The Internet is an Interruption System

The title of this post is a quote from a story in Wired, which was passed along to me by one of my peers. He sent the link in response to my sending an interesting story from the NY Times, which draws similar conclusions about the impact of technology on our brains. The upshot of…

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Craftsmanship, Quality, Dogma, and Pragmatism

Steve Smith has some interesting things to say about one of the passionate debates of the day among developers: In the last year or so, there has been an increasing amount of discussion on software craftsmanship, and what it means and whether or not it’s a good thing.  There’s an online email list, a conference…

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Happy Independence Day!

OK, so maybe I’m a couple of days late with that, but for good reason. I’ve had the pleasure of having family visit, and have been busy spending time with them (including a nice trip to the Baltimore Zoo – one of the 3 oldest in the country – yesterday), rather than on the computer….

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New posts Coming Soon

No, I haven’t vanished from the face of the earth…just took a little R&R and family time after the awesome ReMIX07 Boston event earlier this month. I’m back to work, and once I catch up on the major backlog of emails, I’ll be back to my regular posting routine, just in case anyone missed me.

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Stop Wasting Time Online / Wired How To’s

For folks like myself whose work and life both largely revolve around the internet, this is a timely list of tips for taking control: The Web is replacing the TV as the #1 time-thief in our lives. And, unlike the TV, the Web does not respect the boundaries of work. Thus the time you spend…

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Herbie Hancock Interviewed about Technology

I wonder if it bugs Herbie Hancock to be most famous in some circles for “Rockit” which, while a fun 80s tune, was hardly a masterpiece. Personally, I much prefer his earlier jazz stuff, in particular the EP Canteloupe Island. Anyway, here’s the intro to Wired’s interview: Musician and composer Herbie Hancock’s career has careened…

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What is shortText.com?

Interesting idea… shortText.com is a simple tool to post text online, with minimum fuss. No sign ups, no sign in, just instant web presence for your information.Don’t have a website? Don’t want a blog? Want to share a piece of code…perhaps a recipe? Just paste your text below and click ‘Create URL’! shortText.com now supports…

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Gamers and HD

1up.com reports on lack of HD awareness among PS3 and XBOX 360 gamers: If so few are even aware of the HD functions, how many who are in-the-know are even taking advantage of it? Speaking anecdotally, my Dad picked up an HDTV a few years ago from Costco and every time I’m home, he’s watching…

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Mark your calendars to be AWESOME

March 10th, 2008 is the first International Day of Awesomeness: No one’s perfect, but everyone can be awesome. What is The International Day of Awesomeness? The International Day of Awesomeness is a celebration of awesomeness. People are awesome every day, frequently don’t realize it, and their feats of awesomeness are rarely recognized. We aim to…

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200 Billion…and it all started with ABBA

Can it really have been 25 years? I think if I remember correctly, the first CD I ever bought was Yes’ 90125. I can still remember the look on my mom’s face the first time I played the song “Leave It” for her. Even on my cheap CD player, the clarity and stereo separation were…

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