Chris M. Lindsey

Dad. Assistant City Manager. Surviving.

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Redesign of

Five lessons from the redesign of – good stuff on GovDesign!

Great Post on Critiques

Hiding behind your Twitter avatar and telling the world how terrible everything is is pretty easy. It’s even funny sometimes. Putting yourself on the line and making something original is really hard work. Which one do you want to be. Which one deserves our respect and attention?

-37 Signals blog, Signal vs. Noise, on critiquing others’ work when you don’t know the contexts (yeah, I didn’t want to print the title).

Why I Don’t Use Anti-Virus

And this would accurately describe why I don’t use anti-virus and anti-malware software: it doesn’t work.  The best protection is to not download files from people you don’t know and don’t click links on sketchy websites.  My computer has been virus and malware free for two and a half years thanks to these two simple principles.

British Cabinet Urges Twitter Use

The British Government is urging civil servants to utilize Twitter more often.  “Publishing tweets, replying to incoming messages and monitoring the account would take less than an hour a day,” the strategy report says.  Here is the blog post announcing the release of the strategy report and here is the 20-page Twitter strategy template.

New York Times on iPhone Productivity Apps

The New York Times has a great article on productivity/organization apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch.  I would like to add to this the apps I like.  I use Remember the Milk (iPod Touch, mobile on BlackBerry, and web app) for my todo list, Evernote as my second brain (iPod Touch, BlackBerry app, and web app), and GroceryIQ (iPod Touch) for grocery lists.

How Founder of WordPress Works

If you regularly read this site, you know I love WordPress, the open source CMS software that powers this site.  I also love hearing about how other (more productive than me) people work, so it was interesting to read this article by the WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg on how he works.

Twitter in Plain English

I know I’ve posted this video previously, but Twitter is exploding into mainstream. Several good friends of mine (and a former professor) have recently joined Twitter (within the past week). It is on all of the news shows, on Oprah, and all over the web. Everyday people are hearing about Twitter and they don’t know what it is. Even my parents asked me to explain Twitter. As such, I’m reposting this video from Common Craft, explaining Twitter in Plain English.

Directory of Government Agencies Using Twitter

While extolling the virtues of using Twitter to update your status (instead of Google Talk/GChat), I discovered this list of government agencies and public servants that use Twitter.

If you don’t know what Twitter is, see the video from Common Craft explaining Twitter in plain English.

Some that communicate information in unique ways include food recalls (care of the FDA), pandemic flu updates (care of the CDC), road condition updates from the Kansas Department of Transportation (for specific metro areas like Kansas City, Topeka, Wichita, and Garden City), National Terror Alert Response Center, and earthquakes and tsunami warnings.

Some big names (and agencies) include the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, Supreme Court, several states (Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, and Vermont), the Israeli Consulate, and CSPAN, among many others.

Video for Nonprofits

Michelle Murrain, the author of Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology, has an excellent post detailing the considerations nonprofits need to think about when putting video up on their websites. The post is very applicable to governments and most others.

Open Source to Save Money

Slashdot links to a BusinessWeek article that introduces open source and reports on companies using open source to save money.  Some popular software they list as cost-conscious include Linux (operating system), Apache (server), MySQL (relational database), Firefox (web browser), Xen (virtualization), Pentaho (business intelligence), (full office suite), Drupal (content management system), Alfresco (content management system), SugarCRM (customer relationship management), and Asterisk (telephone switch/PBX).

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