Posts By: Dan Randow

Email: Consider Your Audience

In Why Fight Email?, I explained how OnlineGroups.Net makes email useful for group collaboration. Unfortunately, however, even though OnlineGroups.Net inherently adds useful metadata to email, it does not provide immunity from the GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) effect. If people send bad email, people receive bad email. Receiving bad email causes email overload. Inbox-management tools… Read more »

Why Fight Email?

There are problems with email as a collaboration tool. The worst is email overload. A lot of email takes a lot of management. Triaging and curating email are especially difficult when the email lacks metadata that enables it to be assessed without opening the email. Even the best email management approaches take effort, and still… Read more »

Flexible Work is Your New Day Job

Alice and I have just agreed new hours of work. The standard hours that she works now don’t fit so well with her other priorities. So instead, Alice will be working 1100-1930, Tuesday to Saturday. On Saturdays, Alice will work remotely. Does this make me a good employer? Actually, I think it just makes me… Read more »

Mobile Computing

I needed some tech support with my home computer, so I took it into the lab (our office) where there are plenty of friendly geeks. If I’d taken it by car, I would have had to park outside the office, take the machine upstairs, then either drive back home and bike in, or go up… Read more »

Webstock: Participants are the Producers. Deal with it. But how?

I went to Webstock 2008 for inspiration. I came away overflowing with the buzz, and the insights into how stuff works and what’s happening. There is so much to take in at the event, that making sense of it barely begins before walking out the door. But the most inspiring impact of Webstock for me,… Read more »

Kiwi Foo Camp 2008

Last weekend, Michael and I, and some Christchurch web folk that we knew (and some that we didn’t) ventured to Warkworth for Kiwi Foo Camp 2008. Kiwi Foo Camp is an invitation-only gathering of web, art and science people modelled on O’Reilly Media’s Foo Camp. This means 150-odd people speaking fluent geek all weekend, in… Read more »