April 2008


Eric Schmidt gives a nice presentation on “what is” cloud computing.  Have a look…

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Mozilla has announced a new project by their R&D group called Weave.

“One important area for exploration is the blending of the desktop and the Web through deeper integration of the browser with online services.”

There are lots of interesting comments and an explanation of what Weave is going to accomplish, but in fact, the diagram on the Mozilla Labs Blog describe it best:

Then the diagram is complemented by the following four bullet points:

  • browser metadata is pushed into the cloud (bookmarks, history, etc.)
  • this metadata is transparently reflected everywhere an individual gets online
  • we provide basic framework for easily sharing and delegating access to this metadata to family, friends and third-parties
  • we build tools and APIs to extend this framework and to provide new user experience

Fore more informaton on these concepts, check out the post on the blog.

“How to Fix the Web”

by Robert Scoble

Wired Magazine

May 2008

This article sheds light on an important function of cloud computing: merging existing software, websites, and other elements of the Web and Web 2.0. Scoble argues that his biggest problem with the web (or frustration may be a better way of putting it!) is that every time there are breakthroughs in technology, there is not enough attention or effort paid to merging the technological advance with the existing systems and structure that are in place. His example deals with passwords and basic user data. These days, every website, especially Web 2.0 sites, like YouTube, Facebook, your personal blogs, etc. require you to sign in a provide some basic personal information. While many attempts have been made, ie. Microsoft’s Passport, there is still no generally accepted way to store your passwords and basic personal information to avoid having to keep track of what information you have given each site or service. Scoble points to OpenID as a grassroots effort that he hopes will bridge these technological gaps. OpenID is accepted so far by more than 10,000 website, and believe it or not, has begun to receive support from Google and Microsoft. Supposedly, MySpace and Facebook do not want to collaborate at this point, but things may change. If you are interested in more information on OpenID, check out their website.

Who wont store your data for free these days?

ON Thinkbeta.com, a blog for entreprenurial-related conversations, there is a short blog entry that defines cloud computing and talks about its practical implications.  One nice example that it mentions is Zimdesk, a free web based operating system that allows you to share access your desktop virtually whenever you have an internet connection.  If you are interested in this kind of thing, give it a try!

An article yesterday in the New York Times titled “Making Money the How-To Way” discusses the new trend in internet video. Many website that are similar to YouTube, but specialize in “how-to” or educational videos are beginning to turn profits. This is an interesting new trend in film and Web 2.0 development. In conversation today, somebody told me that this new concept was sort of like a wiki video network. This phenomenon is not new, but apparently it has finally begun to take off. My brother worked for a website that was very similar to those described in this article that was based in Barcelona, Spain.

For a nice example of one of these “how-to” videos, watch this one…

“How to chill a coke in 2 minutes”

click here to see the agenda for the workshop and several other important links….access to videos, etc.

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