communication

Software Development and Geography

December 9, 2012

This is a nice image from 37Signals showing where their developers are located: David says that they would have missed out on a lot of great people by only looking at developers living in Chicago. That is true. What is also striking is that despite their actively looking for good developers who can work remotely, there […]

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Culture Clash

September 29, 2011

Fred Wilson had a very funny guest post about products, but one of the images struck something in me. I understand the concept, but the problem is that I have never eaten bacon in my life. Nor would have any practicing Jewish or Muslim person, or a vegetarian, for whom bacon or meat can be repulsive. Having seen […]

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Text is King

September 11, 2011

Martin Fowler explains why video (of technical content) has little appeal for him: When I’m watching someone talk, and this may be in a video or live at a conference, I’m usually frustrated because things are moving too slowly. I can read much faster than I can listen. With reading I can also skip ahead […]

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Conversational Wavelength

August 29, 2011

Often, we hear people use the term “we should be on the same wavelength”. What does that actually mean? Here is my definition: This is how a conversation should take place. A topic is discussed, both sides understand what the other is saying, they directly address each other and the discussion ends in closure. It […]

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Instant Messaging Etiquette

May 3, 2011

Leigh Alexander talks about new forms of anxiety created by the Internet: A vague and gnawing pang of anxiety centered around an IM window that has lulled. During this time an individual feels unsure whether they have offended the IM recipient, committed a breach of IM etiquette, or have otherwise spoilt the presentation of themselves […]

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Why They Killed Socrates

April 8, 2009

In his book, “Amusing Ourselves to Death”, Neil Postman wrote At the opening of Socrates’ defense, addressing a jury of five hundred, he apologizes for not having a well-prepared speech. He tells his Athenian brothers that he will falter, begs that they not interrupt him on that account, asks that they regard him as they […]

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