August 20th, 2003

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Institutional Change

How does one cause organizations to see changes as necessary? This question keeps coming up. I believe it's hard to sell change, since most people are happy with things the way they are, things are good enough. The promise of something that may be better, isn't enough to cause them to change. For a techie example, this could explain the slow adoption of Bluetooth. Extending the Bluetooth example, it seems that it's been taking off a bit more recently, with more phones, keyboards, mice, supporting it. So, for something to survice does it need big backers (i.e. Microsoft, Apple, and Nokia with regards to Bluetooth). Or maybe it's just the fact that there isn't a killer application yet? Some argue that Apple was responsible for finally getting USB mainstreamed by making that the only option on the iMacs. On the other hand, maybe computer technology had just gotten to the point where ADB and PS/2 weren't cutting it anymore? Maybe things just were replaced in a survival of the fittest type model?

I ask these questions as I keep running up against resistance to change in the work I do. This includes stupid office politics, teachers and technology, non-profit organizations/collaborations, etc.
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LTJ Live

For those who don't know, I'm a huge Less Than Jake fan - they're one of those bands when I put the CD in the player, I just start bouncing and screaming along with them. Apparently they played an acoustic set at an Apple Store, Quicktime available here. They fucking packed the store. I bet most of the people wherever the store is where surprised to see the LTJ crowd - both for the size of the crowd, but also for seeing that kind of crowd at the upscale kind of location where they put Apple stores. I wish I knew someone with a Mac who could get me the "Live at the Apple Store" EP they have on the Apple iTunes Music Store now.

I give credit to LTJ (and perhaps Warner Bros. Records, their label) for being willing to embrace new things.
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it's weird how I've gotten into watching TV . . . it use to be background, and I think it still is since I'm messing with the computer most of the time, but still, it's on almost all the time I'm home . . . I wonder if it's making me dumber