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Wed 25 Jun 2003

Knowledge Diffusion

Category : Technology

Over the last week or so, there's been a marked increase in downloads of Sendmail Enabler. I know for a fact that somebody in Michigan has used it (he says he's been trying to get Sendmail running on OS X for six months - without success until he found SM Enabler).

Then there are the downloads done by people who were referred here by google.de and google.nl (e.g., look at this from MacFreak.org. Can somebody help me translate this? I would like to know what they're talking about.)

I've been doing an experiment with this application. I believe it's useful. It does something in under a minute, where I used to take a whole evening. All the knowledge that is needed to turn on Sendmail, PHP, and DNS on OS X is now encapsulated in this application. So I can now clear the space in my brain for other things. Yet I can give this knowledge to other people. And it'll take them less than a minute to use it.

I thought of submitting it to versiontracker, but perversiontracker could be where it will end up, so that did serve as some sort of a disincentive. But I was really curious to see whether, and how, it will get picked up (if ever). So I simply placed it on this (roadstead.com) site. About six weeks ago, the site started to show up in Google (how did these guys know?). And I've been watching the downloads. It's starting to pick up.

There's a pattern to this diffusion of knowldege, and search engines like Google are important players; they perform a crucial service. (Brandenburger and Nalebuff, in "Co-opetition", would say that your market worth is directly proportional to the value you add to the market.) Life is one Great University. But of that, another time.

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