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links for 2011-01-30

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Human chess game recreated at Portmeirion




Portmeirion 3/09 (dz03)

Originally uploaded by Ted and Jen

Human chess game after ‘The Prisoner’, a 1960s cult ITV series set in Portmeirion (photo from Ted and Jen on Flickr, October 2009). Portmerion is The Village, which appears to be well maintained.

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links for 2011-01-26

  • From Facebook leaking personally identifiable information to advertisers, to data brokers harvesting reams of user information on social nets, to Google’s Wi-Fi slurping, 2010 may be remembered as the year the privacy chickens came home to roost — and quickly got roasted.

    Now Congress is debating new privacy laws and the FTC has weighed in with proposals for a No Tracking List to thwart nosy Web advertisers. The agency has also called for sites to create privacy policies a wee bit shorter and more accessible than, say, Facebook’s 5,830-word privacy opus. Not surprisingly, the online data industry immediately began trash talking the FTC’s ideas, calling for even more ‘self regulation’ and forming yet another industry consortium, the Open Data Partnership, to avoid a Federal smack down.

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links for 2011-01-23

  • The Chicago Welcomes You project is a grant funded initiative to provide well researched and designed orientation materials to refugees and those who serve them. The First Steps kit is currently available in an English/Sgaw Karen version. It is our goal to provide translations in many more languages for more people groups. Check the updates for the latest!

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links for 2011-01-21

  • Seems like others are also interested in Facebook… The company’s developer-driven culture is coming under greater public scrutiny and other companies are grappling with if/how to implement developer-driven culture. The company is pretty secretive about its internal processes, though. Facebook’s Engineering team releases public Notes on new features and some internal systems, but these are mostly “what” kinds of articles, not “how”… So it’s not easy for outsiders to see how Facebook is able to innovate and optimize their service so much more effectively than other companies. In my own attempt as an outsider to understand more about how Facebook operates, I assembled these observations over a period of months.

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links for 2011-01-19

  • What is a website worth? Apparently as much as $18,000,000 if you are the US Government. The site, recovery.gov, was created to track spending under the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to the Obama administration, the site was developed to provide the highest level of transparency and accountability to the American people. Recovery.gov “2.0″ promises to give U.S. taxpayers more information about where their money is going. Well, one thing for sure, some of this money went to finance the most expensive website in the world!

    The five year $18 million contract to redesign the recovery.gov website was granted to Smartronix, an IT firm with connections to Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader. What technology was used to upgrade and redesign this website? SharePoint! The recovery.gov site has actually received more than 200 votes to become one of the highest rated sites showcased on TopSharePoint.com.

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links for 2011-01-18

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Teaching Wikipedia At A Glance

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links for 2011-01-15

  • The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ has proven to be highly successful for many who suffer from various bowel disorders as well as the many related problems which actually stem from imbalances in the intestinal tract.

    This site makes details available for those who wish to know more about the diet. It also offers the latest SCD™-related news as well as ongoing updates to the information presented in the book.

    In addition, there is a growing Knowledge Base which covers all aspects of the diet, just click on "Knowledge Base".

    If you are among those considering beginning the diet, just click on "Beginner's Guide".

  • Most of us know that we need to make customer service our priority and that we need to work together to make sure customers are getting consistent answers/services, no matter how they access their government. OMB (Office of Management and Budget) is encouraging a customer service philosophy. GAO (General Accounting Office) issued a report last October, suggesting ways government could improve customer service. GSA (General Services Administration) is leading the way, turning the web best practices unit into a Center for Customer Service Excellence and incorporating all delivery channels. The customer service bandwagon is rolling, and everyone is getting onboard.

    Next step? Get down to the nuts and bolts, with the nuts and bolts players.

  • The people who study and design the typewritten word decided long ago that we should use one space, not two, between sentences. That convention was not arrived at casually. James Felici, author of the The Complete Manual of Typography, points out that the early history of type is one of inconsistent spacing. Hundreds of years ago some typesetters would end sentences with a double space, others would use a single space, and a few renegades would use three or four spaces. Felici writes that typesetters in Europe began to settle on a single space around the early 20th century. America followed soon after.
    Every major style guide—including the Modern Language Association Style Manual and the Chicago Manual of Style—prescribes a single space after a period.
  • rom an end-user viewpoint, SharePoint includes many "cool" features such as being able to tell when specific group members are online so that "chat sessions" or instant messaging can occur, and the ability to set up a personal Web page with things such as the latest local weather report. However, an organization's management is not going to install SharePoint so that its employees can have instant messaging services or create their own customized Web pages. Management is concerned with the bottom line, which is affected by the productivity of employees. In a typical organization, many obstacles result in reduced productivity.
    (tags: sharepoint)

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links for 2011-01-12

  • It is easy to start a blog, but the challenge is really sustaining it. Like anything else you do, you really need to arm yourself with some basic skills in order to make the tasks more efficient. Any task becomes easy and enjoyable once we have learned the necessary information and given it the appropriate amount of time. Bloggers particularly need to make sure that they have at least some of the basic skills in order to enjoy the blogging experience. There are five basic skills that you need to master in my opinion.

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