Posts in category: Technology

Anthropomorphisation

Anthropomorphisation

I was watching this digger at work whilst waiting for the train one day. Its movements were intriguing – digging, scraping, lifting, scooping, and levelling piles of rubble. As it switched tasks, it was deftly swapping its scoop attachment for others. To reposition...

Share your secrets and empower users

Sharing information openly with customers empowers them to engage with your product or service in a more intimate way. It gives them more options such as self-service. It helps them understand your product and service. Consider this: the more secrets you keep, the...

Pizza after midnight

I have been having a great hunkering for pizza lately. And having absolutely no luck getting anyone to deliver after 11pm or midnight in Sydney, having tried on no less than three different days. On one hand, is the lack of pizza after midnight a clear sign that we...

Making meaning from sharing

A new approach to information management may very well be sharing as much of it around as possible. The more information we make available to the world (accounting for relevant privacy and security concerns of course), the more opportunities there are for us all, as a...

Build your own remote surveillance drone

Global easy access to components (from low to high-tech) + global easy access to distributed intelligence and knowledge = build amazing stuff that would not have been as easily possible otherwise. Example here. What is the impact of this on our individual ability to...

Sony site – how to make it hard for customers

When I clicked on the Compare Products feature on the Sony site, this window popped up. It only took up a quarter of my screen. There is obviously quite a lot of content. OK, I will make the window larger so I can better scan through the table and make the comparison....

Why I won’t buy Apple (ever again)

The great pictures on this Creating Passionate Users blog post: Too many companies are like bad marriages reminded me powerfully of my personal experience with Apple years ago (my version of their pics above). I started my business on a Mac Powerbook G3 in 1998. It...

Interactive ethics

“Marketing, Content, Usability, Design and Behavior are the main factors that make a website work.” Of the five factors discussed, the fifth is the most interesting. “5. Online Behavior is a combination of Interactive Ethics (do the authors/owners have a positive...

Change the world (without doing too much)

Hooking up your computer to the World Community Grid is one of the easiest ways to make a difference to our world. And you don’t have to do anything other than the initial sign up and download. When you are not actively using your computer (eg you are on the...

What is Astroturfing?

“…the term astroturfing describes formal public relations (PR) campaigns that seek to create the impression of being a spontaneous, grassroots behavior. Hence the reference to the “AstroTurf” (artificial grass) is a metaphor to indicate “fake...
Mega pixels

Mega pixels

Closeup of a large screen display at the Easter Show, Sydney. March 2005

Ethical iPods?

We have fair-trade coffee and various other ethically sourced and manufactured goods such as non-sweat-shop clothing. Given most electronics manufacturing is now done in countries like China where labour is cheap and plentiful, and where sweat shops have most...

Weird sign: a lesson on context

Spotted at a supermarket: Context affords a huge amount of information – it enables understanding. Without context, the phrase “Glass Juice” is utterly meaningless. Contrast this with how databases, knowledge management systems (KMS), customer...

System builders affect culture

The people who build systems unconsciously or consciously affect the culture we live in. Their unique world view, cultural quirks, and beliefs will inevitably seep into the systems they build. These systems then become ways to export the creators culture to others....

Real voices hard to silence

The IOC is worried that they many not be able to “manage” what athletes say about the Games through their personal blogs. They are concerned that blogs “could lead to scurrilous rumours being broadcast on the Internet”. Welcome to the real...

Help stop global warming at work

Here are simple things you can do at work to reduce your contribution to global warming: Get large LCD monitors. Avoid printing things. I suspect most people print things more out of habit than necessity. Good quality large LCD monitors are available now at great...

It doesn’t have to be black or white

Tired of the generic colours of your favourite computer or MP3 player? Colorware will change it for you. An interesting niche business. This is the 21st century version of a car body customising business. What similar niche can you identify in your...

Sometimes, the answer lies in turning it sideways

One of the techniques I use when struggling with a problem is to force myself to look at it from different angles. This is done by: Asking the right questions to reveal hidden insights. Looking at what is in front of me from different angles. Turning things on their...
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