Posts Tagged ‘content management’


Who’s On First? (The Problem With English)

Posted by: by John Parsons on August 12th, 2012

For better or for worse, English is the language of business, information technology, entertainment, philosophy, and public discourse in much of the world. Other languages have held similar preeminence (Greek, Latin, Chinese, French, and Arabic, for example.) Some are still regionally or culturally very strong. However, the fact is that if your information requirements are [...]


Taming the Web with Trapit (software review)

Posted by: by John Parsons on August 2nd, 2012

The Web is a big, scary place—not an “information highway,” but an infinite, arbitrary “information parking lot.” Everything is where it wants to be, I suppose, but very little is where I can find it. The process of locating and using what I really need is exhausting and often self-defeating. Enter Trapit, a “personalized discovery [...]


Oil and Water: What IS Web-Enabled Print?

Posted by: by John Parsons on July 22nd, 2012

Last week, I proposed that we think of print as a “nimble” medium, whose digital essence is masked by those who focus solely on the end of the process—the final output. Ignoring the underlying data is a fatal mistake, both for printing companies and the businesses they serve. Unfortunately, it is a common mistake, resulting [...]


Print as a “Nimble” Medium

Posted by: by John Parsons on July 14th, 2012

In this blog, I’ve spent a great deal of time talking about our over-consumption of data, and how difficult it is to convey relevant information in the swirling digital chaos in which we live. For the record, I still hold that a better method of “tuning” information to our individual needs will make things better [...]


PowerPoint Lessons

Posted by: by John Parsons on June 26th, 2012

In today’s business world, few of us have been spared that rendition session known humorously as the PowerPoint from Hell—a uniquely painful experience that was, unfortunately, perfected too recently to be included in the Geneva Conventions. These wonders of enhanced interrogation feature dense, incomprehensible text—worthy of a detailed report on bauxite mining in the mid-1920s—coupled [...]


When Less is Moore

Posted by: by John Parsons on June 24th, 2012

The rule of thumb known as Moore’s Law is at the heart of our problem of exponentially growing collections of information. Because digital capacity is supposedly doubling every 18 months, our natural inclination is to collect and process more data—because we can. Human capacity, meanwhile, does not follow such a growth curve, and the gap [...]


Senses and Sensibility

Posted by: by John Parsons on June 8th, 2012

Just when I think that our over-consumption of data could not be greater, some technophile comes up with a new way to pile it on. GM’s new Cadillacs now have something called a Safety Alert Seat. When the car’s cameras and whatnot detect a dangerous condition—like drifting out of one’s lane or oncoming rear cross [...]


Software Review: Instapaper

Posted by: by John Parsons on May 31st, 2012

My grandmother’s humorous but persistent reminders to call or write would sometimes include a 2-inch piece of cardboard cut in the shape of a circle, with the word “tuit” printed on one side.[1] As I splash around in an ocean of information, looking for ways to find more time to deal with it, I find [...]


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