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Friday, July 04, 2003


Where's it all going?

Where's it all going?.

I thought I would be interesting to post this quote from Ray Ozzie in a pretty interesting (and pretty long) article titled Extreme Mobility:

I believe we're currently in a transition period for personal computing: from a tethered, desk-bound, personal productivity view, to one of highly mobile interpersonal productivity and collaboration, communications, coordination. We're focused right now on devices and networks because we're coming at the problem bottom-up: preoccupied by gizmos and technologies' capabilities rather than focusing on how our lives and businesses and economies and societies will be fundamentally altered.

Posted by François PLANQUE (Montpellier, South of France)

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The uses of cameraphones

The uses of cameraphones. Article in the Guardian about the unexpected ways in which cameraphones are taking off with the public:What has become clear is that the phones are being used in a different way than intended. Instead of people sending pictures between phones, those who have bought a MMS-compatible phone are more likely to email images to themselves or share them using small networks like Bluetooth or infrared. "It seems to be less person-to-person messaging. We are seeing quite a few examples of people taking photographs and uploading them to the web," explains Mike Short, chair of the Mobile Data Association, an industry consortium that issues figures for text messaging and the mobile internet... People are beginning to find practical uses for the new phones. Women are using their phones to take images of taxi drivers. Receivers of faulty goods are snapping the damage and sending the images to the company. People hiring... [Gizmodo]

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Burningbird burns one.....

Burningbird burns one......

Necho Update.

I'm off to walk around favorite places today, but first an update on what was Echo and now looks to become Necho by default.

I tried to catch up on the wiki, but a couple of days on the road has put me hopelessly out of touch on this project. However, there seems to be a move towards a new name, a syndication format, and an API. I don't like the new name -- Necho for Not Echo. I'm indifferent to the syndication format, and there seems to be a couple of variations on the API. Still digging through this info.

Danny praises me for creating an RDFOWL vocabulary of N/Echo. I wish I could take credit for this, Danny, but someone else wrote these vocabularies -- or demonstrated using existing vocabularies for the second example.

My biggest concern with this effort is not that the name will stay at Necho, or that the syndication feed and API won't work. My biggest concern is that there is a small core of controlled data forming the current effort, while a lot of other people are slamming stuff together for 'extensions'.

The first draft of the data model for N/Echo was a great version 1.0, but we should be looking at version 2.0, which accounts for things like categories and threads -- the information that is the semantically rich aspect of a weblog entry. After all, there is little to be learned about recording that this entry was published on this date by this person. Where's the category, or topology associated with the entry? How do we record that my previous entry was about traveling, San Francisco, photographs, the fact that dogs are no longer allowed on dog beach? How do we record that this item links to a post by Danny, and references a wiki, and that I'm sending a trackback ping?

We can record the N/Echo data in RDF/XML, but it's really not going to extend the semantic richness of what is fairly simple data: entry by person on this date and with this link and of this type.

We can forgo all that borind data model stuff and just go to the extentions to the XML -- but for what? The syndication feed? The API? And do we all agree on what we mean by category?

The core effort will be a success, of that I have no doubt. And that's a good start. However, this core effort is surrounded by chaos, and that troubles me.

Regardless, good job to the people who work so hard, and seemingly do not sleep. Or eat. Or make love to their significant others, and play with the kiddies and poochies. And I know you all love me, which means you must not hate me, even if my interests do diverge at this point from the majority of the people forming the XML and creating them RESTful APIs. [Burningbird]

I wonder if anybody is gonna listen to Shelly?  It seems to me that if we're at this juncture - we should make sure that topics and categories should be built-in too - no?

What Matt and Paolo are doing is a good model for creating shared clouds of topics.  That's one time when 'discoverability' comes in handy!

[Marc's Voice]
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