Monday, July 10, 2006

Tagging my pictures.

I use iView Media Pro for my photo management, and it supports tagging. Over the past several months I've been actively tagging new photos as I transfer them from my camera to my iMac. It was challenging coming up with a taxonomy that my wife and I could agree on; both in terms of depth and terminology. From a "people" standpoint, we resolved to use our families' first names, then bucket everyone else in as "Friends" or "Family." I've found a disturbing pattern in actually tagging however. With each transfer, I spend 2/3s of my time tagging the pics (one pass over all photos for each tag), and 1/3rd deleting the bad pics. That's a pretty poor management ratio if you ask me. No real surprise, but actually "tagging" my pics diligently is a real pain. Furthermore, if you're not going to tag 100% of your pics, then don't bother tagging at all. Reason being, if you want that pic that had your son and spouse in it, and it wasn't tagged to begin with, you're going to have to view all pics (maybe between some date range) to find it.

Tagging is an all or nothing deal I'm finding, and it's very time consuming. The value of having my data tagged is very high however, so I'll continue doing it; it's just painful.

Tagging my pictures.

I use iView Media Pro for my photo management, and it supports tagging. Over the past several months I've been actively tagging new photos as I transfer them from my camera to my iMac. It was challenging coming up with a taxonomy that my wife and I could agree on; both in terms of depth and terminology. From a "people" standpoint, we resolved to use our families' first names, then bucket everyone else in as "Friends" or "Family." I've found a disturbing pattern in actually tagging however. With each transfer, I spend 2/3s of my time tagging the pics (one pass over all photos for each tag), and 1/3rd deleting the bad pics. That's a pretty poor management ratio if you ask me. No real surprise, but actually "tagging" my pics diligently is a real pain. Furthermore, if you're not going to tag 100% of your pics, then don't bother tagging at all. Reason being, if you want that pic that had your son and spouse in it, and it wasn't tagged to begin with, you're going to have to view all pics (maybe between some date range) to find it.

Tagging is an all or nothing deal I'm finding, and it's very time consuming. The value of having my data tagged is very high however, so I'll continue doing it; it's just painful.

Tagging my pictures.

I use iView Media Pro for my photo management, and it supports tagging. Over the past several months I've been actively tagging new photos as I transfer them from my camera to my iMac. It was challenging coming up with a taxonomy that my wife and I could agree on; both in terms of depth and terminology. From a "people" standpoint, we resolved to use our families' first names, then bucket everyone else in as "Friends" or "Family." I've found a disturbing pattern in actually tagging however. With each transfer, I spend 2/3s of my time tagging the pics (one pass over all photos for each tag), and 1/3rd deleting the bad pics. That's a pretty poor management ratio if you ask me. No real surprise, but actually "tagging" my pics diligently is a real pain. Furthermore, if you're not going to tag 100% of your pics, then don't bother tagging at all. Reason being, if you want that pic that had your son and spouse in it, and it wasn't tagged to begin with, you're going to have to view all pics (maybe between some date range) to find it.

Tagging is an all or nothing deal I'm finding, and it's very time consuming. The value of having my data tagged is very high however, so I'll continue doing it; it's just painful.

Friday, July 7, 2006

John Brown and supply chains

I just viewed a talk by John Seely Brown (of Xerox Park; former Chief Scientist) given at CTC 2006; yummy stuff.

He really highlights the detriments of traditional U.S. supply chain management; namely that focusing exclusively on price, over-time, ruins the supply chain. Sure walmart gets the lowest price to the consumer, but they destroy lower level industries (labor markets for example) in the process. I tend to think about "cost" in life, not price. This thinking comes out when I do personal vacation travel. Rather than use mileage-type "points" to stay places and fly places for free, I'll pony up for non-discounted rates so the supplier's cost (the airline/hotel) is much lower to serve me, and hence the quality of the product is much higher for me. If I book a hotel stay somewhere for free (using points), I'll get a crappy room, and won't have any leverage when I need it.

He gets into recording meetings for archival and re-use purposes. I've done some of this (fully disclosing my doing so of course) during some conference calls using a product called PhoneValet by Parliant Software. It's pretty useful. We do this with email all the time, but video and voice are generally not archived well, if at all. I don't do it regularly, but I think its just because I'm having trouble getting into the usage pattern. Also reminds me of something I saw a few years ago in which we would all be wearing small video/audio recording devices, perhaps in a necklace form-factor. These devices could be on 24/7, and could literally record our lives. Forget what you did last Tuesday? Replay it! Forget what Joe said at lunch? Replay it! Fun Big Brother implications of course, but kind of an interesting notion.

John Brown and supply chains

I just viewed a talk by John Seely Brown (of Xerox Park; former Chief Scientist) given at CTC 2006; yummy stuff.

He really highlights the detriments of traditional U.S. supply chain management; namely that focusing exclusively on price, over-time, ruins the supply chain. Sure walmart gets the lowest price to the consumer, but they destroy lower level industries (labor markets for example) in the process. I tend to think about "cost" in life, not price. This thinking comes out when I do personal vacation travel. Rather than use mileage-type "points" to stay places and fly places for free, I'll pony up for non-discounted rates so the supplier's cost (the airline/hotel) is much lower to serve me, and hence the quality of the product is much higher for me. If I book a hotel stay somewhere for free (using points), I'll get a crappy room, and won't have any leverage when I need it.

He gets into recording meetings for archival and re-use purposes. I've done some of this (fully disclosing my doing so of course) during some conference calls using a product called PhoneValet by Parliant Software. It's pretty useful. We do this with email all the time, but video and voice are generally not archived well, if at all. I don't do it regularly, but I think its just because I'm having trouble getting into the usage pattern. Also reminds me of something I saw a few years ago in which we would all be wearing small video/audio recording devices, perhaps in a necklace form-factor. These devices could be on 24/7, and could literally record our lives. Forget what you did last Tuesday? Replay it! Forget what Joe said at lunch? Replay it! Fun Big Brother implications of course, but kind of an interesting notion.

John Brown and supply chains

I just viewed a talk by John Seely Brown (of Xerox Park; former Chief Scientist) given at CTC 2006; yummy stuff.

He really highlights the detriments of traditional U.S. supply chain management; namely that focusing exclusively on price, over-time, ruins the supply chain. Sure walmart gets the lowest price to the consumer, but they destroy lower level industries (labor markets for example) in the process. I tend to think about "cost" in life, not price. This thinking comes out when I do personal vacation travel. Rather than use mileage-type "points" to stay places and fly places for free, I'll pony up for non-discounted rates so the supplier's cost (the airline/hotel) is much lower to serve me, and hence the quality of the product is much higher for me. If I book a hotel stay somewhere for free (using points), I'll get a crappy room, and won't have any leverage when I need it.

He gets into recording meetings for archival and re-use purposes. I've done some of this (fully disclosing my doing so of course) during some conference calls using a product called PhoneValet by Parliant Software. It's pretty useful. We do this with email all the time, but video and voice are generally not archived well, if at all. I don't do it regularly, but I think its just because I'm having trouble getting into the usage pattern. Also reminds me of something I saw a few years ago in which we would all be wearing small video/audio recording devices, perhaps in a necklace form-factor. These devices could be on 24/7, and could literally record our lives. Forget what you did last Tuesday? Replay it! Forget what Joe said at lunch? Replay it! Fun Big Brother implications of course, but kind of an interesting notion.