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This blog is hosted by WordPress and I’m more than happy to be here.

I really like their approach to ‘me’ (as a final users):

  • the software does JUST what is supposed to do
  • the software does EXACTLY what is supposed to do
  • the software is EASY to use
  • I receive new features on a FREQUENT and REGULAR basis
  • the new features are EXACTLY what I’d have liked to ask
  • the new features are STABLE

OK OK, I’ve been a bit exaggerated 🙂 but that’s the concept!

Thank you guys!


Very interesting post in the O’Reilly Radar blog: Don’t Call Me a User

[…] there are only two industries that refer to their customers as users: high tech and illegal drugs. Is this the company we want to keep?

Nice idea and .. have a look at comments!


A brand new gift from Google today. Opening my Google Reader, I noticed something on the upper right corner:




Clicking that link I receive this message:

WOW!!!!!!! … it’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind


Not much to say, just read what you find clicking the Pandora site:

Ever since we started the Music Genome Project, our friends would ask:

Can you help me discover more music that I’ll like?

Those questions often evolved into great conversations. Each friend told us their favorite artists and songs, explored the music we suggested, gave us feedback, and we in turn made new suggestions. Everybody started joking that we were now their personal DJs.

We created Pandora so that we can have that same kind of conversation with you.

Great idea, interesting concept, easy to use, very web 2.0 … fascinating!


I read in the Internet about this service: GrandCentral: The New Way to Use Your Phones.

This guys are giving you some cute services:

  • One number for life: one number that rings all your phones so you never miss a call again.
  • Call switch: you can switch a call between any of your phones
  • Centralized voicemail
  • ListenIn on your callers: you can listen as callers leave their message before deciding to take the call or not.
  • Record your calls
  • Phone Spam filters

I think it’s a very interesting service and, as you can read in this post in the O’Reilly Radar site, the web2.0 address book may have arrived.


Reading some blog, I found YouOS: a web site … or an operating system??

From the YouOS site:

YouOS is a web operating system that lets you run diverse applications within a web browser. Small applications like sticky notes or clocks. Large applications like word processing, mp3 players, and instant messaging. Even better, it’s very easy to tweak an existing application or write your own.

  • Persist: Do some work. Log out. Log in later from another computer. It’s like you never left.
  • Centralize: Manage all your web services, files, and accounts in one secure place.
  • Collaborate: Share files and apps through a simple, intuitive buddy list.
  • Customize: Install apps written by friends or write your own.

Very interesting.


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As I heard in a great podcast from the ITConversations network, we moved in the last 15 years from an internet as library, through an internet as a big shop, to a internet as a social place where to meet and share info.

Now, almost every company has security problems: they mainly don’t like their core projects/ideas/data flow away to competitors.

How can we handle this paradox?

From one side the internet is freely and deeply moving to a place in which to share info – and companies like this a lot as it makes people smarter and more effective -, from the other side companies want to ‘close’ this flow.


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I want to underline a comment to a previous post from Mark Horstman: he is a brilliant guy and I do agree on almost everything he writes.

Continuous Partial Attention doesn’t work.  Nor does anyone who says they are multi-tasking actually multi-task with any efficiency or effectiveness.
At least, from a standpoint of what works BEST.  CPA is the tech equivalent of what HBR recently called Executive Attention Deficit.
If you’re allowing yourself to be pulled in 10 different directions, you’re not focusing.  The whole POINT of focusing is to eliminate all other inputs.  If you’re “focusing on A while scanning B and C”, then you’re NOT focusing on A.
You don’t need to scan all that stuff.  When you go on vacation, the world doesn’t collapse.  If you check your mail on vacation, your family notices.
Being connected CAN be a good thing, but it is not an excuse for lack of focus.

And again he is right and my idea of Continuous Partial Attention is a bit different:

  • I don’t like to be ALWAYS connected: at home, on holidays, …. I have ‘filters’ on what can reach me
  • Also at work, there is a time in which you let info come and time in which you don’t
  • CPA IS there: just few years ago we needed to look for communication/info in a really active day, now info ia all around us. It just depends on how you handle it: you can ignore (!?!?), you can filter. No need to scan any longer. Without CPA I probably weren’t a listener of an useful podacast like Manager-Tools.

In my opinion, the CONTINUOUS part of CPA is where we need to work ok to keep focus.

I’d really love to have feedback from Linda on this topic.


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Listening to some podcasts, I came in touch with the concept of continuous partial attention by Linda Stone.

As far as I understand is a kind of ‘evolution’ of the concept/myth of multitasking following the new era of always connected / super  – communication / multimedia / social network …

The idea is that we are moving from ‘do many things in the same time’ to ‘scan the continuous alerts we are receiving to select the best to get/act upon’.

Have a look at this  post on O’Reilly radar in which you can read notes from a speech by Linda Stone about this topic.


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As every manager knows, we have to deal with 3 scarce resources: time, people, money.

Reading around the Web2.0 chats, I kept in touch with the concept (and the site) of Attention.

From the site: <<When you pay attention to something (and when you ignore something), data is created. This “attention data” is a valuable resource>>. This is true everytime you click on a website or, in general, get a service from a site.

As the amount of Attention that users can ‘give’ is limited … Attention becomes a new ‘scarce resource’ that we have to deal with.


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