Archive | February 13, 2006

Dabo does Reporting

–Paul McNett, Earthling posts Dabo Report Designer Screencast. “I’ve just put together a 23-minute overview of the Dabo Report Designer [Updated Link] in a screencast. It should give a good feel of Dabo’s current capabilities and design goals. Enjoy!”

Awesome! Dabo is looking more powerful, capable and slicker each time I check in on Paul and Ed Leafe. If you’re looking for a cross-platform rich client app this is worth checking out.

Plays for Sure Fails for Sure

Ed Foster’s Gripelog posts Plays For Sure, Unless It Doesn’t. “A big headache for customers in the era of convergence is that it’s very hard…”

I’ve been looking at the iRiver products, and will still consider them, as I’m interested in unrestricted audiocasts, my own ripped music and OGG file capability. The Microsoft “Plays for Sure” appears to be yet another empty promise, and it’s no surprise. Digital Restriction Management restricts everyone from using their purchased music as they’d like, with the flimsy hope that it will deter piracy. Would you buy a book that could only be read under a “Reads for Sure” lightbulb?

What I meant to say was…

Slashdot post The Secret Cause of Flame Wars. Mz6 writes “According to recent research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, I’ve only a 50-50 chance of ascertaining the tone of any e-mail message. The study also shows that people think they’ve correctly interpreted the tone of e-mails they receive 90 percent of the time. “That’s how flame wars get started,” says psychologist Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago, who conducted the research with Justin Kruger of New York University. “People in our study were convinced they’ve accurately understood the tone of an e-mail message when in fact their odds are no better than chance,” says Epley. The researchers took 30 pairs of undergraduate students and gave each one a list of 20 statements about topics like campus food or the weather. Assuming either a serious or sarcastic tone, one member of each pair e-mailed the statements to his or her partner. The partners then guessed the intended tone and indicated how confident they were in their answers. Those who sent the messages predicted that nearly 80 percent of the time their partners would correctly interpret the tone. In fact the recipients got it right just over 50 percent of the time.”

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