Monthly Archives: October 2006

Adam Reuters speaks at Leaders Connect breakfast, Nov 22 2006

November 22 – Rob Pasick’s LeadersConnect

Why You Should Consider Doing Business in secondlife.com

Sponsored by Ann Arbor IT Zone

Speaker: Adam Pasick, Reuters correspondent, bureau chief in secondlife.com

Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Time: 7:45-9:30 a.m.

Location: Ann Arbor IT Zone at SPARK Central

Cost: Member-$15, Nonmember-$25, Student-$25

Walk in registration is $30 for members and non-members. Costs above are for advance registration only.

Some background reading:

Second Life News Center from Reuters – news, interviews, and market reports from Second Life

Interview: Adam Pasick, Reuters’ virtual world bureau chief on reuters.com

Google calendar for Adam Reuters.

Boosey Hazelhurst interview w/Reuters for the Guardian.

How to paint a glass vase with your kids

Make a mixture of white glue and poster paint in equal proportions, and paint it on the vase. (That’s the short answer.)

Some longer answers:

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Glass Painting instructions suggests varnishing the glue when it’s done drying to make it more water-resistant. They have more artists approaches to glass painting, including enameling, gilding, and the use of artists’ paints.

The Toledo Museum of Art has an amazing glass collection and is where I’d go to look for inspiration.

thanks to Debbie and Annette for suggestions.

Laszlo Bock: Google hiring process is changing

From the Wall Street Journal online:

This past March, the Mountain View, Calif., company brought in a new head of human resources, former General Electric Co. executive Laszlo Bock, who also worked at the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. Under Mr. Bock, Google launched a large-scale survey of current employees, seeking to identify the factors that correlate with success at the company. “Everything works if you’re trying to hire 500 people a year or 1,000,” says Mr. Bock, 33 years old. But “we’re hiring much larger numbers than that, and so it forces us to go back and say…what do we need to change in the way we interface with our candidates?”

One initiative Google has already undertaken is reducing the number of interviews. Mr. Bock says each candidate offered a job by Google went through 5.1 in-person interviews on average in June, down from 6.2 at the beginning of the year. (A veteran tech recruiter says five to eight interviews is probably about average for Silicon Valley.) Google is also considering requiring staff members who interview candidates to submit their assessments within a week of the interview; right now, there’s no strict deadline.

You missed your $90 chance to spend time with Laszlo Bock at a charity auction:

Item Number: 21

Estimated Value: $90.00

Description: I will provide 90 minutes of case interview practice. At the winner’s preference, we can also spend the time discussing behavioral interviews, what consulting firms look for, resume preparation, how to get noticed at receptions, etc. I was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey’s Stamford, CT, office (1999-2003), and led McKinsey’s recruiting efforts at SOM for much of that time. While at SOM, I interviewed with about 15 consulting firms and had a 100% offer rate.

Special Instructions: Practice session can be by phone or in person (strongly recommend in person). If in person, we can meet at my office in Danbury, CT. At your preference, we can do two 45-minute sessions. Can also have more than one person at the session … whatever’s best for you. Located at Table 9.

Live Event: After the online close, this item will be going to a Live Event for further bidding.

Donated By:

Laszlo Bock (Yale SOM ’99)

The Doomsday Click (Michael Specter, The New Yorker / Assistive Media)

The Doomsday Click (MP3) is a Michael Specter piece from May 2001 on the engineering and spread of malware on the Internet. The full text is available. The MP3 is part of a collection at Assistive Media of New Yorker articles available as audio – good listening there.

Some things mentioned there include



Peter G. Neumann’s RISKS Digest, Forum On Risks To The Public In Computers And Related Systems.

“To do this stuff is utterly trivial,” Peter G. Neumann, who is a principal scientist at SRI International, the technological consulting firm, told me. “Every other kid can do it, and we know that. That isn’t what worries me.” Neumann, who is sixty-eight, has worked at and advised many of the nation’s most important universities and government institutions, from the Navy and Harvard to the highly secretive National Security Agency. Mostly as a hobby, he moderates a forum on the Internet and produces a running list called “Illustrative Risks to the Public in the Use of Computer Systems and Related Technologies,” which is the most frightening collection of random dangers I have ever seen. “What worries me is the big one,” Neumann said, as we sat in his office in Menlo Park, California, one day. “People don’t like to talk about this, because it’s seen as encouraging the enemy, but absolutely everything is riddled with security flaws. Hackers can get into our most important systems in minutes, sometimes in seconds.

“And they do,” he added. “The Internet is waiting for its Chernobyl, and I don’t think we will be waiting much longer; we are running too close to the edge. When a third of the computer drives in America are wiped out in a single day, when the banking and commerce system is overcome, or the power grids and emergency-response systems of twenty states shut down because of a malicious computer attack, maybe then people will think about what’s going on here.”

Bruce Schneier’s Schneier on Security blog.

“Computer security is a forty-year-old discipline,” Bruce Schneier told me not long ago. Schneier created two of the most heavily used encryption algorithms, and his recent book on digital security, “Secrets & Lies,” is perhaps the best popular exploration of the subject. “Every year, there is new research, new technology, and new products,” he said. “Really good research, really good technology, and really good products. Yet every year the situation gets worse. Much worse. The Internet is just too complex to secure.”

So Schneier decided to stop trying. Instead, he started Counterpane Internet Security, which relies on the skills of humans, flawed and inconsistent as they are, to manage the risks. Counterpane installs a special warning box–a Sentry–in every computer network it monitors. The sentries funnel information to a central knowledge base that keeps track of each client’s idiosyncrasies. “We are like a fire brigade,” Schneier told me. “Or an emergency room. In the real world, this kind of expertise is always farmed out.”

Counterpane was recently acquired by British Telecom.

Noguchi filing system on index cards from hawkexpress


Photo by hawkexpress, all rights reserved.

The Flickr photostream of hawkexpress has a wonderful example of the Noguchi filing system in practice. hawk takes meticulous and beautiful handwritten notes on index cards (3×5, quadrille, someone after my own heart), and has a well developed system for using that to be productive with.

The biggest single characteristic of the Noguchi system is that it’s entirely chronological; new cards in this system go to the front of the file, and old ones go to the back.

See his blog, Pile of Indexcards, for more contemplation of these techniques; the blog is in English, though almost all of the card scans are of mostly Kanji cards.

My Mac Won’t Start! A Tiny Guide.


Sad Mac from thomazito. all rights reserved.

Bored cocktail-party companions will know that I went through a two week period of enforced disconnection from my Mac (yet another logic board failure). Happily, the machine is back, and they even cleaned it up and gave me a new keyboard.

My Mac Won’t Start! A Tiny Guide is a little eight page, single sheet of paper booklet folded in pocketmod style that gives you all of the basic troubleshooting tools you need to boot into safe mode, fsck the disk, or boot to Firewire mode so that you can mount the drive remotely.

This troubleshooting guide was co-created by two designer-friendly computer support firms: CreativeTechs in Seattle and Forget Computers in Chicago. Both companies have spent years helping creative teams stay productive with today’s changing technology.

If tech origami is not your style, they also have a non-pocketmod format page.

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