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Last Story of the Year for Dice (December 28, 2006)
Holiday Onslaught Underway
Meanwhile, I'm also helping put the finishing touches on the Nielsen Norman Group's Design Annual 2007. Look for it soon.
Two New Dice Stories (October 1, 2006)
Meanwhile "Requirements Management to the Rescue" discusses how the the requirements management discipline helps deliver projects—in this case, software projects—on time, on budget, and tailored to users’ real needs.
Mobile Phone Warnings in the London Times (September 7, 2006)
My New Web Host: Faster Site, Room to Burn (September 4, 2006)
I've been considering switching for quite some time, ever since I interviewed 1&1's CEO for a story on Web hosting ("The Battle Grows Beyond Low Prices"). I was impressed by his business and technology acumen, as well as all of the available, and mostly just included, options.
Not to "geek out," but comparing my old and new hosting services, I've got:
Fingers crossed everything keeps working this well.
Five Years of Enterprise Systems (August 29, 2006)
Photo Gallery Overhaul (August 28, 2006)
The long and short of all this was an ugly, inconsistent photo gallery interface, and painful (hence infrequent) updating capabilities. Now, however, my new photo gallery centralizes all of my photos, with a suave interface to boot. (Thanks to the free Web software making it happen: Singapore.)
The update presages my move from a hosting provider offering 50 MB of Web space, to one offering 50 GB for the same price, meaning I no longer need to account for every bit or byte I upload.
Contributing to Dice (August 15, 2006)
Photo in Entertainment Weekly (July 1, 2006)
Kicking off the "Must Read" section (page 164) is a review of Pagan Kennedy's latest work of fiction, Confessions of a Memory Eater. (You can buy the book at Amazon.com, or read more about it on Pagan's site.) EW ran one of my author photographs of Pagan to accompany the review.
Five Stories This Week (June 23, 2006)
Making Computer Code Secure (June 14, 2006)
In other news , I'm co-authoring a forthcoming report from Nielsen Norman Group on intranet information architectures (IAs), and we're looking for good IAs. What's in it for you: a free report, not to mention publicity for your company. Hope you can participate.
Tracking Microsoft Vista Security (April 18, 2006)
Switching gears: If you know a doctor working in a hospital, chances are he or she totes a small PDA/cell phone containing patient data. Securing that data, however, can be a challenge. That's the basis for a case study about how one hospital is tackling mobile device security.
Fodor's Guide to The Da Vinci Code (March 28, 2006)
The guide kicks off with three of my essays: profiles of the Paris Ritz (where the novel begins), the hotel's Hemingway Bar, plus the Police Judiciaire, the real-life French law enforcement agency which employs Bezu Fache, the novel's fictional inspector. And while DVC was the inspiration, I'll just say we made a show of controlling our adverbs.
Order a copy from the Fodor's/Random House site.
You can also read the "Travel guide speaks in 'Code'" profile in USA Today.
In related news, Fodor's publisher, Random House, also publishes The Da Vinci Code, and today it issued—not coincidentally—the first U.S. paperback edition of the novel, which I hear is selling at a crazy pace.
Crawling for Spyware (February 14, 2006)
Still not Kansas: I’m only 10 years and one musical adaptation behind on this, but my in-flight Paris–Amsterdam–Boston reading, finished off since my Northwest A330’s entertainment system went black for my seat, was Gregory Maguire's Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a subversive, thoroughly engaging re envisioning of Wizard of Oz. Everything you know—or thought you knew—about the well-known story (which I now remember more from the Technicolor film than Baum’s books) does connect in the end with the events in Wicked, but not before it all gets turned upside down. Dare I mention the saga of Oz college life, the animal-liberation agitators, or everything you ever wanted to know about making monkeys fly? A wonderful mind bend. Now on to the sequel, Son of a Witch.
You’re not in Paris anymore, either: While we’re on the same meme, I left the City of Lights yesterday in a cold, crisp dawn. First, however, I set the espresso pot on the stove, and procured one last pain au chocolat and roulade au chocolate (a filled custard and chocolate chip pastry sleeve, sometimes known as a pain au suisse) from the boulangerie next to the apartment I’d been inhabiting on rue Montmartre, in the 1st arrondissement. Outdoors, the early hour, street lights, fog and general lack of light—Paris is quite far west in the Central European time zone—made it look more like the Paris I know from the photographs of Robert Doisneau or Willy Ronis. Maybe what I thought were night photographs, were early morning snaps? Unfortunately for my photo work I wasn’t privy to such insights until the last day.
Riding the Silver Line: As always, leaving France means an abrupt change wherever else you go, though the transition was especially dramatic with a landing in a gray, icy fog at Boston’s Logan Airport, then getting pelted with sleet while waiting for the Silver Line bus pickup.
The Silver line is a relatively new part of the Boston transportation system—the T—which relies on buses and underground tunnels. It’s a vast, vast improvement over the previous method of reaching the airport via T, which inevitably involved about three different line changes, lots of waiting, and too many stairs, before ending up at the airport T station, and then catching a bus to your terminal.
By contrast, the Silver line is a bus that leaves from South Station, on the T’s red line (also where Amtrak and commuter rails arrive), and drops you directly at your terminal. The underground tunnels let it avoid almost all traffic. And that's all for the normal price of the T, which is currently $1.25. Which isn’t bad, though since it was 85¢ when I moved to France in mid–2003, it still surprises me.
Willy Ronis who? Yes, as mentioned above in the same sentence as Robert Doisneau, Ronis is a well-known photographer, at least in France. My photography history education being somewhat spotty (beyond the obvious Mathew Brady thing), I didn’t know about Ronis, and hadn’t heard anything about the exhibit or seen it profiled in Zurban. Over several days, however, I repeatedly noticed a long queue for the retrospective, held at the Hotel de Ville across the street from the BHV department store on Rivoli (where I perhaps made several trips).
Do people queue for anything that’s free? Perhaps, but the photograph used on the exhibition poster was so engaging, and I had time on my hands, so I eventually lined up too, despite the cold temperatures and bitter gusts. Guards let in small groups of people as others exited, and inside—after clearing the bag x-ray, and metal detectors (de rigueur for government buildings) was an excellent Ronis retrospective, commissioned on the occasion of his 90th birthday. He's especially good at Parisian street scenes, always a fun genre, and the photographs span quite a few years, from before World War II, to more recent work. (Ronis helped curate the exhibit, though after a final series of nudes, he's reportedly stopped shooting.)
The shot on the exhibit poster that really caught my eye is taken from the top of the Colonne de Juillet monument in Bastille (which commemorates the revolutionary victims of the three-day 1830 uprising that overthrew Charles X's monarchy). I’d love to get access to the monument some day, camera in hand. I have my suspicions that’s where "River Seine and the City of Paris," a quite well-known Paris photograph (at right) by Peter Turnley—an American living in Paris who's also an expert in Parisian street photography—was taken, a question I’ve been pondering for some time. (Helicopter shot? Quite tall apartment building? Crane? The list of theoretical possibilities ran on, the more I got to know Paris.) On a related note, my most recent sighting of Turnley’s photograph was yesterday in a Charles De Gaulle airport terminal 2 departure lounge café.
(The Willy Ronis retrospective is open Monday–Saturday from 10am to 7pm at Salon d'accueil, Hotel de Ville, 29 rue de Rivoli, in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, just until February 18, 2006.)
The Future of Endpoint Security (January 31, 2006)
Meanwhile my second story, "Spinning Can-Spam," dissects the effectiveness of the CAN-SPAM law (meant to stem spam). The Federal Trade Commission says the law is working. Many experts, however, disagree.
Ten Best Intranets of 2006 (January 23, 2006)
Here are the ten best-designed intranets for 2006:
The report, which I co-authored with Kara Pernice Coyne and Jakob Nielsen, clocks in at 287 pages, and includes 193 screenshots. Jakob's current Alertbox rounds up more report findings, and you can also purchase a copy of the report.
Greetings from Paris (January 22, 2006)
Since living day-to-day in this part of the city (smack dab in the center) is new to me, I have in hand a list of their favorite, local boulangeries, chocolatier, source for mâgret (duck breast) and chicken, wine store, vegetable markets, butcher, patisserie, fromâge, and so on. Half the fun of living here is not only the wonderful food you find in the restaurants, but also the ability to find and cook with such incredibly fresh meat, fruits, and vegetables.
Of course it being Sunday, just about everything is closed. Tomorrow too. So full marché shopping and cooking-at-home festivities commence Tuesday.
Happy New Year (January 10, 2006)
With a late-month trip back to Paris coming up, I'm also hoping to update my Paris photos and generate a few new stories from there.
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