This weeks links (2006-07-24)

Something to think about
The best business solution is not always the best technology solution. The burden is on you, the technologist, to make the best system the business will use. There are two basic types of processes in business: physical and logical. Physical requires the proximity of two or more objects which must interact; like someone to load a crate onto a barge. Logical means it can be done anywhere with an acceptable network connection (like invoicing the loaded barge). …
Technologist Manifesto…, or Things Everyone in IT Should Know [ITtoolbox Blogs]

… I called over the “DBA” and told him we may be looking at a recovery scenario
and to start preparing options like if we were going to recover the database to
the test server (and finally sync it with production) or if we could use a recent export to pull that data.
He gave me that deer-in-a-headlight look that I only see from IT professionals
who look like they’ve been found out. …

IT Audit Pt. 6…or, No Wonder They Needed Help. [ITtoolbox Blogs]

The whole story:
IT Audit Pt.1…or, Meet the Fockers
IT Audit Pt.2…or, PC Load Letter???
IT Audit Pt. 3…or The First Person Voted off the Island is…
IT Audit Pt. 4…or, Into the Rabbit Hole
IT Audit Pt. 5…or, You’re invited
IT Audit Pt. 6…or, No Wonder They Needed Help.
IT Audit Pt. 7…or, it’s about time!

Detour de France
A new Australian-made doco is out to give a larrikin’s eye view of the world’s biggest cycling race. Called Detour de France it follows Australian journalist John Trevorrow and his team on the road with the 2005 edition of the race.

There have been a rash of – well, two – Tour docos out in recent years but while Hell on Wheels and Overcoming take a serious look at the race from the riders’ viewpoints, Detour concentrates more on the behind-the-scenes fun and games.

Aussies on Tour [ABC Sport]

The Google Toolbar PageRank Demystified
… Search engine optimization? Not a chance. We’re not even let into the kitchen to see what’s in the fridge, never mind given the recipe to cook a feast for our clients. It is a truly interesting and challenging aspect of Internet business development. It is tantamount to working in the dark or having business plans plucked from the pages of the grocery store rag. Heck, maybe Aliens can tell me the truth about the algorithms. Maybe even Macdonald’s ‘secret’ sauce while they’re at it. …
The Google Toolbar PageRank Demystified [SiteReference]

You can’t die with dignity. You can only live with dignity. — Dr Greg House (House MD, pilot episode.)

Battleship:GoogleEarth (a 1st Life/2nd Life mashup)
… The mechanic I’m experimenting with is simpler. One person places their ships using Google Earth and the other person goes out in the normal world with a mobile phone, a GPS connected to the mobile phone. The phone has a small Python script on it that reads the GPS and sends the data to the game engine, which then updates the Google Earth KML model showing the current state of the game grid. When the player who’s trying to sink the ships wants to try for a hit, they call into the game engine and say “drop”. The game reads back the coordinates at which the “peg” was dropped and shortly thereafter, the other player will see the peg appear at the coordinate it was dropped. If the peg hits one of the ships, it’s a Hit, otherwise it’s a miss. …
Battleship:GoogleEarth [research.techkwondo]

95 Theses of Geek Activism
Geek activism has not taken off yet, but it should. With the gamers recognizing the need for a louder voice, EFF gaining momentum and Linux taking on the mainstream on the one hand and recent severe losses in privacy, freedom of speech and intellectual property rights on the other, now seems to be the best time to rally around the cause.
95 Theses of Geek Activism [Science Addiction]

Geotagthings is a simple way to assign any web resource – anything with a url – a location in the normal, human physical world.
Geotagthings [Geotagthings]

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