Hey kids – get off of my lawn
A very interesting conversation on the merits of top-down vs bottom-up standardization ”on the web”. Somehow IETF is considered big and slow and in the way. And a Microsoft employee argues the IETF route wanting to ban ”standards” produced by ”Google emplyees in their spare time”.
Steve’s post only hints at what and why and how is at stake, please listen to his Gillmor gang conversation for the lowdown on how OAuth, OpenSocial and other useful standards make it or don’t make it into widespred and accepted use by large and small web entities. What’s your take on this Paf?
How Dropbox ended my search for seamless sync on Linux
I use a Macbook as my main machine. Also have a Mac in the basement to to heavy lifting of photo editing. And the kitchen-computer is a Mac. But there is also a Vista box down there in the basement that still holds many years of windows formatted data. And an Ubuntu laptop. And my son’s got a Linux box with Tuxpaint, too.
Most of these computers don’t move around much but the Macbook occasionally (daily!) travells to work. And sometimes I need to share files in smaller contexts, such as when working with Teldok20 or with my choir. Or when visiting my folks to patch their computer.
Nothing large, no enterprise requirements. Simple file sharing. In some of these scenarios, some of the time, it would be swell to have seamless cloud storage. It seems, according to Ars, that dropbox delivers. I am going to try. Macbook and Linux laptop are up, and an invitation is sent out to one trusted sceptical friend. Would he rather that we use ’da drupal’? Ars has an answer to why Dropbox might be a better alternative. I don’ know yet.
The TWiT Netcast Network with Leo Laporte
Wow. So many take-aways from the interview with this gentleman who is in charge of open source and open standards at Sun.
”How did it happen that we got proprietary software in the first place? It was an unintended consequence. IBM had to start witholding source code in order to comply with the court’s consent decree.” (Anti-trust suit brought in 1969, verdict in 1983.)
”When you create a system, you inevitably create the game that plays it.”
”How do you monetize in the open source world? You charge at the point where the user finds value, rather than at the promise of value, which is the old proprietary model.” (For this particular quote, 28 minutes into the 70 minutes long interview.)
But mostly Simon, Leo and Randall talk on the issues of transparency, privacy, secrecy and the inevitalble coming of communities around Open Source.
I will edit this post, or follow up with more posts on this tremendously important topic, as soon as I’ve found time to dig deeper into Sinom’s writings and doings.
The Future of Microblogging | A Stubborn Mules Perspective
Ok, many before me pointed to this post. It’s exiting to observe in real time as important architectural decisions are made. Shall Microbloggin (Twitter, Jaiku and the others) be island communities much like the IM systems (Google Talk, MSN Messanger etc) or will we see standard based interoperability such as it emerged in the email world?
Free the Airwaves: Whitespace campaign Lessig Blog
Regulating the airwaves – Older Lessig blog post
I veckan ska jag börja läsa ”Effektivare signaler”, ett betänkande av frekvensutredningen. Allt för att bygga en bas inför ett eventuellt kommande seminarium på ”Någonting i luften”-tema i Teldok2.0-regi. Vad tror, tycker ni? Är frekvenspolitik uppabstraherat ett eller ett par nivåer en tillräckligt brinnande aktuell och stormande viktig fråga för samhällsutveckingen för att vi ska köra ett seminarium därom, tentativt i v. 46? Kommentera gärna, samt tipsa oss om bakgrundsmaterial vi bör studera in för att kunna begränsa opch specificera frågeställningen korrent. Kommentera här, eller delicious.com-tagga med etp2 (för Ekonomi, teknik, politik, seminarie 2).
Larry Lessig argumenterar från amerikansk horisont för att fler och större bitar spektruk ska lämnas helt fria. Vi såg alla hur WLAN-utvecklingen sköt fart i slutet av 90-talet trots allt som företrädare för ”ordning och reda bland vågorna” varnade för. Såja, jag ska inte skriva förrän jag läst på. Återkommer.
Official Google Blog: Introduction to Google Search Quality
I’ve been a little involved with the Search Engine Optimiztion (SEO) industry lately. Many have heard of and ‘know about’ PageRank and think ‘it is is’ in terms of being displayed high in the Google search results pages. It is not, and the post above begins to unwrap the way Google (and other search engine companies) work to ensure we get the results we want… At least that’s what they claim is their goal, and the only goal. Hm. I actually believe they’re sincere in this. Only I (and every other searcher out there) need to understand what are ‘results’ and what is paid advertising on the results pages. Different actors vary in thel lavel of clarity here. Plus, and that’s the raison d’etre for this post, we need to understand and manage settings for language, domain and more as illustrated by the quote below:
The most famous part of our ranking algorithm is PageRank, an algorithm developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who founded Google. PageRank is still in use today, but it is now a part of a much larger system. Other parts include language models (the ability to handle phrases, synonyms, diacritics, spelling mistakes, and so on), query models (it’s not just the language, it’s how people use it today), time models (some queries are best answered with a 30-minutes old page, and some are better answered with a page that stood the test of time), and personalized models (not all people want the same thing).
It IS important weather you use google.se or google.com. Timing is also important. Some sites are valued (by google!) because of their freshness, others because they’ve been around for a long long time.
PageRank is important, but it is only a small part of why a certain site is important and valued by google at different points in time, for diffenent search contexts.
Understanding Infrastructure | Linux Journal
I have been working with Network Neutrality over the last months. We delivered a seminar Monday afternoon. Many liked the discussion. In this process, the definition of Infrastructure is important. Doc covers it. I will comment further below as soon as I’ve re-read.
Clay Shirky’s Internet Writings
It’s clear now, what Clay was doing since 2003 or so when the stream of excellent writing from his pen ebbed. He was writing a book. ”Here comes Everybody” is reviewed in many places. Clay spoke at the Berkman center on the day of publishing three weeks ago. Good overview until I get the book.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit . Antisocial | PBS
Bob notes. As does Jon Udell in his interview with Valdis Krebs. That social networks are a fad. I am a member of Linkedin, but adamantly refuse Facebook and all the others. How do You do it?