Keyboarding: Going Virtical

In a follow-up to my post about the Evolution of interfaces I found this article in ExtremeTech (via BoingBoing) about a vertical keyboard that helps prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI):

“… the vertical placement of the keyboard allows the user to type while keeping the forearms in a neutral position (with the thumbs up). With a standard flat keyboard, in order to type the hands are rotated so that the palms are parallel with the floor (this is called a “pronated” position). In the pronated position, the bones in the forearm twist with the wrist and scissor. This scissoring of the bones causes extra pressure to be forced upon the Carpal Tunnel.”

The concept makes sense, but it appears to require more physical space compared to convention KBs and doesn’t necessarily seem to be a very portable input device.

New version of blogger: Dano?

Looks like Blogger is gearing up to release a new version called Dano.

There’s not much info right now other than a short FAQ, but more info should be available shortly (according to the site).

Heh, I also realized that I have a few months worth of old blog posts at blogger. Hmm, it might be worth importing into b2.


Ahh, looks like a great day for a spring mountain bike ride! I went yesterday, but
today it seems like the trails are just screaming for me to come back!

To TiVo and beyond

I think it’s safe to assume that Brad Choate really-really likes his TiVo. However, he has made some interesting points about TiVo’s future uses:

“I also expect that weÂ’ll be using the TV for video e-mail and home-to-home video conferencing. ThatÂ’s a killer application waiting to happen. Something that would drive a market to broadband faster than Superman puts on his tights.”

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Grassroots knowledge management

Well said from McGee’s Musings about blogs and KM:

“Knowledge work, on the other hand, depends on extracting maximum advantage out of the unique characteristics and experiences of each knowledge worker. Knowledge management, from this perspective, has to be a decentralized, grassroots, activity. If you accept that premise, the promise of weblogs in knowledge management becomes clearer. Weblogs operate on grassroots assumptions by design.”

Google as a Knowledge Operating System

From Microdoc News:

“Google, a Knowledge Operating System (KOS) manages your knowledge activity on the Internet. Google, as a KOS, manages your requests for information, indexes your web pages, responds to applications you may be running on your computer that interface to it via the Google APIs, and integrates knowledge and information from millions of computers into a single large managed database.”

This seems to be a little excessive in that I don’t know if I’d want to give one company that much information about me, but the high-level idea is interesting.

Perhaps this would work better in a distributed fashion via personal and enterprise Knowledge OS instances.

In fact, I think this is basically what MindModel is attempting.

Knowledge management and weblogs

More on KM and Blogs …

Jim McGee writes: “One reason that so many of us find weblogs exciting in the realm of knowledge management is that weblogs reveal that the most important knowledge needs to be created before it can be collected and organized.”(via Sebastian Fiedler)

I think I agree, if Jim is implying that blogs enable the full KM process cycle of creating, collecting and organizing information.

Seed or hydroseed

I need to seed my backyard, but I can’t decide between hydroseeding and pain old seeding. I’ve already factored out laying down sod, because according to this it appears that sod will be 50% more than hydroseeding.

However, what’s benefit over seeding? This Old House seems to favor hydroseeding, but it’s still unclear of the cost gap.


Blogging as Jazz

Lilia Efimova, Diana Mehta and Sebastian Fiedler have an interesting discussion going on about using the metaphor of a Jazz band to describe the interactions that take place in the blogshere.

Diana Mehta uses a quote from jazz musician Doug Little on her Ryze page in reference to improvisational “interactions”:

“What I play will inspire the drummer to play something. The drummer might inspire me to play something. The musicians listen to one another and make spontaneous decisions. The possibilities are endless. It is always within the form and it is always interconnected with each person but it is never the same.

The joy of performing is the group sound. I can’t play whatever I want whenever I want. Jazz is democratic music and everybody gets to solo but only within the context of the whole. The group is what is the most important thing. Sometimes the best thing for me to do is not to play. And to respect another’s musical space.

When I do solo, I still have to pay attention to what the rhythm behind me is. I can’t ignore it. I have to be a part of that. Playing in a group means giving up some of your space for the group. If a band isn’t playing with any interaction, I walk out because it is no fun.”

Great quote and I certainly agree!

I’ve always liked to use the Jazz metaphor, especially improvisational, to demonstrate the fluidity of an effective collaboration.

In fact, my personal favorite example of a “perfect collaboration” is found on Miles Davis Kind of Blue.

I believe Bill Evans described it best in the liner notes for the album;

“…the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to recording. Davis laid out the themes and chords before the tape rolled, and then the band improvised.”

There’s also an excellent book about the Making of Kind of Blue, which is worth a read whether you’re a jazz fan or not.

Using RSS for corporate communications

Via Jon Udell I’m happy to see that the PR Industry is starting to preach the value of blogging and the versatility of RSS.

For example, Phil Gomes writes in MediaMap’s ExperPR article:

“Today, companies — and, by extension, the agencies that represent them — can publish their corporate communications content in their online press rooms using RSS-supported, weblog-rooted principles. While perhaps not in widespread use now, the day will come when the online location of a company’s RSS feed will be just as much of a PR proÂ’s email signature file as his or her email address, homepage, and phone number.”

However, I find it a little ironic that MediaMap hasn’t yet started to pratice what Phil is describing given the fact that there is no RSS feed or blog available for the ExpertPR articles.

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