Posts Tagged ‘Nimbleware’


Silver Cloud / Dark Lining?

Posted by: by John Parsons on January 16th, 2013

At the risk of channeling the late Andy Rooney, I have a bone to pick with cloud computing and its adherents. Like all business trends, “The Cloud” (capitalization required) has achieved meaningless buzzword status. It has also attracted its share of pretenders, predators, and puzzled participants. Let’s be clear from the start: cloud computing is [...]


Consumer Media Choices: Paper or Silicon?

Posted by: by John Parsons on October 29th, 2012

Not all that long ago, our communications choices were limited to print and some form of analog broadcast. Computers changed how we created media, especially for the printed page, but not the medium itself. Of course that all changed with the Inter-Web and its latest incarnation: mobile devices. In the rush to go mobile—our collective [...]


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 [...]


Print Is…

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

The question “is print dead?” is superficial nonsense. The real question should be: “What is print, and why should we care?” Print is everywhere, and is likely to continue for many, many years. Putting oil-based ink on ground-up trees may decline,* but it will be replaced by other printing methods—like toner or inkjet—a lot more [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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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