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Monthly Archives: June 2009

This guy breaks the mold. He’s dead smart but talks plain English. He understands the intersection between analog and digital as it relates to information like nobody else. And he’s got wild ideas: the digital world has unleashed the constraints of physical organization, and thus allowed, for the first time, the “miscellaneous” to have a place at the table, so to speak. (for his idea of the miscellaneous think Chris Anderson’s Long Tail but not just commerce).

Check out excellent video at Google Tech Talks.

A ++ baby.


meet the hacker.

I just read two thrillers, both feature characters who play the role of the hacker: a whiz who cracks codes, breaks into protected areas and retrieves critical information.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, is a stark, lyrical, knuckle biting gem by a man who should have written 12 more, but died of a heart attack shortly after publication. Probably the best thriller I’ve read in 5 years. No lie.

About Face, by Donna Leon. The 18th in her celebrated series. Not her best, but its got a great ending and, as always, features the talented Signorita Ellettra for whom pass codes and firewalls are a mere delay in the quest for information and data.

The Girl: A+

About Face: A –

What would Google do?

Jarvis’s take on Google’s success is worth looking into.

The book is bouncy, spare and bright …. and he shows how Google turns the profit model on its head. Whether you like it or not, Google is the success model of the future. Check out what they’re doing. Open this book.

My score: A. Solid.