Did you miss me?

Yesterday morning the hard disk on my desktop machine gave up the ghost. Kaput. I re-formatted the drive, reloaded Win XP, and am ready to build a new computing environment. Then the error recurred. I’ll have to figure this out when I return from ten days on the road. In the meanwhile, I’ll live off my laptop. And modem instead of DSL. And no printer.

You’d think the internet Continue reading Down

Digital Natives (Probably Not You)

Marc Prensky has a great article in Strategy + Business on why oldsters (i.e. >25) must listen to the newer generation.

    Why do I call these young computer enthusiasts and organizational activists “digital natives”? Think about the extraordinary cumulative digital experiences of each of these future leaders: an average of close to 10,000 hours playing video games; more than 200,000 e-mails and instant Continue reading Digital Natives (Probably Not You)


Listen up! Firefox is a better browser than Microsoft Internet Explorer. It’s faster, sleeker, configurable, and is moving ahead. It’s drop-dead simple to install. A new version came out yesterday. It’s invulnerable to most of the security threats Microsoft issues with increasing frequency. I can hardly abide the web without the convenience of Firefox’s tabbed (multi-window) browsing.

Why switch Continue reading Firefox

JEDlet Journal

September 14, 2004 Vol. 3, Issue 9
JEDlets are informative, interactive, and entertaining online tutorials
for today’s busy learners.
Reader Reward Challenge

Thanks to all who wrote in regarding who coined the term “e-learning”? Enjoy your complimentary JEDlets.

We are pleased to have its originator, Jay Cross, enlighten us on its evolution.

“I used the word early on and now many Continue reading JEDlet Journal


A character in Carl Hiaasen’s new novel, Skinny Dip, refers to Alzheimer’s as old-timer’s disease. This got me thinking about short-timer’s disease, the phenomenon of people taking stupid shortcuts because they don’t expect to be around long enough to suffer the consequences.

In Adu Dhabi, Mario Garcia, ceo of Garcia Media, described a machine in the Frankfurt Airport where, for €3, you can Continue reading Oddments

The Business Singularity (2)

Networks are defined by the quality of their connections. The measure of network success is its rate of error-free throughput. The successful business has high bandwidth and connections so good that value flows without friction.

The successful software environment is one that connects so well with business, workers and other computers that no one notices it’s there.

The successful worker is one Continue reading The Business Singularity (2)