ad Silicon Tails: December 2005

Monday, December 19, 2005

One Billion Internet Users (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

One Billion Internet Users (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
The Internet is growing at an annualized rate of 18% and now has one billion users. A second billion users will follow in the next ten years. Imagine the changes we will experience over the next 10 years. While Jakob Nielsen in his alertbox is focused on user adoption, which is not as high as the 90's, I think it is equally important to focus on technological change, which - post boom and bust - does not seem to slow down at all: the world of 2015 will not be today's Internet with more users and a little more usable web sites - it will be fundamentally different as we move into a world of social media and participatory media. The focus of "usability gurus" and all the rest of us foot soldiers in the march towards quality user experiences should engage actively in envisioning and defining this "brave new world". It's about much more than incremental usability improvements........

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

I am sad!

Ex-Crips leader Williams executed - Yahoo! News

* I am saddened not necessarily because of all the publicity surrounding Williams, but because an individual has died by our hand.
* I am saddened because the role of God is forced upon me even though I do not want to play that role.
* I am saddened because I am reminded that four innocent people were killed in 1979 but also because killing one more does not bring them back (and I doubt it would bring peace to the families of the 4 people slain in 1979 - why would it?).
* I am saddened because once again I am reminded that two wrongs don't make a right.
* I am saddened because I am reminded that in some respects we are still in the black ages of barbarism.
* I am saddened because the death penalty is an instantiation of a childish, but deadly, "eye for an eye philosophy" that hides the complex social causes and effects of serious crimes.
* I am saddened because while we claim the utmost respect for human life, many recent actions contradict this claim, whether those actions happen next door or across the sea.
* I am saddened because, even though I do not consider myself a religious man, I respect and admire principles of forgiveness, redemption and respect for human life. And I see these principles trod on again and again by the same people who claim to live by them.
* I am saddened because yet another man has died in vain. The death penalty has no deterrent effect.
* I am saddened because regardless of what people think of the death sentence, it will unavoidebly result in the killings of innocent.


I am sad not because of Williams per se, because in the end this is not about him. It is about us and the ways and values we choose to live by.


Monday, December 12, 2005

Training and embarassing myself in public

Originally uploaded by Klaus Kaasgaard.

Ok, so I gotta start training some more again. I am getting fat, weak and lazy. Best way to do that is to open up one's mortality and vulnerability for scrutiny in a public forum. So here it is: as the empiricist I am I try to set measurable goals to strive for and I probably spend more time measuring stuff than doing stuff (sounds familiar ?).

Anyways, I will follow up with reports on progress (or lack thereof, God forbid).


Thursday, December 08, 2005

25 years ago today

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one