I tweeted this the other day, but of course wasn’t able to find it again. Hence the blog post.
Unchain the Office Computers! Great article bemoaning corporate IT’s tendency to block IT use, and hence stifle innovation.
Here’s my favorite quote:
The restrictions infantilize workers—they foster resentment, reduce morale, lock people into inefficient routines, and, worst of all, they kill our incentives to work productively. In the information age, most companies’ success depends entirely on the creativity and drive of their workers. IT restrictions are corrosive to that creativity—they keep everyone under the thumb of people who have no idea which tools we need to do our jobs but who are charged with deciding anyway.
And then today I was listening to Buzz Out Loud, BOL1051 and from 28 minutes in, they were talking about the same thing. All good.
Twitter. I follow people who share the most amazing stuff. Follow me: Markhamster – and then follow the people I’m following (for a start). I use Tweetdeck (iPhone too).
Feedly. It’s the best rss feed aggregator. It’s a Firefox addon. I’ll list my feeds in another post.
Buzz out loud. The best podcast about all things tech (CNet). Intelligent, and heated discussions by people who really know what they’re talking about. I listen to this on my iPhone on the way to work. Best to subscribe to it from iTunes podcast directory.
Buzz report. A vodcast (also from CNet) anchored by Molly Wood (she’s great: smart, passionate & funny). I watch this on my iPhone. Best to subscribe to it from iTunes podcast directory.
GeekBrief.TV. A vodcast – Cali Lewis anchors. Gadgets, interviews, etc… I watch this on my iPhone. Best to subscribe to it from iTunes podcast directory too.
For best results, subscribe to the pod/vodcasts in iTunes so they download onto your computer (you won’t have to watch and wait while they play – they’ll just play). I download them overnight, or while I’m having breakfast.