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daily link  Monday, November 29, 2004

Urban Atmospheres: A research project at Berkeley/Intel Labs.  There are slides from a July 2004 meeting.  "Street Talk is a one day event to be held at Intel Research Berkeley focused on understand how the rapidly emerging fabric of mobile and wireless computing will influence, disrupt, expand, and be integrated into the social patterns existent within our public urban landscapes.  Urban Computing captures a unique, synergistic moment expanding urban populations, rapid adoption of Bluetooth mobile devices, and widespread influence of wireless technologies across our urban landscapes. The United Nations has recently reported that 48 percent of the world's population currently live in urban areas and that this number is expected to exceed the 50 percent mark by 2007, thus marking the first time in history that the world will have more urban residents than rural residents. Current studies project Bluetooth-enabled devices to reach 1.4 billion units in 2005 alone. Nearly 400 million new mobile phones are scheduled to be sold worldwide this year alone. WiFi hardware is being deployed at the astonishing rate of one every 4 seconds globally."  5:01:48 PM  permalink  

daily link  Thursday, November 25, 2004

Blog Torrent - Simplified bittorrent by Downhill Battle: "A greatly simplified bittorrent experience."  Said to be suitable for sharing home videos, or other large objects.  11:53:47 PM  permalink  

daily link  Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Microsoft Takes Lead in PDA Software: "Microsoft Corp.'s software platform for personal digital assistants took over the market lead from PalmSource Inc. for the first time in the third quarter.. Microsoft's Windows CE operating system accounted for 48.1 % of the quarter's 2.8 million PDA shipments worldwide, up from 41 % the previous year, according to Gartner. The Palm OS, developed by PalmSource, took a dramatically steep drop, representing 29.8 percent of the market, down from 46.9 percent in the year-ago period. "

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daily link  Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Linux backdoors: Scott Lemon points to a paper on how to introduce back doors into Linux kernels, and speculates that as its popularity grows, Linux may become a more attractive target for hackers.  I imagine uncontrolled distribution of hacked distro's (via bitTorrent, etc) providing a slow vector for the spread of hackable operating systems.  9:51:37 AM  permalink  

daily link  Tuesday, November 16, 2004

World Community Grid: "World Community Grid's mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity. Our work is built on the belief that technological innovation combined with visionary scientific research and large-scale volunteerism can change our world for the better. Our success depends on individuals - like you - collectively contributing their unused computer time."  First project involves protein folding.  Backed by IBM and others (like the earlier smallpox project).  11:39:56 PM  permalink  

Korean Cyworld - commercial blogging: "Cyworld is a popular site that provides personal homepage services. As of yesterday, the site surpassed 10 million members, or more than a quarter of the South Korean population. Within just a few years of launching, it has become an important part of mass culture.  Cyworld's main feature is a type of Web log called a "mini hompy," short for mini homepage. Like other blogs, users can create various Web boards, produce online photo albums, and upload other content. Its specialized content includes a "mini room," which users can decorate with items from a cyber shop.  Arcade games and music can also be bought to be included in one's hompy. These are bought with acorns, which cost 100 won (9 cents) each. Currently, Cyworld earns about 150 million won a day from acorn sales."

I was a Cyholic:  Good description by a young user, with screen shots and insights into the social processes cyworld builds on (vanity, status-seeking, and even the pleasures of being stalked).

A recent essay by Clay Shirky provides a valuable counterpoint.  Looking at mailing lists and SlashDot, he notes how a focus on personal computers and individual users obscures what they are used for.  Networked computers are less like "boxes" than "doors" into a social space.  Simple means and rapid experimentation can create a lot of value.

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