Critical Section

Wednesday,  05/11/05  09:27 PM

I find this to be so cool; Inforedesign.  Here we find The Tyranny of Email, translated to Russian.  More proof, if any were needed, that you can find anything on the web :)

Another Tyranny linker: Coding Horror (".Net and human factors").  Some useful extensions: "There are a few ways that laziness can be harnessed to work for you, if you let it:"

  1. Choosing what not to do.
  2. Balancing communication with isolation.
  3. People don't scale.  (Truly lazy developers let their machines do the work for them.)

Some great posts on this blog; e.g. The Start Menu Must Be Stopped.  Indeed.  Subscribed and in the blogroll.

In case you think the whole "Tyranny" think is a joke; FuturePundit reports Work Distractions Lower Effective IQ.  "Getting interrupted a lot by email and other messages has the equivalent effect on work efficiency of a 10 point IQ drop."  I believe it.  And speaking for myself, I don't have 10 points to spare :)

Paul Graham: Hiring is obsolete.  Man he is batting 1.000.  Read this now, it is long, but it is good.

Junxion boxJunxion.  "With the Junxion Box, people can connect their devices to PC Card modems from wireless carriers using common interfaces like Ethernet and Wi-Fi."  This seems like a big seller.  A really low-end way to create wireless access points anywhere.

Did you see this?  CNet reports Toshiba announces 45GB next-gen DVD.  So that's pretty cool, 45GB on one disk.  Good for backups?  It definitely won't be used for media, because [as Mark Cuban opines] DVDs are dead.  The biggest problem isn't capacity, it isn't even that the media uses atoms; the biggest problem is that manufacturers insist on including some kind of obnoxious DRM.  And the 'net will route around it. logoHave you ever wished you could just "print stamps"?  I mean, this is the 2000s, right?  How silly is it that you have to go to the Post Office to buy postage.  I guess you can buy it online and have it dead-tree-mailed to you, but that requires forethought.  Okay, so there's  Perfect solution, right?  Well, no, it is no solution at all.  Although lets you print stamps, you have to print them on special serial-numbered stock.  By the time you've purchased the stock and had it dead-tree-mailed to you, you might as well just have bought postage.  How silly is that?

the M-sorterEngadget: The M-Sorter, a gadget that can automatically sort M&Ms by color.  Well that's certainly useful!  Some people have too much time...

BTW, I usually read Engadget from their RSS feed, but if I ever go to the site boy am I ever glad I have Firefox with Adblock.  That site would be unreadable using Internet Explorer.

Superfriends do Office SpaceThe Superfriends do Office Space.  I love it!  (But alas, no red stapler...)  [ via Kehaar ]

Hell frozen!From The Horse's Mouth, comes this evidence of global cooling...

This sounds like an Onion story, but it's not: Service Helps Dog Owners Interpret Barks.  "Users must first connect to Internet with their cell phones, and then register information of their dogs such as the breed and age.  The service will then record the dog's bark.  The owner will receive text messages telling them how their pet is feeling, such as 'I am happy' or 'I am frustrated.'"  I am speechless.


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