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Links we like, February 6, 2008

  • Kevin Kelly -- The Technium - "When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied." That pretty much sums it up. I suspect this might be the most succinct, profound, and prescient sentence I'll read this year. A must-read post.
  • Dogcow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - "The original dogcow was named Clarus by Apple employees. The sound she makes is 'Moof!'"
  • Rands In Repose: Out Loud - "Developing a compelling presentation involves a series of decisions and exercises to align your head with the fact that you’re delivering your content directly to people. No internet. No weblog. Just you." [via Daring Fireball]
  • Quiet your Home with Ambient Noise - O'Reilly Digital Media Blog - Living in intimate proximity to a tribe of suburban Wookiees has made our family very familiar with white noise generators. They're a godsend. (Most especially if you have an infant) [thanks, Gordon!]
  • How to record a kickass podcast between two macs — and cheap! - I like the idea of using the Skype connection only as a "monitor." I'd add that it doesn't hurt to do a "clap" at the beginning so you have something common to sync around.
  • Your Prep Card: Don’t Leave Home Without It - "Take a 3″ x 5″ index card and write down 3 key points you want to mention in simple clear language, nouns and verbs. At the bottom, give yourself 2 reminders to avoid your bad habits." Good idea. Once you're out of a comfortable environment and feeling stressed, your head starts to swim. (And by "you" I mean "me")
  • The Smart Set: Night Terrors - "Chronic sleep loss of even two to three hours per night held the potential to hamper body and mind functioning, not to mention quality of life."
  • Being Funny - Steve Martin: "About to pass me by, Elvis stopped, looked at me and said in his beautiful Mississippi drawl: 'Son, you have an ob-leek sense of humor.'" [via MeFi]
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fuzzybunny88's picture

Buncha interesting links

Thanks - great set of articles. The Technium article is really interesting because it hones in on some random thoughts I've had about applying similar logic to service/knowledge businesses - avoiding commoditization (is that even a word?) of the services, providing a training ground for future partners and whatnot.

There are some profound impacts on professional practices from technological changes: if trust and deep (but probably narrow) technical knowledge become the highest value added services, how will the future partners in law and accounting firms get trained? The professions have for decades depended on armies of smurfs starting out of college with the firms and then spending years building the technical base of knowledge they'll need to become partners later. During the years they're learning, they're essentially the copiers described in the article: doing repetitive tasks (with occasional projects where they can get deeply absorbed in student mode on increasingly complicated technical issues). As wikis & other information portals allow clients to "insource" those tasks, the climbing-the-pyramid process that the smurfs go through over th years gets turned on its head. Tasks previously done by new associates are now getting done by the client - is the new model for law firms becoming like a guild where only a select few new associates are brought in, they're tutored essentially one-on-one for years and then become a partner when a gray-beard retires?

I'm not crying for the law, accounting and other professional firms, but I think the economics of the practices and life-cycles of the old new associate-senior associate-partner continum are going to change dramatically.




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