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Can IM Graduate to Business? . "The litany of problems recited includes nonstandardization, port exposure, lack of message confidentiality, uncertain quality of service, lack of auditing and logging, subversion of knowledge management goals, and fracturing of attention spans." Hmmm...could be said of weblogs as well as IM. Another good article by Jon Udell. [discuss]
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 4:57:50 PM   

Endangered Species. "Once considered an innovative alternative for outsourcing the management of enterprise networks, pure-play management service providers now face possible extinction as industry giants move into their territory." [Source: Network World Fusion story by Denise Dubie]
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 3:48:06 PM   

Search Engine RSS Output. Network World Fusion has documented the URLs for querying their Inktomi-driven search engine and retrieving the results in RSS format. This is an awesome concept. It's going to take me a little while to absorb the implications. I've already created one query for keyword=hosting that my Radio Userland system will run once an hour. This is very cool. Thanks to Adam Gaffin, Executive Editor of Network World Fusion. [Source: Dave Winer's Scripting News] :discuss:
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 3:14:43 PM   

What's a Person to Do? You're just one person in an organization that has yet to utilize weblogs. Where do you start? Specifically, should you begin by trying to publish an internal/intranet weblog, or should you start outside the firewall on the public Internet? The latter is certainly easier to do and you have complete control and owenership of the content. OTOH, an internal weblog might be more valuable to the organization and therefore more quickly lead to the publication of weblogs by others. What's the best place to begin and in what situations? [discuss]
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 2:31:28 PM   

K-Logs in Wolff's Clothing. Phil Wolff has pulled together a growing archive of his posts about K-Logs. I'm gonna steal ideas from his Manager's Klogging Toolkit for my book.
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 2:22:21 PM   

Wireless Wants to Be Free. Glenn Fleishman reports on Sky Dayton's plans for Boingo Wireless to launch with 750 802.11b "host spots." But look at this: "Pricing has initially been set in three tiers: a pay-as-you-go model, which requires a free account setup, at $7.95 per connection (up to 24 hours in a single venue); a medium-usage package offering 10 of these connections for $24.95 per month, and $4.95 per additional connection; or $74.95 per month for unlimited connections. Dayton said that there is no bandwidth cap nor any surcharge for use at any partner location, including hotels." [Source: 802.11b Networking News]

Sure. You bet. I'm going to walk into my local Starbucks (er, Peet's) for a latte and plop down another $7.95 just to check my email. Or even the discounted $2.50. I don't think so. Okay, so maybe the hot spots are in hotels. Better, but still not great. Here in the S.F. Bay area there are a number of coffee shops and BAWUG sites offering free Wi-Fi access, and this movement is growing. Glenn's The Man on 802.11b, but I've got to believe two things: (1) the prices will always trend towards zero, and (2) very few will sign up for a package that isn't universal. i.e., There needs to be some peering and settlement between multiple public Wi-Fi operators so I can use anyone's service.
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2001 9:27:02 AM   



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