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Fred Sampson
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My day job involves documenting some of the IBM Smarter Cities products. The information I produce goes into both the product, and into an information center. That is, until now.  Now, there's IBM Knowledge Center.

What is IBM Knowledge Center?
IBM Knowledge Center gathers all IBM product information into one easy-to-access place. IBM Knowledge Center provides an improved search experience that supports saving your searches for future use, and capturing personalized collections of just the information you need.

Search across the whole library, or limit your search to the products and versions you care about.
Use filters to narrow your search results.
Apply multiple search filters to get specific results for what you need.
More of what you need and less of what you don’t need.

Once you have the search results, you can assemble those topics and not lose them.
Collect your favorite topics (like collecting your favorite shells, pins, or stamps).
Get more bang for your buck by putting single topics in your collections – skip all the navigation. Saving single topics allows for easier retrieval at a later time.
Organize just the topics you need for viewing and printing.
Build custom PDFs that are tailored for your needs, with only the topics that you are interested in.

Put the power of information to work for you. Try IBM Knowledge Center today at ibm.biz/IBMKCgo  Still in open beta. . .
IBM Knowledge Center.
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There are only a handful of OTA digital broadcast stations in my area (Santa Cruz, CA): the basic networks + PBS, and a few Spanish-language stations. I decided to rig an antenna to pull them in, but didn't want to spend a lot of money without knowing how good reception might be.

I picked up a Mohu Leaf for about $28. After a little repositioning, the Mohu pulls in the stations I expected with quality better than I expected. No point in upgrading, as it can't get much better. I'm quite happy with the Mohu, at a cost that's a fraction of one month's cable TV.

Color me a happy Cord Cutter!
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The best way for me to get more channels would be to move to San Jose. The Santa Cruz mountains kinda get in the way of those line-of-sight signals ;-)
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I like my Kindle. I like my Kindle Fire. But I also like physical books, which is why I have boxes and boxes of them crowding my tiny living room. I might let all of my music and video go digital, but not my books.
 
Lots of talk about an  #Amazon  content deletion dust-up today. I wrote about this inevitability a while back – unfortunately, nothing has changed so far.
eBooks have been a great thing for me- I rarely think to carry a book along with me or have a bag for carrying one, but I always have a smartphone on me, plus an iPad at times. When I was in Spain in ...
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I think I'm going to have to read some Coelho myself. As if I needed more books. . .
 
Coelho on Critics "Writers want to please their peers. They want to be recognized. Forget about this. Who cares? You should care to share your soul and not to please other writers who will write a review that nobody is going to read."

via +Rohit Bhargava & +Tim Ferriss
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If tomorrow morning I ask myself the question Steve posed in his commencement address at Stanford in 2005, "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I'm about to do today?" the answer will be "Hell no."

My next question is, now, what will I do next?
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Of all the quotations that I collect, there are a few I keep coming back to when contemplating what I'm doing. One stuck to my monitor right now is from Tim O'Reilly, a challenge he posted 2-3 years ago: "Do work that matters." Not nearly everything that I do in the course of a day matters. So when I can make a decision about what to do, that's the test: does this work matter?
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A good explanation of the inaccuracies of certain stories about social media. I especially appreciate the one about social media being for the young; I'm the oldest person in my department at IBM, yet folks think I'm the social media expert. Go figure.
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"The ever-expanding universe of social-media technologies — including video-sharing, mobile phones, and networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter that allow individuals to share information and connect — is as ubiquitous as it is misunderstood." - The Washington Post explain five common myths on social media.
From the Arab Spring to baby boomers.
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Ooo, Starbucks...
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Creation/creativity grows from chaos. Unless the government gets involved.
 
“Chaos should be regarded as extremely good news.”

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche #buddhism

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And in Santa Cruz, the fellow on the left is in a Hawaiian shirt, shorts, and flip-flops.
 
Wearing a suit to work on the east coast vs the west coast
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Hmmm. $199 for a 16GB iPhone 4S. $199 for a Kindle Fire. Hmmmm. No, not going to cancel that Kindle pre-order yet.
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Work
Occupation
Technical Writer, Author
Skills
Seeing the big picture, making connections, demolishing bad assumptions, finding common ground. Writing. Editing. Information architecture.
Employment
  • IBM
    Information Architect, 2005 - present
  • PeopleSoft
    Information Developer, 2000 - 2004
  • a handful of small entrepreneurial businesses
    Technical Writer, 1998 - 2000
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Aptos, CA
Previously
San Diego - Tustin, CA - Watsonville, CA - Soquel, CA - Pasadena, CA - Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA - Sherman Oaks, CA - La Jolla, CA
Story
Tagline
What forest? What trees?
Introduction
Working at IBM, at the intersection of information development and UX, making UIs more useful.

Perpetual volunteer for professional organizations: VP for Operations ACM SIGCHI, Past President Silicon Valley STC, Webmaster for CHI 2004, CHI 2005, DUX 2003.

Author of numerous columns in ACM <interactions> magazine; Co-author of Effective Prototyping with Excel.

Retired yacht racing navigator; Zen practitioner, member of San Francisco Zen Center; father of twins, twice.
Bragging rights
Nice guy, good friend, big heart, in a world of greed and mistrust. Help me!
Education
  • UC San Diego
    B.A., General Literature
  • UC Los Angeles
    M.A., English
  • UC Extension, Santa Cruz
    Tech Comm
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Gender
Male
Other names
W. Frederick Sampson