Tuesday, March 17, 2009

How the f-word ...

In many ways, I'm really not very technical. And most of the time, my brain is really not very logical. So the question of the day is this: if you buy a brand new computer, with nothing on it except the operating system ... how the f-word do you go online for the first time to download a browser? How?? This is one of those questions where I have a distinct feeling that there is a very simple answer to it, and that everyone but me knows it :) (Update: Apparently, the answer is that most operating systems come with built-in browsers ...)

The reason for this weird question is that I have fallen in love with the idea of having a second and tinier computer. A cute little lightweight thing that I could take to Marie's to work on the thesis and take on the train, when I go home to visit my family (do you know how much I could write in 4 hours?), without my knees buckling. I mean, I'm really fond of the computer I have now, and I wouldn't trade it for anything ... but it would be nice to have something a little more, well, portable.

Still, it's just a dream. And there is a lot to think through, not the least of which is: do I really want to be a person with two computers? (Yes! Yes, I do! I'd name it Christopher.) But most importantly ... how many months would I have to live on the street to afford this dream? Hmm ;)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Thesis update

So, we've more or less settled on examining different types of tacit knowledge, and how different web 2.0 technologies can help to capture them, specifically in an organisational context. Our supervisor hasn't officially accepted it yet ... but we specified this topic after our last meeting with him, so it shouldn't be a problem :)

I'm currently writing a theoretical section on tacit knowledge, and I'm learning a lot! Who knew that tacit knowledge would turn out to be such an interesting and complex thing? Different knowledge continua (which I've had fun trying to draw so they make sense), different dimensions, different characteristics, different inherent contexts ... not to mention critical articles arguing against all the others. I just hope I'll end up with some kind of consensus from the literature we're using, so we'll have something more or less specific to base the rest of the project on.

Marie is currently writing a background section on knowledge sharing in general, to lead up to the section on tacit knowledge. I think it's just as (if not more) challenging to try to narrow down knowledge sharing, so it will fit in our project - there's just so much literature out there ;)

Phew ... Some days we're very confident about the whole thing, dreaming wild dreams of what this thesis might mean for us - other days we're totally stressed out already, even though we still have a little more than two months to go, before the big bad deadline will stare us right in the face. Keep your fingers crossed; I know I am :)