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Archive for December, 2003

dropload

Posted by shannonclark on December 30, 2003

dropload

This is a simple and elegant solution to a problem I have somewhat frequently encountered. Specifically – how to send (or get) a very large file from someone without having a shared network connection. I have solved this personally by setting up one of my corporate servers with a similar (but one-directional) service and with a password protected client/partner login area.

Dropload offers a solution for larger scale and more distributed concerns.

A thought that occurs to me is that this service could be very helpful in distributing large files to a widely dispersed group – i.e. an open network working on a project for example.

It will also be handy when working not on my own servers or when working with shorter term projects/assignments – i.e. a friend asks me to review a file too large to email, this is a way for us to share that file in a quick, rapid fashion.

Very cool.

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Migration to Lotus Notes

Posted by shannonclark on December 29, 2003

So, this afternoon I have started to seriously migrate my personal email from Outlook to Lotus Notes (6.0).

Lots to learn and lots to do. I will also have to quickly decide if I want to try to get the upgrade to Lotus Notes 6.5 which might make a lot of sense for me to use instead (especially since I am learning it new anyway, might as well be on the most recent version).

Clearly it is a different piece of software than Outlook, in many respects a better one, but there are also negative respects as well, just stuff that I have to learn and relearn.

For example, it looks like (at least at the moment) that I cannot sort in the main view by subject. Something that I have become used to doing frequently. I think I can get the same effect in other ways, but it is a bit annoying nonetheless.

Further, there is a lot that I will have to learn in terms of the language of Lotus Notes, it treats things differently. However, at the moment at least it looks like I have managed to import my Calendar, Contacts (possibly too many times, may have to clean that up asap) and my mail (all of my messages which is quite a feat).

What seems to be missing at the moment is my tasks (todos) and my “notes” neither of which seem to have been imported successfully. I think I can export my “notes” and reimport them into Lotus Notes in a way that will achieve the effect that I need (i.e. keeping track of lots of random pieces of information). My tasks may be another matter, not sure how to do that.

The problem is that I have historically stored a lot of critical information in the tasks that were waiting to be done. So I have to find a way to deal with this in a meaningful manner soon. That said, it shouldn’t be a really big deal to replicate what I need to by hand for the moment.

The other important things that I have to figure out quickly are:

1. setting up rules for all of my mail handling, may take a while.

2. setting up rules to deal with “spam” as effectively as possible

3. Setting up access for my non-primary accounts and establishing where to store that email (i.e. my “catchall” as well as non-JigZaw email accounts that I monitor)

4. Setting up alerts/notifications when new mail comes in so that I do not miss the fact that I have gotten something important.

5. Getting used to the look and feel of Lotus Notes and getting comfortable with all of the various settings/features/characteristics.

6. Archiving some of my old mail to reduce the file size of the Lotus Notes archive I have to deal with (currently pushing 1gb).

I’m sure there will be many more tasks for me to deal with, just one of many tasks I have to do…

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Technology lets coffeehouse regulars tend to business

Posted by shannonclark on December 18, 2003

Mercury News | 12/16/2003 | Technology lets coffeehouse regulars tend to business

This is me.

Scary somewhat, but cool and enjoyable as well.

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Boxes and Arrows: The Visual Vocabulary Three Years Later: An Interview with Jesse James Garrett

Posted by shannonclark on December 17, 2003

Boxes and Arrows: The Visual Vocabulary Three Years Later: An Interview with Jesse James Garrett

Interesting article/interview with an Information Architect who three years ago came up with a very nice diagraming vocabulary for laying out website architectures. Something I suspect I will find useful in the future, and will certainly be sharing with some clients of mine in the very near future if they are not already aware of it.

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ISERP :: People

Posted by shannonclark on December 16, 2003

ISERP :: People

An organization that I should be aware of, looks likley to be interested in related topics.

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Frank Dobbin

Posted by shannonclark on December 16, 2003

Frank Dobbin

Possibly someone I should approach in the future, appears to be interested in Economic Socialogy which is pretty close I think to what i want to study.

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White, H.C.: Markets from Networks: Socioeconomic Models of Production.

Posted by shannonclark on December 16, 2003

White, H.C.: Markets from Networks: Socioeconomic Models of Production.

A book that I should add to my reading list, looks to be related to many thoughts I have been having about underlying Economic theory. Different in some important ways, but very related nonetheless.

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arXiv.org e-Print archive

Posted by shannonclark on December 16, 2003

arXiv.org e-Print archive

Different than Citeseer, but looks to be a very useful resource for me in the future, this is an automated e-print library of mostly academic publications. Going to take a while to get orientated but worth it.

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Q: What will happen when a national political machine can fit on a laptop? A: See below (washingtonpost.com)

Posted by shannonclark on December 13, 2003

Q: What will happen when a national political machine can fit on a laptop? A: See below (washingtonpost.com)

This is a the second half of a really interesting article – about how the Dean campaign is also a sign of changes to both parties to come.

But what draws my attention is the line “in the next six or eight presidential elections, a third-party candidate will win the presidency”

To which all I can say is YES! And I hope I will be a part of that win (doubtfully as the candidate but who knows).

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Vaccinate Thy Neighbor

Posted by shannonclark on December 12, 2003

Vaccinate Thy Neighbor

Very cool applied network theory. I hope this gets picked up and spread…

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