Tag Archives: FORWARD

The Demise of the Considered Response

By | February 15, 2006

It’s my rather pompous term for the way that email, SMS and, in particular, the SlackBerry [sic] reduce the quality of our replies. Nowadays, it seems, a prompt one-line answer to an email is considered somehow more productive, efficient, effective and “smart” than actually contemplating for a moment the subject and the best response. However trite, irrelevant or… Read More »

Skipping The Trailers On A DVD

By | July 24, 2005

Does anyone know how to skip the trailers on DVDs? I’ve just sat through nearly 10 minutes of promotions — ‘For the first time ever on DVD’ — for six shows from MacGyver to Happy Days on a DVD of Frasier. What makes the folks at Paramount think they can force me to sit through this promotional dross,… Read More »

The Future Of Organizers? wikidPad Goes Open Source

By | June 9, 2005

If you like wikis, you might like to know that one of the best self-contained wiki Windows programs, wikidPad, is now open source at SourceForge.net: wikidPad is a wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down. Its author, Jason Horman, released the code late last month,… Read More »

Being A Reporter And Being A Columnist: The ‘Good Story’ Trap

By | April 16, 2005

I’m a journalist. You probably knew that. But since focusing on being a columnist (rather than a reporter) I’ve tried to avoid the journalist crowd. Not because they’re not interesting, dedicated, very smart people, many of whom I count my friends. It’s just that journalists have a certain way of thinking, and I’m not convinced, at least as… Read More »