Meeting maps

43Folders has a post with solution to “what was the name of the guy who was sitting next to me at our last meeting about …?” problem. Simple and effective.

Most people out there won’t remember names of other people from the first time. Especially when introduced to a bunch of people at once. Which is an often thing to have at business meetings. And, oh well, I am one of those people.

While I frequently had my memory failing me, I never had a problem of asking for the name again, or simply avoiding name altogether (eye contact and finger pointing are my favourite techniques). But not everybody is like me. And even me is not like me sometimes. So, the thing with meeting maps is nice to know about.

Google Notebook vs. Stikkit

Here comes the question of the week: Which one do you prefer – Google Notebook or Stikkit?

Both of them are slow as hell (or maybe that’s just my Internet connection). One of them is smart and does a really good job of understanding what is that I am doing – planning a meeting, saving a bookmark, or sketch a project with tasks. Another one is integrated with my Google account. Both of them have sharing. Google’s user base is wider, meaning people that I share things with won’t have to register for Yet Another Service. But Stikkit has a number of features that Google’s alternative doesn’t have – comments, email integration, and history of changes.

Google Notebook is all about structure. It has books, sections, and notes. There is limited depth, which somewhat forces to think before saving a note. Stikkit uses tags and vague organization. That is more convenient at the time of saving the note, but can easily lead to unmanagable mess (like I have with bookmarks now).

Sometimes, I just hate choices…

Businessmen are getting younger – continued

A few days ago I mentioned that businessmen are getting younger. Well, that was just a starter (not to be confused with startup). Here is the real deal:

An entire auditorium filled with hundreds of people mingling around and stopping by colorful booths where friendly and enterprising 12 year girls explained their wares and encouraged you to buy their hand-made sparkling picture frames for $10 or scented soaps for $2.

If you are one of those “when I was young we used to” types, consider these questions for a moment:

how old were you when you made your first presentation to 400 people? How old were you when you raised money for your first venture?

More at TechCrunch.

On Subscription Television

Slashdot is running An Essay On Subscription Television. Consider the question:

Who would pay $1.99 to download a television episode that only costs about $0.0014 to see on cable?

Just for the sake of answering it, here is my list:

  • Somebody, who is outside of reach of cable (international customers)
  • Somebody, who doesn’t want to see any commercials (not all cable is ad-free)
  • Somebody, who needs to test credit card operations, or network configuration
  • Somebody, who would want to watch the episode over and over again. On his mobile phone.
  • Somebody, who blogged about the episode, linked to it, and wants to see if the link is fully functional.

Oh, well…

Confession of an RSS junkie

If you’ve been looking for something to add to your RSS feeder, then look no further.

It’s almost impossible to be a functional RSS addict in our society. RSS has become so pervasive there’s simply no way to escape it. Everywhere I look I see those damn orange icons.

From My Life As An RSS Junkie | Medialoper