Are you a generalist or a specialist?

Aaron Held writes a great post on specialization and the issues it raises in a development organization.

The Heinlein quote he shares is a keeper, and so is the podcast he linked to: Escape Pod: EP179: Arties Aren’t Stupid. I’m new to Escape Pod, which, apparently is a podcast where a sci-fi story is read and then discussed. The comments thread on this one is hot and heavy with folks arguing the effect of the narrator’s accent and slang – I think they transport you deep into the story’s universe. It’s an awesome fun recording. I typically don’t find the time for podcasts, but in this case, I’m subscribing.

Go Phillies!

Susie Madrak commented on the possibility some folks just may not care about this World Series since the two teams involved aren’t the usual suspects – but like last night shown – you’re going to get get great baseball. Every game is going to be a nail biter.

Interesting places to get some World Series news:

Ballbug from Memeorandum.

Philly Future: Phillies Search – see what the Philly blogosphere is saying.

Software Architecture Links: Documenting Architecture

IBM developerWorks: Documenting software architecture, Part 1: What software architecture is, and why it’s important to document it

IBM developerWorks: The architecture of Web applications

W3C: Architecture of the World Wide Web, Volume One Web Architecture from 50,000 feet

Social Software Links: The Future of the Web Edition

Gabor Cselle: “The Future of Email” Talk in Sydney

Identity Management Manifesto: via robert_francis

Burningbird: This Week’s Semantic Web, Burningbird style Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey

slacktivist: They need help: Information — facts, reality, the rebuttal and debunking of lies — is one kind of help that the captives of unreality need. That information is necessary, but not sufficient, for those who have chosen their own captivity. What else is necessary, and what might be sufficient to help them choose not to make that choice, is something I want to continue exploring.

Planet RDF

Social Software Links: Activism and Privacy Edition

Penny Arcade! posted a comic that summarizes what many think of online anonymity and the Internet: John Gabriel’s Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory: Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Fuckwad.

Up until the past few weeks, I would have agreed. But now I am starting to adopt a more nuanced view.

I don’t want to get into what has triggered the change of heart, and no – I am not anonymously blogging – my name lends credibility that I am not willing to trade. However, I have come to realize there are those who need to be able to speak out, and without anonymity cannot do so.

It’s confusing subject matter, so here are a few links of various viewpoints:

CNet: U.N. agency eyes curbs on Internet anonymity

Business Week: Busting a Rogue Blogger: Troll Tracker has been unmasked as a patent lawyer for Cisco. Now they’re both facing litigation

SSRN: Anonymous Blogging and Defamation: Balancing Interests of the Internet: It is important not to silence communication on the Internet, but it is just as important not to silence victims of defamation. Therefore, this comment argues for the protection of libel plaintiffs facing defamatory comments from anonymous bloggers.

Media Bloggers Association: Announces Libel Insurance For Bloggers – huge news for those who intend to pursue acts of journalism independently.

Must See Video: Hope2604 – Steve Rambam Pt 1 – Privacy Is Dead – Get Over It

Must See Video: Hope2604 – Steve Rambam Pt 2 – Privacy Is Dead – Get Over It ‘Anonymous’ Member Unmasked, Charged With Web Attack on Scientology

Bruce Schneier: Essays and Op Eds

Time Berners-Lee’s new World Wide Web Foundation

Global Voices Online: Global Voices Advocacy: A project of Global Voices Online, we seek to build a global anti-censorship network of bloggers and online activists dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and free access to information online.

Reporters Without Borders

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Risks Digest

Slashdot: Your Rights Online

Social Software Links: Postmodernism, Data Smog Edition

Metafilter: If information is power, then access is empowering

NYTimes: Overfeeding on Information

NYtimes: Spinning a Web of Lies at Digital Speed

NYTimes: The Rise of the Machines

Andrew Sullivan: Why I Blog Every Man a Derrida

Rough Type: Googling and intelligence

Techdirt: Is Web 2.0 About Exploitation Or Empowerment?