Don’t miss this surface computing video from Microsoft. Your coffee table will never be the same.
At this week’s Webinnovators event (review) I particularly enjoyed theÂ DNSstuff.com demonstration. Following up on a question I posed during the demo, I spent some time at OpenDNS.com yesterday. While perusing the blog, I came across a post titled Google turns the pageâ€¦ in a bad way, which proved disturbing on a number of fronts.
David Ulevitch at OpeDNS had this to say about Google’s new software that comes pre-installed on Dell machines:
In short, Google and Dell have teamed up to install some software on Dell computers that borders on being spyware. I say spyware because itâ€™s hard to figure out what it is and is even harder to remove. It also breaks all kinds of OpenDNS functionality. At the end, Iâ€™ll tell you what weâ€™re doing about it.
167 comments on the post, which is informative and effectively goes to show how paid search can ruin the user experience.
I have mixed emotions about Google snapping up Feedburner, the RSS feed management service I’ve been a paying member of since day one. A nice exit for people like Brad Feld but I hope Google doesn’t do something like close down new signups like they did with JotSpot, which has been closedÂ to new signups for what seems like forever.
Funny how Michael Arrington at TechCrunch was simultaneously saying Silicon Valley could use a downturn right about now. Thatâ€™s because heâ€™s burnt out, surrounded by people that just want to use him and he realized that running a popular blog can have a serious downside to your well-being. Welcome to the club Michael. Kara Swisher at All Things Digital has a nice retort. No more tears, Michael.
Silicon Valley is full of energized, greedy and insanely rich people. And then there are the VCâ€™s (that’s a joke people). Speaking of VCâ€™s, whatâ€™s up with the talent loss at Masthead? Rich Levandov left for Avalon Ventures and David Beisel, founder of WebInno, left Masthead for Venrock. Supposedly Mastheadâ€™s fund is running out of cash.
Boston, on the other hand, is only beginning to re-exhibit the group hallucination/personality disorder we call a bubble. Developers are hard to come by, purse strings are loosening and people are coming out in droves to see the next big thing. If I could invest in incubators…
People kept asking me if I new any .NET programmers, which was troubling as Iâ€™m a die-hard LAMP kind of guy. I would smile and hand them one of my new business cards. I enjoy watching people’s reactions to my Moo cards. My only complain is that they could be a bit taller. Then again, that saves trees.
GregPC at Over the River wrote about his pre-impressions of last night’s Webinnovators presenters and side dishes. Go read that, as Iâ€™m not going to say much about the side dishes other than to say that the hyper-local social/e-comm plays and the video/photosharing apps are all too similar for my tastes.
DNSstuff.com was the most compelling offering of the evening. They have a clear value proposition, know who their market is, have thousands of paying customers, and to top if off it’s an extremely useful service (I already used it one this morning when my hosts nameserver were acting up.)
Geezeo may have some features up there sleeves, but dialing a number to check my bank balance seems a lot easier than their account-aggregator soution. Concerns about tracking pending transactions derailed the presentation, hope they learn from that.
You Have Not Changed One Bit wins the award for one-trick pony that can be too easily replicated by the competition. How difficult is it for Classmates or Reunion.com to add a before and after photo? Wait a minutes, Classmates already does.
Webinno isnâ€™t really about demoâ€™s, it’s about the networking. Witness herds of developers wandering around co-mingling with polished B-school grads with that Newton-inspired confidence that gets them places. Lot’s of people who know how to Get Things Done.
And then there was That Woman. You know who I’m talking about.
Afterwards a few of us headed down to Dante for apps and drinks.
I had a thoroughly invigorating conversation with GregPC and a SecondLifer about the future of SL, which totally made my week. I was doing virtual environment stuff a long time ago and itâ€™s great to see SL going in itâ€™s current direction. Open sourcing everything to become the lingua-franca of the 3D Internet. There are so many ways Linden Labs can make money even if they give away all their code, it boggles my mind.
Linden Labs picked up Windwardmark Interactive this week. I met the Windwardmark team a few years ago when they presented at a rubber-chicken entrepreneur meeting. All I could think was â€œwhat realistic blood!â€? Nice to see Linden making smart acquisitions to beef up their rezzing capabilities. Lindenâ€™s Boston office is hiring.
I definitely want to present at a future WebInnovators event to show people how easy it is to set up a revenue-generating niche site by tying together different applications and content. Originally I wanted to do it as a main presenter, but upon further thinking, I’m thinking a side dish would be best. I’ll start building a website at 6:30pm and we’ll hopefully have our first revenue by 8pm. I think people will get a kick out of watching a site get built in real-time.
See you at the next Webinno.
List of demonstrators is at the Webinno blog.
Bruce Sterling in MIT Technology review video (5:31) talking about hostile design. The parts about Google-designed payphones and the relationship between houseplants and particle accelerators are classic Sterling.
Bruce Eckel has written a tremendous article about what a mess the web has become. He mentions Java, rich internet applications, Flex, CSS, Flash other technologies used to build internet-based apps and how their collective shortcomings affect web development and user experience.
It’s amazing to read that certain key aspects of Java were pushed out the door in 30 days because “there was only a three month window to launch Java”, which sounds ridiculous these days.
Skype just quit on me and led me to download a new version. Strange that the new version is required to continue use of Skype. I wonder why they are so adamant about the upgrade? Security issue, new feature, better audio/video codecs?
If you haven’t checked it out yet, Google Analytics has undergone a major renovation. Simply put, it’s brilliant. Read the Google Analytics Evalgelist blog and take the Analytics tour.The new UI looks great, Google did a good job intergrating the MeasureMap code ever since Google purchased Measure Map from Adaptive Path.