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AJ Kohn
Weapon of Mass Instruction -
Weapon of Mass Instruction
"Meet my new hero. Raul Lemesoff, an Argentine art-car artist, has taken a 1979 Ford Falcon that used to belong to the Argentine armed forces and turned into a 'Weapon of Mass Instruction.' Armed with 900 or so books Lemesoff travels the streets of Buenos Aires and beyond offering free books to all. He sees his 'Weapon of Mass Instruction' as a "contribution to peace through literature."" - AJ Kohn from Bookmarklet
Kevin Fox
My exit interview is in the conference room 'Men at Work'. Less ironic choices would have been 'Erasure' or 'Journey'
If the HR rep was also leaving, they could stick the both of you in U2. - Stephen Mack
Surprisingly we don't have a U2 conference room, but we do have a "Salt" next door to "N Pepa". - Kevin Fox
Do you have a Rolling Stones room? - Stephen Mack
@Kevin. It could be INXS, you're lucky. - Ozgur Demir
and also one, named "Hummus" (: - Ozgur Demir
Violet Mae Lim
Instead of trying to gain more followers, we ought to work on cultivating the relationships we have with existing followers.
c-a-n-n-o-t stress this enough. - vijay
@vijay Right? seems obvious to us, but i think people still dont understand this simple concept. - Violet Mae Lim
'cause that's too much work. - vijay
i am following someone who is "well known" in the internet marketing biz and he tweeted something along the lines of, "i want more followers... not so i can increase the number, but because i have a lot of good stuff to share". I laughed out loud. - Violet Mae Lim
Violet Mae, haha. Everyone wants that too but not by being directly blunt about it. - imabonehead
@imabonehead, i get that but my point is, if you have stronger relationships w/ ppl, those ppl are more likely to read and RT your stuff. Merely having more followers doesn't mean they all want to consume your content. - Violet Mae Lim
not interested - sean percival
@Violet Mae, point made. :) - imabonehead
@sean- i know you aren't interested. you're sean percival! you already know everyone ;) - Violet Mae Lim
The more followers you have the less you care about their content, it's TOO NOISY. - Nir Ben Yona
A tiered strategy can be helpful (almost like a marketing plan). Spend 40% of your time doing what YOU want. 30% cultivating deeper friendships. 20% with acquaintances. 10% reaching out for a wide audience. And you might pass though periods with very different priorities (e.g. Those days when it seems like your friends are using up all of your energy with their crises/celebrations. And days at conferences meeting 95% new people). - Mitchell Tsai
Well put. - Louis Simoneau
I've been surfing around 10s/100s of Facebook profiles for the past few days. One of the real drags about passing through periods of low-internet access (or periods where 100s of people connect to you) is that you don't have time to look at people's websites/resumes/book-lists/Twitters/etc... It's really nice to have time to catch up. In some ways (not all), it was nice when I met... more... - Mitchell Tsai
I think that our followers should be trying to cultivate their relationships with us. And we should be working on the relationships with those we follow. - Gregg Scott
@Mitchell I like your approach Mitchell. @gregg-I always make it a point to talk to the people who take time to talk to me. On twitter, I have new follower notifications turned off. I generally will follow those who take the time to @ reply me. @Rutger- unfortunately, probably never. :) - Violet Mae Lim
I have many people follow and then unfollow me if I haven't reciprocated in 48 hours. Why did they give me their attention in the first place? Was it because there was value in my content or were they simply another one of the growing number of tired Twitter stat-collectors? - Gregg Scott
Gregg. (you mean "unfollow"?). This tit-for-tat approach also affected FriendFeed (e.g. If I like something in your feed, and you don't come back & like something in my feed, then I won't subscribe to you). I really try to visit everyone who comments/likes my stuff, but on busy days with 1,000s of comments/likes it quickly becomes impossible. I don't track my Twitter followers, but it... more... - Mitchell Tsai
FriendFeed has quite a "halo" effect with it's comments & likes (and it's not just on the Robert Scoble's & Louis Gray's). Once there were a few hundred people following me, whenever I had the time to surf "obscure" people's feeds, I'd notice that a lot of likes/comments would follow whichever items I had liked/commented. In a way, this can be kind-of ego-boosting :-) but it also helps... more... - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell, that's right. I see the follow-on activity is like a wake behind a fast moving boat. There is a ripple effect that can trail you. - Louis Gray
Ryo- no. but someone could do a great video-blog on that. could be called, "date my followers".... - Violet Mae Lim
Muthu Ramadoss
Don't Believe the India Hype - -
Nathan Rein
@bignosemousie thanks (but if i don't wiggle it, how do i know if it's loose...?) she's not in pain, which i think is probably a good sign.
Nathan Rein
Talia (age 2-1/2): "I'm a frog! I'm a frog! I know REALLY how to jump!" [LWZ]
MINIX 3 Promises to Be More Secure Than Windows or Linux -
MINIX 3 Promises to Be More Secure Than Windows or Linux  -
"The most serious reliability and security problems are those relating to the operating system. The core problem is that no current system obeys the POLA: the Principle Of Least Authority. The POLA states that a system should be partitioned into components in such a way that an inevitable bug in one component cannot propagate into another component and do damage there. Each component should be given only the authority it needs to do its own job and no more. In particular, it should not be able to read or write data belonging to another component, read any part of the computer’s memory other than its own address space, execute sensitive instructions it has no business executing, touch I/O devices it should not touch, and so on. Current operating systems violate this principle completely, resulting in the reliability and security problems mentioned above." - MikeAmundsen from Bookmarklet
Tanenbaum is such a stubborn! :) - directeur
his books are quite useful though. :) - mikepk
mikepk, Oh sure! His books are a MUST. You can't pretend to know how operating systems work without reading them. Great memories :) - directeur
Ajay Pathak
Haa.. I missed this day!!! Need to wait for another 7 years huh! - Krishnamoorthy
Mark Trapp
Why require me to enter a city and state if you're going to require me to enter a zip code?
A big pet peeve of mine... - Jake (aka Jawee)
Because they're too cheap to purchase a lookup db from the post office - Glenn Slaven
Wade, but the way the zip code system works, addresses aren't based on what town you reside in, but what post office services you. A zip code can only refer to one city and state combination, never two, because a post office can only reside in one city and state. Moreover, if you know my zip code, you know, for all reasonable intents and purposes, my city and state. Unless you're in a... more... - Mark Trapp
More valuable information, if they are so concerned with resolution, would be the street address or the ZIP+4 code. Or, if they really wanted the actual technically accurate information about my actual town, they should ask for that and not require a zip code. - Mark Trapp
same issue for ivr's - enter or say info and then immediately have to repeat it when reaching a "live" customer support person - lazy tech implementation is the culprit for both of these - mike "glemak" dunn
Wade, my issue is not that they are requiring a city and a state OR a zip code, is that they are requiring both. Requiring a 5 digit zip code provides only one possible city and state combination for that zip code: asking for the city and state is redundant. But if, for example, in your case, where geographical location is more important than address, they ought not require the zip code and merely require the city and state. Like Mike said, it's lazy implementation. - Mark Trapp
Wade, the 5 digit zip code is not ambiguous: it tells you one piece of information, the identity of the post office servicing that address. If that's not good enough, they shouldn't require the zip code. - Mark Trapp
hear, hear, Mark - Michael W. May
I Agree with Mark, City /STate/Street can easily be culled out from the zip code. the processing and distribution facility, for a designated geographical area is defined by one or more three-digit ZIP code - Peter Dawson
@Wade Dorrell: The point of a mailing address is for the post office to get mail to you. For mailing, you only need to know the city the zip code refers to. If the service does need the specific physical address for some reason, then the zip code is not really even relevant anyway. Therefore, you should never need both the city and state and the zip code. - Jake (aka Jawee)
Great point - Tim FitzGerald
Better yet, don't ask for either. Ask for exact GPS coordinates to their house and work them out from that! - Brooks Bishop
How about a single 10-digit number as an address? Cuts down a lot of ambiguity, but it wouldn't be human readable. Simple. - Dave Roth
Dave, that was the purpose of ZIP+4, but it never really caught on despite USPS's efforts. The real purpose of writing out your entire address is for sorting and for error checking: when mail takes 2 days to get to its destination, a miswritten zip code could be a huge problem. But online, you get instant feedback: there's no need to be verbose in defining your physical location. If you... more... - Mark Trapp
Depends on whether they've bought city-state-zip software. Good ones cost ~$2,000 late-time I checked. And also whether they use software developers who know how to code the interfaces. - Mitchell Tsai
Easy, because not everyone lives in the United States as well. Your suggesting they should use your zip/post code to track your city/ state, but imagine that for the whole world...not going to happen. - Duncan Riley
Duncan, no, I'm not: a good web service should require either city and state OR zip code, not both. My problem is towards services that require both, and there isn't any reason to do so. I'm *am* principally talking about services that are providing US based information, however: the impetus for the tweet was the Jiffy Lube location finder. I'm not versed in other country's addressing... more... - Mark Trapp
Exactly!!!!! - R. Ferguson
mark , in canada we have the FSA ( first sort area) code or postal codes. thats the same as zip codes. - Peter Dawson
Where Is Human Evolution Heading? -
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