Archive for March, 2006

Web 2.0

A lot of crap has been written about Web 2.0 but from my point of view most of it’s crap. Here’s a listing of many of the bigger 2.0 projects out there:

http://techcrunch.com/

Here’s some interesting stuff:

Google is coming out with a calendar to fit into their gmail offering.
http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/03/08/exclusive-screenshots-google-calendar/

One of the companies in my building has a new competitor. Skoochie meet Skobee (both companies provide an online invitation service)

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New Webmail

I’m going to try setting up a new webmail client for my server. We’ll see how I do. The client is called RoundCube and here are some instructions on setting it up.

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Taoism

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The Genesis, Implementation, and Management of New Systems

Read this…

http://sportsforum.ws/showthread.php?t=13104

This is a pretty interesting story about the GM of the Oakland Athletics baseball team and how he turned around his team from a losing team to a very successful team on a small budget.

The underlying message to me is that business or sports rely too much on opinion and not enough on fact and reason. As well, there is a message about how hard it is to reform business systems once they are in place and entrenched.

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Canada / US opinions polls

Read this Angus Reid poll. There are some interesting facts about just how similar we are with Americans. Actually, it seems there are as many regular thoughful Americans as there are Canadians.

So why is it that we view the Americans with such hostility and that we don’t admire them very much. Could it be the simplistic views of Canadians that are presented to Americans, by our celebrities for example? Could it be that Americans spend so much time focusing on themselves that they don’t really know very much about us? Could it be them?

On the other hand, perhaps it’s us. Perhaps we watch too much of their news and get too involved in their affairs (voyeuristically that is)? We watched their elections and felt we had a right to an opinion on whom they elect for president. Did we get too much information and therefore we’ve painted the entire country with a broad brush–our lack of respect for their leader.

Another option is to “blame it on the media.” They run the polls, they put the news on and in some respect, they help us form our opinions.

Could it be that we’re two well developed nations, close partners in the world economic and political stages and the people of both nations are actually more alike than different? Could it be that the apparent wedge between us is not between the people but some contrived media stunt so we’ll watch more news.

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