Links for January 29, 2006

10 Predictions for Software and the Internet
Originally published over a year ago, this post contains many intriguing predictions. #2 is an interesting business idea. #6 discusses a new internet community that will develop, essentially predicting MySpace or Digg.

Purchase Book Chapters from O’Reilly’s Safari Service
O’Reilly has a new online service that allows users to search and download books for a monthly fee. Pricing seems a little steep, starting at $10/month for 5 chapters, but they’re definitely taking a step in the right direction. Leave it to O’Reilly to lead the way.

Interruptions Consume 2.1 Hours of Every Day
From a recent article: “A research team from the University of California has published the results of a research study that shows that office workers work on average for only eleven minutes before being interrupted and that these interruptions consume approximately 2.1 hours of every working day. One expert is calling this ‘work-induced attention-deficit disorder’. The researchers found that once someone is interrupted it takes about 25 minutes to get back to the original task.”

Free CD/DVD Burning Software
Some claim this software is better than Nero, and any free burning software is worth checking out.

100 Cool Google Map Locations
The Hollywood sign, Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, the Vegas Strip, Area 51, and more…

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#1 http:// on 01.31.06 at 7:02 am

Any sense on how it compares to DVD Decrypter’s burn function or imgburn? (both are free too!)

#2 David on 02.21.06 at 7:49 pm

Funny, in “Ten Predictions” prediction #1 “XML to surpass relational databases” was debunked by Joel in his Joel on Software book, chapter 2, and mentioned in today’s WTF,