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Lazyscope Review

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 2:07 PM on December 8, 2010

This is a review of the application Lazyscope which was release as a beta recently. There are a couple of things that I hope they fix or add in the future. The first is they need to add Facebook any more that is a must for any social media application. Something tells me that this is in their future. It is an air application, which makes it a nonstarter for a lot of people and also limit it to the desktop. Finally my biggest complaint so far is that when you close and reopen the application the feeds you added are gone and you have to add them again. This is something they definitely have to fix before going publc. If you are not afraid to try a beta application and don’t mind a few hiccups I would recommend trying this application. Below is some screen captures on how it works.

Lazyscope Overview

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This is how LazyScope looks like when you first open it. Your twitter account information on the left hand side, in the middle are the updates and on the right hand side is where the stories open up, when you click on them.

Subscribing to Feed

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If you pull up a story from a Web site and you want to follow that Web site rss feed, you simply click on subscribe. Now when that web site updates it will show in your stream along with the incoming tweets. You can also add feeds manually by clicking on the top plus button and just add the url.

Reading Feeds

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If you just want to see a particular rss feed update you just click on it. Then you will just see the updates from that feed.

Viewing Content

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To open up a story in the right panel just click on the arrow within the update. If you want to close down the right panel just click on the arrow on the far right

Posting Content.

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There are two ways to post with Lazyscope, the first is to hit the post button and it will post with no credit to the original poster. The second way is to hit the repost button within the update and that will give credit to the original poster.

The Problem with Real Time Information in the Real World

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 3:45 PM on August 25, 2010

People today especially those in business, want information as fast as they can get it, the closer to real time the better. The problem is that more information does not equal more knowledge. People often make the mistake of thinking they have too react to the information as fast as they get it. They often do not take the time to separate what is important from what is not. Many people especially those in business expect immediate answers to questions. If those answers are not available immediately, they become angry and frustrated.

My husband works for a traditional manufacturing company. His company doesn’t make the parts, it makes the material that makes the parts. The core of what his company does hasn’t changed in a hundred years. They melt material and create blocks, tubes, and pipes out of it to be used by someone else. What has changed is the amount and speed of the information that is available to management. This has led to the problem of managers wanting and expecting information at all times whenever they call. They spend their days in front of their computers, watching the numbers go by them. If your department numbers don’t match what is on their screen, then you are the one who gets yelled at. Those departments who are good at manipulating the computer system have a distinct advantage over those who are not. For example one department has their computer system set to show any product that they are working on out of their department and on to the next as soon as they are finished with it. In the computer it looks like the next department has the product, even though it maybe 30 miles away from them sitting in a yard. Any problem with that product is also moved to the next department, even though they haven’t taken possession of the item.

It would be nice if this story was unique to the company my husband works for, but I suspect it is not. This is clearly a case where the technology is way ahead of those who are using it. I believe it may take a new generation that grows up with real time information to understand how to properly use it. What do you think, do you have similar problems at the company you work for and have you found a solution for it.