Thursday, August 19, 2010
Chocolate covered pork fat...
"Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard wants to beef up police patrols to crack down on musicians who play too loud or too long at Last Thursday, the monthly street festival along Northeast Alberta Street. Separately, city neighborhood officials have floated the idea of taking contact information for festival vendors."
If supporters of Last Thursday want the event to continue, then local residents and Alberta businesses are going to have to step up and take ownership of the event - and pay for some of the costs.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Image via Wikipediahttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/05/microsofts_lost_generation/
"Microsoft has "lost a generation" of users — but from this number-cruncher's point of view, the situation is worse than Microsoft's CEO concedes."
Just one generation?
Image via CrunchBasehttp://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/update-on-google-wave.html
Google is ending development on Wave because it has "not seen the user adoption we would have liked." Why has Wave not been a success? There will be a lot of commentary on this, and I'd predict that the main point made will be that Wave provided little that wasn't being done already by other good applications, including cloud applications from Google itself like Docs and Buzz. But I think this misses the mark. After all, the same thing is true of Twitter whose popularity continues to baffle.
It is true that a typical user sees Wave as a communications tool. As such, the very first concern is, "do I the need to check both email and Wave now?"
This point reveals one thing Google could have done a better job of. Wave should have been folded into GMail at least, if not also Reader and Docs right from the beginning. Wave as a stand alone tool (even going to far as to have its own independent user names!) should come as no surprise however given how Google seems to pursue it projects as a multitude of completely independent tracks - toss everything out there, go with what flies.
And so Wave's presentation to the world invites missing its most interesting feature; what Wave is, a question that seemed to be asked endlessly.
What Wave actually does, is provide a federated server environment that can keep synchronized a complex XML structure. This is incredibly powerful, with significant business applications well outside people chatting and sharing a photo "live". I hope Google doesn't miss this point. I don't think they do, since the official blog entry includes this:
"...we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects."
Wave technology in other products? Yes, please.
Aside from the ability to synchronize and revision complex data, Wave has a second innovation going for it in federation. Wave servers can be set up and put on line by anyone, anywhere, and will communication with each other, just like email servers, or MTAs, do. In other words Google doesn't have Wave all locked down to its own hosts only. This is sure something one could never picture the likes of Microsoft doing. And its something that adds exponential value to Wave.
I hope it has a future, in some new form. I think it will.
Labels: Google Wave
Image via Wikipedia"Foodie haven Pok Pok restaurant in Southeast Portland is opening an outlet at NE 15th and Prescott."
No, not Prescott Arizona.
Labels: Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Image via Wikipediahttp://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/why-it-still-feels-like-a-recession/
"MR. ALAN GREENSPAN: …I think we’re in a pause in a recovery, a modest recovery. But a pause in the modest recovery feels like quasi recession. Our problem, basically, is that we have a very distorted economy in the sense that there has been a significant recovery in a limited area of the economy amongst high-income individuals who have just had $800 billion added to their 401(k)s and are spending it and are carrying what consumption there is. Large banks, who are doing much better, and large corporations, whom you point out and the — and everyone’s pointing out, are in excellent shape. The rest of the economy, small business, small banks, and a very significant amount of the labor force, which is in tragic unemployment, long-term unemployment, that is pulling the economy apart. The average of those two is what we are looking at, but they are fundamentally two separate types of economy."