Crying Out for Clarity

Interesting post and thread at Signal vs Noise on the overuse of buzzwords, particularly on job applications. One thing caught my eye, though: the assumption that shorter, briefer is better. One commenter wrote: “I’ve always noticed that the shortest emails come from those with the most power in the organization.” That’s probably because they’re using …

Continue reading ‘Crying Out for Clarity’ »

The Thai Coup – Another Blogger Scoop?

Daniel Cuthbert, a blogger/photographer at MetroBlogging, writes in the aftermath of the Thai coup about how bloggers again apparently beat the pros to the mark: I myself noticed how few traditional news networks were a the scene at 11pm on the 19th, and it seemed that the news reports that were being delivered were being …

Continue reading ‘The Thai Coup – Another Blogger Scoop?’ »

Loose Change – Radio, Ricky and Rabid Readers

Some stuff I thought you might like: Is the search for productivity getting out of hand? Merlin Mann, who writes a blog on productivity (better words, he says, are ‘flow’ or ‘efficiency’) points out the absurdity of his readers trying every trick he mentions. “It’s like, hey, whoa guys, easy. We’re just talking here. This …

Continue reading ‘Loose Change – Radio, Ricky and Rabid Readers’ »

Email Wins Over RSS?

I’ve been obsessively watching email subscription to my blog via Feedblitz and while we’re talking modest numbers here, it’s great to see people signing up. (It’s on the left hand side of the blog below my smarmy mugshot.) Much more personal somehow, than an RSS subscription. Which doubles the pain when someone unsubscribes. Was it …

Continue reading ‘Email Wins Over RSS?’ »

Going Through the Security Motions

The Associated Press profiles security guru Bruce Schneier. Bruce writes clearly and well, and apparently got a mention in “The Da Vinci Code”. He’s also very critical of Post 9–11 overreaction: “Eventually we will all come to our senses about security,” he says. “I think it’s 10 to 20 years. A generation.” His argument: less …

Continue reading ‘Going Through the Security Motions’ »

The Rise of the “How To” Movie

Screencasting goes commercial? I’m a huge fan of screencasting — short “movies”, most often of what you’re doing on your PC as a easier way of explaining how to use a piece of software — and I think it has huge potential. (Here’s a loose wire directory of screencasting stuff.) So it’s not much of …

Continue reading ‘The Rise of the “How To” Movie’ »

The Economics of Journalism

Daniel Harrison at the The Global Perspective takes issue with my post about media companies no longer being about content and all about the medium. He makes a fair point, and it’s a good thoughtful post (I’ll forgive him getting my name wrong), concluding that “it is misleading to get side-tracked into a debate on …

Continue reading ‘The Economics of Journalism’ »

VOX Rocks (Not)

Unless you’re a real masochist, I wouldn’t bother installing the latest add-on for Skype, VoxLib (Windows only, sorry). It’s a nice idea, insofaras I can understand it, but it sure messes up your system. VOX in theory allows you to make Skype (and SkypeOut) calls via any telephone. It gets complicated, and it certainly didn’t …

Continue reading ‘VOX Rocks (Not)’ »