"(I)t is the gentle move away within firms from centralised hierarchies to more flexible, more realistic organisational strategies. This thinking is becoming common-place in management wisdom (see strategy as simple rules), what will it take for ecological strategies to become common place in more conservative technology environments?"
Steven Johnson reports on the 'dangers' implicit in participating in a round table on Social Software, to a bunch of people with wifi-ed up Powerbooks chatting on a screen behind the speakers.
"At the end, when Clay asked us to close our laptops, and reflect on the day a bit, the space was quickly reverberating with group laughs -- to use one of Clay's great phrases, it totally transformed the social weather. There was something refreshing in that change, even if I missed the multitasking."
Apparently, there'll soon be more notes on what Johnson, Shirky et al were talking about.
As Matt says, another dumb idea we had in Amsterdam:
Self explanatory, really. Go add your selections.
I've long wanted to make a site for showcasing 'ideas great enough to spend much time talking in the pub about, but too dumb to actually realise'. I guess I never will (unless ... perhaps ... this is it?).
JG Ballads is a good one. As is The Pub Stenographer, Luxury Motorway Service Stations, and Squirty Chips. Remember - you heard them here first.
"But the direction of both computing and communications, on the Internet and in mobile telecoms, is towards open standards: communication devices are less useful if they cannot all talk to each other. Makers of pocket communicators, smartphones and whatever else emerges will thus have to compete on design and branding, logistics, and their ability to innovate around such open standards."
Smart! And this hopeful conclusion:
"(T)he collision of the computing and mobile-phone industries seems likely to lead to a surge of innovation, as the two camps fight it out to create a truly personal computing and communications device, with far wider appeal than the misleadingly named personal computer. And as these titans slug it out, it will be consumers who emerge as the winners.
Not the kind of sentiment you'd have heard from the powers that be at Doors of Perception, as noted elsewhere ... but I remain optimistic. Doors notes to follow when I get a minute - in the meantime, check out the notes of the twoguys who were often sitting next to me.
"But just as car makers can make several entirely different models on the same �platform�, or chassis, the Symbian software is flexible enough to allow handset makers to try out many different designs without having to start from scratch every time. Some phones will focus on photography and picture messaging; others on playing music or games; yet others on corporate e-mail access ... An interesting twist on the Symbian model has already emerged. The Symbian software provides the underlying features that are essential to a smartphone operating system, such as support for telephony, graphics, security and Internet access. But Symbian licensees and software developers are able to examine and modify its innards, unlike handset makers who use Microsoft's software. Licensees may also change the software's on-screen menus and graphics, or 'user interface'. Nokia, for instance, has developed a user interface called Series 60, and has licensed it to other phone makers, including Samsung, Siemens and Panasonic."
Sounds like the Symbian licensees (Nokia, Motorola, Siemens, SonyEricsson, Panasonic etc. ... er, everyone except Microsoft) might be pursuing an Adaptive Design software methodology, based around flexibility, adaptation, transparency, and 'fit to purpose'. Interesting.
"Seamless City is a continuous visual image of the city made up of sequential photos of a walk through the city shot from a pedestrian point of view. Each image is seamlessly visually connected to the next as the objects are in the real world.This will make an incredibly huge single image."
"Just drop MP3 files or folders of MP3 albums on to the main window
in AutoTagX� or on the application itself. With AutoTagTools, you
can also just control-click on an MP3 file or an MP3 album folder
and select "Tag with AutoTagX...". From there, a new window comes up
for each file or album that shows you the tag information,
starts search the internet database, and shows you the best matches
for that file or album. Just select the closest match, save your
work and your files are tagged and organized!'
I also remember using an application Simon Wistow recommended to me last January or so, which was on Windows and used various metadata to suggest mp3 tags. They maintained their own DB and you could gain credits by uploading the characteristics of files you owned along with the correct metadata."
You wait for ages and then two come along at once ... we had last month's QOTSA family tree ... and now, for readers of a certain persuasion, this 'Canterbury scene' family tree will press all the right buttons. For those who like music metadata, likewise.