Learning to become a better skimmer in the Info Age

You know, this stuff keeps coming back again and again.

People have been actively surfing since the the mid 90s.   Now they’re starting to realize that it is adding to the “Short Attention Span Theatre” that we’ve all come to live with.

First MTV came a long with their flickery treatment on Music Videos.  Everything had to be the Radio Mix, no such thing as the 12 inch or Disco Mix, and people ate it up.   Educational Programming for kids predated that with the Sesame Street treatment of short bursts designed to program the mind for learning.  As a result there seems to be an impatience with the long form of things that started growing. 

I have to wonder if Tolstoy could get War and Peace published today as a result.

Then the web browsers came along with this internet thingy.  People realized that as long as they were connected, one really doesn’t need to know just how many isotopes there are of Carbon or just how far north you can grow Durian Fruit. 

You can consult Wikipedia very easily for that sort of thing, and I have included links for that above.

I’m quite guilty of this sort of “knowledge” myself.   I am an IT Manager.  I recommend purchases, software, hardware, and staffing.  I have been asked in the course of one particular day to recommend the purchase of Network Switches, Internet Providers, Collaboration Software, PC Hardware and Software, Security Cameras, Security Camera Recorders, Cable both Network and Video and so on.  

That is also done on two major operating system families as well as their server variants and workstations.

How on Earth do you keep all that in your head?  You don’t… or rather you don’t particularly need to thanks to the web.  While someone of a generation before me would think that is sloppy, after all you do really need to figure out how to do Calculus in your head and paper in daily life, Don’t You?, I’ve come to realize that it is more important to know how to get the answer not the process.  

That is why you have the Web, Superiors, Peers, and Subordinates in the Workplace, and Blogs as well as other things.

I guess I’ll just go with the flow and try to be more flexible.   How about you?

Now where was I going with this… I’ll start launching Firefox now….

General Interest Blog – An open letter to my Sister

Hi Pat, Miss ya!  Mean it!

I was talking about my writing this blog to a few people and someone had said that this basically is an open letter to my sister.   Perhaps my sister and a few others in my family and friends left behind in Pennsylvania.

Where some blogs that I look at are specific topic blogs, blogs on just about any topic exist, mine is anything that comes to mind.  Sometimes it is very specific interest and I doubt that anyone would want to read it, other than my just wanting to vent.  Other times, like the pictures I took in Key West, I wanted to show some folks what was going on in my life.  The picture postings are very easy to do, a couple paragraphs plus a picture that is saying a thousand words, and you’re done.

I find it amusing to look at what some folks find interesting.   The one on my Poang chair seems to be the most popular, and that is where I tend to sit first when I go into the room.   If it is an older post, typically it will be read because it is a review.   The one on the swiffer came up recently – I wouldn’t buy one again because of the smell and the environmental problems I see in it plus they’re just not as effective as my old standby sponge mop.

The other day in a slow moment I fired up my copy of Google Earth and went for a virtual walk around the old neighborhood.   Seeing a place I haven’t lived in for at least 20 years is strange.  The trees are bigger, the houses smaller, and the distances much shorter.   When I was a child, I went to an elementary school that felt like it was in another country to walk to it.   According to Google Earth’s distance tool, that other country was only a half mile away.  .49 miles to be exact.

I’m lucky enough to have a machine that makes flying around the the Google version of Earth quick, and with the extra memory the program runs very well.  I haven’t upgraded it because the Google Earth version 5 and later as well as Chrome and other programs they offer install a piece of software that sit on your PC and report back to them what you are doing.   I won’t upgrade it unless I run it in a virtual session to minimize my exposure to Google’s snooping.   It is nice to have, and I do like looking at the pictures of places I have been and places I have never been and wondering what it would be like to be “there”, but the whole snooping around bit – well I tend not to install software I have a question about.

If I ever figure out a purpose for this blog, it won’t be grabbing a book of recipes and following it from cover to cover.   It has been done, and I just don’t have that kind of time.  I’m having trouble figuring out what to write with one posting a day showing up at 8 AM as it is!

If you have any ideas, leave a comment, I’ll look at it and see what I can come up with.  I spend most of my day at work researching technology as an IT Manager, so that stuff is easy for me.

Take care, Pat, and who ever else finds me!