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After Sandy: A Slow Return to Normalcy
November 2, 2012 – 4:04 pm | No Comment
After Sandy:  A Slow Return to Normalcy

Airports Open, Some Power Restored, Subways and Buses Running

For some, a sense of normalcy has begun to return to the Northeast. The cleanup continues, more people have power, and operations are starting resume at both …

Driving Alone: How Technology is Reducing Distractions on the Road
October 26, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment
Driving Alone: How Technology is Reducing Distractions on the Road

Recently I have been giving some thought to practical uses of technology with respect to one of the most highly-publicized dangers, namely distracted driving. While distractions at the knowledge worker’s desk can cost a lot …

Knowledge Work Kills
October 19, 2012 – 4:34 pm | No Comment
Knowledge Work Kills

I’ve often wondered about the impact of the change in how we work, from manual and active labor to knowledge work at our desks, with respect to our health. After all, while our life expectancies …

All the News That’s Fit to View
September 21, 2012 – 3:49 pm | No Comment
All the News That’s Fit to View

The volume of news we create, and by news I mean news reporting, not newsworthy events, is mind-boggling. As someone who studies this as a form of Information Overload, the sheer quantity of reporting never …

Are You Sleeping Well?
September 14, 2012 – 5:09 pm | No Comment
Are You Sleeping Well?

Look around your bedroom. Are there tiny beams of light, maybe blue ones and/or green ones? Or a red one? Is there a glow emanating from a digital clock or clock radio?
According to both common …

Gone Fishin’ – For Information
August 24, 2012 – 2:50 pm | 2 Comments
Gone Fishin’ – For Information

It’s August. The end of August. A Friday at the end of August, specifically.
The number of e-mails has declined dramatically as the number of people away from the office increases.
I practically shake my laptop to …

Limits on Recording Everything: Is the Genie Already Out of the Bottle?
August 17, 2012 – 5:02 pm | No Comment
Limits on Recording Everything: Is the Genie Already Out of the Bottle?

Ted Nelson, the inventor of hypertext, famously recorded numerous moments of his life on tape recordings, video, notepads, and the like.  Nelson, whose work in hypertext dates back to the early 1960s and coined the …

Tweeting Away Your Vacation
August 3, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment
Tweeting Away Your Vacation

A vacation – at least as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary – is “a period of time devoted to pleasure, rest, or relaxation, especially one with pay granted to an employee.”
That means that, during …

Trouble Finding Time to Complete Tasks? Take a Deep Breath…
July 25, 2012 – 7:56 pm | No Comment
Trouble Finding Time to Complete Tasks? Take a Deep Breath…

A knowledge worker’s effectiveness depends on completing assignments. Sometimes, work just gets in the way of getting things done.
I’ve been thinking a lot about work. Specifically, what I’ve been contemplating is an increasing inability to …

Is Information Overload Yesterday’s News?
June 15, 2012 – 7:30 pm | No Comment
Is Information Overload Yesterday’s News?

Information Overload continues to be a costly problem but it also appears to be losing some degree of mindshare.
This is not completely unexpected.  Many such areas – knowledge management comes to mind – go through …