pages and see the comments that other have left. The service is opt-in: people can install the toolbar or not and even when it's there, turn SideWiki off if they don't want to see it. But it's not opt-in for a site--you can comment on any page without the permission of the owner. </p> <p> The reaction has been interesting. I've seen tweets from people about how they thought it was wrong for people to be able to comment on a Web site (likening it to graffiti or <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/23/google-steps-where-many-have-stumbled-sidewiki/">defacement</a>). <a href="http://scripting.com/">Dave Winer</a> <a href="http://twitter.com/davewiner/statuses/4327686413">asked</a> "what if I don't want it on my site?" That's a curious sentiment because it's not <em>on your site</em>. Rather it's <em>about your site</em>. What makes it difficult to accept is that the browser is displaying the comments alongside the page itself. </p> <p> I don't want to debate the particulars of SideWiki itself. And there's plenty to discuss: Why is this better or worse than comments on the site? Is it OK for commentary to be split and <a href="http://www.buzzmachine.com/2009/09/23/google-sidewiki-danger/">"put behind a hedge."</a> Will it become a SPAM machine? Is Google the right player to control this. And so on. </p> <p> The real issue is larger than any of that: <em>do people have the right to control how Web content is displayed in their browser?</em> I'm intensely interested in the whole idea of client-side Web augmentation or modification. If you read my blog post from Tuesday on <a href="http://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/the_forgotten_edge_and_the_purposecentric_web.shtml">Building the Purpose Centric Web</a>, you'll know that I'm an advocate of the techniques Google is using and more. I believe that people will get more from the Web when client-side tools that manipulate Web sites to the individual's purpose are widely and freely available. A purpose-centric Web requires client-side management of Web sites. SideWiki is a <em>mild example</em> of this. </p> <p> The <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/23/google-steps-where-many-have-stumbled-sidewiki/">reaction</a> that "I own this site and you're defacing it" is rooted in the location metaphor of the Web. Purpose-centric activities don't do away with the idea that Web sites are things that people and organizations own and control. But it's silly to think of Web sites the same way we do land. I'm not trespassing when I use HTTP to GET the content of a Web page and I'm not defacing that content when I modify it--in my own browser--to more closely fit my purpose. </p> <p> For a different example, consider <a href="http://getglue.com/home">Adaptive Blue's Glue</a>. Glue is a browser add-on that alerts you to what your friends are saying about movies, TV shows, and so on. The way it works, and even what it allows, are not all that different from SideWiki. I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of interesting things to do on the client-side that mash-up, remix, annotate, augment, and just plain modify Web content (<em>not the sites themselves</em>) in the browser. </p> <p> I understand why people who have cut their teeth and made their living creating Web sites would object when people start to mess with Web content inside the browser. The reasoning goes something like: "I worked hard to create this and want it to be just so and now you're changing it!" But it's ironic when people who've fought against that logic when the <a class="zem_slink" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recording_Industry_Association_of_America" title="Recording Industry Association of America" rel="wikipedia">RIAA</a> and <a class="zem_slink" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_Picture_Association_of_America" title="Motion Picture Association of America" rel="wikipedia">MPAA</a> used it in support of an outdated business model, apply that same reasoning to the Web. </p> <p> With that, let me state something unequivocally: </p> <blockquote> I claim the right to mash-up, remix, annotate, augment, and otherwise modify Web content for my purposes in my browser using any tool I choose and I extend to everyone else that same privilege. </blockquote> <p> You may not like what people do with your Web content. We can debate the business model or ethics of specific applications of client-side technologies. But don't threaten my right to purpose-centric Web. </p> <div class="zemanta-pixie"><img class="zemanta-pixie-img" alt="" src="http://img.zemanta.com/pixy.gif?x-id=9bc03a1a-1862-4922-bcd7-4b29eca2b223" /><span class="zem-script more-related pretty-attribution"></span></div> <p>Tags: </p>Peter Abilla: Respect for People, Underutilized People, and Waste2009-09-24T13:48:38Zpsabillanospam@nospam.comhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shmula/dfYo/~3/qsxVtFgo0wU/respect-for-people-underutilized-people-and-waste<p><img class="alignright" src="http://www.shmula.com/wp-content/gallery/blog-pictures/shmula-janitor.jpg" alt="adoption, International, Domestic, Waiting, child, baby, infant, adoption, adopt, adopting, adoption" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="138" height="203" align="right" />The two pillars in Lean Thinking are Continuous Improvement and Respect for People.  What is not well understood is that most of what we know as The Toyota Production System comes from these two pillars.  The Lean sub-culture tends to over-emphasize the &#8220;tools&#8221; of Kaizen, but miss the point altogether, since the tools stem or originate from one of the pillars above.  The relationship between the 2 Pillars and Waste is subtle, but important.</p> <p>For example, let&#8217;s take the Andon Cord, a tool in the Toyota Production System.</p> <p>An Andon is a cord that hangs on both sides of a production line. It is to be ‘pulled’ when a problem happens on the line and, when pulled, production stops on the line, loud irritating Japanese music blasts through the speakers, bringing attention to everybody that there is a problem.  The team gathers together, conducts root cause analysis (<a title="learn how to conduct root cause analysis" href="http://shmula.com/382/ask-why-five-times-about-every-matter">5-why’s</a>), implements countermeasures (solutions on the spot), then the production line start again and the Japanese music stops.</p> <a href="http://www.shmula.com/wp-content/gallery/blog-pictures/shmula-andon.jpg" title="" class="thickbox" rel="singlepic88"> <img class="ngg-singlepic ngg-center" src="http://www.shmula.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/nggshow.php?pid=88&width=320&height=240&mode=" alt="shmula-andon" title="shmula-andon" /> </a> <p>Now, suppose your organization breeds fear in its people and that questioning the status quo or speaking-up when there is a problem is viewed as bad. In this type of environment, implementing the ‘tool’ of an Andon Cord will not work.  Why?  An Andon Cord is just a tool, but it represents an organizational tenet of &#8220;if there&#8217;s a problem, please speak your mind and be not afraid.&#8221;  If that tenet doesn&#8217;t exist, then it makes sense that nobody will pull the Andon Cord.</p> <p><strong><span>Changing Worldview, Changing Behaviors</span></strong></p> <p>Lean Thinking is more about changing worldview and behaviors:</p> <blockquote><p>when you change a person&#8217;s worldview, a change in their behavior will follow, then they begin to improve their world</p></blockquote> <p>In this specific example, an Andon Cord did not work because the fundamental worldview of the company is that they do not want to know if there are problems, or that they do not value the employees&#8217; opinions or input &#8212; THAT is a bigger problem than the cumulative effect of all defects in the company (more precisely, that is the root cause of <a title="the 7 wastes, shmula.com" href="http://www.shmula.com/1322/process-bloat-a-hidden-indigestion">waste</a> as well as issues in organizational effectiveness).</p> <p>For this example, here is what is at play:</p> <ol> <li>Speak-up if you see a problem</li> <li>Don’t pass problems <strong>up or down</strong> the value chain</li> <li>Improve the way you work, the service, and the product</li> <li>There is an end-customer, but the person <strong>upstream and downstream</strong> from you is also your customer</li> </ol> <p>If an organization doesn’t subscribe to these basic principles, then no matter how many Andon Cords are available at your company — nobody will pull them.</p> <p><span><strong>Underutilized People</strong></span></p> <p>Switching gears now.  A related tenet to the Respect for People Pillar, is the idea of Underutilized People.  While not officially one of the 7 Wastes in Lean, Underutilized People clearly sits in the Respect for People Pillar.</p> <p>Barry Schwartz, in an inspiring <a title="shmula.com, ted.com, barry schwartz" href="http://is.gd/3BEQf" target="_blank">TED talk on Practical Wisdom</a>, explains the impact on the organization and customers when the company structure and values creates underutilized people:</p> <p>In this talk, Schwartz tells us about a hospital janitor, showing the responsibilities associated with the job in their job description.  Of all the Janitor job descriptions, not a single one involves interacting with other people.  When Schwartz interviewed hospital janitors about the challenges of their jobs, all the problems they listed dealt with other people.</p> <p>For example, good janitors knew <strong>not to vacuum the floor when guests were napping</strong>, or <strong>not to mop the floor when a patient was walking the hallways</strong> and restoring his strength.  Being a hospital janitor involves interactions that require kindness, care and empathic thought that’s not in the job description.</p> <p>To test Barry Schwartz&#8217;s findings, I went to Monster.com (<a title="shmula.com, new york stock exchange, monster.com, monster worldwide" href="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=MWW" target="_blank">NYSE: MWW</a>) and search for &#8220;Hospital Janitor&#8221;.  The job description is one I found for an Elderly Care Facility:</p> <ul> <blockquote> <li>Cleans and maintains entry lobby, including cleaning of windows, doors, mopping floors, vacuuming carpets, etc., at least daily, and more if necessary to maintain excellent entrance appeal.</li> <li>Cleans laundry room, community room, conference room, and management offices on a daily basis.</li> <li>Vacuums hallways on a daily basis.</li> <li>Cleans community bathrooms on a daily basis, more if necessary to maintain in a sanitary manner.</li> <li>Cleans stairways and elevators on a regularly scheduled basis.</li> <li>Does cleaning of units, including stoves, refrigerators, bathrooms, floors, windows, etc.</li> <li>Reports all maintenance repairs needed to Maintenance Supervisor.</li> <li>Sweeps and cleans parking lot on daily basis.</li> <li>Waters flower box on a daily basis (seasonal).</li> <li>Picks up trash from grounds.</li> <li>Uses hose to clean front entry walks.</li> <li>Changes all light bulbs in hallways and common areas.</li> <li>Does minor work orders for residents and/or management as assigned by Maintenance Supervisor.</li> <li>Reliable&#8230;Must be able to work a flexible work schedule</li> </blockquote> </ul> <p>Not one of the requirements deals with elderly patients, listening to them tell war stories, smiling at them, or any other small nice-ities that can make the day for an elderly person.  This job description reflects the values of the company.</p> <p><strong><span>A Long-Winded, Jagged Post</span></strong></p> <p>Yes, a lot of inter-related ideas in this post.  Here&#8217;s the point:</p> <p>Worldview and Values matter &#8211; those dictate the behaviors of everybody in the company.  When &#8220;tools&#8221; don&#8217;t work, that is because the values don&#8217;t support the &#8220;tools&#8221;.  Focus on Worldview and Behavior &#8212; then the rest will follow.</p> <div id="crp_related"><br /><h3>Related Posts:</h3><ul><li><a href="http://www.shmula.com/484/its-the-people-also-not-just-the-tools" rel="bookmark">It's the People also, not just the Tools</a></li><li><a href="http://www.shmula.com/339/the-toyota-code-of-conduct" rel="bookmark">The Toyota Code of Conduct</a></li><li><a href="http://www.shmula.com/1398/business-is-like-a-garden" rel="bookmark">Business and Garden-Variety Defects</a></li><li><a href="http://www.shmula.com/205/information-technology-at-toyota" rel="bookmark">Information Technology at Toyota</a></li><li><a href="http://www.shmula.com/1510/why-transformation-efforts-fail" rel="bookmark">Why Transformation Efforts Fail</a></li><li><a href="http://www.shmula.com/377/from-factory-floor-to-the-hospital" rel="bookmark">From 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At least I think it is. My wife and I each had a nice collection of CD's and upon married the two collections joined also. Then iTunes and other downloadable music websites came along and BANG, the collection grew by leaps and bounds.<br /><br />I find myself on my laptop a lot. It is nice because I can move around with my daughter, go outside . . . we all know the benefits of the laptop and wireless. With this mobile lifestyle I still want my music wherever I go. So comes the benefits of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Audio_Access_Protocol">DAAP</a>. <br /><br />So basically a DAAP share is a streaming music share, that shows you all available songs and then streams them to your computer.<br /><br />First I tried mt-daapd. It sucks. Really, I would never use it again. It didn't matter how often I told it to rescan my collection it only found 287 songs. A far cry from the thousands that I do have. <br /><br />In swoops <a href="http://snorp.net/pages/tangerine">Tangerine</a>. It is a lightweight DAAP server with a gui front end. Just say where the music is and that you want to share it. With the music location you have a couple options. You can specify a folder, specify a music players library (such as banshee or rhythmbox) or you can just have beagle tell it about all music files and it will share them. Viola you are done! Just use your music player on your local box to access the share (More on that tomorrow).<br /><br />Downsides of Tangerine: <br /> * when using the gui it does not specify a port. It uses a random one which makes it hard if you need to punch wholes in a firewall. Easy workaround. Don't use the gui. Edit the .tangerine file in your home dir and you will see the port directive. Then just run 'tangerine' at the command line or via an app launcher. <br /> * For some reason Not all the tags are properly handled on the client. So it shows all my music. And most has all the right tagging. But some is unknown artist with known album titles and some is just unknown. I don't know why it does that so if you have any thoughts I'd love to hear them.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width="1" height="1" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5820068018871366915-7748942209555273421?l=undertakingyou.blogspot.com" /></div>=Utah Open Source=: UTOSC 2009 is just over 2 weeks away!2009-09-23T23:10:37Zadminnospam@nospam.comhttp://blog.utos.org/2009/09/23/utosc-2009-is-just-over-2-weeks-away/<p>Are you planning on coming to the Utah Open Source Conference 2009?  Are you thinking about it?  Have you been considering it, but aren&#8217;t sure?  Well, now is the time, before prices go up! <a href="http://attend.utosc.com"> Save 30% with Early Bird rates before Sept 26</a>!!</p> <p>What you will be missing if you decide not to attend UTOSC 2009 is an amazing list of keynotes, presentations, events and much, much more.  Here&#8217;s just a sampling of some of the things we have in store for you.</p> <h3>Community Day &#8211; October 8, 2009</h3> <p>At 8am, before even the conference is happening is the great <a href="http://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/utah_open_source_conference_and_the_cto_breakfast.shtml">CTO Breakfast</a> with your favorite host, Phil Windley.  <strong>This event is free for anyone to attend</strong>.  Don&#8217;t miss out!  It will be held at the cafeteria, just west of the <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/pages/venue/">Miller Free Enterprise Center</a>.</p> <p>UTOSC 2009 has a great keynote in <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/53/">Daren Brabham</a> from right here in Utah.  Every year, we have at least one local keynote to present something they are passionately interested in talking with our conference attendees.  Crowdsourcing is Daren&#8217;s interest, he&#8217;s been working on it for some time!</p> <p>Several <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/cat/19/">Local User Groups</a> and <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/cat/14/">Birds of a Feather</a> sessions are taking place, and we&#8217;ve still got a few things up our sleeve!!  Come see presentations on <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/17/">Machine Learning</a>, <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/95/">Virtual Machines</a> and more!</p> <p>At the end of the day, we have <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/124/">Ignite Salt Lake 3.5</a> with some really great presentations, another free community event, <a href="http://attend.utosc.com">but you need to register</a>.  <a href="http://www.ignitesaltlake.com/ignite/index.cfm/speakersagenda/">Check out the presenters</a> for this awesome event!</p> <h3>Geek Day &#8211; October 9, 2009</h3> <p>Starting off with our keynote, <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/67/">Stormy Peters from the GNOME Foundation</a>, all through the day is about the <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/schedule/2009-10-09/">presentations</a>.  We have presentations for everyone.  From very technical for the <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/36/">programmer</a> and <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/71/">system administrator</a> to <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/68/">fun and entertaining</a> presentations, this day is full of goodness.</p> <p>At the end of the day, we have the <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/123/">GPG Keysigning BoF</a> which will be lots of fun.  Make sure to bring your <a href="http://keysigning.org">GPG key</a> or <a href="http://www.cryptnet.net/fdp/crypto/keysigning_party/en/keysigning_party.html">read up how to generate one</a>!</p> <h4>Geek Dinner &#8211; Spaghetti Mama&#8217;s</h4> <p>After all of the presentations and activities on Friday, we&#8217;ll head on over to <a href="http://www.spaghettimamas.com/">Spaghetti Mama</a>&#8217;s for the <strong>Geek Dinner</strong> at 8pm.  The entire community is invited, so come on over and enjoy pizza and pasta with your friends and community.  It should be a great party!</p> <h3>Family Day &#8211; October 10, 2009</h3> <p>As we did in 2008, from 10am-2pm on Saturday, we&#8217;re going to be making a very special effort around families.  If you have registered for a <a href="http://attend.utosc.com">Full Access Pass</a>, we invite you to bring your family for the Family related activities and presentations.  We have presentations on <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/speaker/23/">GIMP (photo-editiing)</a>, <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/91/">setting up computers for kids to use</a> as well as some activities like a GPS treasure hunt and a family oriented <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/cat/18/">Try-It Lab workshop</a>.  Family members need not register to attend on Saturday, just show up and have some fun!</p> <p>Don&#8217;t forget to attend Dave McAllister&#8217;s keynote on <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/presentation/105/">Open Source and Adobe</a>.  This presentation promises to be ground breaking in every way.  Now that Adobe will own a local company in Omniture, there are definitely some good vibes coming through.</p> <h4>Come for a Pizza Party, sponsored by openSUSE</h4> <p>In addition to all the activities we have scheduled for Family Day, the folks over at <a href="http://opensuse.org">openSUSE</a> have pitched in a ton of pizza and drinks.  Starting at about 11:45am until about 1pm, there will be pizza available for everyone at the conference, though it is first come, first served.  Come and grab a slice and share a conversation with family and friends.</p> <p>As the <a href="http://2009.utosc.com">Utah Open Source Conference</a> winds down around 7pm, we&#8217;ll be setting up the boardgames to play.  We&#8217;ve got quite a few games available, and you can bring your own as well.  We&#8217;ll probably get to play as late as we like, so come on by and enjoy a nice relaxing game of Settlers of Catan, Carcassone or Perudo while discussing the weekends activities and fun!</p> <p>See you all in just a couple of weeks.</p> <p>Cheers,</p> <p>Clint</p>Matt Harrison: PyCon rst2odp offer2009-09-23T18:22:00ZMattnospam@nospam.comhttp://panela.blog-city.com/pycon_rst2odp_offer.htm<p>If anyone is considering using rst2s5, please give rst2odp (odp is the format that OOo uses) a try. If your slides work on rst2s5 but not on rst2odp, let me know and I'll try to address that. I've been using it for a while now, but I got some feedback that others have had issues, so I'd like to address those.</p> <p>Why rst2odp? Template support, console presenter mode (supports presenter only notes), export to pdf/html/ppt, great fonts, no reloading firefox, tweak final output in OOo (though I never do this), beautiful code highlighting (via pygments). <a href="http://assets.en.oreilly.com/1/event/27/Best%20practices%20for%20%27scripting%27%20with%20Python%203%20Presentation%201.pdf">Here's a sample of rst2odp output (exported to pdf)</a>.</p> <p>ps - Preliminary table support just landed in svn!</p>Christer Edwards: What Is Your Preferred Minimal Window Manager?2009-09-23T16:37:04ZChrister Edwardsnospam@nospam.comhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/UbuntuTutorials/~3/UahUSTxRrkU/<p>Yesterday I spent some time playing with some alternative window managers. After spending hours and hours tinkering with the internals of GNOME in preparation for my presentation at the <a title="Utah Open Source Conference" href="http://2009.utosc.com">Utah Open Source Conference</a> I needed a change of scenery. I experimented with evilwm and openbox primarily. They were both very interesting, and I realized there are so many more that I haven&#8217;t even considered yet. What do you use?</p> <p>I keep hearing about other window managers like Awesome, xmonad, etc, etc. I&#8217;m curious about trying them out but I&#8217;m not sure I&#8217;d know where to start. If you use any of these (ie; anything other than the &#8217;standard&#8217; GNOME or KDE environments) please drop a comment regarding why.</p> <p>To give you an idea about my computing habits, I generally only really need the following:</p> <ul> <li>Terminal (gnome-terminal preferred, xterm is fine)</li> <li>Browser (chromium or something else lightweight)</li> <li>Email (evolution or mutt generally)</li> <li>Keyboard control (if I could spend a day without touching the mouse, that&#8217;d be awesome)</li> </ul> <p>I appreciate the feedback. Hopefully I&#8217;ll be able to generate some posts based on using some of these other window managers soon.<br /> <h3>Other Points of Interest</h3> <ul class="related_post"> <li>September 24, 2009 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2009/09/24/minimal-window-managers-day-1/" title="Minimal Window Managers: Day 1">Minimal Window Managers: Day 1 (1)</a></li> <li>September 21, 2009 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2009/09/21/completely-hide-gnome-panel/" title="Completely Hide GNOME Panel">Completely Hide GNOME Panel (3)</a></li> <li>September 16, 2009 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2009/09/16/how-do-you-customize-your-gnome-desktop/" title="How Do You Customize Your GNOME Desktop?">How Do You Customize Your GNOME Desktop? 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LaDereyon loves to play computer games. LaDereyon loves to go to school.  Some of his favorite subjects in school include math, science, social studies and reading.  LaDereyon also likes to play outdoor activities including swimming and playing basketball and football.</p> <p>CeNea (born 6/2005) is a happy child who is always smiling and giving hugs.  CeNea is a very talkative child who loves to use her imagination.  CeNea loves to watch Dora the Explorer.  CeNea also loves to play outdoors.  Some of her favorite outdoor activities include running and playing on the jungle gym.</p> <p>LeJean (born 4/2007) is the youngest of the sibling group.  LeJean has a very playful disposition.  He loves giving hugs and kisses.  LeJean loves to play with his two older siblings. LeJean also likes to play independently and try new activities on his own.</p> <p>If you are interested, please contact <a title="inquiry: ladereyon, cenea, lejean" href="mailto:jean.sailors@cornerstonesofcare.org?subject=Inquiry: Ladereyon, Cenea, LaJean!">Jean Sailors</a> or <a title="inquiry: ladereyon, cenea, lejean" href="mailto:crystal.quinlan@cornerstonesofcare.org?subject=Inquiry: Ladereyon, Cenea, LaJean!">Crystal Quinlan</a>.</p> <p>Please help spread the word.  Tell you friends on Facebook, Twitter, and everyone you know.</p> <p><em>click on the images below for a larger picture</em></p> <a href="http://www.shmula.com/wp-content/gallery/blog-pictures/lejean-ladereyon-cenea.jpg" title="" class="thickbox" rel="singlepic87"> <img class="ngg-singlepic ngg-center" src="http://www.shmula.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/nggshow.php?pid=87&width=320&height=240&mode=" alt="lejean-ladereyon-cenea" title="lejean-ladereyon-cenea" /> </a> <a 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The conference is October 8th through 10th at Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus.<br /><br />So this weeks highlight: <a href="http://utosc.com/presentation/101/">Virtual Private Networking with OpenVPN </a> How/why to set up your own OpenVPN server for your home and office for easy remote access.<br /><br />I have used OpenVPN for years and love it. This will be a great overview of the Open Source VPN service.<br /><br />More info and registration can be found at <a href="http://2009.utosc.com">utosc.com</a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width="1" height="1" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5820068018871366915-7314546430443199154?l=undertakingyou.blogspot.com" /></div>Jesse Stay: I <3 the web.2009-09-23T08:19:40ZJesse Staynospam@nospam.comhttp://staynalive.com/articles/2009/09/23/the-open-web-is-it-really-what-we-think-it-is/<p><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-2488" title="OneWebDay" src="http://staynalive.com/files/2009/09/20090917-7giaw8y51xi8424g79xsny6ng.png" alt="OneWebDay" width="250" height="100" />Yesterday was <a href="http://factoryjoe.com/blog/2009/09/17/celebrate-the-open-web-on-onewebday/" target="_blank">OneWebDay</a>, a day to celebrate the open web and bring more awareness to technologies. I just wrote about <a href="http://staynalive.com/articles/2009/09/23/lets-take-this-just-one-step-further-google/" target="_blank">one thing Google is doing to make the web more open</a>, something I strongly support.  I want to touch on something Facebook is doing which I don&#8217;t think is being fully appreciated.  And it&#8217;s not what you think it is.  First, I want you to watch <a href="http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=28083185043" target="_blank">this video</a> &#8211; it&#8217;s Mark Zuckerberg&#8217;s keynote from Facebook&#8217;s F8 conference for developers last year.  Don&#8217;t read on until you see it or you may not understand what I&#8217;m trying to get at here.</p> <p>In the video, Mark Zuckerberg states that Facebook&#8217;s mission is in &#8220;giving people the <em>power to share</em> in order to make the world more <em>open and connected</em> place.&#8221;   I want you to give that some thought. We&#8217;ve always talked about the open web being the opening up of content so everyone has access to it.  That&#8217;s the essence of the web. It has no borders or boundaries, and has no controls over it.  That is how it was built and how it should be.  The web is about linking documents to each other, and indexing those documents so they are easily accessible and retrievable by those that want to find it.  The traditional open web is about the power to <em>receive</em>.</p> <p>Enter the social web.  Now we have all these social networks &#8211; Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Orkut, Hi5, LinkedIn, and many others all striving to redefine the web, each in their own way.  In the end each of these networks is giving a layer to the web which connects people instead of documents and in the end brings people together.  At the same time we&#8217;re indexing people, and from those people comes relevancy and documents which others can share with one-another.  Many argue that this method of indexing is even more accurate, because it is spread from person-to-person, and it&#8217;s real-time.</p> <p>There&#8217;s one problem with the social web in terms of openness.  People don&#8217;t want their lives exposed.  They just want the documents they prefer to share with the world exposed.  In the end, because we&#8217;re dealing with people, there still needs to be some bounds of privacy, yet people should still have the control to make what they want open, open. Without these controls, there is no freedom, as people are required to completely expose their lives to reveal even a bit of content with the rest of the world.</p> <p>This is why I think on the Social Web, &#8220;Open&#8221; is defined much differently.  I think Facebook sees this. In a social environment, the role of technology should be in making relationships more open, making the ability to share more open, not necessarily the documents people are sharing themselves. In a Social Web &#8220;Open&#8221; is about how &#8220;Open&#8221; you are to enabling your users to make the decision whether they want to make their documents public or not, and fully enabling them to do so if they want to.  The thing is, a Social ecosystem is not &#8220;Open&#8221; if it doesn&#8217;t give users the <em>freedom</em> to keep those documents private if they want to as well.</p> <p>Facebook takes this new layer of &#8220;Open&#8221; to another level though. As of last year they have been branching out of their walls, enabling other websites to take these tools, giving each website the control to extend this level of control to their own users.  Now websites can take the existing social graphs of users and enable those users to automatically share what they want with their friends, respecting the privacy controls of those friends.  I should note that Google Friend Connect is doing similar things in that realm (albeit with less privacy controls, IMO making it a less &#8220;open&#8221; or &#8220;free&#8221; ecosystem to allow users full control of that data).</p> <p>I think what we may be defining as a &#8220;Walled Garden&#8221; or &#8220;closed ecosystem&#8221; may indeed be the actual definition of &#8220;Open&#8221; on the social web.  Remember, it&#8217;s about opening up the <em>control </em>of the user to share all, some, or none of the content they want to share.  The more &#8220;Open&#8221; a system is to doing this, the more open users are to share data, the more open it is to having their friends see that data, and the more open it is to allowing others search for that data, while at the same time being open to letting the users that want to control that data keep it under closed wall.  The web has lacked this ability until recently.  In a true &#8220;Open&#8221; Social Ecosystem, if data is not available via search and other means, it is the fault of the users, not the network itself.  Data that <em>is</em> available to the web is the responsibility of the users, not the responsibility of the network itself. I think Facebook is the closest to this definition of &#8220;Open&#8221; out there right now.  I think that&#8217;s why they have over 300 million users and are still growing.</p> <p>On the Social Web, &#8220;Open&#8221; is about the power to <em>give</em>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2489" title="I <3 the web." /><3 the web." src="http://staynalive.com/files/2009/09/3929246011_9776c72b28_o.png" alt="I <3 the web." width="450" height="477" /></p> <p class="fbconnect_share"></p>Jesse Stay: Let’s Take This Just One Step Further Google2009-09-23T07:33:31ZJesse Staynospam@nospam.comhttp://staynalive.com/articles/2009/09/23/lets-take-this-just-one-step-further-google/<p><img class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-2484" title="Chrome" src="http://staynalive.com/files/2009/09/chrome-150x150.jpg" alt="Chrome" width="150" height="150" />I think I speak for all developers when I say that having to develop for IE browsers sucks.  Internet Explorer, unfortunately still the most widely used browser on the internet, has failed the development community and the web in general in keeping up with internet standards. While developers can do some really <a href="http://googlecode.blogspot.com/2009/09/video-introduction-to-html-5.html" target="_blank">cool stuff with HTML 5</a> and open source browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Webkit-based Safari, IE misses the mark. Unfortunately this goes for even the most recent versions of Microsoft&#8217;s browser.</p> <p>This is why I was really happy to see Google <a href="http://googlecode.blogspot.com/2009/09/introducing-google-chrome-frame.html" target="_blank">produce a plugin for IE called Chrome Frame</a>, which when installed, loads a Chrome browser within IE for the user giving the user all the added functionality of a modern HTML 5-compliant browser without having to do much at all to switch to a new environment or fiddle with the default browser settings.  I think it&#8217;s a pretty clever idea.</p> <p>What I think is even more clever is that Google is now requiring users to install the plugin if they are going to use their upcoming product, <a href="http://wave.google.com" target="_blank">Google Wave</a>.  When Google Wave launches, if users visit the product in Internet Explorer, they will get a message that looks like this:</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2483" title="chrome frame message" src="http://staynalive.com/files/2009/09/cf-in-ie-300x234.PNG.png" alt="chrome frame message" width="300" height="234" /></p> <p>I think most users won&#8217;t even blink an eyelash to installing it, and, just like Flash or Quicktime or any other type of Internet Explorer plugin they&#8217;ll have no problem agreeing and installing it within their browser.  This is especially if they want to use Google Wave, something I predict could very well replace Gmail and the way we communicate today in the future.  But I think Google should do more.</p> <p>Let&#8217;s take this one step further.  I think it would be really cool if Google provided simple HTML/JavaScript code that provides the exact html you see above, that any developer can install on their website.  Any developer can do that now by writing their own browser detection code in JavaScript, but let&#8217;s make this as easy as possible and standardize it. If users become familiar with this style and look, they will be much less likely to complain and much more likely to install.</p> <p>As a developer I would be more than happy to install such code on my site, reducing the amount of time I have to spend switching computers to test in IE and messing with entirely different standards, increasing the time I have to develop my app.  As an entrepreneur and business owner it&#8217;s simply too costly to have to worry about so many different browsers at once.  If I could focus on simply the standards and get all the new HTML functionality right now without duplicating my effort in 2 browser environments that would be a huge win for me, and definitely worth the investment. I&#8217;d install it in a heartbeat.</p> <p>So how about it Google? Let&#8217;s provide that message and plugin install widget for all developers and make this a much more open and modern web outside of the control of Microsoft.  I&#8217;m loving where Google is going with this.</p> <p class="fbconnect_share"></p>Steve Dibb: new pear setup2009-09-23T03:59:31ZStevenospam@nospam.comhttp://wonkabar.org/2009/09/22/new-pear-setup/<p>I've just commited PEAR 1.8.1 to the tree (and will do 1.9.0 shortly to get us up to speed), but I wanted to let users know about a change in the way packages are installed.  Actually, it only affects the base packages.  Up until now, the PEAR-PEAR package in portage included all the necessary deps in one ebuild.  With this new version, I've split each package up into its own ebuild.</p> <p>There's a couple of reasons for this, but the most important is that it will give us flexibility to deal with changes from upstream.  For example, with 1.8.1 and above, PEAR changed it's base XML dependency to XML_Util.  That one was already in the tree, and so the new pear base system relies on that.  If the other base ones change between versions, we can focus on that.</p> <p>Another nice little change is that the base system ebuild now is just dev-php/pear.  So, "emerge pear" and you're done.</p> <p>The new versions are all currently marked as unstable across the arches.  I would appreciate any and all feedback on the change.  I'm still a bit skeptical that this is the best approach, and a bit nervous at any fallout that may occur, so please file bug reports and let me know if you have any issues.  Thanks, all. <img src="http://wonkabar.org/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" class="wp-smiley" /> </p>Marc Christensen: SLLUG meeting this Wednesday (Sept 23, 2009): Introduction to SUSE Studio2009-09-23T00:03:48Zsite adminnospam@nospam.comhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Mecworks/~3/lwY7n3OtDK4/<p>For this month&#8217;s Salt Lake Linux Users Group meeting I&#8217;ll be presenting on SUSE Studio. The announcement follows:</p> <p><a id="more-277"></a> <center> <!-- google_ad_client = "pub-9937471751852775"; /* 468x60, created 10/14/08 */ google_ad_slot = "0427753236"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; //--> </center> </p> <pre>Hi everyone, This month's <a href="http://www.sllug.org" target="_new">Salt Lake Linux Users Group</a> (SLLUG) meeting will be an introduction to <a href="http://susestudio.com" target="_new">SUSE Studio</a>. Have you ever wanted to make your own live CD? A specialty Linux Appliance? A bootable USB Linux distro or virtual machine image customized to exactly what you want? SUSE Studio makes it incredibly easy to do. With it, you have the ability to add you own RPMs to a base image or select from several repositories available in the openSUSE Build Service. You can brand and customize your distro as well. Does your company have a Linux product they want to support but find many problems stem from a variety of unknown software beneath the product or resulting from incompatible libraries found in older or unsupported/tested distributions? Your company could control everything in a single supported environment and distribute as a live CD or virtual machine image solving the issues completely or just make an easy way for customers to test-drive a product. I&#8217;ll give a brief introduction to SUSE Studio to help you get started. <a href="http://susestudio.com" target="_new">http://susestudio.com</a> <a href="http://susestudio.com/screencast/" target="_new">http://susestudio.com/screencast/</a> Time/Date: &#8212;&#8212;&#8212;- Wednesday, Sept, 23, 2009 7:10pm p.m. Place: &#8212;&#8212;&#8212;- Room 101 or 103 in Lower Warnock Engineering Building Directions/Parking: Directions - [<a href="http://www.map.utah.edu/index.jsp?find=62" target="_new">http://www.map.utah.edu/index.jsp?find=62</a>] Parking can be found just East of the WEB building and there is a big lot just North of the Merrill Engineering building (MEB). Parking is free after 6:00 (Based on the signs posted. Always check in case this changes.) Special thanks go to: - <a href="http://www.utah.edu" target="_new">U of U</a> for providing the meeting room. - Various Volunteers</pre> <center> <!-- google_ad_client = "pub-9937471751852775"; /* 468x60, created 10/14/08 */ google_ad_slot = "0427753236"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; //--> </center> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Mecworks?a=lwY7n3OtDK4:t010YcB-TxQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Mecworks?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0" /></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Mecworks?a=lwY7n3OtDK4:t010YcB-TxQ:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Mecworks?i=lwY7n3OtDK4:t010YcB-TxQ:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0" /></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Mecworks?a=lwY7n3OtDK4:t010YcB-TxQ:2mJPEYqXBVI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Mecworks?d=2mJPEYqXBVI" border="0" /></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Mecworks?a=lwY7n3OtDK4:t010YcB-TxQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Mecworks?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0" /></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Mecworks/~4/lwY7n3OtDK4" height="1" width="1" />Ryan Byrd: MySQL Running Total2009-09-22T17:59:16Zmenospam@nospam.comhttp://www.ryanbyrd.net/techramble/2009/09/22/mysql-running-total/<p>Maybe you&#8217;d like to have a running total column in a MySQL data set so you can graph the hourly running sum of sales, for example. With MySQL, you could do something like:<br /> mysql> SET @running_total := 0;select sum(sales) as hour_sales, @running_total:=@running_total+ sum(sales) as running_total, hour from statistics where day=date(now()) group by hour;</p> <p>which would produce something like:<br /> <code><br /> +------------+---------------+------+<br /> | hour_sales | running_total | hour |<br /> +------------+---------------+------+<br /> | 48 | 48 | 0 |<br /> | 39 | 87 | 1 |<br /> | 44 | 131 | 2 |<br /> | 34 | 165 | 3 |<br /> | 61 | 226 | 4 |<br /> | 61 | 287 | 5 |<br /> | 122 | 409 | 6 |<br /> | 190 | 599 | 7 |<br /> | 209 | 808 | 8 |<br /> | 204 | 1012 | 9 |<br /> | 98 | 1110 | 10 |<br /> +------------+---------------+------+<br /> 11 rows in set (0.00 sec)</p> <p>mysql&gt;<br /> </code></p> <p><i>thx <a href="http://dev.mysql.com/tech-resources/articles/rolling_sums_in_mysql_followup.html" target="_blank">jay pipes</a></i> </p>Steve Dibb: firefox “find as you type” steals window focus2009-09-22T17:57:05ZStevenospam@nospam.comhttp://wonkabar.org/2009/09/22/firefox-find-as-you-type-steals-window-focus/<p>I'm posting this one hoping that someone can help me out, because it's one of the few remaining reasons I don't use Firefox as my main browser. I still use Seamonkey as my default, but the Javascript parsing is soo much slower than everything else, it'd be nice to switch.</p> <p>Firefox has this <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/access/type-ahead/">find as you type feature</a>, where if you hit / and then type in some words, it'll search and highlight it on the page. Great. Lots of browsers have that. Spanky. But, the problem with firefox begins with this little toolbar at the bottom of the browser that pops up as you are typing the text. It has a little dialog box titled Quick Find which fills in with whatever you were searching for. The main issue is that that toolbar will close itself automatically, and when it does, it steals focus from X back to Firefox.</p> <p>That's particularly annoying for me because, in many instances, what will happen is I will search for something in Firefox using quick find, get what I'm looking for, and then switch to another program or window before the default timer has expired. If I start typing in that other window, when Firefox's bar closes, X focuses back on Firefox and part of my text goes in there instead. Kind of frustrating.</p> <p>I've tinkered around with the about:config page and haven't found anything, and every now and then I check Google to see if I can find anyone else who has discovered a workaround, but I haven't found anything, so now I'm just trying to see if anyone else knows a solution.</p> <p>I'd be happy with either disabling the toolbar completely or not having it go away, or whatever. The only part that bothers me is it stealing focus again.</p> <p>For what it's worth, I'm on XFCE 4.4. No idea if it's an issue with other WMs.</p>=SLLUG=: SLLUG meeting this Wednesday (Sept 23, 2009): Introduction to SUSE Studio2009-09-22T17:32:03Znospam@nospam.comhttp://www.sllug.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=129Jeremy Robb: The Autumn Autism Carnival2009-09-22T16:06:04ZJeremynospam@nospam.comhttp://blog.robbclan.com/?p=470<p>This last Saturday the Autumn Autism Carnival was held at Wheeler Farm.  My son&#8217;s preschool teacher informed us of it, and recommended that we pre-register for the event.  We had thought about going before, but was unsure of how our son would handle it.  In the end, we decided to go.  I&#8217;m very glad we did. </p> <p>First off, the parking was VERY WELL MANAGED!  I couldn&#8217;t believe it!  It took a while to get parked because each car was individually lead to a parking spot.  Unlike other parking experiences for events in the past, this one made sure everyone was well placed, and anyone could leave when the time came.  </p> <p>Registration was not long, and my son got a t-shirt for the occasion.  We then went directly to the information booths.  Here, I was surprised.  There were so many different charter schools out there that offer Autism classes&#8230;  and I was only aware of one up here at the University.  I don&#8217;t have their information with me now, or I would post each one with links (that will be another post), but needless to say our son has a lot of options if needed once he leaves pre-school.  There were also organizations there that provide assistance for families with an autistic child.  </p> <p>The games were neat, though our son was not too excited to play with many (other than those with water for him to play in).  Later we found out it was because he had a cold, which wiped him out for the weekend and yesterday.  Still, he enjoyed himself, and didn&#8217;t have a melt down.  There were plenty of games, a couple of them were even duplicated to allow for shorter lines.  </p> <p>Lunch was provided, though I don&#8217;t think there was enough seating space for all.  We had hot dogs, chips, water, gummi fruit for our son, and cupcakes for dessert.  The food was complimentary for those who registered early.  </p> <p>The staff were excellent, particularly since at least one time they were sent out to find a child that had run off.  I assume the child was found (I didn&#8217;t hear anything on the news that night), and they were quick and willing to respond.  They were also representing several organizations, each sponsoring an activity.  I was amazed, and even touched by the number of organizations that were present at the Carnival.  It&#8217;s nice to know so many other people feel compassion for those who are inherently different by birth.  </p> <p>The day was a great day, until we went to the doctor&#8217;s office with our sons, both of which had a cold.  Jonathan was winding down that night from all the fun and excitement, and as such would run around the lobby.  The only other people there gave cold, withering looks, and the older woman turned to her granddaughter and said we needed to &quot;control our son&quot;.  I had even explained that he had autism, but it didn&#8217;t seem to phase her.  So the day progressed from the best experience for my son, to one that left me fuming.  Oh well, perhaps one day I&#8217;ll learn to let those comments go.  </p> <p>At any rate, for those who live in the area of Salt Lake City, I would highly recommend attending the Autumn Autism Carnival.  The information provided is very helpful, and the experience is definitely positive.  It&#8217;s great to meet other families with similar experiences, and similar concerns in a non-threatening environment.  </p>Phil Windley: The Forgotten Edge: Building a Purpose-Centric Web2009-09-22T15:51:54Znospam@nospam.comhttp://www.windley.com/archives/2009/09/the_forgotten_edge_and_the_purposecentric_web.shtml<!-- title: The Forgotten Edge and the Purposeful Web --> <!-- category: newsletter --> <!-- keywords: internet, kynetx, context+automation, identity, purposeful+web --> <p> <em><b>Abstract</b> Since it's inception, the primary metaphor of the Web has been one of location. By framing the Web as a collection of places, we have necessarily caused Web development to focus on servers. But people don't get online to go to a server. They get online to get something done--achieve a purpose. This talk argues that focusing on purpose allows us to build Web applications that more closely align with what people want from the Web. Focusing on purpose will require a move to more intelligent client-side applications. </em> </p> <p> <em>Technological development in the area of Internet identity over the last several years has left us well prepared for this move to the client. In particular, we argue that identity selectors are a great platform for building these purpose-managing client-site applications. Coupled with a rise in social networking tools that give individuals greater voice in conversations with the organizations that server them, these advances promise a Web that is less focused on location and more focused on purpose. We conclude with six rules for a purpose-centric Web and a call for others to join in helping build it. </em></p> <h3>Introduction</h3> <p> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/93528372@N00/3635418211/"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3543/3635418211_3af9c7d809.jpg" width="125px" border="0" hspace="3" vspace="3" align="right" title="David Weinberger (left) and Doc Searls" alt="David Weinberger (left) and Doc Searls" /></a> In 2003, <a href="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/doc/">Doc Searls</a> and <a href="http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/">David Weinberger</a> wrote an essay called <a href="http://www.worldofends.com/"><em>World of Ends</em></a>. The thesis was simple: "the Net is a world of ends. You're at one end, and everybody and everything else are at the other ends." This idea that the ends are what is important online is critical to understanding where the value lies and how to best add value to the 'Net. </p> <p> From 1993, when the Web was brand-new, to the present we have largely focused our attention on one type of end, or one edge, if you will: the server. Browsers have been seen as a given, something that is and works. To create value online, most people have worked at the server. This has created a pat formula for online success, repeated over and over: </p> <ul> <li>Get a good address</li> <li>Build a killer site with great content </li> <li>Advertise to get traffic </li> <li>Make the site sticky </li> <li>Convert traffic into sales or eyeballs </li> <li>Rinse and repeat...</li> </ul> <p> There's nothing wrong with this, of course. Working at the server has created an amazing array of Web sites and services that simply astound me. </p> <p> But I believe there is significant value to be created at the edge of the network we call the browser. And that for the most part we've ignored it. Browsers have gotten flashier and fancier over the years, but for the most part their job is simple: </p> <ol> <li>Go to a URL</li> <li>Get the content</li> <li>Render the content properly</li> </ol> <p> That's not to discount the tremendous and enormously fertile world of browser extensions, but in truth, only Firefox has made browser extensions easy enough to create a significant extension ecosystem. Building extensions for Internet Explorer or Safari is not for the faint of heart and requires real expertise. </p> <p> Our focus on the server is related to the primary metaphor we use for understanding the Web: <em>location</em>. We "go" to Web "sites" using an "address." The first decade of the Web has been characterized as a "land rush." </p> <p> The problem with ignoring most of the endpoints on the Web is that it leads Web application developers to force fit things that would be better done on the client using a server instead. Portals are one example. Portals try to pull multiple applications and data together into one place to make it more convenient for people to use. Travel portals are a good example. </p> <p> But portals are rarely successful in really giving people what they want. The answer isn't better personalization. They answer is to move that functionality to the client. </p> <p> The location metaphor isn't bad; after all, servers <em>are</em> places. The problem is that it doesn't go far enough. I believe that we can extend the location metaphor in a way that gives us a new way of thinking about how to solve people's problems. </p> <h3>The Purpose-Centric Web</h3> <p> Most people don't fire up their browser to <em>go somewhere</em>, rather they want to <em>accomplish something</em>. While going places is part of finishing a task, it's not enough to just go someplace unless that one place happens to have everything you need. More often than not, online sessions consist of visits to multiple Web sites over time. Consequently, a better metaphor for building Web applications would be <em>purpose</em>. </p> <p> As an example, consider the purpose of "finding a book to read." Finding a book is not necessarily the same as going to Amazons or Borders. Those are great sites to browse for books, read reviews, and buy books; but, what if I my preference is to check the book out from my local library when it's available? Right now, that requires that I visit at least two sites: Amazon and my local library. I connect those experiences together by conducting the same search on each and then collecting the data. </p> <p> "Finding a book to read" is a relatively simple task compared to other tasks that people do online everyday. A more complex example is "planning a vacation." People spend weeks and visit dozens of Web sites planning their vacations online. It's rarely the case that one Web site provides them with everything they need. That is simple counter to the distributed nature of the Web itself. </p> <p> Let's return to the task of finding a book and consider how it might be made simpler. The browser can see both Amazon and my library's Web site. A tool, on my browser, could modify Amazon to inform me when I'm looking at a book that's available at the library like so: </p> <p> As this video shows, an intelligent, adaptable browser helps people achieve their purpose rather than simply taking them to a Web site. </p> <p> A purpose-centric metaphor supports a different intention than a location-based metaphor. The following table, which we'll expand later, shows this: </p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="17" border="1"> <tr><th border="0"></th><th>Intention</th></tr> <tr><th>Location</th><td>go and get</td></tr> <tr><th>Purpose</th><td>do and know</td></tr> </table> <p> In a location-based Web we "go and get" whereas in a purpose-centric web we "do and know." </p> <h3>Identity on the Web</h3> <p> Back in 1993, I was part of an email list that was discussing ecommerce (although it wasn't yet called that). There were two things that people <em>really wanted</em>: a way to take credit cards securely and a way to create a shopping cart. The first was solved with the emergence of SSL. The second required cookies. </p> <p> HTTP is a stateless protocol, meaning that each request is processed independently of any previous requests. That's great for returning pages of text, but makes building things like shopping carts--which are by definition stateful--difficult. Cookies are tokens sent by the server and stored by the browser to be returned to the server with any subsequent requests <em>to that same Web site</em>. They were the answer to build shopping carts and other applications that require intra-site state like authentication systems. </p> <p> Because cookies were good enough for most things people wanted to do on the location-based Web, there wasn't much interest in identity systems that went beyond cookies. But cookies have some significant limitations. Most relevant to this discussion: browsers are designed to only share cookies with the site that sent them. This ensures a level of privacy and security, but makes it impossible to use cookies as the basis for a purpose-centric Web. At best, they could only be used when sites have decide to cooperate beforehand. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/docsearls/98467338/"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/35/98467338_cbfbdba95d.jpg" width="125px" border="0" hspace="3" vspace="3" align="right" title="Kim Cameron" alt="Kim Cameron" /></a> These limitations caused people like <a href="http://www.identityblog.com/">Kim Cameron</a> at Microsoft to look beyond server-based solutions and decide that a special purpose client was needed. Kim invented an identity system called "information cards" based on a card-metaphor--something very familiar to people--that uses a special client called a "selector." </p> <p> Here's a screenshot of the AzigoLite selector: </p> <img src="http://photos.windley.com/gallery/d/11645-1/AzigoLite+Selector.png" border="0" hspace="3" vspace="3" align="center" width="425" title="AzigoLite card selector" alt="AzigoLite card selector" /> <p> Each of the cards in this selector have an "action" attached to them, making them into client-side Web applications that have the ability to coordinate activities at multiple sites. Of course, because it's just a card in the selector, if the person doesn't like what the card is doing, it's easy enough to delete it or turn it off. </p> <p> Card selectors provide some significant features for the purpose-centric Web: </p> <ul> <li>selectors provide real, cryptographically sound identity</li> <li>the selector model provides protection for personally identifying information</li> <li>selectors provides smart client that can be used to message user in a secure way</li> <li>Strong identity model provides foundation for certification and reputation of cards and their associated applications</li> </ul> <p> Strong, cross-site identity, like that provided by a card selector, running on a client, enables purpose-centric browsing. We can add this our matrix: </p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="17" border="1"> <tr><td></td><th>Intention</th><th>Identity</th></tr> <tr><th>Location</th><td>go and get</td><td>cookies</td></tr> <tr><th>Purpose</th><td>do and know</td><td>selectors</td></tr> </table> <h3>A New Communications Model</h3> <p> Moving to a purpose-centric Web will allow us to change how organizations have come to relate to individuals online. In the traditional customer communications model--supported by advertising and CRM systems--organizations broadcast information to individuals in a top-down manner. </p> <img src="http://photos.windley.com/gallery/d/11654-1/forgotten_edge_035-001.png" width="350px" border="0" hspace="3" vspace="3" align="center" title="Traditional organizational communications model" alt="Traditional organizational communications model" /> <p> Over the last century, this form of communication has gotten less and less personal while at the same time businesses tried to make it more and more targeted. With the Internet, this has only gotten worse as businesses put ads on Web sites and turned to ever more invasive tactics to increase the click thru rate. The result is ironic: the closer companies get with demographics, the more their customers resent it and retreat. </p> <p> Companies have to rely on demographics when identity is missing. But as we've seen, new technologies are adding an identity layer to the Web. An identity layer provides an opportunity to flip the traditional demographics-based model on it's head. In the new personal communications model, information flows from the individual to the organization. These flows are owned and initiated by the individual. </p> <img src="http://photos.windley.com/gallery/d/11657-1/forgotten_edge_036-001.png" width="350px" border="0" hspace="3" vspace="3" align="center" title="The emerging personal communications model " alt="The emerging personal communications model " /> <p> Why would people do this? Simple: to increase their choice and the level of service they receive. In fact they already do. When someone posts information about their interactions with companies on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or a blog, they are actively engaging that organization and sending information through a personally controlled channel that smart businesses will capitalize on. The rise of Web-site independent identity will only accelerate this trend toward active participation. </p> <p> This is an important component of the purpose-centric Web because only the individual can tell us their intention or purpose. A purpose-centric Web requires active participation by individuals. We can add this to our chart: </p> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="17" border="1"> <tr><td></td><th>Intention</th><th>Identity</th><th>Information</th></tr> <tr><th>Location</th><td>go and get</td><td>cookies</td><td>organizational</td></tr> <tr><th>Purpose</th><td>do and know</td><td>selectors</td><td>personal</td></tr> </table> <p> <b>Note:</b> See Craig Burton's essay on <a href="http://www.craigburton.com/?p=2990">The Inverted Pyramid</a> for more on this idea. </p> <h3>Rules for a Purpose-Centric Web</h3> <p> There are a number of important principles, or rules, that we need to remember if we are to capitalize on purpose: </p> <ol> <li><b>Purpose matters more than location.</b> To an individual using the Web, giving them a place to go only goes so far in helping the accomplish their goals. We provide significant, additional value when we, instead, help them achieve their purpose. Many Web sites have recognized this, but few have really achieved it because of our focus on servers.</li> <li><b>Freedom of choice matters more than controlling the user.</b> The traditional way companies have approached customers is as "things" to be "owned," "controlled," "locked up," and "targeted." In the emerging model, individuals have considerable power. Wielding that power will level the playing field. Companies that recognize this power shift and work within it are more likely to build customer loyalty. </li> <li><b>Context matters more than content.</b> Content is dead--or at least not a very good way to differentiate. Just ask the newspapers. But putting content in context, as in the library lookup example I give in a preceding paragraph, makes it more actionable and this more useful and valuable. </li> <li><b>Relationships matter more than transactions.</b> The lifetime value of a customer is obviously much greater than any single transaction--if you can get them to come back. In a world where goods have been commoditized and a cheaper price is only a Google search away, building relationships matters more than ever. I talk to people all the time to shop preferentially at Amazon, even when it's more expensive, because it's familiar, convenient, and has their trust. </li> <li><b>Loyalty matters more than "time on site."</b> Most of the traditional Web site KPIs are structured around the traditional, broadcast-style communications model and heavily influenced by the location metaphor of the Web. Companies spend money on ads with microscopic click-thru rates. They spend money to make their sites "sticky" to entice the click-thrus to increase "time on site." Finally, we measure conversion that represents a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the people who originally were shown an offer. Conversely, if you offer people a way to achieve a purpose on the client, you have started to build a relationship that can be nurtured to create real customer loyalty.</li> <li><b>Individuals matter more than demograpics.</b> Knowing that I'm a white, male from Utah who drives a truck is better than nothing. But it's much better to know that right now, I'm in a hotel in Vegas and really need an iPhone charging cable and that I'm willing to pay for someone to get it to me. Under the right circumstances, individuals will freely share relevant information making demographic data less and less valuable to companies ready to work with customers rather than shout at them and lock them up. </li> </ol> <h3>Kynetx and Purpose-Centric Web Applications</h3> <p> Kynetx is an infrastructure provider with the goal of making purpose-centric applications easier to build. Kynetx works at the client-site of the Web thus enabling applications that work across multiple Web sites. </p> <p> Here's how the Amazon Library Lookup example we showed earlier is done: </p> <a href="http://photos.windley.com/gallery/d/11646-1/How+Kynetx+Works_047.png"><img src="http://photos.windley.com/gallery/d/11658-2/How+Kynetx+Works_047.png" border="0" hspace="3" vspace="3" align="center" width="350px" title="How Kynetx works" alt="How Kynetx works" /></a> <ol> <li>The user visits Amazon</li> <li>A browser extension queries the card selector to determine if any of the installed cards are relevant to Amazon</li> <li>If so, a request is sent to the Kynetx Network Service (KNS) execute the Kynetx ruleset associated with that card (given in the card's metadata)</li> <li>KNS returns custom Javascript for that request which modifies the page DOM and thus rewrites tha page to show the notification</li> </ol> <p> Kynetx bridges the individual silos represented by Amazon and the Minute Man Library to create an integrated experience for the user that more closely aligns with the user's purpose: find a book to read. </p> <p> With any new platform, security is a concern. This is especially true on the client. Kynetx recognizes this and is working hard to address it. We don't have all the answers, but believe that a combination of identity selectors on the client and rules in the cloud provide numerous hooks for building an effective security model that protects users while giving them the advantages of client-side applications. </p> <h3>A Call to Action</h3> <p> The client is on the Web's forgotten edge--largely ignored by developers. Web sites are locations--useful in accomplishing a goal, but unable to provide a complete experience. But by centering development at the client, developers can build applications that span multiple Web sites and help people with purpose. If information card selectors are to serve as a platform for this purpose-centric Web, there is still a few missing pieces. </p> <p> Some of the missing piece are things like standards that will allow everyone to play in this purpose-centric Web. Those are coming. </p> <p> The most notable "missing piece" is that the Microsoft CardSpace selector does not yet support purpose-centric Web applications. If our vision of a purpose-centric Web is to become a reality, selectors must become ubiquitous and users need choice. The Azigo selector can be used as a foundation for controlling purpose-centric client-side applications. Users would be well served if the CardSpace selector were similarly enabled. We call on Microsoft to be part of this effort. </p> <p> If you're interested in exploring Kynetx and building your own rules, <a href="http://www.kynetx.com/signup">sign up for a develop account</a>. They're free. </p> <p> <em>This essay presents the material from the slides from my keynote speech at Digital Identity World given on September 15, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV. The slides from my talk are <a href="http://www.windley.com/docs/2009/forgotten_edge.pdf">available online</a> (PDF). </em> </p> <p>Tags: <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/internet" rel="tag, nofollow"> internet</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/kynetx" rel="tag, nofollow"> kynetx</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/context+automation" rel="tag, nofollow"> context+automation</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/identity" rel="tag, nofollow"> identity</a> <a href="http://www.windley.com/tags/purposeful+web" rel="tag, nofollow"> purposeful+web</a></p>=Utah Open Source=: UTOSC 2009 Sponsor Highlight: LDS Tech2009-09-22T13:04:09Zadminnospam@nospam.comhttp://blog.utos.org/2009/09/22/utosc-2009-sponsor-highlight-lds-tech/<p>Interested in developing, designing, and testing software applications for members of the LDS Church around the world as well as at Church headquarters? We’re looking for software developers, designers, testers, technical writers, translators, security experts, architects, and project managers to get involved in our <a href="http://tech.lds.org/wikiredir/wiki.php?Category:Projects">community projects</a>.</p> <h3>About LDS Tech</h3> <p><span>With the global reach of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, members from around the world are curious about the type of technical work we do. The <a href="http://tech.lds.org">http://tech.lds.org</a> website is designed to give you a glimpse into that work and how you can get involved.</span></p> <h3><span>Register for UTOSC 2009 Today!!</span></h3> <p>Registration is available at <a href="http://attend.utosc.com/" target="_blank">http://attend.utosc.com</a><br /> Presentation and event information is available at <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/" target="_blank">http://2009.utosc.com</a></p> <p>Contact your <a href="http://blog.utos.org/utah-tech-groups/">LUG</a> or a <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/sponsor/list/">sponsor</a> for discount tickets today.</p> <p>See you all at the Utah Open Source Conference 2009, October 8 – 10!!</p>Doran Barton: Politics Fozzolog: I.O.U.S.A., a must-watch film2009-09-23T06:10:56Znospam@nospam.comhttp://fozzolog.fozzilinymoo.org/politics/2009/09/iousa-a-must-watch-film.html<p>I finally got around to watching the documentary film <a href="http://www.iousathemovie.com/">I.O.U.S.A.</a>, which I rented from NetFlix. Wow. I recommend anybody and everybody in the U.S.A. watch this film. If you&#8217;re not up to renting it or buying it, watch the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_TjBNjc9Bo">30-minute byte-size version available on YouTube</a>. </p> <p>David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), now President of the <a href="http://www.pgpf.org/">Peter G. Peterson Foundation</a>, takes on the seemingly insurmountable task of explaining our national debt and does so successfully with finesse. </p> <p>I learned a lot from this film. I mean, because I&#8217;ve been pretty well plugged-in, politically, I knew our national debt was a huge problem, that the federal government&#8217;s budget deficits were only making things worse and federal programs like Social Security and Medicare only exacerbate the problem. What I didn&#8217;t know was that our trade deficit is so huge, the largest in the world, in fact. </p> <p>Before watching <strong>I.O.U.S.A.</strong>, President George W. Bush was not my favorite president. While he did a good job responding to the terror attacks in 2001 and going after terrorists where they operate in the Middle East, he and his administration seemed to ignore problems here at home, like the growing problem of illegal immigration and adding more liabilities to Medicare with the Part D prescription drug coverage. Overall, I think he was a mediocre president.</p> <p>After watching <strong>I.O.U.S.A.</strong>, I&#8217;m beginning to wonder if George W. Bush didn&#8217;t commit some kind of treason against this country by letting all things economic get so out of hand under his watch!</p> <p>After watching <strong>I.O.U.S.A.</strong>, I&#8217;ve developed an increased respect for the Clinton administration for how they handled economic matters by getting the federal budget under control for a couple of years. Granted, things were easier then with no <em>War On Terror</em> to fund and what-not. </p> <p>So, what about our present president? Well, he sucks too! Maybe worse than Bush! </p> <p>Walker is dead on by identifying the four big economic problems facing America:</p> <ul> <li>Federal budget deficit</li> <li>Savings deficit</li> <li>Trade deficit</li> </ul> <p>And finally,</p> <ul> <li>Leadership deficit</li> </ul> <p>For example, the Democrats&#8217; healthcare reform proposal does <em>not</em> help our debt situation. The government&#8217;s own policy analysts show that it too will only add an increasingly large liability to an already fast-growing balance we owe. Yes, we need reform, but this ain&#8217;t what the proverbial doctor ordered.</p> <p>One big chunk of our trade deficit is our dependence on foreign oil. Our president&#8217;s solution is to pull new, alternative energy solutions out of his butt to replace all energy infrastructure. You know, that might be a fine solution if we were already in a good economic situation, where we had economic surpluses to rely on as we went through the painful process of converting to a scientifically, environmentally superior form of energy generation, but in the state we&#8217;re in right now, it simply does not make sense. </p> <p>What does make sense is for the U.S. to start getting more energy production from its own resources. We have <em>lots</em> of it. Oil. Coal. Natural gas. We&#8217;ve got gazillions of tons of it, literally, but we&#8217;re staying away from it, on principle, I guess. </p> <p>Leadership deficit! We need leaders that will do what&#8217;s right regardless of what&#8217;s popular or what their party, platform, or agenda might be. President Obama wants to usher the U.S. into a new era of green-ness, environmentalism, ecological awareness, etc. etc. He needs to realize we&#8217;re never going to be able to do that unless we address our vast economic imbalance represented by our debt and unfunded liabilities. </p> <p>What our government aims to do now is a classic example of cart before horse. </p> <p>Here&#8217;s another tough pill I had to swallow watching <em>I.O.U.S.A.</em>: We probably will need to raise taxes to get out of this mess. But our legislators need to reduce the overall size of government at the same time. We&#8217;ll need to raise taxes and reduce spending. </p> <p>That trade deficit thing just keeps bothering me. I want to know more about why the United States doesn&#8217;t produce much anymore. Common sense tells me it&#8217;s because other nations can produce cheaper than we can. Why? Is it high labor costs? Is it restrictive regulation? </p>Corey Edwards: Drug Policy2009-09-21T23:57:40Ztensainospam@nospam.comhttp://www.zmonkey.org/blog/node/176<p>Lately I've put a bit of thought into the state of drug policy in our nation. It's really not in dispute that illegal drugs are a major problem which doesn't seem to be on the road to solution. It's been over 20 years since Reagan declared a War on Drugs. The war has been rather successful in much the same way the War on Terror has, it's built up our police force and ruined the lives of countless people but really hasn't reduced the amount of drug usage.</p> <p>Now before we get all into this, I guess I should lay down my stance on drug usage. Generally speaking I'm against usage of mind altering substances. There are exceptions of course, such as doctor prescribed or over the counter medicines (although I do try to avoid those whenever possible). I generally steer clear from even caffeine because a) it has never affected me much, b) I don't care much for the typical caffeine conveyances (soda) and c) I would prefer to not get addicted.</p> <p>I did find it rather interesting in Michael Pollan's book, Botany of Desire, that nearly every (or maybe he did say every) culture on Earth has some sort of mind altering substance which it condones. So in once sense it's rather hypocritical of us to deny one person his drugs just because his choice differs from our own. But of course the details do matter and meth is different from pot is different from caffeine, so we can't simply lump them together.</p> <p>It's only natural that we would choose to legislate something with such potentially harmful side effects, and it's human nature to want to punish those who can't follow the rules. But we have to be realistic about the results. While it may feel good to put those no-good pot smoking hippies in jail, what we really have to judge in our approach is whether we're decreasing the amount of crime and violence associated with drug abuse and whether those hippies are actually any better off. That's really the direction I'm coming at this from.</p> <p>As a <a href="http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=10080">recent report from the CATO Institute</a> found, when Portugal decriminalized (which is not the same as legalized) all drugs they actually saw a very positive outcome. John Tierney <a href="http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/18/marijuana-science-1937-2009/">recently wrote on that topic</a> as well. And Freakonomics a few months ago had <a href="http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/22/pot-quorum/">a very enlightening debate</a> about legalization.</p> <p>To sum up, I'm not encouraging drug usage but I don't believe our current prohibitionist laws are doing anybody any good, from the law abiding citizen spending tax money to house criminals to the addict himself who might very much like to get sober. It's the ethical and economical thing to do.<br /> <img src="http://www.zmonkey.org/zmonkey.png" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.zmonkey.org/blog/node/176">read more</a></p>Christer Edwards: Completely Hide GNOME Panel2009-09-21T22:32:35ZChrister Edwardsnospam@nospam.comhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/UbuntuTutorials/~3/4YjJpuRSWHU/<p>I&#8217;ve been doing a lot of customization lately with my GNOME installation, trying out new layouts and trying to gain as much screen real estate as I can. I came across an issue this morning in regards to the GNOME panel that I wanted to write down / publish. In the short article below I will describe how to completely hide the GNOME panel, allowing your applications to use 100% of the screen.</p> <p><strong>Autoide.. not 100%</strong></p> <p>Some of you might be thinking &#8220;Just click &#8216;Autohide&#8221; on the panel properties. How hard can it be?&#8221; The problem is that the default autohide still displays a few pixels, meaning your applications won&#8217;t extend to the absolute edge of the screen. When I tried it initially my panel still took 6px across the top. While that isn&#8217;t a lot, it still left a gap and was something I wanted to remove.</p> <p>I found the value for this change within the gconf-editor. To ensure that your Autohide doesn&#8217;t continue to show any pixels (0 pixels), use the following command:</p> <blockquote><p><code>gconftool-2 --set --type integer /apps/panel/toplevels/top_panel_screen0/auto_hide_size 0</code></p></blockquote> <p>You can also find this value in the graphical editor using the following instructions:</p> <blockquote><p><code>ALT-F2 &gt; "gconf-editor" &gt; apps &gt; panel &gt; toplevels &gt; top_panel_screen0 &gt; auto_hide_size &gt; 0</code></p></blockquote> <p>I prefer the command, its much simpler.</p> <p>There are quite a few more &#8220;hidden&#8221; settings within the gconf-editor that allow you to change values not held within the normal Properties menu. I&#8217;ll have more of these to post in mid-October, after my GNOME presentation is finished for the Utah Open Source Conference.<br /> <h3>Other Points of Interest</h3> <ul class="related_post"> <li>September 16, 2009 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2009/09/16/how-do-you-customize-your-gnome-desktop/" title="How Do You Customize Your GNOME Desktop?">How Do You Customize Your GNOME Desktop? (13)</a></li> <li>June 19, 2008 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2008/06/19/adding-custom-icons-and-disabling-desktop-icons-in-gnome/" title="Adding Custom Icons and Disabling Desktop Icons In Gnome">Adding Custom Icons and Disabling Desktop Icons In Gnome (3)</a></li> <li>September 23, 2009 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2009/09/23/what-is-your-preferred-minimal-window-manager/" title="What Is Your Preferred Minimal Window Manager?">What Is Your Preferred Minimal Window Manager? (22)</a></li> <li>September 9, 2009 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2009/09/09/presenting-at-the-utah-open-source-conference-2009/" title="Presenting at the Utah Open Source Conference 2009">Presenting at the Utah Open Source Conference 2009 (0)</a></li> <li>July 21, 2009 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2009/07/21/update-default-gdm-theme-ubuntu-9-04-jaunty/" title="Update Default GDM Theme: Ubuntu 9.04 &#8220;Jaunty&#8221;">Update Default GDM Theme: Ubuntu 9.04 &#8220;Jaunty&#8221; (18)</a></li> <li>March 20, 2009 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2009/03/20/id-like-to-contribute-to-gnome/" title="I&#8217;d Like To Contribute To GNOME&#8230;">I&#8217;d Like To Contribute To GNOME&#8230; (6)</a></li> <li>March 18, 2009 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2009/03/18/gnome-226-has-arrived/" title="GNOME 2.26 Has Arrived!">GNOME 2.26 Has Arrived! (3)</a></li> <li>February 25, 2009 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2009/02/25/update-enable-compositing-the-easier-way/" title="Update: Enable Compositing the Easier Way">Update: Enable Compositing the Easier Way (4)</a></li> <li>November 10, 2008 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2008/11/10/install-shiki-colors-theme-on-ubuntu-810/" title="Install Shiki-Colors Theme on Ubuntu 8.10">Install Shiki-Colors Theme on Ubuntu 8.10 (28)</a></li> <li>November 6, 2008 &#8212; <a href="http://ubuntu-tutorials.com/2008/11/06/update-nautilus-open-terminal-behavior/" title="Update nautilus-open-terminal Behavior (desktop_opens_home_dir)">Update nautilus-open-terminal Behavior (desktop_opens_home_dir) (6)</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/kERezG_KCp3wHnHIlvzyOsv-zK0/0/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/kERezG_KCp3wHnHIlvzyOsv-zK0/0/di" border="0" ismap="true" /></a><br /> <a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/kERezG_KCp3wHnHIlvzyOsv-zK0/1/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/kERezG_KCp3wHnHIlvzyOsv-zK0/1/di" border="0" ismap="true" /></a></p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UbuntuTutorials/~4/4YjJpuRSWHU" height="1" width="1" />Dennis Muhlestein: How to remove or edit a commit in your git repository2009-09-21T19:37:24ZDennisnospam@nospam.comhttp://allmybrain.com/2009/09/21/how-to-remove-or-edit-a-commit-in-your-git-repository/So you just committed 15 things to your git repository and now you want to push your changes. Oops, commit #2 added your password file. Or perhaps you misspelled words in the commit message. Now, being a git expert, you think to yourself, I'll just create a temporary branch, cherry-pick the commits [...]=Utah Open Source=: UTOSC 2009 Sponsor Highlight: Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development2009-09-21T17:35:01Zadminnospam@nospam.comhttp://blog.utos.org/2009/09/21/utosc-2009-sponsor-highlight-utah-governors-office-of-economic-development/<p>The Governor&#8217;s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Herbert&#8217;s commitment to economic development statewide. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around industries or &#8220;economic clusters&#8221; that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.</p> <h3><span>Register for UTOSC 2009 Today</span></h3> <p>Registration is available at <a href="http://attend.utosc.com/" target="_blank">http://attend.utosc.com</a><br /> Presentation and event information is available at <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/" target="_blank">http://2009.utosc.com</a></p> <p>Contact your <a href="http://blog.utos.org/utah-tech-groups/">LUG</a> or a <a href="http://2009.utosc.com/sponsor/list/">sponsor</a> for an discount tickets today.</p> <p>See you all at the Utah Open Source Conference 2009, October 8 – 10</p>