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Daily link Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Glenn Reynolds, Ana Marie Cox, Andrew Sullivan, Joe Trippi, are on Charlie Rose. Lots of discussion about history of blogs and where they came from. "It's the collective conversation," Andrew Sullivan says.

I'm somewhat disappointed that they didn't give props to the early technologists who started the blogosphere. Evan or Jason or the others who worked at Pyra weren't mentioned. Dave Winer wasn't mentioned. Ben and Mena Trott weren't mentioned. Dave Sifry wasn't mentioned.

Don't forget the geeks!

11:57:53 PM    comment 

I just got home. Turn on the TV. Charlie Rose is on. And there's a bunch of bloggers on Charlie Rose.

I can't escape the blogosphere!

11:22:25 PM    comment 

Chris DiBona, community guy at Google, asked me to load up Imeem, an IM app done with .NET.

I'm loading that now.

Thanks Chris! I hear they were on stage today at Demo but I missed this afternoon's sessions. I'm off to catch a plane. Awesome conversations in the halls here. Now I have too much to load up and try.

3:20:36 PM    comment 

Wanna see how to get a standing O at Demo? Homestead demonstrates how.

At the end of the conference Chris Shipley hands out "DemoGod" awards. If this team doesn't win one there isn't any justice in the world anymore.

The thing you can't see in the video is that on the screens there were the words to the song turning red as they were singing. As they were singing various Web pages were zooming on the screen too.

11:57:04 AM    comment 
11:28:16 AM    comment 

Photoleap caught my eye. Lets you email lots of photos around.

10:25:30 AM    comment 

Someone asked "are you paid to shill all these products?" It's good to talk about my influences again. I'm an employee of Microsoft. My day job is doing the video over on MSDN's Channel 9. My blog here and my link blog are secondary on my review goals for the next year.

I also am writing a book. That's separate of Microsoft as well.

Other than that. I do not accept money or anything else for my writing. I have gotten a couple of equipment loans in the past. Mirra, for instance, has loaned me a box so that I can see if I like it. I'm actually going to buy one because it makes backing up much easier for me (translation: I don't want to send it back). If that ever changes I'll let you know. I also do not own any stock in any company right now other than Microsoft. If I ever buy stock, I'll let you know here.

9:56:43 AM    comment 

Jason Calacanis and crew are blogging Demo in real time and doing an amazing job. I'm sitting right behind him and watching how he's covering the conference.

They promise the video of the Homestead demo will be up shortly.

9:48:05 AM    comment 

Here's the press release about Bill Gates announcements this morning.

9:34:22 AM    comment 

Major Microsoft announcement: Bill Gates just announced there will be Internet Explorer 7.0.

Read the IE Blog for the news.

Looks like the blog is getting slammed. So, here's a mirror of what Dean Hachamovitch just posted:

Today at RSA, Bill Gates talked about Internet Explorer 7. As the guy responsible for IE, I wanted to say a couple of things about it.

First, some basics: we’re committing to deliver a new version of Internet Explorer for Windows XP customers. Betas of IE7 will be available this summer. This new release will build on the work we did in Windows XP SP2 and (among other things) go further to defend users from phishing as well as deceptive or malicious software.

Why? Because we listened to customers, analysts, and business partners. We heard a clear message: “Yes, XP SP2 makes the situation better. We want more, sooner. We want security on top of the compatibility and extensibility IE gives us, and we want it on XP. Microsoft, show us your commitment.”

I think of today’s announcement as a clear statement back to our customers: “Hey, Microsoft heard you. We’re committing.”

Why are we talking about it today? Because our customers and partners have asked us, with increasing urgency, what our plans are. We want to convey our intentions to our customers and partners clearly and in a timely way.

I’ve gotten questions about the ship date. Yes, we have a date in mind. I’ll talk about the date after we get feedback from customers and partners. We’re going to release a beta and listen, then refresh the beta and listen some more. We’ll ship when the product is ready.

I’ve also gotten questions about support for Windows 2000. Right now, we’re focused on XP SP2. We’re actively listening to our major Windows 2000 customers about what they want and comparing that to the engineering and logistical complexity of that work. That’s all I can say on that topic.

Please know that the IE team is working hard. We’re eager to improve and better secure the web experience for the hundreds of millions of IE users around the world. We delivered on our part of XP SP2. We are actively delivering on our part of a great 64-bit Windows client. We continue to deliver on security updates for customers (across several versions of IE (back to IE 5.01) and Windows). We’re going to deliver on IE7.


9:30:26 AM    comment 

Homestead just won the DemoGod award. Got a standing ovation. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

QuickSites is the product. But it was the presentation that just rocked the house. Two guys on stage playing guitar. I wish Microsoft would hire these guys. This is how marketing is done. You gotta get attention. They have mine. My hat is off.

9:20:50 AM    comment 

Browster is on stage. This makes IE very fast when you're on search engines like Google or on Bloglines. This looks very interesting. They did what many demoers haven't done: got me to download it.

How does this affect advertising? (It basically loads every page ahead of time). Jason Calacanis says this app is illegal because it puts ads on top of other content. "It's absolutely illegal and offensive to wrap somebody's content with targeted ads without permission. They are using the whole page, not an excerpt like Google. They are turning Javascript off on preview so they are turning off people's ads in preview. Total News was sued for this in 1996. It shows an incredible high level of naivete of what's legal and ethical," Calacanis says.

9:13:19 AM    comment 

Mark Hughes: "[Scoble] you're not any kind of respected voice, you're just a dancing bear."

OK, I'm not a respected voice. But, let's listen into Dan Bricklin. Lots of us geeks respect him. He's on stage here at Demo praising the Tablet PC.

9:06:32 AM    comment 

Blogging goes corporate at Demo. WhatCounts is showing off a blog appliance. A company could buy their box, stick it in their datacenter, and instantly get a rich set of blogs.

I got a demo yesterday and this is very interesting. It's a competitor for some types of corporate knowledge management. From my point of view appliances like these could disrupt Sharepoint's business. The Sharepoint team should take this very seriously. Sharepoint should add a few simple blogging features (for instance discoverability, RSS, permalinks).

This is one of the first Linux-based systems I've seen on stage too.

8:54:05 AM    comment 

Introducing: the Demo Gang.

8:33:33 AM    comment 

The coolest thing I've seen on the conference floor? Orb Networks.

They aren't doing a Demo (they announced their product last month at CES so weren't eligible for doing a demo at Demo.

This thing makes a Media Center useful. It lets you get access to your Media Center from anywhere in the world.


Well, let's say you recorded the Apprentice, like I have. The problem is, I've been on the road for the past few weeks and out at dinners almost every night, so I haven't gotten a chance to watch it because the show is locked up on my PVR at home.

But if I had a Media Center and Orb, I could log into my Media Center and download the Apprentice show to my Tablet PC so I could watch it on the plane on the way home tonight.

It does a lot more too (I can tell it to record a new show, for instance). But this is Media Center's killer application.

Update: I got a few things wrong above. Orb doesn't download, it streams. Michael Gartenberg points out that it isn't just for Media Center too.

8:22:01 AM    comment 

Five Across is on stage. They are showing off Bubbler. A cool new blogging tool. It lets you blog live, without hitting publish. Oh, great, now you guys could watch me type.

Neat tool and they only took two minutes to do their demo (companies are given six minutes).

8:14:09 AM    comment 

The two guys sitting around me are also OnFolio 2.0 users. Cameron O'Reilly of the G'Day Podcast is sitting on my right. Buzz Bruggeman, CEO of ActiveWords, is sitting on my left.

OnFolio isn't even done yet. They are definitely in the running for DemoGod award. Very awesome demo. This is how it's done. I wish every presenter would study their presentation.

8:08:20 AM    comment 

OnFolio 2.0 is on stage now. I've been using this for a few months. It really rocks. Works in IE or Firefox. Their newspaper view is the best in the business. Highly recommended.

8:02:53 AM    comment 

Security expert Dana Epp just put up a podcast on "understanding least privilege."

Running in least privilege is an important way to protect your machine against viruses/malware and spyware.

8:01:07 AM    comment 

Pluck is on stage at Demo. Looks great! It's an RSS aggregator that plugs into your browser. OnFolio will be on a little later. It looks like we have an aggregator war!

7:56:07 AM    comment 

Geeks in Iran! My friend, Ali Pavaresh (he's a geek who lives in Tehran) told me about a new blog done for and by Iranian geeks. It's in Farsi. Someday I'd like to meet him.

Nice to see Scott Watermasyk's .TEXT technology being used around the world.

7:51:26 AM    comment 

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