IT Failure Rates
- an IT project is more likely to be unsuccessful than successful
- about 1 out of 5 IT projects is likely to bring full satisfaction
- the larger the project the more likely the failure
IT Failure Rates
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Google Earth (formerly Keyhole) is now available FREE! I'm trying to remember what the UI looked like in my long-expired trial version of Keyhole. I think this one is much improved, and certainly simplified for the masses. Unfortunately, it's PC-only, but they promise they're working on a Mac version.
I could spend hours playing...
Proper Use of PowerPoint
Doing a presentation? Read Seth Godin's [PDF] Really Bad PowerPoint (and how to avoid it) first. If you don't do what he says, your presentation will suck. I promise.
Former U.N. ambassador and Republican senator from Missouri, John Danforth, in the NYT:
Peter Van Dijck on how Best Bets are the poor man's PageRank™:
"There is no bookshelf"
Clay Shirky: Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags.
Wherein Dave Loses Wisdom
I had 25% of my wisdom teeth extracted today. The tooth had "erupted" and was collecting bits of this and that, resulting in a nasty infection a couple weeks ago.
I was shocked by how quick and painless the procedure was (just a couple minutes, not counting some waiting time while the local anesthetic set in). Having told family and friends about the upcoming event, I'd heard numerous horror stories, from Ben's doctor who was still learning how to apply the local anesthetic correctly, to Kristen's who at one point had his foot up on her chair to get better leverage.
Having been frustrated by the absence of on-line recommendations when I was looking for a dentist, I am offering this: If you're looking for a good oral surgeon in the Silver Spring, MD area, Dr. John Wise did a great job! He was really pleasant, making sure all my questions were answered, and telling me what to expect next throughout the procedure. His assistant and office staff were great too. Here's his info:
John M Wise, DDS - Oral Surgeon 10313 Georgia Ave Ste 102 Boyds, MD 20841 Phone: 301-681-7500
Apparently, none of the gazillions of dollars we're spending on homeland security have been earmarked for stopping freakish, wild-eyed, chainsaw murderers at our borders.