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The BBC carried a report yesterday that raises the alarming possibility of extending cellphone use on board airplanes from just either end of a journey to throughout the duration of the flight.
The BBC carried a report yesterday that raises the alarming possibility of extending cellphone use on board airplanes from just either end of a journey to throughout the duration of the flight.Now before I go any further let me just say that I do not go as far as the British essayist P...
Java developers are coming from far and wide tomorrow to attend the first ever 'Real-World Java' Seminar, a one-day event being presented by SYS-CON Events in New York City tomorrow.
There is only one path: Marketing and technology in your company must work together to design and implement your Web 2.0 strategy," says George Colony, chairman and chief executive officer of Forrester Research, the very same week that Web 2.0 University has announced that its unique o...
One of the first things that anyone reading this recently compiled 'ABC of Social Software' will notice is that the Web 2.0 world – with gems like Blummy, Linkwalla, Qumana, Spurl, Yedda and Zotero – isn't close to losing its happy knack for coining jaunty names. Will the ...
"Total minutes is the most accurate gauge to compare between two sites. If [Web] 1.0 is full page refreshes for content, Web 2.0 is, 'How do I minimize page views and deliver content more seamlessly?'" With that declaration, Scott Ross, director of product marketing at Nielsen/NetRatin...
The Swiss pyschologist Carl Jung believed that many experiences perceived as coincidence were due not merely to chance, but instead suggested the manifestation of parallel events or circumstances reflecting this governing dynamic. He even gave this occurrence of multiple events which o...
According to a report today by CRN's Heather Clancy, Forrester analyst Laura Ramos wowed the audience at the recent Forrester Research IT Forum 2007 by sketching a scenario – "Enterprise Software in 2017" – in which consumer expectations made business users more impatient a...
Tom Davenport, who the Harvard Business Review informs us holds the President’s Chair in Information Technology and Management at Babson College, contended recently that "Enterprise 2.0 Won't Transform Organizations."Davenport is nothing if not straightforward:"The primary proponent of...
Death is an unusually severe and degrading punishment, but sometimes it serves a higher purpose – and the death of personal computing is a great example. Because the potential of its replacement and successor, Social Computing, is exponentially greater.Much has been made, recentl...
During the Churchill Club's ninth annual Top 10 Tech Trends Debate last month in Silicon Valley, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers legend John Doerr – best known for investing early in Compaq, Netscape, Symantec, Sun Microsystems, Amazon.com, and Google – observed that the v...
Thanks to GrokDotCom's Jeffrey Eisenberg, attention has re-focused on this blog, originally posted 08:00 November 24, 2005. Eisenberg asks his own readers "Do you think [Geelan] has a point? Do you agree with him, think he's nuts, or what?" so it will be interesting to see who says wha...
Since most any two words can and will be put together in this world, what with us being Homo Loquens and all, it's easy just to shrug when you hear new colloquies like "social software," "social networking," or "social computing" and dismiss them as just three more inevitable permutati...
Alex Haley once said it very succinctly. "Anytime you see a turtle atop a fence post," he once wrote, "you know it had some help." I was immediately reminded of Haley's remark when at AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 East in New York City I was yeste
Nowhere in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence did Thomas Jefferson reference the Internet, eBay, Skype, or Flickr. But if he’d lived another 180 years, to 2006 instead of 1826, I feel certain he would at some point have said something like:"We hold these truths to be self-...
Gartner says that the total number of bloggers will peak during the first half of this year at around 100 million, causing John R. Patrick to ask rhetorically whether Spring 2007 truly is The Peak of Blogging?It isn’t, he says in answer to his own question. "Blogging," he writes, "is j...
In order to describe itself as an 'open source' company, need a company merely be 'a company that will help you make the switch to open source in your company' - or does it have to be one that lets users feely download, compile and use the software?
The significance of blogging is not the word 'blog' whether used as a verb or a noun, but its role as a harbinger of the game-changing Web-as-platform revolution. In particular, the migration of blogging from the individual toward the enterprise...
Today marks the passing of two years since Jesse James Garrett posted online his seminal essay, 'Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications' and then went offline, on a trip. What he came back to is now a part of Web 2.0 and Rich Internet Applications
"Social Computing," I wrote back in August 2006, "is about to turn the Web world upside down." Now Helge Städtler of the University of Bremen has been kind enough to quote - and amplify - my assertion.
Optaros calls it "NGI" – for "Next Generation Internet" – and Nexaweb calls it "EW2.0" – for "Enterprise Web 2.0" – but one this is certain...whatever you call it, the next iteration of the World Wide Web is not just on its way: it's already here.If you have any doubts about the arri...
Here is the final list of the Top 150 All-Time i-Technology Heroes. Between them, these individuals conceived, created, built out, and maintained the Internet and indeed, before that, created modern computing as we know it today -- without which the
The death last week of Jean Ichbiah, inventor of Ada, reminded me that the last time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his language was named, was in the context of seeking the Top Twenty Software People in the World.
Is Java a sucked orange - or does it have plenty of 'legs' yet, and Steve Jobs' remark about it being "not worth building in...this big heavyweight ball and chain" is just a temporary techno-backlash such as all languages encounter from time to time?
Alex Haley once said it very succinctly. "Anytime you see a turtle atop a fence post," he once wrote, "you know it had some help." I was immediately reminded of Haley's remark when out of the blue this week I received word that I was about to be a
Combining 'the best things about television with the social power of the Internet' is precisely what The Venice Project, which yesterday came out of stealth and announced itself as Joost, is all about.
Early in 2006 there was a strong sense among industry insiders that AJAX-like approaches were a shoo-in as the new paradigm for fulfilling the software development community’s dream of freedom from OS or runtime environment dependent technologies.
2006 - the year in which YouTube became culturally ubiquitous, Flash video became the de facto Internet video standard of the Web, Microsoft launched Vista, and the Wii entered our lives - was also memorable for one or two other, real-world events.
On Monday it emerged that Microsoft had applied for two patents covering subscribing and discovering what it refers to as "Web feeds" - sparking a furore in the blogosphere and elsewhere that Redmond had imperial designs on RSS users.
In the age of AJAX, in which JavaScript has emerged as the most broadly available scripting language for Web development, Bruce Tate has been wondering whether its reputation as 'the black sheep of programming languages' isn't perhaps overdue for rev
One of Gartner's top 10 predictions for 2007 is that the number of bloggers will level off in the first half of next year at roughly 100 million worldwide. Gartner estimates that there are more than 200M former bloggers who have ceased posting.
The British economist E. F. Schumacher used to say, "I cannot predict the future, but I can have my sail ready." I recently tried in my own small way to help the international community of i-Technology professionals get their sails ready for 2007.
Sim Simeonov finally did it. Earlier in the week he noticed that Wikipedia didn't have a page for social commerce, so now he has created one.
As I write this, the stock price of Google, Inc. just exceeded $500 for the first time in the company's still-brief (two-year) history as a public company. That gives Google a market cap of $150 billion, compared to $19.5 billion for Sun.
AJAXWorld Conference 2007 East speaker John Eckman has been summarizing on his blog a recent digital fracas between Nick Carr and Larry Lessig on what it means to be a Web 2.0 company.
Yesterday marked the 16th birthday of the World Wide Web, according to the definitive timeline published by the W3C itself, which identifies the first web page (no longer extant) as having been located at the following URL: http://nxoc01.cern.ch/hype