does Napster have anything to do with streaming media? I mean, sure you can listen to MP3 streams on the net, but that doesn’t have much to do with Napster, does it? Or have I completely missed something?
Archives for November 2001
that the US “law enforcement” community seems to be doing its utmost to capitalize on the events post-9/11 as much as they have been. They know people are scared and somewhat confused, and they are very deliberately rolling out plans that under different circumstances would engender howls of protest. The latest, of course, is the FBI’s Magic Lantern, which is nothing more than keystroke logging software that can be remotely installed. The generic category for such software is, “trojan horse” and such things are usually attempted by black-hat crackers.
interesting thread going on over at Peter Merholz’ site following his post, “Thoughts on the definition and community of ‘information architecture’“.
For my part, everything I’ve seen lately about IA suggests that it expands far beyond the range of things that I generally consider IA. In many ways the role as it is currently being defined is what I consider to be the product or project manager’s role. And I don’t think that’s the right way to go. In my work, I absolutely would not want the IA person to have the designer report to her or him. It is precisely the tension between these two related, but different, roles that I think gives the best opportunity of getting it right.
Same goes for content definition. I want the tension between the conflicting ideas of the IA and a site’s editor (assuming it’s a content-rich site you’re working on) to go to work, which if managed properly will produce interesting results.
In my ideal org chart, there is a project manager and reporting to her or him are a) an editor; b) a lead designer; c) a lead programmer/application developer; and, d) an IA. They do their work, each taking the lead on different aspects of the project but working as a team.
has some juicy links over at his blog, Off the Top. Lots of stuff about IA and related topics.
yet: which horrible affliction are you? I’m Rabies. “Your most famous symptom is hypersalviation – that delightful foaming at the mouth that we have come to know and indeed love. However, you can also cause hallucination; think of the fun you could have at parties!”