I’d tend to agree with Gartner on this one, wiki’s are on the move in the corporate world. Within IBM, anyone can create and manage a wiki but, I think the tooling will need to advance significantly (and 4 years is plenty of time for that) and the older generation who are not avid technology adopters will need to die off. The current generation just expects this stuff to be there, so there is no adoption issue for them.
E-Mail Is So Five Minutes Ago: “Gartner Group predicts that wikis will become mainstream collaboration tools in at least 50% of companies by 2009”
I new there was a reason for spending so much money at Starbucks!
Caffeine Prevents Liver Disease
DC Jeff writes “The Washington Post reports that drinking two cups of coffee or tea daily may reduce the risk of liver disease. From the article: ‘The study of nearly 10,000 people showed that those who drank more than two cups of coffee or tea per day developed chronic liver disease at half the rate of those who drank less than one cup each day.'”
Today, I was reading The Sprit of Sailing while sipping on a Starbuck’s coffee in the living room. This is a very excellent book that Scott & Mandi gave me for Christmas. It combines two favorites of mine, sailing and photography. The pictures are very powerful and moving. In this one I can just feel the boat surging through the waves and gaining speed. Makes me look forward to doing more sailing this summer. I really enjoyed this book and cherish it very much. Michael Kahn combines the inspirational sailing photography and with equally inspiring quotes from many famous writers. My first favorite is on page 60 where he quotes Mark Twain.
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream Discover.”
It may be a little early for New Years resolutions, but this describes the way I hope to live my life in the coming years. Taking more chances, trying new things, and living life to the fullest. I hope you will too. My second favorite quote in the books is by Oliver Wendell Holmes.
“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving; to reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, not lie at anchor.”
What a powerful thought, that it’s not so much where we are right now, but that our path is set correctly and that we’re moving forward on that path regardless if it’s easy (with the wind) or more difficult (against it). Never stay at anchor, it’s hard to get anywhere that way.
It started around 5pm yesterday, and this is what we woke up to this morning. A co-worker who was flying in from Toronto was diverted to Saskatoon and my son who has been out in his 4×4 this morning reported that several buses are stuck and blocking traffic. A good day to work from the home office as I listen to the dull roar of the neighbor’s snow blower. I’m hoping my “snow blower” (Scott) will look after our driveway, as he’s home today. His construction job with J&D Penner seems to have come to an abrupt end with the change in weather.
Did I day burning bush? I meant burning brush; this stuff is definitely getting consumed. On a rare November trip to the lake where the weather was great with temperatures at +10 and no snow, we observed the annual brush burning event. A neighbor organized the burning pile through the year and several local cottagers contributing to the pile. This year we both participated in contributing to the pile and observing the burn. We’ve heard rumors that there is a big road party in conjunction with this activity but we were heading back into the city before there was any sign of a party but they had another couple of hours of active burning ahead. The wind was light but not from the best direction, I hope they kept everything under control. In years past we’d just see the charred remains in the spring and were none the wiser. Now we know how it happens.
On October 21, 2005, Eric turned 23 and something magical happened, he became a Princess (according to Scott). We had a great time around a Saturday brunch celebrating Eric’s birthday with Dez, Scott, Mandi & Shirley. However, apparently I need to work on my waffel making skills. First there was the over filling, then the sticking and then they were too crisp. Everyone ate them anyway and survived.
Happy Birthday son, we love you very much and are so very proud of you. You are a blessing in our life and the lives of many.