Posts Tagged ‘information consumption’


What Makes Paper So Special?

Posted by: by John Parsons on November 13th, 2012

When discussing the merits of print communication, pundits like me tend to fixate specific applications like publishing or business communication, but don’t say much about the medium itself: paper. There are preconceptions about its inconvenience in dealing with large quantities of data (true) or its negative impact on the environment (false). However, we don’t often [...]


The Allure of Mobile

Posted by: by John Parsons on October 16th, 2012

As I recover from the blast of activity surrounding Graph Expo,[1] it occurs that everyone I met there seems to be fully committed to doing business on mobile platforms—even if they have no idea why or how. Mobile is the new big thing, whether you’re serving consumers or businesses. QR Codes are everywhere, and a [...]


The Medium and the Message

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

McLuhan’s famous line (misquoted here) was brought to mind recently by the struggles of someone close to me. Let’s call him Frank. An otherwise insightful and witty writer, Frank is a somewhat erratic speller. However, to the already whimsical spelling rules of the English language has been added the benefit/curse of computerized spellcheck. Many of [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Nimbleware Consulting debuts unique nūzmūz app for Apple iPad

Posted by: by Nimbleware Consulting on May 7th, 2012

Nimbleware Consulting today announced the release of a new topic-based information app for the Apple iPad. Dubbed nūzmūz (www.nuzmuz.com), the app is an RSS feed reader that moves away from the source-based approach used by news and content aggregators. Instead, it focuses on user-defined topics, such as current events, career goals, or entertainment. The free app is available in the Apple iTunes App Store.


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