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  • Data rot refers mainly to problems with the medium on which information is stored. Over time, things like temperature, humidity, exposure to light, being stored not-very-good locations like moldy basements, make this information very difficult to read.

    The second aspect of data rot is actually finding the machines to read them. And that is a real problem. If you think of the 8-track tape player, for example, basically the only way you can find 8-track cartridges is in a flea market or a garage sale.

    (tags: data archive)
  • In a report to be issued this weekend, the researchers said that the system was being controlled from computers based almost exclusively in China, but that they could not say conclusively that the Chinese government was involved.

    The researchers, who are based at the Munk Center for International Studies at the University of Toronto, had been asked by the office of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader whom China regularly denounces, to examine its computers for signs of malicious software, or malware.

    Their sleuthing opened a window into a broader operation that, in less than two years, has infiltrated at least 1,295 computers in 103 countries, including many belonging to embassies, foreign ministries and other government offices, as well as the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan exile centers in India, Brussels, London and New York.

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  • HP's word-of-mouth marketing partner Buzz Corps recently made public the results of its blogger-driven Dragon launch and sales. According to Buzz Corps CEO Chris Aaron, finding influential bloggers in the tech space was easier than trying to follow thousands of tech fans on Twitter or Facebook.

    "We were looking to involve bloggers because their expertise enables product development and marketing to happen more quickly," Aaron says. "We wanted to do right by the bloggers and right by the communities they have created and served."

    (tags: blog publicize)
  • "The GSA ,which led the effort for 12 agencies over the past nine months, has finally worked out arrangements with Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo and blip.tv, saying these are "representative of high volume and innovation on the Web." It has plans on expanding this list further, and is in discussions now with social networking sites Facebook, MySpace and Ning.

    The microblogging site Twitter was already found to be compatible with federal policy, and the GSA even boasts about its own Twitter accounts in the press release.

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  • Burton Group principal analyst Mike Gotta recently published the first of six parts of his Enterprise Social Networks Field Research Study. The study aims to determine whether or not social networking has reached critical mass within the enterprise or if the concept is merely buzz.

    The first report in the series, Social Networking within the Enterprise, revealed that many organizations have yet to make a decision on social networking tools and those organizations who have embarked on researching social networking tools are in very early stages of deployment.

    According to Gotta the enterprises with which he and his research team spoke were most interested in enterprise social networking metrics and uses cases. And, no matter how enthusiastic the decision-maker was about a social networking deployment, there was always a nagging doubt about effectiveness and results.

  • (tags: twitter)
  • Every vegetarian knows that eating out can be a difficult task. VegOut makes this task easier by providing you with the world's largest international listing of vegan, vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants at your finger tips. Restaurant listings can be found by your exact location or a custom location if you're planning to travel.
  • Humanity needs a bright green future, a future that transforms our collapsing system through innovation, creativity and caring, and finds a new path towards democracy, peace and a sustainable prosperity that can be shared by all.

    That future is not a pipe dream. That future is the last best hope of humanity. Seeking that future is what we do every day.

    If Worldchanging was alone in seeking that future, things would be grim indeed. But we're not. We're part of an evolving ecosystem of thinkers, teachers, scientists, business people, journalists, designers, social entrepreneurs and public servants who are learning from each other as rapidly as possible how to thrive in the 21st century.

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links for 2009-03-22

  • " California Conservation Corps gets first dibs on the implement. “Our project is definitely the first one to use shovels,” said Jimmy Camp, a spokesman for the agency, which on Monday had 18 workers tackling trail work in the San Bernardino National Forest,…Americans love a first; historical, scandalous or banal. Now cities and states are rushing to be first in using the stimulus money — press release in hand — even for projects long in the making, with workers more or less standing by, pick axes akimbo, waiting for the check to clear so they can claim their title.
  • Twitter is not a strategy. Web 2.0 (whatever that is) is not a strategy. Rather than get caught up in the hype, let's focus on how do we use technology and communications tools to make government more useful, more efficient and more transparent?

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links for 2009-03-21

  • Leen is a user experience and content consultant for the interactive world. She wrote "From websites to mobile to speech, all areas of interactive interest me.
    One of my all-time favorite projects was leading the complete redesign of the Cingular Service Summary and the Cingular Welcome Kit experience—both of which are still around in AT&T forms. If you’ve ever signed up for Cingular Wireless or AT&T Mobility service, then you’ve likely seen some of my work."
  • When these social networking tools are used to connect with customers and partners, there are usually ways to calculate a payback. But when companies provide them to employees, they’re often going on little more than a gut instinct that these applications will be good for business. “It’s not like you’re creating revenue,” Pearson says.

    The dearth of hard ROI metrics should give CIOs pause. But at the same time, business leaders fear falling behind the technology curve, which is when employees start finding their own solutions. Don’t let caution or fear overwhelm good sense. It’s possible to construct scenarios where social tools benefit workers. If these scenarios resonate, a low-cost pilot is a good first step.

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