Time Compression and the Singularity

Monday, May 31, 2004

The article Technology's Time Compression demonstrates the accelerating speed of change we are constantly moving towards. This is a prominent idea in the Singularity theory.

I wonder if any science fiction books have captured this rate of change effectively.

Introduction to the Semantic Web

Friday, May 28, 2004

Short introduction to the Semantic Web. Clear explanations without a lot of jargon.

Baby Sore Throat

Thursday, May 27, 2004

After getting a call from baby Maya's day care, I picked her up and took her to the doctor. She was diagnosed with Pharyngitis ("Strep Throat"). She is in a good mood overall, but not eating. Hope she gets better soon.

Cool Future

HP's future vision is nicely demonstrated in this video (84 MB).

Cell phone as Virtual Mouse

This Slashdot article illustrates the direction mobile phones are going. Very shortly, the cell phone will be our new "digital wallet", only much improved.

Of course, the mac has had an application that lets you do this for some time now.

RDF Browser for the masses

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Digesting the information from NYC 2004 WWW Conference , I found a link to Longwellan RDF browser, part of the SIMILE Project.

I was blown away by the in-place facet search narrowing and overall concept for locating and transversing resources. I believe this engine will grow to become very popular.

See Also: Raw » Could be good…
See Also: XML.com: WWW2004 Semantic Web Roundup [May. 26, 2004]

Redesigning design

A slew of designer websites like Stopdesign and mezzoblue did recent redesigns. They really make CSS shine!

LDAP to RDF

The MacDevCenter.com article on LDAP got me thinking of of exporting the data do RDF.

I'm not sure what implications (or applications) this could have, but it seems useful. Maybe the other way around? Export RDF data to LDAP databases for easy retrieval from existing clients (i.e. email clients et al)?

See also: What is LDAP?

Photos and their stories

Lately, there has been a lot on interest in annotating photos/ Some of the recent projects include: Tidepool, W3photo, Flickr.

Using technologies like Fotonotes, the stories in the pictures are finally coming to life. It shall be interesting to see how these new ideas find their way into other applications.

BitTorrent Revenge

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

What do you do when (name of big movie studio) does not want to distribute your movie?

You distribute it yourself!

Future

Sunday, May 23, 2004

The compelling future portrayed by David Brin in this short story brings to the surface a view of our information society in 2020. Facets of the climate, technology, social interactions, trust, and information flow are described almost in passing, painting a vivid day in the life of a young woman.

I'll adjust my "specs" to non-intrusive ads now...

Windows RDF

Cleverly titled commentary by Danny Ayers: ms:WinFS rdfs:subClassOf w3c:RDF.
Should be interesting to see the changes happening in the technology landscape in the next 5 years while we wait for Longhorn. This is a unique window of opportunity for Open Source and Web Standards to pursue innovation.

Open-Source Business Processes

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

The Slashdot article on Open-Source Business Plans reminded me of the naive idea I had when creating my project OpenFlow. An excerpt of early documentation:

Using the open source development model as the basis for a business structure, OpenFlow plans to use the input from contributors to steer the business direction, processes and activities.

Imagine a business where the regular open source dynamics apply to structuring it into a competitive force in the marketplace.

The focus of contributions (including from customers!) will be on the business model itself and its processes and workflows, not the product (as, for example, software).

The Semantic Web... in Haiku

Monday, May 17, 2004

From The Semantic Web... in Haiku:

No need to panic:

if you don't understand it...

...you're on the right track!

Location Wiki

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Using Map24 to find the best routes to the baby's day-care, I noticed it provides several interest points, such as gas stations, hospitals, etc. Wouldn't it be great if we could browse a map and see ALL businesses in an area?

Google Local provides information about what I look for, but what if I am just "virtually" strolling down the street? For example, I do not know many of the business that are right beside my home, work, or the baby's day-care.

It would probably be too costly to develop and maintain a site with all this information. Learning from the Open Source and Wikipedia successes, we could have a location wiki. Users (and companies) would update areas with the businesses they knew about and their locations. The more information is available, the more traffic that area would probably get.

Now we just need a catchy name and a good interface...

XML vs. RDF

James Tauber expresses his view of XML and RDF. It includes this great gem:


The Infoset is priceless for modelling the surface syntax. For everything else there's RDF.


OLAP Semantic Web

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Could we use OLAP to view RDF data? I wonder how well an RDF triple store translates into a dimensional database. One of the problems would probably be the incomplete data sets available out on the web.

By having an intuitive, spreadsheet-like interface to discover data, end-users could spur adoption of RDF compliant software and the semantic web.

Patents

As seen on Slashdot, many patents are controversial. You cannot really blame the corporations for trying to secure their intellectual properties, as it has become a arms race to protect your business. So what can we do to improve, in face of limited resources at the US patent office?

By getting the community (and competitors) officially involved in locating prior art, one of the main bottlenecks would be reduced. After the initial public scrutiny, the patent office could proceed as usual.

Democracy and "open source" (loosely defined) at their best!

Latest Generation Powerbook

This powerbook is the latest in technology! Check it out!

Digital Web Magazine (redesign)

Friday, May 14, 2004

Nice redesign of Digital Web Magazine. This site has many good articles and is worth a look.

Incredible Pixar

After watching the trailer of Pixar's new film,The Incredibles, it seems like they have a new hit on their hands. Pixar has become the Disney of the 21st century.

Don't Panic!

Thursday, May 13, 2004

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy movie is coming. I recently heard the audiobook (read by Douglas Adams himself) and it was a blast.

Simple Computer

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Is this(PDF link) linux tablet from Screen Media destined to be the Simputer to the masses? I wonder how much it will cost.

iSight and a site

Sunday, May 09, 2004

After thoughtful analysis between buying a video camera or the iSight, we decided to go with the iSight. Maybe it was because we where in an Apple Store?

We wanted to test it as soon as we got home - but with whom? To the rescue iChatfinder. Set-up of the camera was a snap, and after locating a random "victim", we were able to experience the marvels of science fiction in front of our eyes. Truly amazing.

My efforts to convince my parents to get an iSight will definitely pay off (literally) as they see their granddaughter grow from a continent away.

Recursive Design

Good article describing the process of the new Blogger design. I also recommend reading The Great Blogger Relaunch from the source.

Black Screen of Death

A Longhorn Gallery. Waiting... Always waiting... 2006, no?

Brother's Travels

Saturday, May 08, 2004

You can find pictures of my brother's adventures at Indythink.

The hilarious stories he emailed from his trips are on this blog's archives.

RSS for the masses

This article is a good introduction to RSS and foreshadows the interesting direction media consumption is heading.

Neural Networks in RDF

The RDF model is made up of graphs. It should be able to represent neural networks' nodes, weight, and values. Would this mean we could potentially transfer the entire state of our minds electronically?

RDF Tutorial

The R in RSS1.0 is a good tutorial about RDF for beginners. I am planning to write a little tutorial myself as well, focusing on how to convert your XML to RDF friendly markup with minimal changes. A lot of it is based on the RDF striping concept.

May we live in interesting times...

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Last week, my company went through a major organizational restructuring and my boss was let go.

This week, my wife got a job at a place she really wanted - Hooray!

Next week, my baby starts going to day-care.

XML complexity

This article pinpoints a problem emerging from the ever more complex XML applications. I hope darwinism takes effect and the simpler and more functional vocabularies survive. That also means the Web Services complexity.

Mobile URL reading

Semacode - interesting way to present URLs on physical objects. This should help minimize the typing required in mobiles - I hope it takes off.

Sports - live version

Last night I went to my first baseball game after a last minute invitation from a friend. It was an interesting experience, which I plan to top by going to football, hockey, and basketball (and soccer) games. Just need to find those free tickets...

Law of Maximum Baby Space

Monday, May 03, 2004

Have you ever noticed that when a baby sleeps in a your bed, s/he will use the maximum possible area of the bed? How do they end up sideways?

Free 3D (repeat quickly several times)

I just discovered Blender 3D. Wow. It brings back memories of my freelance times, were I would spend the night crafting the perfect 3D scene on my Mac... This program seems to be pretty powerful - best of all, it it open source and free!

Open Source Web Life

Life on the web is getting better with the new versions of Thunderbird 0.6 and Camino (nightly builds). These builds are almost first class citizens along other Mac OS X applications. I am impressed with their polish.

Props: The Tao of Mac

Move Your Feet - Baby version

Our 7 month old baby is teething and is having trouble going to sleep. One way I put her to sleep is by playing the Move Your Feet (iTunes Link) music video. For maximum effect, I downloaded the video using this hint and play it full screen repeatedly, until she sleeps...

Is there an easy way to get music video URL from the iTunes Store?

Personal portal

Sunday, May 02, 2004

How does My Way, a personalized portal, make money? It can't be only through sponsored links with their search partners, can it? With all the ways to search the web, using their site for searching because of the content seems like a far fetched idea.

Even though I use My Yahoo regularly and this site seems "cleaner", the small effort to set the content and layout up does not seem worth it. Could it be the user interface is not as good? Maybe personalized content should learn the users link choices and adapt automatically.

Should be interesting to see how long this site lasts...

Personalised Publishing

Working in a magazine publishing company and with past experience in newspapers, this article really hit home with me. I had just discussed this subject with a (technologically challenged) friend, but it was difficult to explain it this clearly.
props: Nathan

iTunes Movie store

With iTunes 4.5, Apple provides music videos and movie trailers. To me this seems like they wish to test the feasibility of distributing on demand movies. The full screen quality might not the best at this point, but would you "rent" a streaming movie for $2.99?