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  1. Jul 2021
    1. Mit der Normierung von Karteikarten für die Karteikästen eigener Fabrikation machte Dewey sich um die Weiterentwicklung der Verzettelungstechniken verdient, ohne etwas damit zu verdienen. Um den ökonomischen Ruin zu verhindern, stellte das Library Bureau im Jahr 1888 die eigene Buchführung vom traditionellen Verbuchungssystem auf das schnellere und kostengünstigere System des "card index" um. Der "Technologietransfer zwischen Bibliothek und Büro" (Krajewski), nämlich die Buchführung in Zettelkästen, wird ein Erfolgsschlager: Banken und Versicherungen, Stahl- und Eisenbahnunternehmen übernehmen das Karteisystem und damit auch die Karteikästen von Deweys Firma.

      With the standardization of index cards for the filing boxes of his own manufacture, Dewey earned himself the further development of the routing techniques without earning anything with it. In order to prevent economic ruin, the Library Bureau switched its own bookkeeping from the traditional accounting system to the faster and more cost-effective system of the "card index" in 1888. The "technology transfer between library and office" (Krajewski), namely bookkeeping in card boxes, is a hit: banks and insurance companies, steel and railway companies take over the card system and thus also the card boxes from Dewey's company.

      This is a fascinating way of making one's product indispensable. Talk about self-dogfooding!

      Sounds similar to the way that some chat messaging productivity apps were born (Slack was this way?). The company needed a better way to communicate internally and so built it's own chat system which they sold to others.

  2. Feb 2019
  3. Oct 2018
    1. [14] With kings and counsellers of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;

      "Eh! -He's asleep, aint he?" "With kings and counselors," murmured I [the Lawyer] (614)

    2. [15] Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

      Dan Vogel: Bartleby / Job / America The Midwest Quarterly; Pittsburg Vol. 35, Iss. 2, (Winter 1994): 151.: 151.)

      "Bartleby is a picture of the new typology: "motionless [the Lawyer/Narrator describes him] ... pitiably re-spectable, incurably forlorn" (549)-like Job on his dungheap enduring the rigors and loneliness of alienation. It was not the patience of Job that impressed Melville; it was his perseverance. Significantly, in 1849, Melville had marked Job 13.15 in his new copy of the Bible, and underscored the last clause in it: ''Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him" (Leyda, I: 369). This ancient non-hero's heroism lay in his persistent refusal to accept the appeal to conventional compromises with bitter reality that are spouted by his four friends.

  4. May 2015
    1. undetermined momentousness

      Such an ambivalent phrase. The narrator seems to be claiming that this is a "moment" unparalleled in its significance. Yet this significance is "undetermined"; it remains unclear exactly how the moment is significant.

  5. Oct 2013
    1. You could pretty plainly tell how long each one had been ashore

      oh, what a beautiful line.