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Thursday (05-03-31) Linkfest

Chad Dickerson wrote that he is moving his "linkblogging" to del.icio.us.  I am not sure that will work well for me ... but maybe something I should at least try ... meanwhile:

PODCASTING (MONEY)

SOFTWARE

OPEN SOURCE "MIND MAP"

TABLETPC

MISCELLANEOUS


Slashdot - 95% of IT Projects Not Delivered On Time

Slashdot via "an anonymous reader" posted:

"The Globe and Mail reports that 'A new report conducted by market research firm Info-Tech Research Group says 95 per cent of information technology groups are not delivering some number of projects on time or to the full satisfaction of the business executive.'

The article goes on to discuss the reasons for this pervasive (perceived?) problem.

The article mentions Info-Tech's reasons: unrealistic time frames, staff shortages, and poorly defined project scope.

However, the article's author lays the blame with vendors."


Cold War Missing In Action Aviator Identified

An interesting press release (especially if you are a Cold War historical buff like myself) has been released from the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office.

A snippet:

He is Robert C. Snoddy of Roseburg, Ore.

Snoddy and his pilot, Norman A. Schwartz, took off from an airfield near Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 29, 1952, with two other crewmembers to extract a CIA operative from China.  The mission in the Jilin province of northeast China was planned to pick up the agent on the ground with an airborne extraction system.

Unfortunately, the Chinese had compromised the agent on the ground, and when the C-47 aircraft flew over the pickup point it was shot down by hostile ground fire. Snoddy and Schwartz were reportedly killed, and two other crewmembers, Richard G. Fecteau and John T. Downey, were captured by the Chinese and held until 1971 and 1973, respectively.

For years the U.S. government asked the Chinese for information related to the fates of Snoddy and Schwartz.  The Chinese had in 1972 acknowledged to President Ford that the two had died in the crash and were buried near the site but that it was impossible to locate their remains.



OPENOFFICE.ORG ANNOUNCES VERSION 2.0 PUBLIC BETA

4 MARCH, 2005 - The OpenOffice.org project is pleased to announce that the first public beta release of OpenOffice.org 2.0 is now available for download and is available in English for Windows, GNU/Linux and Solaris. Additional platforms and localisations for Brazilian Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Turkish, amongst others, will follow shortly.


Working 7/24 Realtime

The CTO of Metlife (New York City) - Steve Sheinheit shares his thoughts in CIO Magazine in an article entitled "WORK-LIFE BALANCE: How To Operate 24/7 Without Losing Your Mind - As the CIO of MetLife has discovered, it is possible to turn technology from a leash into an agent of liberation."

Liked this reflection: "Time has become our most precious resource. Time is fixed; it's not expandable, reproducible or reusable. It seems to slip away as the pace of demands accelerates."


D*I*Y Planner - Awesome!

Douglas Johnston has done some amazing do-it-yourself (DIY) paper planner kit work released under Creative Commons:

Included are 50+ templates of ooey-gooey organisational goodness, some stylish covers, a receipt envelope craft project, a detailed handbook, undated calendars, mix-and-match forms, and more. It's mostly inspired by Getting, but plenty of generic templates and even a few niggly bits of Covey await the do-it-yourselfers who desire a highly tweakable and uber-configurationable set of dead trees that can help them waste as much time as they save.

Download the templates.


Office Depot - No Batteries, No Memory Card

I was talking to a friend last night who told me the following story from earlier in the day.

He had a couple of minutes to spare before picking up his daughter after her school, so he popped into an Office Depot to check out their digital cameras.   He is just in the early buying stages after just recently breaking his standard SLR camera.

He learned absolutely nothing from Office Depot though, except that they don't want his business.

When he tried to get some service to actually "try" some of the cameras the store clerk told him they don't allow customers to try units with batteries and memory cards in them, even with the clerk standing there.

It sounds fishy, but I have absolutely no reason to not believe my friend.  Anyone have similar experiences?


New Tech Rag Tear Outs Podcast

The 22nd Tech Rag Tear Outs podcast has been posted to Tech News Radio. This edition include content from: PC World, KM World, Wired, Mobile Enterprise, Maximum PC, PC Magazine, Network World, and InfoWorld.

If you are subscribed in your podcast client to:

  • sholden.typepad.com/weblog/audio.xml

Please update to:

  • feeds.feedburner.com/Technewsradio

This is probably that last issue that will go through the audio.xml feed through sholden.typepad.com.


Baby Mixer - Rolls MX56S

I was chatting with a guy from work today who has done a lot of audio and electrical engineering and the topic of a small mixer came up.  This topic has been something I have been wanting for a while.  It is a lot like the small mixers that Adam Curry has been talking about on the Daily Source Code.

I told him, I hadn't seen anything that I thought had the good mix of inputs (4-ish), outputs (two; one to record and one to listen); and battery powered.  He laughed and said that there probably was if you knew where to look ...

Rollsmx56s

Here is his recommendation: the Rolls MX56S.