Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Blow to big business, boost to bloggers.
A California appeals court sustained the position that bloggers cannot be enjoined to disclose their sources. In a case involving alleged leakage of trade secrets from Apple by an employee to a blogger, the court ruled that bloggers have as much right as traditional journalists to shield their sources. More here.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
... or something that sounded like that.
Jeremy R. Barns states, that the country's experience:
"given the actual state of the country today, highlights questions as to [Engaged Governance's] ultimate efficacy in the presence of what has been observed to be the country’s poor record of institution-building, its unfortunate traditions of politicized bureaucracy and populist leaderships and, perhaps most significantly, long-standing political economy considerations involving deeply entrenched vested interests among the political and economic elite." (emphasis mine)
But as a once popular song goes, we can start with the man in the mirror. On a lighter note, how about checking out this Collaboration Quotient (CQ) Worksheet. Should give us insights into our personal CQ.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
"'Twenty years from now, we'll look back and say this was the embryonic period,' said Tim Berners-Lee, 50, who established the programming language of the Web in 1989 with colleagues at CERN, the European science institute. "
This, at a time when people are all agog over Web 2.0. More of the story behind the statement here.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Here's part of what I got when I keyed in "da vinci code" (without quotes):
I call it "algorithmic art".
My observations: 1. Useful creativity tool. 2. Next generation Rorschach test. 3. Can be addictive. 4. Make sure you have a screen capture utility or you lose the serendipitous discovery forever.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Talk of the old mass media. Would "mas media" have been more meaningful? Time to look elsewhere. Care for a serving of youtube?
* BTW I got that from word origins.
Friday, May 19, 2006
Here's a press release on the "Event on Web 2.0 for Social Change Features Tech and Social Visionaries; TechSoup NetSquared Conference to Drive Global Nonprofit Web Innovation" at a "Conference (hosted by Cisco Systems on May 30-31, 2006 in San Jose, CA), [when] early adopters, technologists, corporations, nonprofit and non-governmental leaders, and philanthropists will convene and take concrete steps towards making the Internet a tool for social change using blogging, vlogging, tagging, and other Social Web technologies." (emphasis mine)
Just one of the things I wanted to happen when I started sensing the value of Social Software for Folk Knowledge Management in September 2005. Now is Web 2.0 social empowerment a stretch or not?
At least in the US. Boingboing reports that the Supreme Court makes it harder to be [a] patent predator. Good for the rest of the economy. Don't know about the Philippines, where businessmen eat injunctions for breakfast. Read more here.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Implications of these Polar Opposites?
- Seems like we are in a Post post-modern world.
- A more balanced approach is required.
Now in light of Thomas Friedman’s Brief History of the 21st Century where he detailed his 10 theses about what makes the world flat, at no other time is the following statement more true: We live in a world where change is indeed the only thing that is constant.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
... about a red and black seed that reminded me of my childhood.
Then recently ran into wild seeds in a pod on a vine by a footpath in a beach front.
Took some of them as samples.
Google returned the following link. They are called abrus precatorius. Turns out to be also called the rosary bean, one of the most beautiful but deadly seeds on earth.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
And this item on Social Software seems timely though not necessarily relevant:
Anyway, I will post as soon as I hit an internet connection.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Here's a list (assembled by Jon Collins) of 18 laws on how people's participation (the higher form being collaboration) can create value for any endeavor, but more particularly in these dog years of Web 2.0. Excerpts follow:
"Laws of connection1. Connectedness is about joining in "
Laws of participation8. Communities form as a natural consequence of connectedness
Laws of collaboration14. Collaboration is the achievement of goals by a connected community"
For a full list, go here. You may comment on this freely. I hope the shoe fits.
Friday, May 05, 2006
And since Tessa and I are planning to take the kids to La Luz in San Juan Batangas for a beach getaway, I thought I could fiddle around with this newfound Web 2.0 site. Below is the result of my effort "mov[ing] [my] hands and fingers restlessy or in busy idleness".
According to "the nonist" it is "the not-so-ancient Japanese art of inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that, on the face of it, seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem. " Actual use of the gadget however spawns fresh problems. Good to use chindogu for the fun of doing it. Forget about patenting. Here's a site showcasing some samples. Prepare to be entertained, enlightened or entertained (in no particular order).
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Were it not for Brice Le Blevennec who blogged about Songbird.
The site says: "Songbird is a Web player built from Firefox's browser engine. Songbird is open source, will run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and supports user contributed, cross-platform extensions."
Still in beta, but you can look forward to publishing playlists and transfering MP3s into Songbird to run:
- digital music stores ala eMusic
- music subscription services in the style of Yahoo! Music Unlimited
- virtual jamming services like Ninjam
- playlist sharing services in WebJay fashion.
Wikiupload is aiming to "build the largest library of open-content video clips, music and media files, and shareware in the world."
So the owners are raising a clarion call for help: "We encourage all visitors to share their free resources. " I already did by uploading my ppt presentation of "Blogging for Mere Mortals" at the 2nd Philippine Blogging Summit. They promise to keep the file in their servers "forever" provided it gets downloaded at least once within 30 days. Here is the download link. Those who wish to comment on the file may follow this other link.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
How can thoughts and symbols representing thoughts become Social System? Redux
BTW his bottom line statement
"just as we recognize the value in the diversity of cultures and ecosystems, diversity in tag cultures, as vernaculars of a sort, might help to preserve value. Preserving the state of a culture, also, might be worth looking into, if only to lay down time capsules!"
sounded like "Meanwhile, culture as we know it now may no longer be the same as our children will know it tomorrow. Whatever direction it will ultimately take, preserving culture is a good place to start."
For a blog on tags, you may even want to go here.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
"New blog search engine Sphere launched just moments ago and has also announced a $3.75 million round of venture financing." This according to Michael Arrington.
Some fresh features:
- relevance based on:
- links in/out of blog
- meta data around the blog (e.g. average length of posts, post frequency)
- semantic analysis of the posts themselves
- custom date search
- featured results
- other media (e.g. pictures, news, books, podcasts)
Moment of Search Engine Social Software zen never felt so good. Must be truly so for the owners of Sphere.
Should have been "This just in (19)", but this has deeper implications, I think.
Yes, Fox Snaps Up More Web 2.0 according to Nicholas Carlson .
"[The] News Corporation who bought Myspace.com for $580 million in 2004 dipped back into its $2 billion war chest to buy Newroo (realtime news aggregator) and kSolo.com (the ultimate karaoke experience), two sites that specialize in user-generated content."
"Big numbers are floating around because old media has big fears about its future. The desirable 18-34 year-old market is moving online for its entertainment and advertisers are following. Last year, Internet ad revenues went up 30 percent. (emphasis supplied). "
Monday, May 01, 2006
"Amiglia.com is launching this month (actually last month) promising a truly amazing photo and social software technology for families. Amiglia is focused on family networks, tying a visual and interactive family tree with an elegant online photo album."
- visual and interactive family tree
- elegant online photo album.
- a family calendar,
- birthday email reminders,
- family facebook
- mp3 uploads for slideshows
- video uploads,
- favorite recipes,
- family stories and bios,
- trip/vacation maps
- powerful photo tagging
- search engine
- kids section with games