Month: August 2008

Facebook ed i gradi di conoscenza

Facebook pone un problema. Il problema è specifico nel caso di facebook, ma è generalizzabile a livello di social networking. Linkedin può esserne un altro esempio.

Il numero di persone conosciuto è più dovuto alla febbre del networking che della conoscenza reale. Rimanendo su facebook vorrei sapere se anche tu, onesto lettore, hai la sensazione che la parola friends venga abusata.

Sicuramente puoi dividere i tuoi contatti in conoscenti ed in amici; alcuni sono semplicemente persone con cui hai scambiato qualche battuta, qualche commento o qualche e-mail, con cui poi il rapporto è in uno stato dormiente se non dimenticato.

Ovviamente la categorizzazione in due gruppi sarebbe allucinante se fatta in base all’utilizzo dello strumento (i.e.: numero di messaggi scambiati, eventi, chat..) in quanto la produzione di parole e messaggi non è per nulla correlata all’amicizia stessa.

Concludendo, come ha suggerito un mio amico polacco, forse necessitiamo di un nuovo neologismo per chiamare i nostri contatti in facebook. Facebookers suona male…

TiddlyWiki mandatory plugins

So if you are using tiddlywiki you know everything, if you don’t you maybe want to take a look to it.

What is tiddlywiki good for?

For me is good as an advanced lab book. Yes an electronic labbook. All my biology friends have a really good fashion old school labbook, but I’m not too much into paper and I keep forgetting things.

More over is really a pain to search on the paper… I have different thoughts and ideas that are completely disconnected and only at the end they make sense (sometimes…)

So here the User Case:

  • Able to write any piece of text/idea quickly in a not complicated way
  • Able to tag it in a flexible way and give it an automatic datestamp
  • Able to have this tool always available.

If you recognize this, you want to give a try.

Now I want to suggest you two plugins (I started to write this post because the second one was really hard to find again, so I will put the right link here. I don’t think google is going to care too much about this blog, but anyway it could help a bit)

First of the latex plugin (if you don’t know what is LaTeX … well I’m sorry..)

The second one is the listTaggedTiddlers

Give it a go.. It’s really cool.

Bioinformatics survey is over

The bioinformatics survey proposed by Bioformatics zen during july is over.


As expected the USA is the country with the numerous entries, but France in second place looks to me as a surprise.

As usual Italy is one of the last country for number of entries (but at least is there :))

Into macro regions the Europe is rocking!

macro regions

Have a look the other initial charts here.

More to come.

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