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Archive for March, 2003

Word Bursts and Pattern Recognition

Monday, March 3rd, 2003

For a while now, one of my favorite Internet “tools” has been Yahoo’s Buzz Index. The Buzz Index is a listing of the biggest movers and the top searches in Yahoo in a number of categories. You can put it right on your My Yahoo page. I like to watch the way that certain TV shows spike up the ratings and you can see the long term popularity of some things (Lord of the Rings, for example). Just checking out the patterns of popular culture.
Now, through DayPop, you can check out a daily tracking of key words most commonly used by bloggers and see what people seem to be talking about most commonly. Again, patterns of culture. New Scientist magazine also has an article on “word bursts”. The excellent bIPlog also mentioned the topic recently. Notice a pattern.
Aggregating news feeds on similar topics will also tend to show you some patterns, although you have to be careful because you start to think that everyone you know is talking about digital rights management or some other esoteric topic.
It’s the skill of pattern recognition that will become key in our information world. Watch for new tools (3-D visualization of data) that will help us make sense of what is coming to us. I can’t wait, because it’s hard to see what’s going on now. Which reminds me, I’ve got to get around to read William Gibson’s new book titled interestingly enough, Pattern Recognition.

Recording Live Lectures Digitally

Monday, March 3rd, 2003

I want to record some of my presentations live in a digital format (presumably MP3) to edit and turn into samples on my web site and potentially cassettes and CDs of the talk for sale. I don’t want to record directly to the notebook computer I’m using (that seems to be a high risk move while presenting). I’ve tried to research some options but have found little that I would consider definitive. At this point, I’m leaning toward the Pogo RipFlash line of MP3 recorders with a high-quality preamped microphone, preferably of the lapel type.
If anyone actually does make recordings of their own speeches for product development or other use, I’d love to hear about your experience and your recommendations. Email me at I’ll post whatever helpful information I learn on this blog.

Client-Driven Technology – The Cisco Way

Monday, March 3rd, 2003

Rick Klau has a fascinating report from the CIO Forum on the panel presentation of Cisco general counsel, Mark Chandler. Important comments from Chandler included Chandler’s goal that, by end of 2003, 80% of all of Cisco’s outside counsel expenses will be non-billable hour work. Astonishingly, for lawyers in the minimum billable hour world, today that number for Cisco is about 65%.
Chandler’s final quote: “Technology is absolutely the only way firms will stay efficient and effective. Those who don’t use it well won’t survive.”
If you are looking for a quote to tape up by your bathroom mirror to think about every morning, that’s not a bad candidate.
Thanks, Rick, for reporting on the conference, another example of the cool blog thing where you can learn from bloggers what went on at conference you would have liked to attend (or, for those of us with the speaking bug, to have spoken at) but were not able to.

The Demise of Red Herring

Monday, March 3rd, 2003

I was just thinking this weekend about how much I like reading Red Herring magazine, but that I noticed that it was getting thinner and had fewer ad pages, always a bad sign. I was hoping that the fact that I liked a magazine would not turn out to be the kiss of death, like it seems to be for TV shows I like. Unfortunately, it was.
I got a lot of great information and ideas from that magazine (not counting the tech stocks that took horrifying plunges after I bought them based on Red Herring articles, or, worse yet, the recommendations of the Red Herring stock portfolio column – but, hey, those stock stories will make for good nostalgia in the years to come, right?). The industry briefings were always great sources on particular industries or areas of technology.
After my initial disbelief, I marched right over to Tony Perkins’ new web venture, AlwaysOn and signed right up. I’m very interested to see what comes next.