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Comment: The book you need (Score 2) 114

by Sgt_Jake (#38641210) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Documenting Scattered Sites and Systems?
"Managing Enterprise Content" by Ann Rockley (with Pamela Kostur and Steve Manning). ISBN 0-7357-1306-5 (that's the one I have on my desk right now, not sure if there's a newer one).

It's an easy read, well written and with a sense of humor [note: it's a technical book on ..managing enterprise content. So it's not like "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" easy... it's just not "gouge your eyes out after the first chapter" hard], and covers EVERYTHING you haven't thought of. And that most everyone here hasn't thought of. And everything I've forgotten after reading it. Chapter 1 alone will explain the very problem you just described, why it's bad, and why everyone does it.

Seriously - one time through that book has saved me on documentation questions (where to put it, how to organize it, how to write it...) time after time. And I still don't use 90% of what was in it. This is the book that you will read one time, and the concepts stick with you - and save your ass. And make you look like a rock star. A weird, librarian kind of rock star, that isn't fantastically awesome like a real rock star, but that seems to know how to use the dewy decimal system with that extra panache, rock star. People will forget all about it a couple of minutes after checking out their books, but for that one second when they find what they need when they need it and it's all because of you... you'll be the rock star.

Still - your life will be easier.

Education

Kansas Adopts New Science Standards 868

Posted by Zonk
from the in-line-with-the-rest-of-us dept.
porcupine8 writes "The Kansas State Board of Education has changed the state science standards once again, this time to take out language questioning evolution. This turnaround comes fast on the heels of the ouster given this past election to the ultra-conservative Board members who originally introduced the language. 'Science' has also been re-redefined as 'a human activity of systematically seeking natural explanations' (the word 'natural' had been previously stricken from the definition). If you'd like to see the new standards, a version showing all additions and deletions is available from the KS DOE's website (PDF)."
Biotech

+ - Bionic eye could restore vision

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MattSparkes
MattSparkes writes "A new bionic eye could restore vision to the profoundly blind. A prototype was tested on six patients and "within a few weeks all could detect light, identify objects and even perceive motion again. For one patient, this was the first time he had seen anything in half a century." The user wears a pair of glasses that contain a miniature camera and that wirelessly transmits video to a cellphone-sized computer in the wearer's pocket. This computer processes the image information and wirelessly transmits it to a tiny electronic receiver implanted in the wearer's head."
The Courts

+ - In Alabama, Sex Toys are Just Like Prostitution

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An anonymous reader writes "A federal appeals court has upheld an Alabama law banning the sale of sex toys against a claim that the law conflicted with the Supreme Court's prior holding that private sexuality is protected by the Constitution. The court reasoned that, because sex toys are bought and sold in "public" transactions, selling them is just like prostitution, and therefore it could be banned."
Education

+ - Hacks no longer joking matter at MIT

Submitted by ecklesweb
ecklesweb (713901) writes "The Boston Globe reprots that Hacks are no longer a joke at MIT. Three students tripped an alarm while "exploring" the Faculty Club under the cover of dark. Instead of fines or community service, the three students face up to 20 years in prison on charges of felony breaking and entering and trespassing. Of course, maybe it's just *botched* hacks that are no joke at MIT..."
Power

+ - Data centers sucking down electricity bigtime

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BobB
BobB writes "Energy consumption in corporate data centers doubled between 2000 and 2005, due in large part to the spreading use of volume servers, according to a new report. The study, conducted by a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and a consulting professor at Stanford University, found that servers and associated infrastructure, such as cooling and uninterruptible power supplies, in U.S. data centers consumed about 45 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2005, accounting for about 1.2% of the country's electricity consumption, roughly equal to the power drawn by the nation's color televisions. The electricity costs for the servers and associated infrastructure reached $2.7 billion. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/021507-study .html"

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