Imagining Technology Futures – part 6

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For me some defining characteristics of social computing (or web 2.0 as some call it) have been (a) democratization of the process of creation, enabling user generated content; and (b) mashing up of different applications and media to create something new. These characteristics are likely to remain part of the next generation of the web. … [Read more…]

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Imagining Technology Futures – part 5

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Another key feature of the future will be an increased importance in data management to enable the semantic web. Databases are the key to the future of the web. Until now we have focused on the frontend of the web, developing RIAs (Rich Internet Applications) as part of the web 2.0 revolution. But the next … [Read more…]

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Imagining Technology Futures – part 4

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New Interfaces are another area in which we can expect to see change. Since the development of the mouse and touch screens we have not seen any significant improvements in how we interact with devices. However, over the next few years we will see a move away from textual interfaces and towards newer kinds of … [Read more…]

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We need geeks!

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It has been prevalent among many cultures to laugh at geeks. But this is a shortsighted approach to this special breed. Geeks have been with us for a long time. Back in our cave dwelling days, while most of the tribe were running around with pointed sticks trying to catch some dinner, there was a … [Read more…]

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Imagining Technology Futures – part 3

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Another area that is enabled by wireless technology and miniaturization is wearable computing. Already we are seeing wearable computing in daily life with integrated wearable technology beginning to be commercially available. Nike Plus and Adidas adiStar Fusion running shoes are already on the market which can deliver data on distance and pace via an iPod. … [Read more…]

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Open source & Linux

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I had the distinct pleasure of talking with Mark Jones, Paul Kangro (Novell), Greg Luck (Wotif), and Matthew Mengerink (PayPal) while recording the The Scoop podcast recently (the show will be posted soon). Our conversation got me thinking about where Open Source and Linux are in terms of enterprise today. We are seeing major players … [Read more…]

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Buy nothing day 2008

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According to AdBusters it is Buy Nothing Day on either 28th Nov (US) or 29th Nov (Int’l). Perhaps after the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) outbreak it is time to think about how we spend and what we spend it on? Worth thinking about at least … Here’s a link to some YouTube videos about Buy … [Read more…]

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