The Internet Never Forgets

The other day I was browsing through the Wayback Machine and discovered a number of four-year-old weblog entries I posted to my then homegrown blog tool. They weren’t earth shattering entries, but I figured I’d bring them back home.

So, after a few quick regular expression hacks I managed to format them for import into MovableType (complete way links to archived pages on the Wayback Machine)

Brewster Kahle, you rock!

Rich Client Ubiquity

Michael Sippey has a couple of good comments regarding Salesforce.com’s recently released “Office Edition,” which integrates its hosted SFA tightly with Microsoft Office:

“The company that championed went overboard with their “no software” positioning is now touting their integration into the world’s most widely used piece of personal productivity software. Which really isn’t that big of a deal, when you realize that this fits in perfectly with Microsoft’s strategy of morphing Office into a combination productivity app and very rich client…”

“If you’ve seen any of the whiz bang demos of Longhorn, it’s abundantly clear that the browser is not where it’s at for Microsoft. Instead, it’s all about the rich client. While .NET application development isn’t for everyone, there’s enough interesting functionality in the new Office to enable the return of the power user — the former macro writer who can now leverage their VB skills to integrate data (through web services inside and outside the firewall) into their everyday working environment.”

As much as I love the “thin client”, the browser can’t do everything. Business users still do a majority of their work in Word and Excel. I’m increasingly amazed and at times alarmed at the sheer amount of “business logic” that is maintained exclusively in Excel Worksheets.

Although, I may not agree that this practice is necessarily a good thing, the reality is that it’s not going to change quickly.

However, providing a more fluid means to transact “business logic” between productivity applications like Excel and Word with ERP, CRM and various enterprise systems seems like a natural progression.

Virtual Ass Sniffing

From the Dogster about page:

“Why Dogster? We are dog freaks and computer geeks, unafraid to admit that when we see a dog, any dog, our heads turn and we howl with delight. Who wants a cookie? Who does? Well, we do and we think it’s about time there is a social networking application that is truly for the dogs. We hope you do too! All the dogs in the house say Wooooof! … Wooooooooof!”

Bah! Social networking is for the dogs ;-)

MAGNET-URI Project

Kazaa is promoting a BitTorrent-like distributed P2P alternative that can be embedded in other P2P networks and web links, which they are calling Magnet links (via Anil Dash’s Links)

More here…

Magnet links allows users to directly download large media files saving website creators and bloggers money on bandwidth costs and effectively propagating files on p2p networks that attract millions of users per day.”

“Magnet links” uses…

MAGNET-URI, [which] is an open URI-scheme and supporting practices/code for enabling seamless integration between websites and locally-running utilities, such as file-management tools.”

Dude, I don’t quite get it?

I was (and still am) fond of what the OpenCola guys created back in the P2P buzz days, but this recent spin-off, “Dude, check this out!” [DCTO?], started by a few of the OC founders and development managers, has me scratching my head — albeit OC did as well. So perhaps I’ll simply reserve dismissal and keep an eye on the progress.

For the most part DCTO seems to be a hybrid of Metafilter, Technorati, Feedster and the Delicious social bookmarks manager.

Here’s a quote from the site:

Dude, Check This Out! is an entirely new application for finding, storing, and retrieving all the great stuff that you find on the Web. The Dude is the easiest way to share that stuff with your friends and other contacts, and it’s also a great way to meet people who think like you.”

In addition, it appears they are doing some clever stuff with all this meta-data:

“The Dude is powered by two extremely sophisticated search technologies: associative relevance and semantic search. The associative relevance search allows the Dude suggestion engine to suggest new items to you that are likely to be of interest to you, based on your likemindedness to other users.

Semantic search allows searches of the Dudesphere, so that you can find items on your own blog, or on the blogs of others. Our semantic search engine, called “ColaSearch (Collaborative Object Look-up Architecture Search) is the world’s first generic social search engine, and it will allow us to eventually rewire information content on the Web based on implicit social relationships.” (via the FAQ)

MandrakeMove: Bootable Linux Distro

Looks like Mandrake has joined Knoppix in the bootable Linux CD distro trend…

“The MandrakeMove Download Edition is a new product based on Mandrake Linux 9.2 which provides a complete personal desktop operating system on a bootable CD. With MandrakeMove, bring your Mandrake Linux system everywhere: demo it, use it to connect to the Internet, listen to MP3s, watch DivX movies — the possibilities are endless! In addition, the MandrakeMove Boxed Edition provides the ability to save configuration and personal data to a USB key.”

NewsGator Online Services

Wow! Greg has been busy! In addition to announcing NewsGator 2.0, there will also be NewsGator Online Services, which includes three [new] content reader editions:

  • “Web Edition — NewsGator Online Services provides a web-based content reader, which allows users to read content they have subscribed to from any web browser.”
  • “POP Edition — NewsGator Online Services allows users to read their subscribed feeds in any email client. This includes Outlook Express and Eudora on Windows, Apple Mail and Entourage on the Mac, and any other email client that supports POP3. “
  • “Mobile Edition — NewsGator Online Services allows users to read their subscribed feeds on any mobile device that supports HTML, including mobile wireless phones and PDA’s. This is a powerful feature for road warriors who use mobile devices to access information while away from home or the office. “

Congratulations Greg! I can’t wait to use the new tools!

Understanding Open Source Software

This is a handy legal explination of Open Source Software by Red Hat’s Mark Webbink, Esq.:

“Mark Webbink, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Red Hat, Inc., wrote this article for corporate attorneys, explaining free and open source software and comparing various open source licenses, detailing how the GPL really works, explaining US copyright law, and listing some corporate law office best practices for software, from the standpoint of what policies are prudent for the corporate environment.
He also explains how derivative works are defined, touches on the indemnification issue and the difference between open source and “shared source”, and highlights some of the main myths and misconceptions about the GPL and open source.” (via /.)