Martin’s Musings: Emergence

eccentric interests!

Microsoft to Pay $442 Million to Novell Under Accord

I guess Microsoft is beginning to admit that Linux does exist! U.S.


November 8, 2006 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Are Bloggers Narcissists?!?

I was pondering Nick Wilson‘s  post “Call for Performancing Authors”.
I had not really thought about posting on this blog account, but I
guess it is as good as any! I do most of my blogging elsewhere.

Among other things, I have been using Squidoo
(which is a site that makes it easy to collect infomation that you
think might be useful to others). About a week or so ago, I posted one
of my Squidoo lenses to digg. I actually got a comment back! Apart from
bad grammar and spelling, he basically said that it was mainly a
self-serving site used to promote my own interests.

It hit me. Isn’t that what most blogs are? When it comes down to it,
most blogs have sometype of self serving or self promoting interest.
The company does it to inform and get customers; the politician to get
the word out, etc. Even the more diary oriented ones or those that are
informative are still being done to promote something — if for nothing
else than inflating the blogger’s ego. I do it for a number of reasons,
keeping customers up to date, floating ideas, creating a Squidoo lens
to highlight kids’ cancer because of someone I know.

I do not like to think that I am a narcissist, but at some level I guess I am.

Don’t get me wrong…I think they are very useful and I have way too
many blogs of others that I try to track, but I also do mine because I
want to (at some level) be validated.


(Side Note: I really like Performancing, most of my posts are done using it!)

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April 6, 2006 Posted by | Commentary, Random Thoughts, Tech, Technology | Leave a comment

Time for Team Blogging?

I was reflecting on this post from Chris Garret overat Performancing. It really rings true for me. There is so much I would like to cover or write about but it just does not seem there is enough time! It used to be that the whole point of blogging is that you could get online and write with little or no barriers on ease of use, etc. It kind of reminds me of the early 80s when PageMaker from Aldus (now Adobe) came out. Everyone was doing (or wanting to do) newsletters. It was easy. 😉 Then it hit that in order to be successful you had to morph into something else (or many things). To do a reasonable job, you essentially became a mini-newspaper. And so it goes with blogging….

BTW: While it is not the only tool that I use, I am writing this with Performancing 1.1.1.

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March 9, 2006 Posted by | Collaboration, Commentary, Community, Personal, Random Thoughts, Technology, Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

Web 2.0 / AJAX

Some different AJAX / Web 2.0 Sites


February 18, 2006 Posted by | Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

Internet beginnings…

From Google Blog:

Standing on the shoulders of this giant

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November 8, 2005 Posted by | IT, Tech | Leave a comment

Yahoo! and Tivo

I want my Yahoo! TV!
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November 7, 2005 Posted by | IT, Tech | Leave a comment


I have been trying out this search engine from the guys that did Kartoo. This new one (or one could argue that it morphed) is called Ujiko. I find it great for doing research on a subject (like leadership!) it is clever in the way that it presents information. It is not so much a search engine as an interface. Worth a look.

August 12, 2005 Posted by | Commentary, IT, Leadership, Random Thoughts, Research | Leave a comment