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Gestern habe ich es schon selber bemerkt und heute berichtet darueber: Neue Xing-Funktion weckt Datenschutzbedenken.

Nachdem man sich bei Xing (ehemals OpenBC) eingeloggt hat, sieht man auf seiner Startseite, was die lieben Kontakte alles so aktiv machen:

Wie man sehen kann (bzw. könnte, wenn ich es nicht ausradiert hätte), erfährt man so schön, wer nun wen kontaktiert hat, an was für Theman die eigenen Kontakte interessiert sind oder auch, ob sie einen neuen Job suchen.

Eigentlich war Xing immer nett, weil man selber bestimmen konnte, wer was sieht. Das ist nun offensichtlich nicht mehr der Fall und Xing hat die User auch nicht gefragt. Im Gegenteil: man muss sogar explizit angeben, daß man diese Funktion nicht mehr haben will, also ein Opt-Out Verfahren statt eines Opt-Ins.

Nun stellt sich die Frage, ob Xing die Funktion wieder deaktivieren bzw. überarbeiten wird, oder ob man nicht lieber sein Xing-Konto löschen sollte?



The book is nice but requires as always a certain amount of discipline from you and your coworkers. Anyhow it's nice to read and has some more or less usefull advices you can implement on your own.

True, I've enjoyed the book as well - but haven't been able to change my habit so far. The tips are all great and fine, but as I haven't found the right ToDo lists for my (paper) organiser and a Palm is quite expensive to just try it out whether the system works out or not, I've been unable to follow all the good advices... *sigh*

But as the author writes: most people are reading the book twice or thrice... ;)

Well years back I had a so called database from Casio. Just a portable device with a small qwerty keyboard and a fixed amount of applications. Most people at that time found that it's overkill for a twelve year old guy to own such a thing but it worked great for me. It was small and rough enough to carry it around in the pockets of my favourite cargo pants at that time.
I think it took me four years to break this device and I lost everythink. The next year was pretty hard. :(
A few years later I bought a Palm which worked good with DateBK4 (Tom recomends this software aswell) and then I made a mistake and gave the Palm to my dad and tried to work with the upcoming Agenda PDA just because it was running free software. The tradeoff was that I was lost again because I could not migrate my data and the handling of the Agenda PDA plus some hardware and software bugs made it nearly unusable for my Palm trained working habbits.

Since then (must be 2001/2002 I think) I try to survive without a planer. I'm even living without out a cell phone so I'm really lost. During my social service time it was ok but now I'm at a university and part time working and it's getting worth every month.

Lately I thought about buying an older used Palm again and a recent version of DateBK4. Though it would be closed source stuff again I'm sure that it simply works. Another option would be to try to fix the Agenda PDA but I've not the time for such an adventure.
Or I could by a decent cell phone.
It would of course be nice to be able to sync it with this KDE calendar application I started to use partly.

The main disadvantage with all those new mobile gadgets is that they're not even remotly as robust as this little Casio device was back in the early '90s and beside a cell phone they're even bigger and heavier and consume a lot more power.

Ok back to the book: What helped me a lot to cut down my endless todo lists with lots of small a tasks taking 10-20min was the 'Just do it' nike mantra. You just have to remind yourself often enough to just do it instead of thinking about it.
In relation to IT problems I sometimes fear that I'm just going to implement a stupid workaround that shouldn't be implement because it won't be changed in the future. Often true I guess but it helps to clear of your todo list which is good for your motivation and it often helps other people to get their work done and then it doesn't even matter that much if the solution does fit the big picture of an ideal solution or not. Often the 'just do it' solutions are not even that bad then I first thought they could be. So personally that's been one of the most helpfull advices I got from my first and so far only read of the book.

Yes, deciding between a dedicated electronic organiser and a all-in-one cell phone is something that is hard for me as well... and it's still undecided. ;) I'm looking for a good offer for a Palm Treo 680 when I renew my cell phone contract.
But I'm usure if I want a rather huge all-in-one cell phone or if I should opt for two separate devices?

The "just do it" mantra is something I already do fairly often - contrary to other admins I don't want to mention. I already figured out by myself before I bought the book, that it's better to finish these small tasks rather quick. It really gives your users a good feeling, when you tell them that you're working on your issue or tell them, when you will work on their issue. That way the users won't nag you all the time about solving his/her problem.
In fact I got this tip from a senior admin when I worked for a computer graphic (film) company in Hannover, Germany. He was absolutely right!

Well, I guess I should write a separate blog entry about this topic - but I would prefer to write about it in my German section of my blog... :-)


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