I have been thinking( dangerous in itself) lately about a number of things.

  • The idea of the singularity.
  • The internet as a database.
  • How will we access that data
  • all objects being connected with the internet
  • the iPhone (of course)
  • web apps
  • LAMP html xml mysql ruby on rails etc.
  • Adobe AIR
  • Microsoft silverlight
  • mozila PRISM
  • ubiqitous broadband ( wireless especially)

I had all those things floating around in my head and realized that the way we interact with the internet, including reading it might be very different from how we view it now ( static pages access through a browser). we now have memory cards that you can put into your digital camera, and they will upload your photos to flickr( or what ever site you wish to host them). you cant browse the internet on the camera. you can’t email the image to a friend or family member from the camera. Just a dumb device that interacts with the camera and the internet.

The browser is a great way to display text and graphics from the internet on a laptop and or a desktop. But inclreasingly we will access the internet from small screens like our cell phones. On the iPhone you can build web apps that can be saved as icons onto the iPhone screen. When the 2.0 software upgrade comes out those apps will do away with the browser bar and go full screen. To normal users the difference between that web app and an installed app on the iPhone will not be obvious.

So when the internet become apart of everything, with two way streets of information flowing, will we still days things like, ” I need to get on the internet”.  Or will we be able to recall just the information we need using one of many devices to connect us to the vast sea of information out there.

The other day I made frozen waffles for my wife. On one side they were crispy and almost burnt and on the other side they were still a little soggy. It is not my toaster, its all toasters. They suck. Thats when I thought to my self, “I wish Apple made a toaster”. Not because I am such a big Apple fan, but because Apple makes products that work. Apple cares about the user experience.
Its been a bumpy and long rode for a company that brought us the personal computer. but Apple is slowly show other companies what the future might be. Recently Apple introduced itunes on the iphone and ipod touch. This is the first time you do not have to us a PC or Mac to get songs on your ipod. Like my Nokia e70. I do not have to tether it to get a new program on it. i can download and install over the air. The internet will find a way into every device we own. this two way conversation between people and people, between people and devices, and between devices and devices is the future.
maybe in the future i can get a toaster that works perfectly every time.

No laptop, No fun

November 13, 2007

A couple of weeks ago my laptop stopped working. It just stopped turning on. So I sent it to the Little Laptop shop in the LES. There it sat a whole weekend, alone. The techie called me on Monday to report the sad news that the problem was the motherboard. A hard to find $450 part that wasn’t worth it for a laptop this old.
I was sad. The laptop had been invaluable to me over the past year. I took class notes, read email and RSS feeds on it. Wrote reports. Used it for PowerPoint presentations while Student teaching 7th and 8th graders. Watched movies on it with my wife. Good times good times indeed.
Being away from my laptop , and using other machines, made me realize how personal computing has become. I felt at home on that Thinkpad. I had moved in and done all the interior decorating. Everything was where I wanted it. Firefox was bling’d out.
There is a good ending to this story. I gave it to my brother and he turned it on. He didn’t even do anything to it either. It just worked again. My laptop, resurrected from the dead. Now hes backing up the data and installing Unbutu on a dual boot. I hope he gives it back soon, cause i miss my baby.
laptop sical boot. I hope he gives it back soon, cause i miss my baby.

 Journalism Class
Thats a lot of macs. There is a kid in the bottom right with a PC. While PC’s and Windows hold court in the business world, Macs have become the de-facto tool of the Cultural Creatives. Or maybe this just means that the “The Network Is The Computer”.
link
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I have been using this link blog a lot lately.
Its made me a little lazy.
I dont post as much to my blog.  I just link.  I will look at something in my Reader and instead of talking about why I like it or dislike it i will just share it with my link blog.  The problem is that it becomes just a collection of links instead of a conversation.

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I have been using Twitter lately. It has been blowing up since SXSW, and that may be true but I got hooked on it a Macworld when Don McAllister used it to update what he was doing there.
The simplest things are great ways to break down the walls of communication between people around the world.
A great example of this is twittervision
I know the conversations are basic right now but this shows the level of community that these technologies can bring. Think of what this map will look like if a natural disaster or terrorist attack in Europe/ U.S.A.
Shouldn’t all my representative in Government have a Twitter page that I can send a message to instantly when i think of it. John Edwards does

Kottke has a great post about twitter

Google Reader

March 23, 2007

One of the many ways I consume so much internet is through Google Reader.
RSS is a God-send as well as a curse. Google Reader is the best way to read blogs hands down. I do miss some of the design of the blog on Reader, but that is overridden by the shear speed and ease of reading posts with Google Reader. the key to this web app is remebering 3 hotkeys
J=move to next post
K=move to previous post
shift+a=Mark all read ( contextual based)

Google Reader also lets you easily share interesting posts with friends and family by emailing them or producing a shared list. The export website looks real pretty to

There is a link to it in My blogroll on the right side bar

Digital Divide

February 24, 2007

Oya yubi sedai

which I think means “thumb tribe” in Japanese.  Cesar Studillo’s subject has grown up in a world that is dynamically different from the one ever we lived in.

 I can keep driving this idea home over and over again, but the internet, and all the subsystems of it, ( i.e. personal computers, cell phones, smart devices) is just beginning to have effects on our culture.  Those who backlash against it have not opened their eyes to how significantly different this world is.  A world of always connected.  A world of citizen journalism.  A world of democratized voices. 

It used to be that information was power.  Those that controlled information had power and doled out info like cowery beads in Africa, or wham-pam in New York.  There are no more Gatekeepers of information.  Not even Google is a gate keeper (quite the opposite).  When listening or reading world news, try and keep an eye on Governments or Corporations or trying to keep information limited.  Those organizations who try are dinosaurs now and will soon go extinct.

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Watch the video.  via Techcrunch
As an observer, consumer of History, Anthropology and Technology this video gives a glimpse of the impact that the network( the internet) is having and will continue to have on humans.  Throughout history technology has changed the paradigm of the current system.  An often we can get cynical looking at the crap thats in front of us, like how hard it is to use technology sometimes  or a Myspace page or how google doesn’t understand what your really looking for. The more connected we  are the  more the internet  learns what we really want.

This map shows internet usage in 2005. heres the link. What we can see from this picture is that about 2/3 of the world population does not use the internet.  As the internet grows and includes all the people on planet earth, what will change, how will a truly connected people make the earth?  What happens to Nationalistic countries when they can’t control the flow of information to the people of their country?

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