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Here we are, simplicity is gaining positions also in the operating systems arena. The “power of less” is making a new announcement: Introducing the Google Chrome OS.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system […] We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. […] The user interface is minimal […]

And now the best part of the post:

It should just work

These should be the underline assumptions of any modern software project, and this should be the innovation we need!

PierG


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Since when I use more different kind of social networks, I post less on this blogs: will social networks kill my blog?

It seems like lighter platforms (Twitter, FriendFeed or FaceBook) answer in a faster way my need to communicate.

What’s happening to you?

PierG

Have you ever asked yourself: what’s Twitter for?? (ok, you may ask NOW What’s Twitter? 🙂 … Google it!)

Ask all those big brands that are already on Twitter: Buzz Marketing for Technology: Brands that Tweet !!!

… unfortuntaley I don’t see any Italian Company in the list.

PierG

p.s. I’m on Twitter too: http://twitter.com/pierg

image Thanks to Carlo, now I know the number of people with whom I can maintain a social relationship: the number is known as the Dunbar’s number:

Dunbar’s number is a theoretical cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships

The problem is that …  “No precise value has been proposed for Dunbar’s number, but a commonly cited approximation is 150

PierG

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I’ve already written (Twitter From Mars) about the NASA experiments of using Twitter to communicate the activities of Phoenix, the last exploration rover sent to ‘dig’ Mars.

Well, the trip is almost over, Phoenix is ‘sending its last twits: check it out here: http://twitter.com/MarsPhoenix … and let’s hope some companies will follow this interesting example.

PierG

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I’m in LinkedIn. Every time someone that I don’t know wants to link me, here is basically what I answer:

Thank you for your request. I have a rule, I link only people I know and trust ….

The reason is pretty simple: I feel ‘responsible’ of the performance and reliability (whatever these two things mean in a given context) of my network.

One can agree or not and here is a pattern I’ve noticed in the answers I get:

  • almost ALL NON ITALIAN requestors do understand and above all respect my choice,
  • most of ITALIAN requestors seem offended in some way and try to justify themselves

What about you?

PierG

image Another very good article in the Zen Habits blog (subscribe to it: it worth the read) called 12 New Rules of Working You Should Embrace Today.

And here they are:

  1. Online apps and the cloud beat the desktop and hard drive
  2. Collaborate on documents, don’t email them
  3. Collaboration is the new productivity
  4. People don’t have to be in an office
  5. Archive, don’t file
  6. Small teams are better than large teams
  7. Communication is a stream
  8. Fewer tasks are better than many
  9. Meeting (usually) suck
  10. Open-source is better than closed
  11. Rest is as important as work
  12. Focus, don’t crank

… if you follow this blog I’m sure reading this list has already encouraged you to read the full article.

To add my comment: I couldn’t agree more on all the topics about communication, better use of new ‘internet’ habits (don’t file, just search) and rest / focus /task management.
I’m a bit more cold on open-source (it still has too much the taste of a ‘religion’ more than of an opportunity) and people not being in the “office” (effective communication is face to face)

Let me also quote what you can read in the About page of the Zen Habits blog:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

PierG

P.S. Thanks to Clearly Ambiguous for the beautiful picture

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WOW …. one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!

With Google Docs offline (powered by Google Gears), I can take my little piece of the cloud with me wherever I go. Once enabled, I have a local version of my document list and editors, along with my documents.
As long as I have an Internet connection, every change I make is saved to the cloud. When I lose my connection, I sacrifice some features, but I can still access my documents.

PierG

Interesting post in the Google Operating System blog, called Google’s Design Guidelines.

Here is the list of principles behind the great UI design of Google products:

  1. Useful: focus on people – their lives, their work, their dreams.
  2. Fast: every millisecond counts.
  3. Simple: simplicity is powerful.
  4. Engaging: engage beginners and attract experts.
  5. Innovative: dare to be innovative.
  6. Universal: design for the world.
  7. Profitable: plan for today’s and tomorrow’s business.
  8. Beautiful: delight the eye without distracting the mind.
  9. Trustworthy: be worthy of people’s trust.
  10. Personable: add a human touch.

Read the full article for more info.

PierG

Every 3/4 weeks I start thinking that Twitter is an intriguing stuff and that I want to explore it more.

Some questions for you:

  • which client do you suggest to twitter (on Win PC + Smartphone)?
  • how (which tool/site) do you aggregate time lines from other twitters?

Thank you for your suggestions!

PierG

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