Several people have emailed me to let me know of programs using ADOdb. I'm very pleased with the diversity and quality of their apps. Good work!

 BugIn

Several people have emailed me to let me know of programs using ADOdb. I'm very pleased with the diversity and quality of their apps. Good work!  BugIn BugIn' is a PHP/MySQL powered bug/issue tracking system. It is intended to be powerful, but lightweight enough that it doesn't need constant modification, or a full-time DB administrator.… Continue reading Several people have emailed me to let me know of programs using ADOdb. I'm very pleased with the diversity and quality of their apps. Good work!

 BugIn

How to get hacked in 24 hours

dinveintomark: How to get hacked in 24 hours. “A default Windows 98 installation with a cable modem (or other always-on connection), visible on the Internet as a “full peer” (i.e. not firewalled or otherwise protected), will be found and hacked within minutes by automated script-kiddie-level scans.” [Archipelago]

Singlefile

“Jason Fried of Spinfree (and 37Signals) has released Singlefile, a Web service that allows you to keep track of your book collection. Jason is one of the best user interface designers I know. In a year or two when I start my own company, I'm going to recruit Jason (and a few other people I… Continue reading Singlefile

Toronto Public Library

Score one for the Toronto Public Library. Their SmallBizXpress service looks pretty spiffy, and it lets you personalize the page, too (something we're investigating doing at SLS). I also like how the TPL advertises their Ask a Librarian email reference service. Not only do they break it down into request forms for Adults & Teens and… Continue reading Toronto Public Library

For the record, I'm complex, not disorganized. Please strike all references to “messy desks” from my past and future work evaluations.

“But why do we pile documents instead of filing them? Because piles represent the process of active, ongoing thinking. The psychologist Alison Kidd, whose research Sellen and Harper refer to extensively, argues that “knowledge workers” use the physical space of the desktop to hold “ideas which they cannot yet categorize or even decide how they might use.” The messy desk is not necessarily a sign of disorganization. It may be a sign of complexity: those who deal with many unresolved ideas simultaneously cannot sort and file the papers on their desks, because they haven't yet sorted and filed the ideas in their head. Kidd writes that many of the people she talked to use the papers on their desks as contextual cues to “recover a complex set of threads without difficulty and delay” when they come in on a Monday morning, or after their work has been interrupted by a phone call. What we see when we look at the piles on our desks is, in a sense, the contents of our brains.” [at The New Yorker

For the record, I'm complex, not disorganized. Please strike all references to “messy desks” from my past and future work evaluations. “But why do we pile documents instead of filing them? Because piles represent the process of active, ongoing thinking. The psychologist Alison Kidd, whose research Sellen and Harper refer to extensively, argues that “knowledge… Continue reading

For the record, I'm complex, not disorganized. Please strike all references to “messy desks” from my past and future work evaluations.

“But why do we pile documents instead of filing them? Because piles represent the process of active, ongoing thinking. The psychologist Alison Kidd, whose research Sellen and Harper refer to extensively, argues that “knowledge workers” use the physical space of the desktop to hold “ideas which they cannot yet categorize or even decide how they might use.” The messy desk is not necessarily a sign of disorganization. It may be a sign of complexity: those who deal with many unresolved ideas simultaneously cannot sort and file the papers on their desks, because they haven't yet sorted and filed the ideas in their head. Kidd writes that many of the people she talked to use the papers on their desks as contextual cues to “recover a complex set of threads without difficulty and delay” when they come in on a Monday morning, or after their work has been interrupted by a phone call. What we see when we look at the piles on our desks is, in a sense, the contents of our brains.” [at The New Yorker

A Port Beckons: Moving to a New PC

A Port Beckons: Moving to a New PC. Moving programs and files from an old computer to a new one can be a thankless chore. But there are tools to make the job easier. By Larry Magid. [New York Times: Technology]

Outlining on the Internet 

Outlining on the Internet  At first outlining may not seem related to the Internet, but if you look again, you'll see lots of possibilities. First and foremost, the Internet is a communication enviornment. Email, instant messaging, the Web, each offer a different form of communication, allowing one person to speak to many people, publicly or… Continue reading

Outlining on the Internet