I’ve been playing with a Mac Airbook lately and as much as I love the form factor have been missing many of the apps on Win 7. The operating systems are about the same now in terms of quality, but as with most things in life, its the little things you miss. Like Livewriter for blogging.
Not having a good little blogging tool has really slowed me down. About the only thing I’ve found of any merit (price + features) is myWPEdit. Nice little app, simple UI. Seems to do the job.
Available in the Mac appstore.
New Rules for the New Economy. This thought is right on the money:
“We need to shift away from the notion of technology managing information and toward the idea of technology as a medium of relationships,” writes Michael Schrage in Shared Minds, a book about the new technologies of collaboration. Despite the billions of bits that information hardware can process in a second, the only matter of consequence silicon produces are relationships.
Of course reputation and trust have been essential in all economies of the past, so what’s new? Only two things:
- With the decreased importance of productivity, relationships and their allies become the main economic event.
- Telecommunications and globalism are intensifying, increasing, and transforming the ordinary state of relationships into an excited state of hyperrelations–over long distances, all the time, all places, all ways. It’s not Kansas anymore; it’s Oz.
Efficiency doesn’t equal meaning. That’s the essence of Nick Carr’s comments on Google. I tend to agree. Knowing involves work – and while search is certainly part of the work, the result doesn’t yield knowing other than at the most basic level.
"It’s not what you know," writes Google’s Marissa Mayer, "it’s what you can find out." That’s as succinct a statement of Google’s intellectual ethic as I’ve come across. Forget "I think, therefore I am." It’s now "I search, therefore I am." It’s better to have access to knowledge than to have knowledge. "The Internet empowers," writes Mayer, with a clumsiness of expression that bespeaks formulaic thought, "better decision-making and a more efficient use of time."
…It’s not what you can find out, Frost and James and Poirier told us; it’s what you know. Truth is self-created through labor, through the hard, inefficient, unscripted work of the mind, through the indirection of dream and reverie. What matters is what cannot be rendered as code. Google can give you everything but meaning.
Loic asks how do you start the day online… this is how this blogger/marketer/entrepreneur does it…
Here is my sequence in general, but it does change depending on the day’s priorities. It’s a mix of reading, replying and chatting…
- check email, both gmail and Outlook – scan and empty inbox
- check Dell.com and thedailylark
- scan Google blog search for Dell terms and my name
- check the company chat (which is mostly outside the company)
- scan Google reader
- Fire-up Tweetdeck and see what is happening
- Say hi to my community on Twitter, Facebook etc…
- Fire-up Skype and see who is lurking about…
- Post to thedailylark…
Normally takes about 30 minutes or so…
Nice words from over at Digital Capitalism… when people say nice things it encourages me to write more… I also enjoy reading Jeremiah Owyang – Sr Analyst at Forrester Research: Social Computing. Exploring the others recommended…