Is Google doing the Gatesdance?

Some people wrote to tell me that I am partial to Google, seeing that I have been defending its contra-Microsoft strategy on this blog. Truth isthat I respect their creative vision and the chutzpah with which they stick it to the Redmondites. But, of course, Google is not operating as a charitable organisation – they… Continue reading Is Google doing the Gatesdance?

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Content for the digerate age

Looking at the way online content has been handled in the last 15 years is an inspiring exercise in observing media and one of its major building blocks. Initially, online content was lifted from print. The idea was that the few people with Internet access would not be able to affect the hold print and… Continue reading Content for the digerate age

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Learning 2.0: returning to the social circles

Knowledge Management (aka KM) was originally a business model. The UC Berkeley’s School of Information Management & Systems (SIMS) GOTCHA project site defines Knowledge Management as – “an interdisciplinary business model dealing with all aspects of knowledge within the context of the firm, including knowledge creation, codification, sharing, and how these activities promote learning and… Continue reading Learning 2.0: returning to the social circles

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Digital books on electronic shelves

If there’s anything new we will ever learn about search engines,  databases, and online information collections – Tara Calishain probably knows it already. Since 1998 (that’s 10 years ago!) Tara has been publishing one of the best resources on searching-for-research-purposes. Her fantastic website and newsletter are choc-a-block with information, find them at http://www.researchbuzz.org.

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Nostalgic click-off time

The word ‘nostalgia‘ has Greek origins (nostos = “homecoming” and algos = “pain, grief, distress,”) but it was coined halfway through the 17th century by a Swiss doctor named Johannes Hofer, who wanted to describe the pain felt by someone who longs to return to his native country (we know it as ‘expats’ homesickness’, I guess.)

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Dangerously ephemeral: social networks?

I read an article in last week’s businessweek.com (“Generation MySpace Is Getting Fed Up” Media“, 7 February 2016,  the piece articulates what many digihacks like me have been saying for some time now: sooner or later (sooner, probably) the social networks bubble is going to burst.

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Dealing with the Black Dog of depression

What do Alexander the Great, Hans Christian Andersen, Drew Barrymore, Beethoven, Irving Berlin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Marlon Brando, Truman Capote, Ray Charles, Paddy Chayefsky, Frederic Chopin, Vincent Van Gogh, Winston Churchill, Leonard Cohen, Sheryl Crow and Charles Darwin (and millions of others) have in common? All suffered from Depression or from Manic-Depression in various degrees of… Continue reading Dealing with the Black Dog of depression

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