Unskilled and Unaware of It?


Bob Cringely’s column for PBS.org, the online version of America’s undervalued public broadcasting service usually provides an unusually clear window into tech industry issues that affect us all.

This week Cringely is talking about a court case between Microsoft and Burst Networks about alleged sharp practice and intellectual property theft by Microsoft (glass houses and stones seem to spring to mind).

What was of more interest however was a link to an American Psychological Association publication: Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyUnskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments by Justin Kruger and David Dunning Department of Psychology at Cornell University

For some strange reason reminded me of someone I knew and worked alongside, that had previously worked at Brodeur A Plus and in house at Cisco Systems, Inc.. ;-)

Oh Sh!t


Interesting article from last Friday’s Reuters tells itself as a story really. This combined with a squeeze in the oil market is not good.

Soccer Free Drink


In an unashamed cash-in on the Euro 2004 frenzy currently overtaking Ing-er-land, the Prince of Wales pub on the corner of Great Queen Street and Drury Lane WC2 is publicising itself as being a soccer free drinking establishment. Not even clothes shops, usually a haven for women have been spared the onslaught of football. The Prince of Wales has set their stall out as a female friendly zone.

From what I remember the do a good interpretation on British pub food at a reasonable price as well.

Vice Party Guide


Not Cynthia Payne, but edgy style magazine Vice have an article this month on how to throw a sick-ass party. Terence McKenna and Paris Hilton eat your heart out! Full details here. Vice is kind of a Wallpaper* for the demented and debauched. The have some exclusive messed up viral video clips to complement the magazine here.

Plaxo Is the New Google?


Plaxo is a useful addition to the arsenal of the knowledge worker. We go through lives developing thousands of connections but probably only keep in regular contact with a couple of hundred. With Plaxo you complete an account and update it if you move jobs, that way your looser network can keep up to date if they are members of Plaxo too.

Pros

– Cheap, free software, you only pay for support. That also means limited growth

Cons

– Only works with Outlook, so not great for people orientated businesses like the creative industries, how about conduits for Lotus Notes, Entourage and Apple iSync?

– Privacy concerns, where there’s data there’s risk and businesses are increasingly using online services to run their businesses; it makes sense for consumers to use similar services to run Me, Inc. Privacy restrictions makes it harder for Plaxo to monetise customer data held

– Is reliant on a critical mass of users; Plaxo only updates less than 9 per cent of my contacts and its user base does not seem to be expanding at the rate of Friendster or LinkedIn

Anyway, make up your own mind by watching an interview on CBS Marketwatch with the founders