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lists and violence: Predictions can be an attempt to control
the future, especially when it comes to the Web.
Undernet: The intranet that's under the radar is where the real
work is getting done.
Knowledge: Beware of mistaking branding and intentional stupidity
inside and outside your organization.
right information: There's no such thing as the right information
when it comes to making decisions...and looking for it is a sign of
Web returns control of time to the individual
and commerce: Customers aren't just "particles with motives"
we're networked, smart and full of vim.
Donuts: Consumers link up and find out more than they want to
know about what really happens when it's time to make the donuts.
of Browsing: Your business likes portals because it thinks they'll
keep you from browsing but browsing is a basic form of human attention.
Near-XML Experience: A Conversation with Tim Bray: Why didn't
Microsoft do the 1% of additional work to make Office actually XML useful?
2000 Greatest Product since DOS 6!: We don't need an improved
desktop. We need to have a web instead of a desktop.
and distraction: When it comes to valuing metaphors and valuing
things just as they are, we're stuck in another Hegelian cleft stick
an optional article if ever there was one
importance of being wrong: You can't go wrong being wrong.
The KM Impulse: Why do we care?: Beneath the buzzwords
is an impulse to understand
The Longing: Why is our culture on fire about the Web when we can't even say what it's for? A desire so fervent must express a deep longing, a spiritual longing.
In fact, we embrace the Web with such enthusiasm (literally, being filled with the spirits of the gods) because we hope it will enable us to end the contract we've implicitly signed that says we'll give up our human, individual voice in exchange for the illusion of living in a managed world.
The Web is unmanaged. The Web returns our human voice.
That's what we long for.
and the Web Lunch Table: Will the Web let dogs and cats play
together, overcoming mutual prejudice? Or will it let cats find other
cats and dogs find other dogs?
Turing Test: Does your business have a human voice?
Narratives: Stories are to information as information is to
Down with Reality!: The person staffing the ticket desk asks me: "Do you have an electronic ticket or a real ticket?" Two thousand years of philosophy, and this is what it comes down to.
It's perfectly clear at one level what she meant. A real ticket is made of paper. An electronic ticket is just a notation in a computer that I paid for a seat. But why think of the paper ticket as "real"? Why not think of the e-ticket as real?
"Reality" is a value judgment...
Don't We Vote in Business?: We all think voting's just fine
for matters of war and peace. So why don't we vote in business?
Knowledge management is in danger of turning knowledge back into
information. Knowledge isn't just useful information; it's much more
important than that.
Business and Time: We're seeing an important shift in the nature -- not just the pace -- of business time. We're moving from a type of heroic chunkiness in which projects are private until published to a collaborative granularity in which much more is exposed to public view, for longer, and deadlines are not as important as readiness.
The rhythm of our work life will move from punctuated equilibrium -- narratives with dramatic scenes at the end -- to constant effervescence (with just a hint of lemon). The wits and the bon vivants -- and, therefore, the lightweights and the gadflies -- will flourish. Chatter beats speeches. Repartee trumps tragedies. Nimbleness creams Schwarzeneggerian heroism. The lunkheads perish in the cold. The mayflies swarm, flit, swarm some more.
Communism: The means of publication are in the hands of the worker
... and the corprate document wall is coming down
|DOM Perignon, the
Champagne of Object Models: The Document Object Model is
goddom important, y'hear!|
Microsoft and XML Make Nice: The Giant of Redmond is embracing XML ... but the way a cobra embraces a jackrabbit?
On the Sunny Side of the Street: Your intrepid reporter is back from a briefing from Sun
Death of the NC, Part Whatever: Sun's network computer is a monument to defeat
Good Books, Bad Books: Am I alone in detesting Burn Rate? And has anyone else read Brainstorm?
Fisher Scientific Walks the Walk: Publish and sell via XML -- and the weirdest imaginable XML DTD
Cool Tool: Disk copier and meta-search engine (two separate tools)
Internetcetera: How big is the Web, how fast is it growing, and surprising news in the Netscape-Microsoft battle for your browser
Informative Responses: Heady responses to our special issue on the nature of information
Rumors, Innuendo and Rude Remarks: The usual fabulous mail from our readers
I'd like to See Bill Gates Dead, Cont'd: More on the strangely satisfying Word thesaurus
Bogus Contest: E-Words -- Let's use up the puns before they fall into the wrong hands.
All I thought I'd do is poke a little gentle fun at InfoWorld's 20th Anniversary Celebrity Predictions -- they asked famous computer folks to write about the future -- but, foolishly I invited Chris "RageBoy" Locke, the Scourge of JOHO, to contribute. By return email I got back a de-constructed, practically de-composed version replete with RB's scathing, scatalogical commentary.
What did I expect. Sigh.
Read and see just how stupid RageBoy makes me look.
Tim Bray on
Will XML drive us to
object-oriented databases at last? Will it drive us at all?
September 25 , 1998
Humans!: Fallibility is going
to be very big this year. The Web is built for it. So are we.
What is Information?: An email colloquy among
JOHO, Chris "RageBoy" Locke and RageBoy's sister(!). The term
"information" is surprisingly meaningless. Conclusion: We need an
information science that understands that today's information isn't the
crop but the weeds.
September 7, 1998
One Square Inch of Silk: The first India
InternetWorld reminds us why we started caring.
August 17, 1998
The View from the Knowledge
KMWorld's Summit raised lots of issues. Reports on:
July 23, 1998
It's a David-Centric Universe: Shameless self
June 30, 1998
Note: Only the text-only
email version survived the HTML Meltdown of '47.
NOTE: All the pure-text version of this issue is available.
June 4, 1998
Displaying Intelligence: The part of our computers
slowest to change is going to change in a big way ... and will alter the
June 2, 1998: Special Issue
May 16 , 1998
|Early Warning Signs: First unsub and obnoxiousness
The Knowledge Management Metaphor: "Managing knowledge" is as wrong as thinking of the Web as "the worldwide scrapbook". Let's try a different metaphor...
Exhibition Notes: Why is face time important? And why can't conference panels be more like tv?
Why Articles about Search Engines Suck: Reportage on the size of the Web is, well, interesting
Why Search Engines Suck: One in a continuing series
Death of Suck: "Suck" is out. Here's a replacement.
Good Links: Three sites worth visiting
Meetings We Wish We'd Attended: The commercialization of the Soup Nazi
Internetcetera: Race and class on the Net
Email, Comments and Rude Remarks
Bogus Contest: Unclaimed Puns
1998 NC Obituary: Network Computers? Larry Elllison
himself has written their obituary
Shameless Self-Promotion: "Confessions of a Quake Player" ... NPR runs another commentary of mine.
The Web and Vegas: Two places that look the way they are.
Are Documents Dead?: A thoughtful reply by Eric Severson to last issue's overstated claim
Trelligram: Windows doesn't understand Web pages. Here's one way of smartening it up.
Cool Tool: AltaVista Personal Edition tames email
Internetcetera: Big numbers from experts.
Email, Ripostes and Rude Remarks: The usual fabulous email from readers
SGML Veterans Memorial: Soliciting ideas for commemorating the brave foot soldiers who paved the way for the Web
Email I Never Finished Reading Dept.:
Making Fun of Strangers: We pointlessly make fun of Lisa Simpson and James Gosling
Bogus Contest: Witty Standard Addenda
NC Obituary: Network Computers? Larry Elllison
himself has written their obituary
Emotional computing: Q&A with Dr. Roz Picard of
MIT, author of Affective Computing
March 19, 1998
Death of Docs: The Web is eating away the very heart of docs. With
by Frank Gilbane.
February 20, 1998
Meaning of JOHO
February 4, 1998
Management: The phrase that should have caught on instead of
Jan. 20, 1998
Interview: Dan Bricklin on Writing for Online: The inventor of the
killer app for the PC and -- more recently -- the mind behind Trellix
discusses what we can learn from printed paper about building documents
Random updates: Microsoft's new RVP standard for "live chat," and, do you really want your car, your kitchen and your tetherball set on the Web?
Pointless Microsoft Bashing: They can't even get a pulldown menu right on their bug reporting page, but they want to rule the world? Jeez!
Pointless FileNet Bashing Exactly what does their new product name mean in ancient Greek?
Walking the Walk Boeing empowers its customers' mechanics.
Cool Tool Spam your friends -- a tool to be used kindly and gently
Email Growth Factoids
The End of the TLA Want to register a three-letter acronym? Better act fast!
Email, Comments and Suggested Lifestyle Alterations: Great email from the JOHO readership
Bogus Contest: New Nothing Scripts We've run out of Java puns. We'd better come up with a new language.
Jan. 4, 1998
Everything Is on the Web: Everything electrical -- from
refrigerators to thermostats to vending machines -- will be a web server,
serving up information about itself. Besides having levels of control
never before imagined we're also going to see some big shifts in
Meaningless Blather: How much computer memory would it take to capture human experience? We take apart some meaningless blather that somehow mistakes life for cleverly arranged bits.
Fruit of the Loom Looms Large: The underwear giant offers its competitors free Web space -- and picks up market share because of it.
Walking the Walk National Semiconductor does serious business on its extranet
Server Growth Factoids
Email, Comments and Suggested Lifestyle Alterations: Great email from the JOHO readership, with temperatures rising in proportion to the triviality of the topic.
Microsoft's Day Off: Oddly, the MS servers seem to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Bogus Contest: Fearless Predictions At long last, predictions with some teeth. Not to mention cheap shots at Janet Reno.
Collectors Issue! |
Microsoft Murders Netscape: MS says you'll be able to save (and open) Word files in HTML (XML, actually). Your word processed files are going to be Web files. This will make the Web not a business tributary but the mainstream. And it's very bad news for Netscape.
One-Question Interview: David Yockelson of Meta on Internet Commerce: So far, EDI (electronic data interchange) has been a way to automate simple transactions, one at a time without context. The Internet will instead provide a continuing context for long-term relationships.
The Importance of Wasting Time: Communities -- people who care about one another more than they have to -- may look like a distraction from "real work," but in an unpredictable world they enrich the "knowledge pool" so you can better exploit the vagaries of fortune.
Cool Tool: The Price of Liberty is Eternal Spam. Here's a tool that can help.
Mail I Didn't Finish Reading Dept.
User and document factoidal material
Email, Comments and Suggested Lifestyle Alterations: Great email from the JOHO readership, including Lilly Buchwitz, Tim Hiltabiddle, Abe Kleinfeld, Jeff Millar and Gerry Murray.
Bogus Contest: The Law of Strategic Interruptions, the Search Engine Law of Indeterminacy, the Ontological Duality of Web Page Corollary, and other scientific theories
Dec. 5, 1997
Collectors Issue! |
Tim Bray on XML: One-Question Interview: One of the fathers of the most important Web standard to emerge this year gives us the scoop
Hyperlinked Support at Western Digital: The hard drive giant risks trusting its customers
Randy Hinrichs on Placelessness: An interesting quote from Sun's CIO
Instant chat leads to multitasking hell?
Old world marketing: What's wrong with this ad from Hitachi?
Email, Comments and Suggested Lifestyle Alterations: Some great email from the JOHO readership
Bogus Contest: Deep Thoughts
Issue #2 (BETA!)
Collectors Issue! |
The Web in 5 Words: Everything you need to know in one easy-to-remember, fat free phrase
The Hyperlinking of AT&T Wireless: Letting your people go entrepreneurial
Buzz Soup: Netscape Aurora and RDF: And important new standard for metadata
Proof the Web is 2,000 years old: Not to mention the Jewish answer to the Year 2000 problem
Email, Comments and Suggested Lifestyle Alterations
Bogus Contest: Safe Weaknesses Things it's ok to say are wrong with the Web
Collectors Issue! |
Knowledge Management Summit: Market leaders looking for a market
Realism is Pessimism: JOHO girds its loins for a firestorm of sneering criticism from pro-cynicism fanatics
Jews and the Y6K Problem
Email and Comments: Fill in the blanks. Please.
Bogus Contest: How to tell a first time flyer