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Warrior Politics and social networks

I recently read Robert D. Kaplan's book Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos. It got me to thinking and so I read some more books and white papers about military response, complexity, networks and collaboration. There were a number of related themes, one of which is to push power and knowledge to the edge of the network, in order to solve the complexity issues -- as well as to serve as a critical part of a transformational change required to address today's and tomorrow's terrorist threats to nations.

Linux wins over Windows in Sweden

I came across this news release today, which describes how the Swedish Armed Forces have chosen Red Hat Linux and open source over Windows. In fact, they are replacing their existing Microsoft installations with Linux.

This is a good sign. With any luck, other NATO or EU nations will make similar choices, which will take them in the direction of being able to more easily collaborate with each other on multi-national issues, like security and anti-terrorism.

Tagging: Searching using community expertise

Excerpted below is an article from the January/February 2007 issue of The Atlantic Monthly about social searching and tagging. It provides a good introduction to how it works, and describes how it improves the ability to find information.

Tag Teams

Social-search programs like Flickr and del.icio.us guide your Web browsing toward places you probably want to go.

by James Fallows

Flame on lame software companies

I just tried playing one of my favorite Shockwave games on my Intel Mac Mini. It works perfectly on my wife's PPC iMac and on my PPC iBook, of course. But the Shockwave plug-in doesn't work. Why? Well, because as Adobe says in a TechNote, they haven't "yet been ported to run natively on the new Intel-based Macintosh computers and currently only runs in Rosetta emulation mode." The date of this TechNote is May 12, 2006.

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