Glacial Erratics

Next Great P2P Application

May 12, 2006

I'm at work, where most of us telecommute and never see one another, and devised the following application to enhance productivity and shareholder value. Maybe you can use it in your distributed workplace too.    (Q3A)

Because, as myth has it, I hate everything and everyone, I tend to be quick on the anger draw. So in an effort to create a less hostile work environment I implore you to help me build the next great p2p application. Everyone in a team runs it on their workspace. You turn it on when you start work, it finds your peers.    (Q3B)

The system is based on a therapy that some Obsessive Compulsive Disorder people may use: They wear a rubber band on their wrist and snap it when they are doing "the bad thing".    (Q3C)

When a member of the team starts doing a "bad thing" someone else on the team, may, at their option, snap the offending teammate. The offender will see on their screen a big rubber band come in from the back of the screen and arrive at the front of the screen with an audible snap.    (Q3D)

With this we can snap each other when we aren't helping to increase shareholder value. When I'm getting angry too easily or being overly sensitive to some bizarre concept of justice, when Bob is talking too much, when Joe is yelling, when Ned storms out, when Barb doesn't read or write, when Norman is being "too mean", when Francine gets her math wrong, when Susan is too slow, when Barry is too indirect, everyone will be able to move on and get shit done.    (Q3E)

Or collapse under a hail of thunderous snapping.    (Q3F)

Clearly this thing needs a name.    (Q3G)


On May 13, 2006 02:20 AM J said:

I would think the name is self-evident:    (Q3H)

SnapIT?...part of the OnIT? family of products.    (Q3I)

Apparently someone has a case of the Mondays. Or something.    (Q3J)

On May 13, 2006 01:00 PM j said:

I realized something else. It also needs a companion product for when there is a thunderous hail of snapping.    (Q3K)

The StuffIT?.    (Q3L)

It's a whole new product idea.    (Q3M)

On May 13, 2006 07:58 PM mike said:

While i understand the impetus toward leveraging the OnIT? brand family to enhance shareholder value by exploiting synchronicity, I would submit that the appropriate product name is thus:    (Q3N)

the oohSNAP!    (Q3O)

I would further suggest that skinnability be added to the base product spec such that OnIT? could crossbrand the application with any one of the rainbow of fashionable colored wristbands commonly seen adorning the younger members of our society, ushc as the yellow Livestring bracelet, the black Livewronng bracelet, the pink Cure bracelet and the like.    (Q3P)

On May 19, 2006 03:20 PM Bill Seitz said:

similar model: Jerry Michalski often uses a RedCards/GreenCards? in his confabs - everyone has cards, and can provide silent feedback on an idea or a behavior....    (Q3Q)

(are Snaps supposed to be anonymous?)    (Q3R)