Tuesday, March 15, 2005

etech Tuesday morning session
Excerpt: Rael Dornfest "remixing" -- that "prosumers" and general consumers are opening their boxes and exploring Going behind the curtain. Syndicated e-commerce means you don't need to own every component of your application. "All progress depends on the unreasonable man" --George Bernard Shaw via Rael Dornfest Tim O'Reilly Tim o'reilly: pattern observation. Design patterns and internet applications. Pattern language -- Christopher Alexander. "Users add value...
etech Tuesday morning session pt 2
Excerpt: The second half of the morning covered in the labs briefings from Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, and AT&T as well as a fun bit on John von Neumann by George Dyson. Rick Rashid talked for Microsoft...focussed on devices they are developing, one of which a person wears in order to capture (and digitize) as much information as possible about the person's environment for further use....
Afternoon etech: content free notes
Excerpt: Nothing much to post for the afternoon. I missed the first half of the sessions dealing with the hotel. I managed to get bac in time for Sam Ruby's session "Just" Use HTTP. The crux of the session is that there are many, many specs, and that they all build on the base protocols and standards like HTTP and Unicode. HTTP itself is vague...
Good idea: trackback on session pages
Excerpt: O'Reilly, sponsors of the etech conference, have set up trackback pings for the various session pages. Good idea (personally, I think any page which can be linked to should have trackback and/or pingback enabled, except for the stupid trackback spam problem). Only problem: it doesn't work. The previous post included links to two session pages. The trackbacks to those session pages returned errors: Ping...
Remix
Excerpt: The theme of etech is Remix: the notion that there's all this stuff out there (data, services, applications, even physical products like Tivo) that people are taking and remixing, creating something new, possibly useful, certainly interesting derivations. Much of the content industry is aghast at this sort of thing, the RIAA being the classic example in going after mash-up DJs like The Kleptones or...

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

etech day two
Excerpt: Let me start by admitting that choosing to stay at the Hilton San Diego by the airport was a huge mistake. First, on Monday when I arrived they didn't have a room for me. Seems they lost several rooms due to an unspecified problem. So they shipped me off to the nearby Sheraton for the night. Yesterday morning I was able to switch back...
etech day two, morning sessions
Excerpt: Neil Gershenfeld The morning opened with Neil Gershenfeld from MIT, talking about manufacturing technology using computational assemblers. That is, getting the systems to manufacture components directly, without the manual intervention that is normally required. So, you hook a bunch of CAD/CAM systems together with various devices to automate manufacturing. He also talked about spreading micro-fabrication labs to places in India, Ghana, the Samis of...
etech day two, afternoon sessions
Excerpt: I don't have much to report from the afternoon sessions today, generally I'm disappointed in the sessions I sat in on, two were just total fluff though they got lots of applause. Jason Fried -- 37 Signals One high point was Jason Fried speaking about lessons learned at 37 Signals from building Basecamp. He organized his speech around four themes: Reducing mass Embracing constraints...

Friday, March 3, 2006

Attention: Christa E Fritz
Excerpt: The next time you send out an email on behalf of Rod Smith, IBM Vice President of Emerging Technology, with the subject ATTENTION! ATTENTION! IBM WANTS YOU TO.... (ISYN), you might consider using the Bcc: field, or telling Lotus Notes not to expand the distribution list, if only to shorten the message length, if not to shield the entire attendee list for the O'Reilly...

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