Google Base

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Google Base seems to be very interesting.

One good aspect is the use of RSS 1.0 (RDF based) for bulk uploads (although they also accept tab-delimited, RSS 2.0 and Atom files). But note that the examples and templates are using RSS 2.0.

One bad (?) thing about customizing labels (to better describe your item) is that your labels have to use their namespace, which leads to potential collisions.

Open Source Lifecycle

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Very good and clear article about the lifecycle of industries and how open source is poised to dominate in the software industry:

"And similarly, by understanding the software lifecycle, software companies can avoid fighting a losing
battle against FOSS. As a technology changes from proprietary to FOSS, a company can profit from its
expertise in the technology, support the FOSS movement, and offer niche products, support and services
that complement the FOSS effort. Software companies should not assume that their market will last forever.
The more interesting and useful the technology is, the shorter the commercial phase. Instead of fighting
it, move with it."


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