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links for 2009-05-03

  • Thomas Friedman’s book “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” has seventeen chapters. What's Chapter 18? Chapter 18 will be a completely new chapter that he’ll add to the next edition of the book: Version 2.0. In it he hopes to include the best ideas and proposals sent in from readers: ideas about clean energy, energy efficiency, and conservation; about petropolitics and nation-building in America; about how we can help take the lead in the renewal of our country and the Earth alike by going Code Green.
  • Below are the slides from the presentation that Ari Herzog and I delivered at the Advanced Learning Institute's "Social Media for Government" conference in Washington, DC, on March 26. We walked participants through a process of solidifying their social media ideas, prioritizing them, establishing some metrics and creating an action plan that sets the foundation to gain stakeholder/champion buy-in and creates the initial framework for implementation.
  • GovFresh is a live feed of official news from U.S. Government Twitter, YouTube, RSS, Facebook, Flickr accounts and more, all in one place.
    (tags: gov2.0)
  • A range of companies with wireless LANs are discovering that 50% to 90% or more of Ethernet ports now go unused, because Wi-Fi has become so prevalent.

    They look at racks of unused switches, ports, Ethernet wall jacks, the cabling that connects them all, the yearly maintenance charges for unused switches, electrical charges and cooling costs. So why not formally drop what many end users have already discarded — the Ethernet cable?

    "There's definitely a rightsizing going on," says Michael King, research director, mobile and wireless, for Gartner. "By 2011, 70% of all net new ports will be wireless. People are saying, 'we don't need to be spending so much on a wired infrastructure if no one is using it."

  • A good design is not a good visual design; good design is rather a balanced combination of good visual design and usability, resulting in the positive user experience. In our experience, too many sites appear to be very complex and hard to navigate, because in the trade-off between visual design and usability designers often decide against the latter one.
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