Pointers: Recommended reading

The impact of IT on businesses and their leaders
Source: Andrew McAfee, Harvard Business School.
Harvard Business School Associate Professor Andrew McAfee discusses the ramifications of information technology on organizations and individuals. Although ostensibly focusing on businesses, most of McAfee’s musings might apply equally well to government agencies.

Recent topics include the grand challenges for 21st-century management and the multifaceted impact of social-networking software.


Input enters the blogosphere
Source: Input.
Input, a market research firm based in Vienna, Va., has started a corporate blog focused on trends and developments that shape government/industry relations.

For example, a recent entry discussed the ongoing debates about modernizing the nation’s emergency alert. Other topics from recent weeks include “Booz Allen Splits in Two,” “Are Expectations For Health IT Off the Chart?” and “A Five-Year, $8 Million Health Project Scrapped to Start Fresh.”


Father’s Day potpourri
Source: USA.gov.
The team at USA.gov, the federal government’s Web portal, has compiled a page that highlights statistics, history and gift ideas related to Father’s Day.

Quick facts: The government estimates there are 64.3 million fathers in the United States, with 2.5 million being single fathers and 159,000 being stay-at-home dads.

One more: 30 percent of children younger than six who live with married parents eat breakfast with their fathers every day.


The Gadget Lab
Source: Wired.
Wired’s Gadget Lab blog highlights news and products that rate high in the coolness factor.
Consider the Asus digital photo frame, which can double as a second, albeit small, computer monitor. The frame, which has an 800 x 480 display area, includes a USB port and a slot for a memory card. The product can mirror a primary display in its entirety or just a portion of it.

Other recent entries report on Dell’s new mini laptop PC, a plastic shield that protects a TV screen from a flying Wii remote and the world’s thinnest luxury phone.

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