Thursday, 30 September 2010
House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., abandoned the effort late Wednesday in the face of Republican opposition to his proposed "network neutrality" rules. Those rules were intended to prevent broadband providers from becoming online gatekeepers by playing favorites with traffic.
The battle over net neutrality has pitted public interest groups and Internet companies such as Google Inc. and Skype against the nation's big phone and cable companies, including AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp.
Public interest groups and Internet companies say regulations are needed to prevent phone and cable operators from slowing or blocking Internet phone calls, online video and other Web services that compete with their core businesses. They also want rules to ensure that broadband companies cannot favor their own online traffic or the traffic of business partners that can pay for priority access.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Windows 7 has nothing to worry about from the Google OS. The Google Chrome OS has gotten a lot of press. Google is good a getting press. Much better than Microsoft. For a long time everything Google did was going to change the world. The press is not so eager to report Google's many failures. Remember all the hype about Wave? Its retirement into Open Source gotten far less attention.
Well the Google Chrome OS is keeping up the tradition of basic non-efforts from Go0gle. Another project that sounded better in the news Google Chrome OS is a really stripped down version of Suse, and I mean really stripped down. It has Google Chrome and Open office and Evolution. It essentially can browse the Internet and write word pads.
Worst is it does not come with the tonnes and tonnes of free stuff you get on Ubuntu, and as for a samll Linux is lags well behind Puppy in features. Its just a very basic version of Linux with Google branding.
Microsoft certainly faces a lot of challenges in a world where the very concept of "computer" is being redefined by Android, Blackberry and Apple. But the Google Chorme OS, really Suse with Google and little else on it, is no real threat to either Windows 7 or Windows XP.
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Saturday, 25 September 2010
At the start of 2010 I made this prediction:
Microsoft's Sharepoint 2010 is having a slow time winning over upgrades from previous versions, according to a new survey which says users object to the time and effort to deploy the system as well as the lack of easy-to-use interfaces for business users
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Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
Thursday, 23 September 2010
A European project to develop an application environment for every internet-connected device has received 10m euros in funding.
The project aims to sidestep operating systems and proprietary app stores by providing a web-based approach.
The idea would enable a given app to work, for example, on a web-ready television, in a car and on a mobile, no matter the makers of the devices.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
A few days ago, Facebook made what seemed to be a small tweak to its Friend Requests area. As first noted by Inside Facebook, the social network changed the way friend rejections work. Previously, you could either Confirm or Ignore (deny) a request. Now, Ignore has been replaced by “Not Now”. This new option takes some of the pressure off you having to reject people as it instead moves them into a state of limbo, where they’re neither accepted nor rejected. But it actually does a lot more as well.
You see, when someone requests to be your friend on Facebook, this automatically subscribes them to all of your public (“Everyone”) posts in their News Feed. Facebook doesn’t talk about this much, but it’s a very real feature, which we reported on in July of last year. You see these posts until this person rejects you (because obviously if they accept you as a friend, you’ll keep seeing them). So with this new Not Now button, and the removal of the simple rejection mechanism, Facebook has basically created a de-facto follow feature.
Business process management, the report says, is a way to automate and manage structured, repeatable business processes. Business processes are typically a set of activities, inputs and outputs that together to achieve a particular business goal.
Agility, we said, is the abiity to respond to our information quickly to a set of given circumstances.
Agile BPM, therefore, from the BPM side of the equation, provides automated and managed structures to provide repeatable business processes, while at the same time, from the agile side of the equation, provides the ability to act immediately, in real time to circumstances that are unforeseen in those processes.
But now, in our ever-shrinking, networked world, the chance to learn new languages direct from the communities that speak it naturally is just a few clicks away.
Glovico.org calls itself a "fair-trade" language learning website, empowering people in the developing world to offer language learning opportunities to students in developed countries.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
The sharp growth in extremist websites is making recruitment much easier for al-Qaeda, according to Interpol head Ronald Noble.
"The threat is global, it is virtual and it is on our doorsteps," he said.
Mr Noble told a conference of police chiefs in Paris there were 12 sites in 1998 and 4,500 by 2006.
He said tackling radicalisation had been made far harder by the internet because many of the activities involved were not criminal.
Person inscribes into Symbolic Register in a Network Society. They can turn on and turn off the Others in that register even using search algorithms to discover others to repace existing others.
For example a person using internet dating may not work to save a relationship because they can find another online with a search function. A second life user leaves an AV that has a partner because RL over SL.
Person inscribes in to a symbolic relationship that can be highly anonymous and allows the user to leave or change with little effort or cost. For example on can change one's facebbok profile, picture and friends easily. A man has an apartment in SL with a woman living in another country. One day he stops logging in. There exists no court to hear emotional neglect.
The suture is temporary, distant from biology, and managed.
Monday, 20 September 2010
But with satellite-navigation technology now well established as a cheap, reliable way of being shown the way ahead, one expert has warned that we could actually lose the intellectual capacity to remember vast amounts of information - such as tricky routes through the capital city.
"The particular part of our brain that stores mental images of space is actually quite enlarged in London cab drivers," explained Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Massive multiplayer game APB: All Points Bulletin is to close less than three months after it launched.
It took five years to develop the online role-playing game where players fight each other in the virtual dystopia of San Paro.
The closure of the game comes after developer Real Time Worlds (RTW) went into administration, with the loss of 250 jobs.
RTW was founded by Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto creator Dave Jones.
"I truly wish we had the chance to continue to craft APB into the vision we had for it," wrote Mr Jones on APB's official forums.
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Developers have been given their first glimpse of a community-funded and open alternative to Facebook.
Diaspora describes itself as a "privacy-aware, personally-controlled" social network.
It was conceived earlier this year by four US students during a period when Facebook came under fire for its privacy settings.
The open-source project has now released its first code to developers and also published screenshots.
http://www.suicidemachine.org/# Promises to clear your web 2.0 identity from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Frankly I think we are looking at the Web 2.0 crash. Certainly having social contacts online will survive and help people find the information they need and want. But the 2009 boom of Web 2.0 was probably just due to novelty, and over the coming years we will likely see a drop in ad revenue from Web 2.0 (maybe). But to write Web 2.0 off would be like turning your back on an opportunity to by Google when it first issues (which as I recall a large number of investment writers openly did)
I guess the lesson is that everyone now knows Web 2.0 concepts. So what useful stuff do you do with it. I think a facebook like SharePoint would be extremely useful, with a MySite home page connecting to ones social and work network.
I myself stopped used Web 2.0 as a term to describe a concept about 2 years ago, when I heard Microsoft certified domain experts in SharePoint start using it. Its critical to know when to give up on a term or concept.
The thing is public perception matters. For example I found in 2007 and 2008 getting companies to look at SharePoint's wiki was very hard because of all the bad press about Wikipedia in the general public. Now despite the bad press Wikipedia has created something which will be very long lasting and useful, but because Wikipedia has so many problems in public it might have killed the wiki tool as a generally business tool. On the other hand the fact wikis are so hard to work with may have killed them.
The same might happen with Web 2.0, if you sell it by saying "Web 2.0" Today people might associate this with disaster zones like MySpace, Flickr, or the ever more hated yet used Facebook. You need to sell the Web 2.0 features not with jargon but with actual benefits.
Get people in touch with their team members in real time and offline on one window.
Collect feedback from colleagues on matters.
Keep tracking of what you and everyone else on your team is doing.
As I have written before though "web 2.0" can be very dangerous. If you culture has some bullies who impose a their view of reality they will use discussion boards, comments and blogs to further promote their hold over the company and very likely introducing these tools will kill discussion and learning.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
The true Grandfather of Web Sciences!!!!
Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
Monday, 13 September 2010
Instead, the group fell victim to one of the authorities’ newest tactics for quelling dissent: confiscating computers under the pretext of searching for pirated Microsoftsoftware.
Across Russia, the security services have carried out dozens of similar raids against outspoken advocacy groups or opposition newspapers in recent years. Security officials say the inquiries reflect their concern about software piracy, which is rampant in Russia. Yet they rarely if ever carry out raids against advocacy groups or news organizations that back the government.
As the ploy grows common, the authorities are receiving key assistance from an unexpected partner: Microsoft itself. In politically tinged inquiries across Russia, lawyers retained by Microsoft have staunchly backed the police.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
For almost a decade, search was the pre-eminent content discovery mechanism online. If you wanted to find something, you stuck a phrase in a search box, hit the button and hoped for the best. And for a long time, that worked just fine: Google refined their groundbreaking algorithm so it eventually seemed to know exactly what you were looking for.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Twitter.com Site Info
Well my prediction about Twitter.com reaching its peak, which I was stupid enough to post earlier this year, was a flop. After some initial post hype drop off Twitter is exploding.
What is striking is how Twitter and Facebook are getting all the benefit from the smartphone Web 3.0 revolution, while Flickr is not. You would think that a site like Flickr should be gaining massive ground right now. But Flickr is a hard tool to integrate in to other services. It is not as open to Application development on top of it as Twitter of Facebook. Twitter and Facebook embraced the ecosystem. Facebook was promoted greatly by Mafia Wars and Farmville, which it had to pay nothing to build. Twitter is gain ground from Web 3.0 services like Foursquare.
The key to having a winning online service is Integration and Distribution. Twitter and Facebook have it much better than Flickr and MySpace, so they won.
Friday, 3 September 2010
As CNN reports, companies are increasingly turning to telecommuting and virtual conferencing in graphical virtual worlds as a means of shaving costs and remaining competitive in an economy where credit is still tight and government life preservers are harder to come by.
Pixels and Policy takes a look at the exodus to the virtual business landscape."
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Trucks trying to pass in the Ladakh mountains, they actually make it
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Members of the site who wanted to express their dissatisfaction with a recent redesign hijacked the front page to redirect users to rival service Reddit.
Reddit said that it had received around 250,000 extra page views from the stunt.
Both sites allow users to submit links and rate news pages."
It is surely one of the reasons why so many users still confuse the internet, a global network of connected computers, and the world wide web, an application that generally uses the internet to move data around.
Making millions of ordinary computer users think that pressing the blue 'e' would connect them to 'the internet' rather than let them view web pages was one of Microsoft's biggest mistakes, and it still annoys me fifteen years later."
Ping, as it is known, allows users to build networks of friends and professional musicians, in a similar way to services such as Twitter.
The service also builds playlists based on what friends are listening to."
Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum | Blog | Fast growing companies are more likely to use social networking tools
- Open Text CLM for SharePoint 2010: Utilizing SharePoint as the interface to capture and work on content, this solution integrates Open Text capabilities for e-Discovery, archiving and retention — complete records management.
- Open Text Case Management Framework, SharePoint 2010 Edition: Open Text extends its set of tools and business logic, using SharePoint 2010 sites as the front-end to managing cases for processes like contracts.
The move comes more than a year after Microsoft and Yahoo reached a deal to partner on search. There is still plenty of work to do as the companies work to shift the more-complicated paid search part of the business and to continue the move internationally."