My personal favorite posts for 2008

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As we wind down down 2008 and head into the holidays, I’ve been doing some planning about blog posts and longer pieces I plan to write in 2009. As part of that, I decided to go back over 2008 and list some of favorite posts from this year.

There are probably a few others that I could choose, but these are representative.

As I’ve done in the past, several times I wrote a post saying “this is the first of several entries in which i’ll discuss …” and then never quite got to the later entries, at least in the ways I had planned. I’ll need to try to fix that bad habit in 2009 or at least take some time out to deliver the sequels.

This year is not quite over and there is both more work to do and things to write (see, I’m still saying that). Thanks for coming along with me this year, one that’s been very significant for me personally. When we all started 2008 I don’t think we remotely imagined the challenges that we as an industry and, indeed, a world will face in 2009. Open standards, open source, quality, innovation, new approaches to intellectual property, and community-based approaches will be more important that ever.

That should give me more than enough to write about. Of course, I have another porch or two that needs some work …


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  1. Bob said, “As I’ve done in the past, several times I wrote a post saying “this is the first of several entries in which i’ll discuss …” and then never quite got to the later entries, at least in the ways I had planned. I’ll need to try to fix that bad habit in 2009 or at least take some time out to deliver the sequels.”

    My personal goals in that regard:

    — Never publish a promise to publish for that which has not yet been written. I will strive to limit myself to “may publish more on this topic.”

    — Go back and add “Part n of n ” with navigation links to earlier and later sequels as each new one is completed and published. If designed properly, the same navigation markup and text can simply be clipped from the last to the latest, adapted, and then clipped to the earlier articles. When I do so, I plan to add information to each updated page to provide the original publication date for the earlier publication, e.g., “Originally published on [date]; updated to provide navigation to later articles in the series.”

    I suspect that the urge to announce intent to publish sequelae flows in part from a mindset formed when documents were the stuff of dead trees. But revision is far simpler with electronic documents. A commitment to publish may be largely obsoleted in the new era.

  2. Good luck with the porch. You’ll need it in this weekend’s snow storms! And thanks for this retrospective list. I love this blog because I learn so much from the author, its commenters, and about topics I wouldn’t normally think would interest me. I appreciate all the hard work you do, Bob, to maintain it and share what’s inside your head with us. Happy holidays!

  3. The ‘Standards’ word has appeared on the BBC in connection with the great European bank bail-out.

    Apparently there is now an informal Europe-wide standard on which currencies and what terms European nation state governments may make loans available to the private-sector banks. Rubber-stamped by Neelie Kroes, I shouldn’t wonder.

    Is this like saying that all government documents have to be in ISO26300 format ? Can we expect another BRM in Zurich to go over the banks’ terms of reference in gory detail ?

    Do tell, if you understand what it means and what impact it has on the life of the ornery citizen. American or European, doesn’t matter. I think it will affect both, and I think it’s important, but I’m not certain how.

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