June 2005 Archives

Where 2.0: Moving Speakers Along

It can be tricky to have a new speaker every 15m. Here's how our great A/V guy, Johnny Good from Good Company Productions handles it at Where 2.0: ("Please wrap it up or I'll eat this poor kitty!")…

More "Make Tanks" Than I Realized

A while back, in conversation with Danny Hillis, I suggested that Applied Minds might be called a "Make Tank", in a riff on the more traditional "Think Tank." A make tank is a lab that figures out how to design and build hardware that solves interesting new problems. Squid-Labs, which has partnered with O'Reilly's Make on a number of projects,…

Ireland the Second Richest Country in Europe

Thomas Friedman in the NYT: "Here's something you probably didn't know: Ireland today is the richest country in the European Union after Luxembourg. Yes, the country that for hundreds of years was best known for emigration, tragic poets, famines, civil wars and leprechauns today has a per capita G.D.P. higher than that of Germany, France and Britain. How Ireland went…

Mark Cuban on Grokster

Email from David Goldenberg: "At first glance, it would seem that the Supreme Court has dealt Mark Cuban, who helped fund Grokster's legal team, a pretty severe blow. But Cuban says the Supreme Court focused on how the technology was marketed, and not the technology itself, and thinks that the ruling will stem any moves by Congress toward passing laws…

Where 2.0: Google Maps API

Google Maps API released today. Look for Google Maps PM Bret Taylor to talk about it in his Where 2.0 talk. I saw this yesterday and was blown away with their attention to detail. The map hackers who were there asked a lot of tricky questions and got a lot of satisfaction from the answers. For example, you can plot…

Where 2.0: Yahoo! Mapping API

Tim slipped it into his talk: Yahoo Maps API released today. It's fundamentally different from Google Maps API. Yahoo's beginning by taking aim at the simplest possible hosted functionality. Google's aiming at more interactive embedded applications. But this, combined with Microsoft's slide that revealed they're planning a huge developer push around MSN Virtual Earth, means the race is on. There'll…

Where 2.0: A9's new interface

At Where 2.0 this morning, A9 CEO Udi Manber unveiled a new maps visual Yellow Pages interface. Love the way the two sides of the street scroll in different directions….

Microsoft Atlas: Response to AJAX

From O'Reilly editor John Osborn: "For more information on the Microsoft Atlas Project — a response to the growing enthusiasm for AJAX — see the blog posted yesterday by Scott Guthrie, who heads up the web team at Microsoft."…

Where 2.0: Opening Address

I just kicked off the Where 2.0 conference. My talk appears below. Join the conversation on irc.freenode.net #Where2.0 and check out the Flickr photostream….

Web Content By and For the Masses

John Markoff interviewed me for his NY Times story Web Content by and for the Masses, for which the Times provides the following synopsis: "The abundance of user-generated Internet content – which includes online games, desktop video and citizen journalism sites – is reshaping the debate over file sharing." I was quoted at the end of the article. But the…