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links for 2010-08-30

  • Meanwhile, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported last week that agencies' Web portals were down and the DMV's 74 service centers couldn't process drivers' licenses. The outage was caused by 228 malfunctioning servers, the newspaper reported.

    This computer shutdown is a new black mark for the VITA-Northrop Grumman partnership, which began in 2005. A legislative audit last fall slammed the agreement''s performance and prompted criticism from lawmakers. Since then, the two parties have been working together to improve service.

  • written Chip Camden, who writes TechRepublic's IT Consultant blog, he also contributes to [Geeks Are Sexy] Technology News and his two personal blogs, Chip's Quips and Chip's Tips for Developers. Read his full bio and profile.
  • How about a website in which people can give away unwanted items and receive free things from others? This puts the phrase "One man's trash is another man's treasure" into practice.
    I know there is a Internet based network called Freecycle network, but it is an outdated, Yahoo-group and email-based system, which is totally inconvenient.
  • They write "Every week ThoughtFarmer calls customers to discuss the practical matters of running an intranet: the good, bad, and the ugly. We do these calls in the hope that we can learn lessons on how to make our product better and more valuable.
    I had one such call earlier today with a professional services firm who talked about the evolution of the use of ThoughtFarmer at their company. Like all of the calls we have with customers, it was rich with insights into the real world problems and day-to-day challenges faced in organizations trying to be more communicative, collaborative, and productive." That seems far better than surveying customers.
  • Because the web is a changing and ever evolving organism, it’s important to build sites that can grow with it and easily ride the current instead of drowning when a new wave approaches.

    Clean markup and building with web standards not only helps you do this, but will save you both time and money in the long run.

    As the web expands, so the technologies that it uses grow with it. While HTML has been around for a long time, it has acquired quite a few sidekicks along the way.

    First Javascript, then CSS, XML and later AJAX. Wide adoption of HTML 5 is just around the corner, with Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome already enjoying nearly full HTML 5 support (the slow kid on the block, Internet Explorer, is lagging behind as usual).


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links for 2010-08-29

  • Faced with budget cutbacks, the city of San Francisco created a website, ImproveSF.org, to find ways the city could balance their budget. The campaign behind the site was created with the intentions of lowering costs in city government, which in turn would eliminate some of the financial stress felt at that level. Utilizing the site, city employees were permitted to sign in and enter their suggestions on how to best cut costs and increase revenue. Once submitted, others could comment and vote on the ideas to determine the essential "winners."
    (tags: costsaving)
  • "In preparing to write several back-to-school stories for ReadWriteWeb, I initially considered a post featuring some of these "interesting" and "revolutionary" ed-tech startups. But instead of another list of disruptive ed-tech startups, I'd like to offer a list of the 5 disruptive things ed-tech startups are doing. I would love to hear your thoughts – as educators, as entrepreneurs – on what other metrics you might use for evaluating this disruption. After all, if as Bill Gates suggests that in five years the best education will come from the web, we should probably consider now what we want that education to look like if it's to be different than just an online version of that old factory model."
  • You’ve heard it before, “Conversations about your brand are happening…with or without you.” Whether or not you have integrated social media into your company’s marketing platform, your organization is already “in” social media. So what is holding you back from actively participating in this medium?
  • The Kindle device itself, of course, has a carbon footprint caused by manufacturing and shipping all of its parts around. And it does use electricity (though, really, a very small amount compared with devices like laptops or even some cell phones.) But while I still love real books for a lot of reasons, I've got to give it to the Kindle. Authors are getting paid more, consumers are paying less, and (according to a study from The Cleantech Group) as long as the devices replace the purchase of more than 22.5 NEW (not used) books in the lifetime of the device, it will be a positive force for the environment. This seems to be roughly one year's use of the Kindle. Of course, if you're replacing newspapers and magazines with your Kindle chances are you'll go carbon negative faster than that.
    (tags: kindle green)
  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote "My activism: a) To "robustify" society against Black Swans –occasional activism against those who fragilize it (bankers, economists, social scientists, oversized top-down governments, etc.) But I am bored with finance and interested in worthier mission,like b) Climate change: — I am working on the opposite of conventional scientism: a precise protocol of what to do when you don't understand climate change –the Bonham declaration. c) Medicine, etc.

    image017Conversation with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron on how to save society from epistemic arrogance. In Congress discussing Hyperinflation & Fiscal Stimulus(video), Bank Risk Management , The U.K. Tories and The Black Swan (Video), Discussing with the King of Sweden how to save the economy with the termination of the economics "Nobel". On literature (conversation with Rolf Dobelli)" and much more

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links for 2010-08-27

  • Last year, MIT professor Andrew McAfee published a landmark book on the business use and impact of social software platforms titled Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges. The book is a collection of McAfee's research since the spring of 2006 when he coined the phrase Enterprise 2.0. Shorthand for enterprise social software, Enterprise 2.0 is the strategic integration of Web 2.0 technologies into an organization's intranet, extranet, and business processes. Those technologies, including wikis, blogs, prediction markets, social networks, microblogging, and RSS, have in turn been adopted by government agencies, a phenomenon that falls under the mantle of Gov 2.0. As the use of such technology has grown, Congress is now considering the risks and rewards of Web 2.0 for federal agencies.
    (tags: gov2.0)
  • Neil Gaiman American Gods Gathering
    The House on the Rock has long been known to fans of popular fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. His 2001 novel, American Gods, depicts the World’s Largest Carousel at The House on the Rock as a portal into the mind of Odin, the “All-Father” and a central figure in the story. Over the years, Neil has had to repeatedly explain that The House on the Rock was not a figment of his imagination but really exists; in fact, he "had to tone down [his] description of it and leave things out of the book in order to make it believable." Since the book’s publication, countless fans have visited The House on the Rock to relive the scene.

    As announced in Neil's blog, The House on the Rock is planning a special celebration for fans of American Gods. On October 29th and 30th, join Neil Gaiman and other American Gods fans for literary panels, talks, presentations, a limited number of chances to ride the World's Largest Carousel…

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links for 2010-08-26

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links for 2010-08-25

  • The government must take a page from the technology industry by learning how to measure the effectiveness of its programs, according to tech evangelist and O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly.

    As a well-known digital publisher and organizer of events like the Gov 2.0 Summit, O'Reilly is a key figure in the movement to increase the federal government's use of technology to engage the public. But he argues the focus on getting agencies to join Twitter and Facebook is misplaced.

    "There's lots of focus on social media and outreach, but that's the easy stuff. The stuff that's hard that's been really transformative for industry is to create real-time feedback loops using data," O'Reilly said during a conversation with Hillicon Valley on Wednesday.

  • video-search-engine-optimization

    The following is a set of links to some of our more popular video SEO (VSEO, video search optimization – whatever you want to call it) tips, tutorials, guidelines, etc…. Everything from search engine MRSS feed and XML sitemap submission to YouTube optimization and more.

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links for 2010-08-24

  • When the Hatch Act was passed in 1939, social media tools like Facebook and Twitter were decades away.

    But they are ubiquitous now and the Office of Special Council has received many questions about how the law, which limits the political activity of federal employees, affects these new forms of communication. With the District and Maryland holding primary elections next month and the entire country gearing up for congressional and other elections in November, OSC decided it's a good time to let federal employees know what they can do using social media without running afoul of the law.

    The Hatch Act applies to executive branch workers, including postal employees, but not the president and vice president. District government workers also are covered. Congress, however, is considering legislation, introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), that would exclude them once the District enacts a law with the same effect.

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links for 2010-08-23

  • With CitizenSpigit:

    * Let Government Employees and Citizens Be Heard
    * Facilitate Citizen/Government Collaboration
    * Promote Government Transparency Initiatives
    * Maintain a State-Wide, National or International Conversation
    * Leverage Technology for Collaboration
    * Experience Real-time Results
    * Automate the Idea Management Process

    CitizenSpigit is more than a simple electronic suggestion box — our software empowers citizens to collaborate around a topic of interest to surface innovative and actionable ideas. Crowd sourcing allows government entities to receive suggestions, field questions and facilitate communication with the public, helping government make more informed civic decisions. eGovernment entities have the option of launching an internal or external community, depending on their goals.

  • "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." – Charles Mingus.
  • Little is known about how governments learn best or what exactly makes them change their behavior in a targeted way. When governments perform poorly, the consequences are wasted resources; undelivered services; and denial of social, legal, and economic protection for citizens, especially the poor. Thus, it is important that governments learn from past practices to avoid mistakes and to adopt successful practices from others, and that they continuously acquire new knowledge to make them more efficient and relevant. Because the process of learning in governmental settings is considered hard to execute and conceptualize, it is referred to as a "black box." The Black Box of Governmental Learning suggests several practical and methodological steps and introduces the model of the Learning Spiral to facilitate such learning.
  • Dave Winer wrote "Once the blogosphere had grown sufficiently that the central role scripting.com played was largely forgotten, I brought comments back. I've been mostly satisfied with them, but certain subjects evoke predictable and futile "arguments" in response and unless moderation is applied, they will spiral into a flamy back and forth that you can find in any of thousands of different places in the blogosphere. So I moderate according to a few basic guidelines. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

    1. Keep your responses focused on the piece you're responding to.

    2. No ad hominem attacks."

    more as guidelines for moderating

  • (tags: gmail tips)
  • We all know how much writer's block stinks. You want to produce original, quality content for your devoted readers but you're all out of ideas. Skribit helps you get suggestions for blog posts from your readers and the Skribit community.

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links for 2010-08-21

  • Microsoft has been marketing MOSS as an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution. As an (admittedly self proclaimed) ECM expert with a fair bit of experience in the field, I challenge this definition for MOSS.

    The AIIM definition of ECM is:

    “Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is the technologies used to capture, manage, store, preserve, and deliver content and documents related to organizational processes. ECM tools and strategies allow the management of an organization's unstructured information, wherever that information exists”

    MOSS is definitely missing some of these major elements. I have blogged on this subject before, and I stick with my theme from those posts, namely that Microsoft removed the word 'portal' from the products title for possibly good marketing reasons, but when it comes right down to it, MOSS is a portal server framework, akin to IBM WebSphere, Oracle (BEA) WebLogic/AquaLogic and Oracle Portal 10g, BroadVision, Liferay, etc.

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links for 2010-08-19

  • In the nearly ten years that Metacritic has been around, our core focus has always been to make it easy for you to discover entertainment that you will love. In just a few days, we’ll be re-launching Metacritic with a new look and enhanced features, but our focus will remain. Combined with our one-of-a-kind Metascores – which distill opinions from the most respected entertainment critics into a single number – and other recent additions to our site like our popular articles and reports, you’ll find it easier than ever to uncover the latest and the greatest in the worlds of games, movies, music, and TV.

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