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Date: Wednesday, 06 Apr 2011 18:20
John Gruber, in March 2010:
Icon for the Save button is still a floppy disk, despite the fact that Apple hasn’t sold a machine with a floppy drive for a decade.
David Friedman, last week:
Not only don’t people use floppy disks anymore, but the options for saving are even more varied now than simple disk format. You might save to your own computer, or a drive on a server somewhere off in the cloud. You might even be using a program that autosaves in certain intervals without you needing to think about it.
Marco Arment, yesterday:
With the sophistication we have in modern hardware and software, there’s no reason anyone should ever lose any work to crashes or power outages because they forgot to hit Save for a while.
Here’s the case in favour of a save button: I do some web publishing for an organization at my university. We provide “normal” students with the ability to update club sites on their own. In this scenario, I have encountered countless examples where people inadvertently saved & published content to their website. In Web publishing, versioning is a big deal. In fact, often the publishing process jumps between many people, and if you’d have to navigate automated versions of every text on a website, mayhem would ensue. There is value in manual saving, or versioning.
Author: "Arjun Muralidharan"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 16:16

One quick note on the iPad 2: I, like many others, was skeptical that it would, or should, have a back-facing camera. John Gruber, in a footnote, wrote back in February:

I’m skeptical that the iPad would have two cameras, both front- and rear-facing. The purpose of a front-facing camera on the iPad is obvious: FaceTime. Would anyone actually use a rear-facing camera on an iPad, though?

Now the iPad is here, and it has a back-facing camera. But Gruber wasn’t wrong. I believe that this camera is in the iPad for the same reason as the first one: FaceTime. As we know, the FaceTime experience includes the ability to share what you’re seeing with a single tap. It works this way on the iPhone 4 and the iPod touch1.

I think Apple didn’t want to sacrifice this functionality, and these cameras are reportedly not of the best quality, so Apple clearly either didn’t intend them to be used for recording proper HD videos, or it was too expensive to include a better camera. I would argue its the former.

The fact that it isn’t the same camera makes sense as well: Shooting close up faces may not require such a great camera as one that shoots an entire scene, and beyond that, a camera that shoots “HD video” sounds good on a bullet-point list of features.

FaceTime, according to Apple, needs two cameras. And from how I use it with my family, it’s a well-used feature and important part of the FaceTime experience.


1. It doesn’t work on a Mac, but a back-camera on a Mac would raise a lot of other issues related to privacy, I think.

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Date: Wednesday, 09 Feb 2011 12:02

There are no good online backup solutions out there.

Back in 2004, I lost all of my data because of a fried motherboard. Back then, I was fledgling through high school, high-speed internet had just become widespread in Switzerland and Facebook was still a college-only network.

I didn’t try to recover my data from the hard drive. My “computer was broken”, so I threw it away as a single entity. Luckily, I didn’t have many pictures, as digital cameras were just getting traction. In other words, I didn’t care much. If the same thing were to happen to me today, though, I’d be devastated. More than 10’000 pictures, a legally bought iTunes collection of over a thousand songs and a lot of important documents in my paperless filing system. Backups were needed.

I worked for an organisation of roughly 40 people, being in charge of IT systems. We ran a simple backup strategy: Hourly backups of the most critical and dynamics data (our CRM system), daily backups to hard drives on a separate server of all data, and weekly/monthly backups of all data to LTO Tapes. We also shipped off the monthly tapes to a safety deposit box at a local bank. Seemed like pretty advanced stuff for an organisation that small. The major flaw in this system was the lack of continuous off-site backup.

I believe it to be so vital to have a proper backup strategy, as it helps keep a peaceful mind, especially in a disaster scenario. Countless friends and family members have not only lost valuable data, but totally freaked out about it. I don’t need that kind of stress in my life.

Three Questions.

For my private backup strategy, I needed to clarify three things:

  1. What data do I need to back up?
  2. How often do I need to back up?
  3. What are the required restore scenarios?

The toughest part in devising such a strategy is figuring out where all your data is. I have data on an iPhone, an iPad, the Mac, and a lot of places in the cloud. I needed to gather and consolidate this mess. My first move was to move completely to Mobile Me. I consolidated calendars, e-mail and contacts completely to Mobile Me. And since Mobile Me integration with my Mac is great, all my Mobile Me data was available on my Mac locally as well.

Second, I bought docks for my iOS devices. Because without docks, I don’t remember to sync my devices with the Mac. Now, I sync them every day, as this is where they charge and … well, look nice on my desk. This ensured that I had full backups of the iOS devices on my Mac.

A third strategy for gathering data was more of an effort in housecleaning. I went through my deleted e-mails of the past week and waded through old accounts and newsletter subscriptions, canceling and deleting all those I didn’t use anymore. Now I do this with any e-mail I get: I just cancel all accounts, ensuring control of my data. Not directly essential to backups.

The Data

Having corralled all this data, I had made sure that everything that mattered to me was on one hard drive, inside my computer. Going further, the data on my hard drive was structured as follows:

  • Documents, Pictures and Music (in the default OS X folders)
  • Critical App data
    • Calendars, contacts, e-mail
    • Things database
    • 1Password database
    • (Think of all your critical apps - Yojimbo, Omnifocus, Evernote etc. Look at your dock right now for a quick idea about “critical apps”.)
  • Applications and Settings
  • OS X and all the overhead I don’t care about.

Some clarifications: The documents folder contains anything from PDFs to text files, my papers, any research and so on. By backing up my pictures folder I just make sure I have iPhoto safe, and analogously my music folder contains the entire iTunes database.

Backup Scenarios

Here’s where the paranoia sets in. The real question is: How far can I afford to fall back if my computer just blew up completely? The answer varies depending on which data you look at. You also need to gauge how often your data changes.

The most common scenario, Scenario 1, is that a file has gone missing, or deleted by mistake, and needs to be brought back. This should be supported by a fast, simple and stable system.

Scenario 2 involves a disk failure. When your hard drive fails, you need a fresh drive with all your data on it.

Scenario 3 is disaster. This means that the primary location of my data has undergone some sort of wipe-out by a natural disaster, burglary, etc.

The Tools, and Why Online Solutions Simply Suck

I already pointed out that all my data was on my Mac hard drive. This enables me to use Time Machine for full, continous backups. And it works like a charm. I encourage everyone to use it, and to not read further before getting a drive and activating Time Machine. I personally use a very nice LaCie Starck Mobile Hard Drive. Looks great on a desk, and it’s really small and quiet. Its USB cable is a bit short, and just about reaches the iMac port, but on the upside, it doesn’t have an extra power cord. This little drive, with Time Machine, covers Scenario 1.

For Scenario 2, disk failure, I clone my disk with Super Duper once a week. Beyond that I use Apple’s still-existent, updated and supported MobileMe Backup software for making daily backups of my Documents folder to MobileMe. And, I have Dropbox installed with a Symlink to my documents folder. I only use DropBox because it offers a user-friendly way to access your data on the go; it’s not a real Backup system, rather than a file system in the cloud.

Scneario 3 is where I’m undecided. Personally, I feel the most economical way would be to have another Super Duper Clone that I take to my friend’s or parents’ place each week. Again, drives are handeld by me and may fail in transport or otherwise. Online solutions seem to have a major selling point here, in that they use high-redundancy data centres, automate the process for you and offer a variety of restore options.

I have some issues with these services though. I’ve tested SugarSync, CrashPlan, BackBlaze and DollyDrive.

  • Sugarsync’s Mac client is hideous and unusable. I have a real problem with SugarSync’s approach: It tries too hard to be both a backup solution as well as a file sync service, very much like Dropbox. Unfortunately, it falls short on both ends. The web interface of Sugarsync is fair, but not as good as Dropbox. The native clients are really unusable and badly implemented. Beyond that, SugarSync doesn’t feel like it’s designed as a backup solution from the ground up; the focus on flashy features such as online galleries and a “Magic Briefcase” doesn’t let me trust SugarSync to handle my backups.

  • CrashPlan, similar Sugarsync, has a unversal client that runs on Java, and works quite well. It isn’t a completely native experience, but does a good job and offers a number of unique backup options, such as backing up over the internet to another computer, being your own or a friend’s. Truly, Crashplan is purely a backup solution, and offers a variety of features built for that single purpose. Pricing is around USD 5 a month.

  • Backblaze is, in my opinion, the best solution out there. The native client lives within System Preferences on a Mac, and you can easily control which files are backed up. You can even throttle the bandwidth used.

  • Both Crashplan and Backblaze offer the option of sending you a USB drive home in case of disaster, for a fee of slightly above USD 100. Crashplan only ships within the US.

  • Dollydrive has a different approach altogether: You configure Time Machine to use a network drive provided by Dollydrive instead of a locally connected drive. Your local drive is then used for a bootable disk clone, much like SuperDuper. Unfortunately, networks aren’t perfect, and having my primary, most continuous and easiest to use backup system rely on my internet connection is not only a risk in itself, but it didn’t work for me while testing. Dollydrive kept losing its connection and my initial backup would have taken months at the rates and reliability I was seeing.

My issue with all of these solutions is that none of them offer proper restore abilities. Backup drives sent home are not bootable drives; you will need to use another computer to recover this data. It’s a hassle. Restores across the web fail miserably as well in most cases: If I lose my photo library, it would take ages to restore via the web. Before that, I have Time Machine and a SuperDuper clone that would both have my data. And, if I want to restore a single image or a set of images from within my iPhoto library, I’m completely lost: iPhoto’s library folder is practically unnavigable1.

A second argument to conclude a point is, that for single item restores, not only do I have two physical backups at hand, but also use Dropbox for all my documents except music and photos.

So, here’s my point: online backups only make sense if I use them for a full restore. And this scenario is (a) extremely unlikely (b) only relevant for my photos and music, as documents are in Dropbox, and (c) expensive at USD 5 a month plus the cost of shipping a USB drive.

There are better (offline) options.

Conclusions

There is no compelling reason to use online backup systems. They charge monthly fees, suffer from dependence on network speeds and offer abysmal restore options. Intended as a last line of defense, you will probably never make use of it. Invest the money in making sure your house doesn’t get burgled or catch a fire. Reduce your insurance premium by reducing your risk in the first place.

Before I go for online solutions, I would opt for a Drobo, which uses a RAID-like system for data redundancy (in English: It spreads your data over many drives so that if one fails, it can automatically re-puzzle your data using very cool mathematics) and I would take my SuperDuper clones offsite every week, testing their bootability once a month.

The initial investment in local backups is that of a few drives. Not costing the world, it’s a better feeling to have the data in your hand rather than relying on a data center, however secure, that’s far away and at someone else’s mercy.


1. Granted, this is Apple’s fault. But as it stands, there is no suitable backup solution except for Time Machine.

Author: "Arjun Muralidharan"
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Date: Thursday, 27 Jan 2011 10:28

In September of 2006, Apple unveiled a secret project code-named “iTV”, a device that would run a variant of the previously released Front Row application from your Mac on a TV set. Released as “Apple TV” and subsequently called “a hobby”, the product enjoyed mediocre success and suffered a few embarrassing attempts to upgrade storage (“Take Two”), increase choice of content and decouple it from a computer among other things.

In the meantime, Google released Google TV, which, in a word, failed.

This morning, news of the Apple TV surpassing the iPad as a Netflix device in terms of viewing hours broke. Shawn Blanc aptly points out that this is a striking number, as there are roughly 15 times fewer Apple TV devices than iPads worldwide. I must add that this is magnified by the fact that Netflix is a US/Canada-only service.

Along with great sales numbers of a million devices in four months, let’s make the assumption that Apple has a winner with this new Apple TV. It is the first version of the device I bought myself and I love it. But here’s the deal: It hasn’t replaced our cable package, nor have I stopped watching regular Free TV. And this is where I personally have an issue with television, and hope for a comprehensive solution.

Apple TV’s approach to television is simple: “We have lots of content, and you pay per view.” In fact, I believe it is this simple business model that has made it a success. But this only works under a couple of assumptions:

  • One can define a single “view”. In Apple’s case, it’s an episode of a TV show, a movie or a podcast.
  • I, the viewer, know what I want to watch, or at least have to make a choice of a single TV show, movie or podcast.
  • I watch this content on a (big) screen at home where my Apple TV is hooked up.

Let’s tackle these issues. A single “view” for me can be congruent with Apple’s definition of a single movie, episode or podcast. But sometimes I have more time than that, say, two hours, which I can’t fill with just one episode. I could buy a second episode, but that would cost me an extra 99c, which is cheap. But remember, I have not canceled my monthly cable package. And then, sometimes, I have less time, like 15 minutes before I need to leave for an appointment. I’m not inclined to go through an entire buying decision, spend 99c only to start something I can’t finish right now. Regular TV solves this because I’m subject to whatever is being broadcast, and I can be entertained or informed just by a “peek” of 15 minutes on CNN. The issue here is that I have to constantly choose and buy singular units of television, which leads directly to my second problem.

Choice.

To me, TV boils down to three categories:

  • Periodical series. A classic TV show with episodes, seasons, and usually fiction or “reality TV”.
  • Movies
  • News and Information. Documentaries, Daily News, and Sports Broadcasts.

Apple TV covers the former two very well. It fails miserably at the latter.

TV shows just work. They exist in chunks across seasons, and Apple TV’s model works very well. For movies, Apple TV’s experience is different from regular TV in a few key ways: Regular TV allows me to tune in to a channel and be surprised. I can tune into Sky Horror and be surprised, though I have made a partial choice of wanting to watch a horror movie. I prefer horror movies at the moment, but am rather indifferent to what exactly I want to watch.

This issue deepens in the third category of news. I want news to be live and current. I don’t want to rent it and “watch whenever I want”. There is a positive comforting aspect to the fact that every day, at 7pm, the country sits down to listen to the evening news. It is good that I’m forced to switch on the TV set at a given time every day. It’s a family ritual and limits my intake of news to those 30 minutes. That, in my opinion, is much better that the constant stream of headlines on the internet.

Then there’s the entire quadrant of “infotainment”. I don’t watch the History channel for a specific show. I watch it because it’s the History channel. I switch on the Biography Channel to learn about someone new. Surprise me. Regular TV retains the element of surprise, and that is a good thing.

On episode 1 of “Hypercritical”, a new podcast by Dan Benjamin and John Siracusa, the concept of TV channels was dismissed as old-fashioned and useless, solely existent due to technical limitations of analog TV frequencies. Well, I believe there’s more to it. A constant stream of random content is what made TV so successful in the first place. Let’s embrace that and bring it into the digital age. Compare it to musical genres: Sometimes you’re just in the mood for Jazz music, and want a variety of songs and artists rather than that old Louis Armstrong album.

So, to sum up, I can’t get rid of my cable package because it’s good. I like my Apple TV because it’s good, too. Bring them together. Let’s bring channels into the digital world along-side pay per views.

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Date: Saturday, 15 Jan 2011 02:13

‘Call of Duty 4’ and ‘Civilization IV: Colonization’ Hit the Mac App Store

Eric Slivka for MacRumors:

Weighing in at a massive 6.85 GB in the Mac App Store, Call of Duty 4 offers players an immersive gameplay environment and a well-regarded storyline.

At 6.85GB, we’ll be spending a lot of time staring at the dock.

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Date: Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 10:30

The Benefits of Grapefruit

Some great, healthy pointers on a great fruit by Chris Bardawil:

It seems that Naringin works in a couple of ways to help:

  • Stimulates the Liver
  • Improves Insulin Sensitivity
  • Helps to Metabolise Fat

 Also read his great post with 5 reasons why you should devour these wonderful fruits right away.

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Date: Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 14:21

A quick link to a great iPad app:

Wolfram Calculus Course Assistant ($2.99)

Currently helping me deal with my Microeconomics worries. Highly recommended.

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Date: Sunday, 09 Jan 2011 11:12

Apple pulls VLC media player from the App Store

MacNN:

Apple has finally pulled Applidium’s VLC video player app from the iTunes store due to a licensing discrepancy. The situation is one of the prominent examples of conflict between the open-source GNU General Public License, which is tied to the VLC player, and the terms detailed in Apple’s own App Store licensing.

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but the app got pulled because the world’s most free license won’t let them publish it? And, am I misinformed that the GPL can itself be modified? Why didn’t they just republish the app with a modified license?

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Date: Wednesday, 05 Jan 2011 14:24

Lifehacker Password Hacked

Mark Shead:

When you login, LifeHacker’s servers took your password, ran it through the hash function and then compared it to what they had previously stored.  If the values match, then you can login.  If not, then you don’t have the right password.  As you can see this meant that LifeHacker didn’t have to keep a copy of each users password on their server.  However, you can get dictionaries of common words mapped to their hash value.  This is how the hackers were able to get my password–they simply looked for a hash.

Read the whole article for a great explanation of how online passwords work.

 

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On 2011   New window
Date: Saturday, 01 Jan 2011 23:00

2010 was a good year. While a mixed bag emotionally, I did accomplish some key things this year:

1. I deployed an entire CRM system for 30 people, relieving a 10-year old legacy system.
2. I started the year in Abu Dhabi, ending a successful stint with the Swiss embassy.
3. I lost 15 pounds in a small experiment in June. I gained it back during exam period.
4. I helped organise the 40th St. Gallen Symposium.
5. I interned with a global technology consulting firm.
6. I spent a lot of effort retooling my financial situation towards financial freedom.

Most of all, intangibly, I managed to figure out a lot of things about where I'm headed next. It was a year of reflection.

In 2011, I will:

1. Lose 40 pounds.
2. Restart playing the guitar and developing a project there.
3. Finish the final bulk of my bachelor's degree.

This is going to be good.

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Date: Wednesday, 04 Aug 2010 22:41

Urs Hölzle for Google [via GigaOm]:

We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects.


"We're ditching it".

Allow me to stand in the corner and smile as my argument in favor of traditional e-mail stands reinforced.

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Date: Tuesday, 03 Aug 2010 09:26

Fellow gentlemen, to most of us, shaving our beard is a simple grooming chore. A couple of months ago, I found a new hairdresser, my dearest Emanuele, in town who does a wet shave like we get to see in old movies with barbershops. I had never experienced something as refreshing. It was the closest shave I’d ever had. Of course, it cost me some money, and I guess it’s a luxury I will succumb to every once in a while. That said, I asked myself (and the hairdresser) a couple of questions about getting a proper wet shave at home. Here are the answers. And its mostly not what Dad thought you.

 

How should I prepare for the shave?

OK, chances are you’ve never really asked that question, let alone prepare for a shave. It does, however, improve results dramatically. The easiest way to prepare is by first washing your face with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. This removes dirt and cleans out pores. You go on to soaking a hand towel in hot water (run it under the tap) and seal your face with it for a minute or so until your skin goes all soft and you have a woozy feeling.

Emanuele’s Pro Tip: Add a drop of eucalyptus oil to the towel.

When should I shave?

In the morning, after shower. The warm shower helps soften your beard. If in a hurry, shave during the shower, but a mirror is advised.

Emanuele’s Pro Tip: Use some of your hair conditioner to soften up even more.

What gel should I use?

Emanuele says to never use anything that comes in a pressurized can. If possible, use something that comes from a squeezing tube and is as natural as possible. The Body Shop usually has good choices and it doesn’t cost much more than your usual Nivea stuff.

Emanuele’s Pro Tip: Use a shaving brush to apply your gel, and optimally it’s made of real animal hair.

What blade should I use?

The pro obviously uses a real shaving blade. I guess I’d need training for that, so we’ll stick with handle-based blades. Never use disposable one-time blades, and expirment with the number of blades you need. In the end, it’s a question of preference. Also, the less blades you can come by with, the better your chance of reducing any burn.

How often should I shave?

Three passes. One with the grain, one across the grain, and one against the grain, in that order.

Emanuele’s Pro Tip: He always repeats the preparation steps between each pass, but that’s probably only good for Sundays. Again, since you make three passes in three directions, consider getting a something with less than 23 blades.

How do I finish off the shave?

Once you’ve made your three passes, trim your sideburns. Then, use a hand towel in cold water this time and cool off your face. Again, you can add some menthol oil or so to make it extra fresh.

Emanuele’s Pro Tip: He rubs my chin with a salt stone, to disinfect any smallest cuts we can’t really see. He also claims that it works like a sealing agent on the pores, varnishing my chin like a solid piece of wood. It burns like hell, but feels absolutely fantastic afterwards.

That’s how my pro thought me to shave. I suggest you talk to your hairdresser, too. It’s worth it.

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Date: Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 12:08

Forget Brainstorming

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman for Newsweek:

Almost every dimension of cognition improves from 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, and creativity is no exception. The type of exercise doesn’t matter, and the boost lasts for at least two hours afterward. However, there’s a catch: this is the case only for the physically fit. For those who rarely exercise, the fatigue from aerobic activity counteracts the short-term benefits.



Time to hit the gym.

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Date: Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 12:04

9 Expert Tips For Better Writing

While reading this thoughtful post every student can use, the real gem is this quote I'd never heard before.

Every writer I know has trouble writing. ~Joseph Heller



Made me laugh out loud.

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Date: Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 11:58

You've probably already seen this, but it's great. Great in the sense that it isn't as gimmicky as Google Street View, but a lot more useful. And frankly, I think that's what Microsoft is good at.

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Date: Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 10:01
The Guardian's Josh Halliday (via John Gruber) reports on The Times of London losing 90% of its readership compared to February since introducing a paywall in June.
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 10:47

Forget the stairs - take the slide to the platform

I love this. Why does society shun away from such methods of transportation in adulthood?

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 04:22

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave a speech recently at the Nielsen Consumer 360 conference. Her main point: Facebook is awesome, and it will replace e-mail.

Let me share a few thoughts on this.

I completely agree that Facebook has changed the fabric of our social lives, for the better. We follow updates of "friends" we haven't actually met or spoken to in years, generate grass-root causes for sensible and soemtimes less-sensible endeavours of mankind, or simply use it as a tool to organize your next party. It's great for all these things.



Sandberg's main argument that she kicked off with was that in order to understand what the world will do in ten years, you have to look at what teenagers do today. Therefore, since teenagers don't use e-mail that much but do use Facebook, the world won't use e-mail anymore in a few years.

I think that this is a false conclusion, simply for the reason that e-mail's main use today is business correspondence. It's the form of communication that has revolutionized global business as we know it today. Surprisingly enough, teenagers don't tend to own global businesses or even work for them. So the hypothesis is false: Teenagers will eventually use e-mail, when they start white-collar work at some company.

The much bigger question, I believe, is what the difference between e-mail as a concept and Facebook as a concept actually is. E-mail has a distinct features of communication that Facebook doesn't.


  • CC and BCC: The corporate world is run by politics. The CC and BCC fields have gained enough meaning in the business world that they're used as a political tool. It's important to see who else is a direct addressee, and who is "just CC". It's also a powerful tool to let people know about communication without the receiving end knowing about it.

  • Interchangeable, open format: E-Mail is technically an accepted format of communicating data. I'm no expert, but e-mail's dependence on Domain Name Resolution allows for a message to be sent across networks, across the internet from one address to another, without both parties having to be part of a "Facebook" network. This "open" standard allows for software that's tailored to a person's or businesses needs, such as custom e-mail handling routines, a variety of e-mail clients, the use of attachements and HTML or integration with CRM or even Unified Communication solutions.

  • Organization: E-Mail messages can be handled by many clients. This allows us to organize and process e-mail efficiently. We can easily forward, reply and msot of all file messages in the cloud, on our computers or mobile devices however we think efficient. We can use the tool we believe to be best suited for our requirements. That's why some people use a web client, some prefer a desktop client. Some prefer the iPad version. And so it goes.


Granted, these aren't features that Facebook couldn't catch up to, but it's the main challenges they face. They need an interoperable, open format of communication if they want to delve into business. I believe that the strongest potential to take over this market lies in the hands of Microsoft, using their Sharepoint, Communications Server and Dynamics software suites and technologies.

Furthermore, our social lives, encompassing professional life as well as all other circles we're involved in, are terribly complex. Too complex for a Facebook to handle efficiently. Lists and a handful of privacy settings can't stand in for the masterful art of information handling we do ourselves everyday. What gets said at a dinner party can be harmful at work, and may not concern your choir group while you might want to share it with your parents. Facebook can't handle that, because it requires humans to start visually and physically mapping out their lives. People won't, and can't, do that.

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 03:53

How I use OneNote for my Dissertation

ProtoScholar:

Sometimes show is easier than tell.


Go see it. Very thoughtful organization.

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Date: Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 18:04

Once again, write in books that aren’t yours

Erin Doland:

These transparent sticky notes were amazing because they made it simple to write in books that aren’t yours or in books that you plan to sell or pass along to someone else.

Now that is brilliant, considering studying with books from your library. Why have I never seen these in the store?

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