"The Amazon Effect", an article about Amazon's growth and the publishing industry:
From the start, Jeff Bezos wanted to “get big fast.” He was never a “small is beautiful” kind of guy. The Brobdingnagian numbers tell much of the story.
The bookstore wars are over. Independents are battered, Borders is dead, Barnes & Noble weakened but still standing and Amazon triumphant. Yet still there is no peace; a new war rages for the future of publishing.
I just watched a fun and witty slideshow on design. It's called: The Importance of Facial Features in Interactive Design
The bottom line is that beyond making a product functional, which can be boring, you need to put some heart or face/personality into what you design if you want the product to be outstanding.
My wide-ranging PC IT background includes desktop and server programming, lan, email and database admin, web design, content management, technical writing, desktop publishing, technical support and consulting.
I’m a IT veteran, skilled in internet technologies. I enjoy using open source software to frame technology solutions. How may I help you?
I encourage daily walks in nature for health*,
meditation for equanimity,
and hiring me
to keep your tech-work
*: Five minutes of exercise in nature improves physical and mental health: A study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found that just a five-minute 'dose' of exercising in nature provided the biggest boost in people's self esteem. The study further found that being active in natural spaces with water provided additional improvements in people's mental health. (Another study, done June 2015, The benefits of nature experience.)
On Open Source Technology
(Cooperation Makes Sense)
“The basic idea behind open source is very simple. When programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, people fix bugs. And this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing.
“ We in the open source community have learned that this rapid evolutionary process produces better software than the traditional closed model, in which only a very few programmers can see the source and everybody else must blindly use an opaque block of bits.” —from OpenSource.org
A couple of
Open Source articles:
- The latest best Desktop Freeware from PCMag
- Freeware from Fossfor.us, for linux users
- Open software from Source Forge, or GitHub where I go to find open source software
What is Ubuntu?
I like using the open-source linux distribution called "Ubuntu" as the operating system on most of my PCs. Why? It's free! And more efficient, and more socially cooperative in spirit. (I also have Windows PCs, a Mac notebook, a couple iPads and a few Kindle Fire tablets, a samsung smartphone and a feature phone.) Here's a definition of Ubuntu:"I am what I am because of who we all are." (From a translation offered by Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee.)
A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.
Tutu further explained Ubuntu in 2008:
One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity.
We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.