Bloglines wrap-up

Online progress indicators

Clair Ching wrote about personal logs, giving my website as an example of online tracking. Merlin Mann wrote about keeping a personal status page. (Hmm, I should add something like that...)

TV is bad for you

"Kill the television" - Kathy Sierra of Creating Passionate Users.

Absolute worst thing to do: leave the TV on as background noise. Strangely enough, that's how most people I know use it. Terrible thing. I think that's why so many people have a hard time dealing with silence and relaxing...

Microsoft pooh-poohs developing countries

Microsoft: even if you give people free software or computers, they won't have the expertise to use it.

Well, duh. You can't be an expert on something you haven't _used._ Microsoft can go ahead and feel that way, while open source people work on bridging the digital divide...