Updated Pinto Photo Gallery

Pinto PicturesI finally updated the gallery of photos Catherine and I have taken over the last 4 years of our dog Pinto, who we believe is a mix between Great Dane, Fox Hound and American Bull Dog, but feel free to make your own guess … He’ll always be a 90-plus pound puppy to us.

So much Open Source Software

I certainly agree with Mark that the availability of Open Source Software is tremendous — I believe this has been the case for a long time.

DiveIntoMark: “In the future, there will be so much open source software available, programmers will be judged by how much they know about it and how well they can glue it together to build solutions.”

IMHO, the difference is that now so much of the open source software is geared toward the average user and has become increasingly less technically intense to install and deploy.

However, the hard work is applying it to a specific workflow or task.

Resistance is futile

Promit Chakrabarti: “Resistance to share knowledge stems from the fact that people are concerned about job security. This leads towards knowledge not shared or used. To enter oneÂ’s knowledge into a system and to seek out knowledge from others is not only threatening, but also involves lot of effort that hunts for motivation.”

Well said.

Fact-check your ass

Ben Hammersley in the Guardian again:

“The weblogging community is proving adept at compiling and filtering news in a way never seen in previous conflicts. By comparing and contrasting reports from every news source in the theatre, the war-bloggers’ adage that they will “fact-check your ass” is being played out with enthusiasm from both writer and reader.”

Project Weblogging

Jon Udell on Publishing a project Weblog

“If you’re managing an IT project, you are by definition a communication hub. Running a project Weblog is a great way to collect, organize, and publish the documents and discussions that are the lifeblood of the project and to shape these raw materials into a coherent narrative. The serial nature of the Weblog helps you make it the project’s newspaper of record. This kind of storytelling can become a powerful way to focus the attention of a group. The desire to listen to a compelling story and find out what happens next is a deep human instinct.”

More at Jon’s weblog

Study shows corporate structure found in email

Hewlett-Packard scientists found a company’s power and communication structure may be as simple as examining patterns of e-mail exchanges.

“Because [Email] can be captured and stored, many scientists are eyeing e-mail as a tool to quantify exchanges that in the past have taken place in hallways or meetings. The researchers in this study said e-mail flow could provide a window into the communications structure of an organization.”

Defining .Net

From Business 2.0’s The 101 Dumbest Moments in Business

“One question might be, and I’ll be as direct as I can be about this, what is .Net? Unlike Windows, where you could say it’s a product, it sits in one place, it’s got a nice little box. In some senses, it’s a very good question.”
– Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, at a Microsoft .Net briefing day in July

“We don’t have the user-centricity. Until we understand context, which is way beyond presence — presence is the most trivial notion of context.”
– Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, on the same topic at the same briefing

“Our biggest problem was policing the use of .Net. Things like .Net Enterprise Servers. That’s a great example of where the confusion came from, because it looked like we were slapping .Net on a bunch of random products.”
– Charles Fitzgerald, general manager of Microsoft’s platform strategy group, in August on ZDNet News

“It’s about connecting people to people, people to information, businesses to businesses, businesses to information, and so on. That is the benefit.”
– Steve Ballmer, trying again, in an October interview with News.com

Umm, Nice try .. However, The Scobleizer seems have it.