BOTD: Michael’s Thoughts


Good selection of news, observations and comments on stuff that is happening around. There seems to be pretty good match between what Michael considers blogworthy and my areas of interest – as I found there lot of interesting pieces.

It is mostly news – but not only news. It is worth browsing through archive, just to discover small jewels – like this one:

If you had a top 7 tips list for managing the flood of digital information, what would it be?

Here it is:

  1. Write a blog. Of anything that I’ve done in the last 5 years, becoming habitual about writing a blog post almost daily has tremendously helped my information management. I no longer have a huge stack of “interesting” web links that I should / could / must look into sometime. It’s all on my blog. If I want it in the future, I just Google my blog to find out what I know.
  2. Don’t live in an email client. New messages are just “one form of input” (as David Allen likes to remind the world). Buy or build something for yourself that enables you to live from a list of projects and tasks.
  3. Look for the commonalities. Much of the guff that is written down is just a data point within a wider framework. Look for the commonalities within your area of focus, so that you can reason from general principles to particular situations. And if you already know something that you’re reading, stop.
  4. Read more deep stuff. The majority of press releases, blog posts and news items are “here today, gone tomorrow”. There’s a sense that “keeping up” is good for you, but not always. Commit some of your reading and learning time to more classical texts and books that have stood the test of time.
  5. Get to know the key people who flood you with digital information. Knowing where they’re coming from and from what mental models they view the world is tremendously helpful for understanding a specific item of digital information from them. If possible, do this in person or face-to-face.
  6. Build a personal knowledge management system. Build, use or maintain something that you can use to store articles, your analysis and critique thereof, and cross-references to other interesting and related items. Merely using Windows Explorer along with file name and date stamp is ABI (a bad idea).

See the for #7.

BOTD: The Reader


Today’s Blog of the Day is “The Reader”.

Everything about ebooks and readers – all the stuff I like. See at

Here I discovered that Sony is assumably preparing new version of reader – PRS 505. From the changes that should be included, none is IMHO really so important. The memory capacity of the reader with SD cards (which are reaching 8GB these days) is much bigger than you ever will need. If I should pick some enhancements hat would make a huge difference, it would be:

1) price. Make it accessible, meaning ~ 150 USD (which is about 145 CAD 🙂 – just kidding)

2) content – price and availability of books. The fair price for eBook should not be more than 30-40% of the paperback. Without DRM, of course. Who would want any DRM from the company with 2 rootkit fiasco’s in last 2 years (first and second) ?

3) Software – Sony please stop trying to create these terrible slow knock-off of iTunes, and outsource it to somebody that will write decent client, preferably in Java, so that it runs everywhere. Considering Sony’s software history, making it opensource would help to restore the trust …

Speaking of software, it should provide an easy way how to download and format RSS feed and web pages for offline reading, ideally again something in the way how iTunes handles podcasts.

I do not think that adding WiFi (what many people call for) will work on the eInk device – speed and lack of interactivity would allow to read only very static Web pages, and user input handling would be a big challenge.

BOTD: Good Math, Bad Math


Today’s BOTD (Blog of the Day) is “Good Math, Bad math”.

What it is about is summarized in its subtitle:

Finding the fun in good math. Squashing the bad math and the fools who promote it.

There is no need to add anything to this.

Only maybe an URL:

BOTD: Railscast


Today’s blog of the day is not really a blog, but a screencast. Dedicated to Ruby on Rails, the Railscast offers (as of today) 46 episodes of short, targeted practical advice on various aspects of Rails development.

Unlike some other screencasts who try to record the screen action as MPEG movie, this one is perfectly legible. In addition to the Rails enlightenment, you can also enjoy the speed and aesthetics of using TextMate  – with many great Ruby editing shortcuts and beautiful OS-X typography.

Available as subscription in iTunes – search for Railscast.

BOTD: Strange Maps


Today’s Blog Of The Day is named Strange Maps, which strangely accurate name. If you have are into maps, or information visualization – or combination of both, do NOT visit this link, because you risk sticking there for few hours :-).

Some ideas presented are quite original and wonderful: for example the map of the USA, having instead of names of the states name of the countries with same GDP as the state. You will find out that Canada == Texas, France == California and Hungary == New Mexico. Or a transposition of the map of Europe and map of Middle Earth – this places Rohan to southern Germany (not a bad match), Isengard is Hamburg. The Mordor ended up in Transylvania with Mount Doom in Romania, Minas Morgul in Hungary and Minas Tirith approximately in Austria.

Highly recommended.

Why blogging is important


Joel Oleson is suffering if you do not blog ! Sounds strange ? Read the article Join the SharePoint Blogging Revolution!

He makes several very good points – which have very little to do with Sharepoint – but I think the best one is helping the “organic indexing” of the Web space and helping the search engines out there better rank content. I wrote about this while ago.

BOTD (blog of the day): Frans Bouma’s Blog


A brief look at my Google Reader subscription list made me aware that I have added to my reading list a loooot of blogs, newslist and so on. Unfortunately, they are not organized very well and should be properly placed into folders. In a process of doing that, I will put some of the interesting blogs here.

For today, it is Frans Bouma’s blog – focusing on .NET and Microsoft technology platforms. From the most recent good articles, look at why API’s should not be designed by scientists – discussing and comparing various ways how the database level paging is handled in various databases (MySQL, PostgreSql, DB2, Oracle, SS2005), or read Frans’ comments on Entity Framework being cut from .NET 3.5 – which is sad, but IMHO fairly accurate summary of the recent development. See for yourself.