Saturday, December 30, 2006

evil spammers don't reply

I get too much spam. Conventional wisdom says "don't reply, because then they know that it's a valid mail address".

Recently, I replied. The first one was "borderline". I did not know (or did not remember) her, but at least it was a "real" person. And she replied, explaining how I got onto her list. Would I prefer to be removed? No, fine.
And I replied to another mail, with several fake addresses in the body pof the mail and as alleged sender. Trying to sell me his spamming service, so I could annoy others. No reply.
But it just felt good to write "U bastard".

Two good reasons why I might reply more often in the future.

Friday, December 22, 2006

virtual chef

I like Dave Snowden's recipe book user vs. Chef metaphor so much that I just copy and paste from one of his recent blog entries :
"A recipe book user will want your kitchen to be properly equipped with everything in the right place and proportions and all the ingredients neatly arranged in small bowls on the work surface before they even start to cook a meal. The Chef, who knows, will take what ever you have available and make it into a wonderful meal."

Yet: modern technology can help stupid non-Chefs to act AS IF they were experienced: lets you enter what you have available, and then gives a recipe that takes into account these current constraints.

Which leads to the question: Does the (a, any) tool make you MORE intelligent - allowing you to achieve more; or LESS intelligent - because the success is achieved by the prosthetic device, not by the naked youman being.

un-tagged spoilsport

The one thing that you did not know about me: I don't participate in pyramid schemes, chain letters, etc.

Friday, December 15, 2006

personality transplants

Euan Semple commented on Jevon MacDonald's predictions for 2007: The year of Enterprise 2.0 ..... "The big consulting firms are circling this stuff at the moment but as I said to someone on IM recently they would need personality transplants. I don't mean that rudely but most of them just don't get this stuff."
But even if you could do do the transplant, there is still the issue of immune reactions. And I'd love to see them.
I might even see them during my normal job in a big pharma company. The company that was involved, decades ago, with means to overcome immune reactions to transplantation?.

Looking forward to 2007. May you live in interesting times.

Monday, December 11, 2006

to twitter ot not to twitter

So Matt cancelled his Twitter account. Too much noise, too much distraction, not enough "flow". With me, it's the opposite: I (almost) always want things happening around me. And twitter is unobtrusive enough - and meaningless enough - not to take it too serios. It just happens, and fades into the background.
What makes "musique d'ameublement" different from "muzak" is the fact that it's being played by real people - I would not want to read twitter timeline updates from A.L.I.C.E. or similar.

Monday, December 04, 2006

evilKM 2.0 - just re-activated this blog

thanks to Euan - I'm envious, I also want a spam comment. purlease.

spam comments

... I want more ... they don't even ignore me ... crying ...