Document indexing and version controlLast night at dinner, at a tableful of information, computer, and social scientists, I lauded the merits of keyword indexing (e.g. Google Desktop Search or Mac Spotlight) over tagging (GMail) and sorting (traditional directory structures). Oh, how I praised my Mac Spotlight. And oh, how it failed me today. In the middle of my talk. I blithely hit apple-space, typed in "Minnesota presentation," select the first ppt file, and started talking. Only on Slide 3 did I realize I was showing the unfinished draft I'd sent to myself as an email attachment three days ago. Uggh.
And when I get flustered, I whip out the big words. To the people in the room: Thank you for not cringing when I said "antecedents" and later, "dyadic." I promise to make my vocabulary behave itself better next time.