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Category Archives: Technology


Abulafia Way back in 1990, when I worked at Brown University, I wrote a hypertext application for the Macintosh called “Abulafia.” (named after the computer in Umberto Eco’s book, Foucault’s Pendulum). Recently I found some old Zip disks onto which I archived my Brown work when I left the university in 1995. I asked a […]

Two graphs that explain most IT dysfunction (Part II)

In Part I, I described two graphs that I think help explain much IT dysfunction. I also noted that, typically: People in group A will often talk to and solicit advice from people in group C. (think VC or CEO talking to technical guru) There are relatively few people in group C. (some companies might […]

Two graphs that explain most IT dysfunction (Part I)

Inspired by reading about other people’s blogging weaknesses, I’ve decided to finally get this one off the back burner and post it. I’m pretty sure that this isn’t original, but I started thinking about this way back in 1996 (pre-social-bookmarking) and I’ve lost my pointer to whatever influenced it. Anybody who can set me straight- […]

The lazyweb works

After my trash-talk about “uber-geeks”, Leigh Dodds picked up the “Subscribe To My Brain” challenge and produced this within hours. He even produced a button, which -as everybody knows- automatically turns beta software into a production service… It turns out that Phil Wilson, was working on a similar concept and Danny Ayers was thinking along […]

I want to subscribe to your brain

The other day I was talking to a former colleague and I was trying to explain how I have gradually switched to using an assortment of social content tools as my primary mechanism for finding relevant and authoritative information on the web. With these tools, I can subscribe to an assortment of RSS feeds produced […]

Social bookmarking as telltale

Subscribing to my friends bookmarks has turned out to be a great way of keeping in touch. Seems it might be time to send a condolence card… David just bookmarked the following: Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode Posted on: Tue, May 3 2005 2:49 PM What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode? […]

Digital Retro

Seems we are all reminiscing. Went to the Tate Modern recently and, embarrassingly, emerged from the gift shop with the following: “Digital Retro: The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer” (Gordon Laing) I remember lusting after practically every machine in here. Sad geek that I am- I particularly lusted after the Jupiter Ace because […]

Demonization of the “technical class”

I am astonished at the current “anti-expertise” zeitgeist that seems to have taken hold of the US and UK. Recently Neil Stephenson summed up the prevailing mood in the February issue of Reason Online: “It has been the case for quite a while that the cultural left distrusted geeks and their works; the depiction of […]