The biggest problem I’ve noticed people having with Mind Traffic Control is with delegating. They were sometimes delegating without filling in the task description (thinking that the original task description would get copied across – which it wasnt’t) or delegating to names of people which clearly weren’t email addresses (or Goggle logins).

Now I’ve trapped this. When delegating a task, it’s description gets copied (although you can still edit it), and the system also traps non-email addresses as targets to delegate to.

Keep watching …

Rather great Paul Graham essay on adult treatment of children.

This resonates :

Innocence is also open-mindedness. We want kids to be innocent so they can continue to learn. Paradoxical as it sounds, there are some kinds of knowledge that get in the way of other kinds of knowledge. If you’re going to learn that the world is a brutal place full of people trying to take advantage of one another, you’re better off learning it last. Otherwise you won’t bother learning much more.

Very smart adults often seem unusually innocent, and I don’t think this is a coincidence. I think they’ve deliberately avoided learning about certain things. Certainly I do. I used to think I wanted to know everything. Now I know I don’t.

Update : and another good one on the internet as dangerous distraction for procrastinators. Twitter is ridiculously addictive. In the wrong state of mind I can find myself trying to refresh once a minute.

Mind Traffic Control is partly meant to try to harness that dynamic for good … or at least for work. It gives you something to click manically hoping for new surprises to pop out, but it’s only ever work which pops (assuming you only put real work or necessary tasks in).

Note, at some point I may import RSS feeds into MTC … but remember, it’s vitally important you do not connect MTC up to some kind of “news” feed. Don’t drink from the fire-hose, as they say.

Couple of interesting posts on Twitter scaling issues.

Twitter starting a conversation with the community, and some speculation about the issues. It’s not the writing it’s the “view my page which collates from multiple other users” which is the issue.

If that’s the case I wonder what an Erlangish solution would be. There’s no real reason for the Twitter *database* to be centralized at all. (In this sense, Winer’s thoughts on total decentralization are apt.) Could you not have multiple nodes, each with it’s own database of some users. These nodes are going to have to talk to each other only when someone pulls a page out.

You could also, presumably, in the extreme case have entirely separate servers for different users, and only integrate the overview of all people being followed “at the glass” in the browser or RIA client.