Stanford Center for Internet and Society

Stanford's Center for Internet and Society brought their student blogs on line just before Thanksgiving last year. They are still growing and have not yet become as regularly published as the blogs at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. It is encouraging to see so many sites for people to discuss law coming to the net. There are those at schools, and sites like Groklaw. I wonder if West Law will start indexing blogs? Is law a better subject for academic blogging than other possibilities? Does the course of "open peer review" (i.e.

Life Balance

This week's Tidbits has a review of Life Balance. It looks interesting. Jeff Porten's review does, however, point out a common failing of technology. He says "Making this software work for you requires you to figure out its philosophy, and then integrate your own way of doing things into that structure."

I've seen this more times than I can count. At the office instead of producing high quality information on a consistent basis the team of very talented people often get wrapped up in and consumed by using the technology. Instead of being information workers the team gets sucked into being technology workers trying to figure out how to fit the information into the philosophy of the technology and then how to get the desired results back.


The New York Times has a good article about searching the internet today. It points out some often overlooked techniques as well as ways that tools like Google can be used to provide better results.

It also alludes to special purpose databases and the time and expense that is associated with them. It doesn't get so deep as to mention services like West Law for doing for legal research. The article also didn't address that there are many ways of finding information on the internet. Often things that can't be found in Google, for example, might be revealed by directories like Yahoo or DMoz. In addition there are many free databases of information that are not completely searchable by google. Things like property records and marriage licenses are often in these databases.

On the same day the Times has a really saddening article about the state of people helping people. The premise of the article, supported by a handful of people they talked to is that technical people (geeks) are tiring of helping friends and family solve computer problems. Several of the people they talked to go beyond not wanting to help and are hostile towards technical neophytes.

The Chip Merchant

Macintouch (no permanent link to link to) has a note about The Chip Merchant that says their place in San Diego has a sign that it has been seized. I used to to some business with them. That is I did business with them until they sent me defective RAM and then expected me to pay for return shipping and their shipping me replacement RAM. They state that this is the standard practice for all RAM vendors. It took getting the BBB involved to get it sorted out but it soured me on doing business with them.

G4 on wheels

There is a really good article about mounting a G4 in a car from the Czech Republic. This would be the start of a great command post vehicle.


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