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Semantic Web – why so many books?

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It’s ironic how the knowledge scientists wanting to usher in the semantic web rush to print. An Amazon search for ‘Semantic Web’ gives over 4500 results. Locking away knowledge on paper in a warehouse is surely not the best way to advance the cause of finding information efficiently on the web. Is this the last chance to make money writing technical books before Web 3 users expect it for free?

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January 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm

How’s your strategy? Does your business have VIM?

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The Value Influence Model (VIM) is a tool to help your business understand its current strategic position. If you want to survive and grow you have to know what kind of shape you’re in, what’s going on around you, and know whether you have the right resources – skills, machines, information – for future operations.

There’s a whole raft (no, a Titanic) of strategic analysis tools out there, so one should hesitate before burdening the hard-pressed manager with another. The Value Influence Model is slightly different in that it encourages, even requires, you to perform those other analyses and then offers a different, more powerful way to view the results. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 17, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Short selling is back – some say it never went away

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Short-sellers in the stock market are back in business and Barclays was the first target. I think I understand how short-selling works and how it is supposed to enhance market efficiency by driving assets to their true value.

It wouldn’t work quite so well if the other short-sellers, those who were not prevented from trading, had not been so very active over the last five months. I refer to the media whose peddling of gloom is unrelenting.

To some extent the short-sellers will thrive on the self-fulfilling forecasts of rising unemployment, falling house prices, and business failures. I don’t even want to repeat the numbers. I strongly believe that at this point of the economic cycle the media should restrict themselves to delivering news i.e. things that have actually happened, and to keep to themselves the unreliable, uncertain forecasts that look good as headlines but do no service to the economy.

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January 17, 2009 at 11:21 am

Exciting times ahead – defining the new economy

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Do you remember how Sarah in the film Labyrinth has to cross the Bog of Eternal Stench by leaping from one stepping stone to the next, and each stone starts to sink as she lands on it? 

It’s the same with the UK economy. Industrialised Britain petered out during previous recessions and the noises from Jaguar and Land Rover are the last few sucking sounds as manufacturing sinks, almost, without trace. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 15, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Robert Peston – a sad case of conjunctionitis

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I would like the BBC to spend some of the money it hasn’t paid to Jonathan Ross on two projects:

  1. Help Robert Peston to cure his conjunctionitis. This is the condition of inflammed or swollen conjunctions while speaking and Robert Peston has a particularly severe case. He rushes over the important words and emphasises, seemingly for a few seconds, a word like ‘of’ or ‘and’. This annoys me to the extent I cannot listen to him, which is a shame because those words he dashes out at breakneck speed to reach the next conjunction are probably quite interesting.
  2. Train all broadcasters who exhibit the symptoms, that the word ‘sixth’ has an ‘x’ in it and not a ‘c’. Saying ‘sicth’ seems to be a recent phenomenon. What’s going on?

Rant over.

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January 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Twaiku – a haiku in a tweet

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Yesterday I re-invented the twaiku, which is a haiku submitted to Twitter.

I am new to tweeting, the activity in which people who are bored with txtng on their mobiles tell not only their friends but anyone who wants to know, what they are doing, thinking, eating etc. My natural reserve means I’m new to social networking in all its flavours. You could say I’m up to Web 1.8 so far. So, if you already know what follows, please allow me to help the billions who don’t. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Liverpool – now simply a city of culture

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Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture finished last night, but it’s still not too late to read my contribution: The Stones of Liverpool – a time-travel adventure explaining how Liverpool grew to be England’s second city and how close it came to complete annihilation.

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January 11, 2009 at 11:42 am

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