Forbes on Networks

Forbes.com has an interesting series of essays on networks. Useful for T214.


My Twittervision movie

Bill Thompson and I had a hilarious conversation the other morning with an incredulous former newspaper editor in which we tried to explain why Twitter might be interesting, even if it is currently just an example of leading-edge uselessness. Afterwards I thought that perhaps a movie might help. So I made one. See it here.

Charming message in my OU in-box this morning reads:

We are aware of a significant number of people experiencing problems starting their computers this morning. After initially starting up normally, the machine becomes ‘bogged down’ as applications are started. This is apparently down to a widespread problem with Windows Update and Microsoft think they have a solution.

There is a process on machines called svchost.exe running under the System username and during updates, some machines find this takes up 99% of the processor’s resources. If you press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and select Task Manager, under the Processes tab, you will find references to svchost.exe. If the instance running under System is showing 99%, then leave the machine to run through this for 20 minutes by which time the process should have run its course and the machine will operate normally.

If you cannot raise the Task Manager, then a manual shutdown of the machine might be the best approach before attempting the advice above.

As advised, there is a proposed fix from Microsoft and this will be applied during the next month.

Hmm… Just as well I don’t use the desktop PC so kindly provided by my employers. And it’s so consoling to know that the bug will be fixed “during the next month” too; I’m sure my colleagues will be delighted.

Interesting approach by Forrester Research. Summary:

Many companies approach social computing as a list of technologies to be deployed as needed – a blog here, a podcast there – to achieve a marketing goal. But a more coherent approach is to start with your target audience and determine what kind of relationship you want to build with them, based on what they are ready for. Forrester categorizes social computing behaviors into a ladder with six levels of participation; we use the term “Social Technographics” to describe analyzing a population according to its participation in these levels. Brands, Web sites, and any other company pursuing social technologies should analyze their customers’ Social Technographics first, and then create a social strategy based on that profile.

Useful diagram too:

Last Wednesday I gave a Keynote Address to a meeting of the Sussex Learning Network. There’s a pdf version of my lecture here.

Guardian piece here.

The Demos paper on ICT and learning is available as a free pdf from here.