M200 setup on the desk

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M200 setup on the desk

Thats the Toshiba M200 in the docking stand. The other screen is a Philips 170b and it is setup as one contiguous screen.

That way I have my MindMap open with the guides and inspiration for my work on the right, and the work on the screen infront of me.

At any momnent I can grab the Tablet – while still docked and use it with the pen.

Or I can hot-lift & go downstairs with it.

I am enjoying it!

(This entry is lifted straight off my flickr site)

Mind Mapping

I have been using MindManager after hearing about it on the G’day World podcast.


I can’t wait to see more of these maps on blogs and on flickr

There is a free Mind Map Viewer , and a gallery of maps I wish there was a free basic map creator tool.

I am loving it! It is Web 2.0 for the personal PC, everything is xml and links together.

It is too MS orientated for me, though I can export fine to OOo (Word mode) and it is now my preferred way of writing a doc!

It will open photos from flickr right in a Map. It will open up RSS feeds in a map and use the Topic Notes to read them.

I will be writing more about this but the main thing will be that it is a new integrated:

  • Browser
  • File Manager
  • Word Processor
  • Contact Manager
  • To Do List


Can sinc with Windows Mobile



John Markoff Podcasts

IT Conversations: John Markoff (Part 1 of 2) – SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series Great discussion based around the history of computing as put forward in a book by John Markoff: What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer.

This is a great two part podcast! Listening to it I hear some geniuses time are there talking about an incredible revolution in communication. Many of the people I have blogged about there in the past get a mention – and are there! Doug Englebart is one. Ivan Illich gets a mentionI

This podcasts takes me back to the 60s and I realise how much that counterculture influenced me at the time. It must have been through the Whole Earth Catalogue that I found Illich – and that led to Four Avenues – School Without Walls. It is through this sort of thing that I feel a connection with the nostalgia that comes through in this history.

I really liked the comment that one speaker makes: “We need a Pedagogy of Interactive Media” – wow. I have a real enthusiasm for that. In a way this blog is about that – a psychology of interactive media – my “psyber-” is related and a prerequisite for the pedagogy. A pedagogy can’t be designed without a psychology.

So, I am deeply attuned to the discussions in this podcast and delighted to see how computing emerged in its origins not out of the money culture but the counterculture – people trying to make the world a better place is the key motivation I hear in this podcast. I recommend it.

Albert Ellis

village voice > people > The Interview by Rachel Aviv

Many of your books include charts, questionnaires and equations, which show readers how to more efficiently deal with their unhappiness. Are there dangers in seeing deep mental processes as a formula?
It’s not a formula. It’s several different formulas. I encourage USA, Unconditional Self Acceptance. I accept me, myself, my personality, whether or not I do well. I prefer to do well, but I don’t put my worth on the line. And I accept you—with your [cough attack] stupidity and failings—whether or not you do well. And I accept life, which is bad, without demanding that it be exactly the way I want it to be. I avoid the words ‘should,’ ‘ought’ and ‘must.

As much as I think that CBT, RET or whatever they call it these days is the enemy of the soul and healing (even though “research” shows it is “effective”), my heart goes out to this old bugger. No doubt he is a spunky genius! I like this interview and saved a copy to txt.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862):
A Bio Page for students, with some nice quotes

Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise to noon, rapt in revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumachs, while the birds sang or flitted noiseless through the house until by sun falling in at my west window, or the noise of some traveller’ s wagon on the distant highway, I was reminded of the lapse of time. I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any of the work of the hands would have been. They were not time subtracted from my life, but so much over and above my usual allowance. I realized what the Orientals mean by contemplation and the forsaking of works.’ – ‘Sounds,’ Walden

I notced the link and was drawn to it as I am reading “World’s End” – The Lanny Budd series by Upton Sinclair. (see next entry) People like Thoreau come up and hundreds of others. It’s is history in easy doses. I will keep linking various people as I read, we will get through the whole of the last century that way.


Wikipedia, Identity and Whuffie

Why Wikipedia Must Jettison Its Anti-Elitism Having started to contribute – immediately I have a nose for the meta discussion – and here is one excellent article. It all makes sense and having a peer-reviewed section on Wikipedia makes sense to me but hell! What is a peer? A reputation system might be one way – but there is the problem with popularity based systems. There is a complex reputation system inherent in academia – but it is also fraught. A combination might be good. Accredited university tenure might contribute to the but not contribute it all. Identity management must be in place first… I wonder how close that is?

I will learn more about this I am sure if I pursue my participation – which I am intending to do – and will though it may take me years to do a little.

Later: This is a good link to more of the same memoir from Larry Sanger.


How to create a library using flickr

How would one set up a new library? Set up a flickr site.  Thats it.  Put up a flick of each book. Perhaps you could even add the isdn # in the comment or whatever (Dewey?) but the readers would do it from there on.  They would manage everything else, sets, comments, tags.

Has it been done yet? Let me check.

Not yet in my Google search. What about a wikilibrary.  A sort of amazon flickr 43 things  wikipedia that has every book in the world, tagged, with a discussion group and so on.  Then a physical library could add they have it, that is it!  They could use it for their checkout system. 

And what is a physical library?  I would add my books happily, borrow by email.