Good Reads Friday
It's a wet Friday here in Baltimore and I'm home caring for my sick daughter (who is now peacefully sleeping.) So now's my chance to catch up on and share some Good Reads I've come across in my virtual travels this week. Do you have a favorite tech-related story you read this week that made you ponder something a little differently? Please share in the comments, and I'll add to the post through the day. (Update: No self-promotion!)
:: Tweeter @chipmcmann suggested I try "Unix turns 40: The past, present and future of a revolutionary OS" http://tinyurl.com/qdca3c. Good, easy read that gives you insight on the (relatively) long history of computing and UNIX.
:: @OneFineJay blogs about "proactively maintaining your corner of the web" in Futureproofing: the economics of scale. Should we be worried about all these Web services that probably won't be around forever. Worth pondering, since we all seem to be uploading and sharing more and more of our personal lives and information at an increasing rate with myriad Web sites.
:: Work in a place where the dynamic seems to be "management by crisis"? Take a gander at the latest post on Rands in Repose. Quote: "Management by crisis is exhilarating, but it values velocity over completeness; it sacrifices creativity for the illusion of progress." (via @jbusteed)
:: The Maryland Daily Record's On The Record blog covers how a couple of surveys left Baltimore off their highest rankings for thriving tech areas. "What gives?" Jackie Sauter writes. Indeed. There are so many competing rankings and studies out there, put out by both private and government interests with their own agendas, that they all sorta blur together and start to feel diluted and meaningless. Among the big Baltimore-area success stories over the last several years have been Advertising.com and Bill Me Later.
:: Wouldn't you know it. San Francisco can submit their 311 requests via Twitter. Technosailor considers their approach vs. Washington DC's, which doesn't rely on Twitter. Should government put so much emphasis (and data) in Twitter, which hasn't proven yet it could be around for the long haul?
What other Good Reads did I miss? Add below, with your Twitter account, if you have one, so I can give your nerdy self some props.
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