My data belong to me not to the services I decide to participate in. But that’s not how the services do things generally. What would an ideal world look like where I could keep all my personal profile information in one spot and subscribe to services through that hub?
Is RSS consumed from a ‘standalone’ RSS reader a evolutionary dead-end for consuming content? Well, what do you think?!
What is it that Google Wave might accomplish that other web apps like Facebook/Twitter and god forbid Sharepoint don’t already do? It all depends on your workflow. Google Waves might fit or might fit not, it just depends on how quickly you adjust to the interface.
iTunes U is an interesting example of an object oriented database and a web service that accepts SQL-ish commands through HTTP PUT of XML files. What more could a nerd ask for?
Human-Machine Interaction is one of those multi-disciplinary fields that tries to adapt things to the way people work. Whether that’s User Interfaces or physical knobs and levers or design metaphors, the goal is to make the thing more useful. When a command-line interface was the only way to make a desktop computer do useful things, the appeal was limited. Adding a graphical interface to the computer begged the question how do we structure things so people don’t need months of training to use it? Xerox PARC adopted a Desktop metaphor for the graphical environment. Things were structured like your office, with a desk, trashcan, filing cabinets. Email similarly is structured in a format that allowed people to use it without too much training, but it carries with it some legacy design decisions that benefited limitations of the earlier Internet age. Time to shift metaphors I’m afraid.
Things like Yahoo Pipes might initimidate you at first. But think about how you might go about searching through a bunch of related things. Pipes allow you to re-direct output from one source of information and filter it to give a new more relevants source of information.
There’s a lot of hype, but it looks like cloud-based applications will enter a new era when Google Waves hits the market. Lookout Sharepoint, Google’s got Waves.
I don’t know why there isn’t more work put into visualizing the flow of edits to a text. In paper and pencil and even in the era of the typewriter the slow back and forth of edits/corrections is hard to grasp. But the era of electronic text should make this automatic, shouldn’t it?
One of my favorite passtimes is to listen to a podcast called the Dawn and Drew Show. And let me tell you when you join their message board you begin the understand the value of Listener Generated Content. Adam Curry has benefited from this too with his podcast Daily Source Code. I’ve sent a few… Continue reading Finally, a minor contribution
I’m recommitting myself to my podcast, Carpet Bomberz Inc. I’ve been too timid in publishing regular podcasts due to worries over whether or not I had waited long enough for interesting things to happen in my life in order to report on them. I have been reading Michael Geoghagen’s book Podcast Solutions in the early… Continue reading Word 2007 test post