Thursday, 29 June 2006

A good summary of the web revolution

I've read much hype about the internet and 'web 2.0' over the years. Most describes it as techie utopia and cultural phenomena (both good and bad). Here's a bit more, but it gets to the essence of the web - that it is, increasingly, a social phenomenon rather than a technical one.

The industrial revolution isn't remembered for its machines, but for the way it shaped society: migration from countryside to cities, merchants/industrialists superceding aristocracy in wealth, the birth of the modern corporation. This article provides a hint of how the early days of the web many be remembered in years to come.

Friday, 23 June 2006

World Cup tech

Here's an interesting insight into what goes into (and out of) planning the tech infrastructure for a World Cup. I like the stats:
20 terabytes of converged voice and data traffic - or enough to fill 5,120 iPod Nanos at a rate of 170 per day
I wonder if that will become a standard measure as these sort of events evolve? "That was an 8,000 iPod event, that was!"

Wednesday, 21 June 2006

Firefox Extension primer

Have Firefox, will extend. I can't think of what I'd want to write and extension about, but it's useful to know what's involved. Stops me getting out-Xuled or over-chromed by techies...

Sunday, 18 June 2006

An Open game console? Bring it on.

The GP2X is shaping up to be a nice piece of hardware for those who are tired of the proprietary games consoles and their expensive games. Neat features include running on Linux, the use of USB 2.0 and SD card technology and the ability to play everything (movies, photos and games) through a TV. It evens has emulators for most legacy consoles and the games are free.
All it needs to annihilate the competition is WiFi.

Icing on the cake? All of this costs a mere £125 - haven't you got one yet?

Tuesday, 13 June 2006

Interesting perspective on the Blackberry's future

I've never been a Blackberry fan. They seem to lack a personal touch, which I suppose is why corporate IT like them so much.This review (Mobile Tech Review) suggests that they may even be at risk in that area: "Research in Motion have again evolved the BlackBerry. There's no denying that this is a better BlackBerry than yesterday's, even with the dreadful construction quality. I'm going to assume that the next BlackBerry will rectify that backward step. I am fearful for research in motion and their future though, I don't think that they are evolving fast enough; I think this is a good product but it is a year old already.

In the enterprise market the BlackBerry still has a solid and faithful following but in the company that I am responsible for I have already replaced BlackBerry with Pocket PC and the reason for that comes down to the exchange server that I run, my Pocket PCs, smartphones and PalmOne Treos can synchronize with exchange directly, they don't need the costly BlackBerry Enterprise Server to help them out. By choosing Pocket PC over BlackBerry I'm just saving money, improving reliability, adding features and cutting out another step that I must provide and support, it's as simple as that.

If you're a BlackBerry die hard you'll like this new model but if you're a pragmatist I think you might conclude that the rest of the world has overtaken the BlackBerry. RIM, we thank you for the Push email; we’ll always remember you for that."

A Decent Apple Synopsis

This seemed a useful article to post as it contains most of the material which technocrats tend to argue on when the subject of Apple rears its head. Essentially it argues that biggest is not always best (a mantra used far too often in the industry) and that, just because you don't dominate a market, you are not going to fall under capitalist pressure.

Tuesday, 6 June 2006

Google Office?

They've already bought Writely, which is an online wordprocessor (v good one, actually - it even does PDFs). And, as the link above shows, there's a spreadsheet imminent.

Begging the corporate question: what's an OS? That's so 20th C, man. Soon it will only be multimedia that requires an OS (ie. heavy processor/network stuff), and which OS would you choose for that? (Hint: check out these Final Cut Express demos)

Here's the question, though: how does this web app directly make revenue?
Google ads on the page? That's fine for a search results page, but for a productivity page? Imagine if Microsoft did banner ads in Office. Putting aside the outrage from license paying customers, I suspect it might bug your typical office drone too. So, what's the alternative? Charging for it? Come on, this is Google. They're the nice guys who give great stuff away for free, and you can even earn money from them. They can't charge us, or we'd boycott them, like the spoilt websurfers we are. So... maybe there's no direct revenue. Maybe it will all be funded from search page ad revenue. It certainly seems to be how Google Calendar is configured. Not sure how that will fly with investors. It certainly doesn't make much business sense: you want to keep the revenue as close to the costs in a diverse portfolio like Google's. So, what's the plan guys?