"google wave" entries

Four short links: 23 July 2009

Four short links: 23 July 2009

Wave Fed, Fake Steve, Vanish and Reconnoiter

  1. Google Wave Federation Protocol — the interesting part of Wave for me is the system for keeping databases coherent. There’s a
    reference implementationl.
  2. I shouldn’t have yelled at that Chinese guy so much — the post that redeemed Fake Steve Jobs in my eyes. We all know that there’s no fucking way in the world we should have microwave ovens and refrigerators and TV sets and everything else at the prices we’re paying for them. There’s no way we get all this stuff and everything is done fair and square and everyone gets treated right. No way. And don’t be confused — what we’re talking about here is our way of life. Our standard of living. You want to “fix things in China,” well, it’s gonna cost you. Because everything you own, it’s all done on the backs of millions of poor people whose lives are so awful you can’t even begin to imagine them, people who will do anything to get a life that is a tiny bit better than the shitty one they were born into, people who get exploited and treated like shit and, in the worst of all cases, pay with their lives.
  3. Vanish — time-limited encryption in a Firefox plugin.
  4. Reconnoiter — holy cow web console and analytics for data centers, from the magic Theo Schlossnagle. He built the screenshots for his OSCON presentation, graphing streams of live performance data from dozens of data centers, while on a Virgin America flight.

The Mobile Broadband Era: It's About Messages, Mobility and The Cloud

“Listen to the technology; find out what it is telling you.” – Carver Mead The DOS-era was marked by a certain style of computing.  It was primitive, largely devoid of graphics, and for developers, an exercise in scarcity management. In fact, the scarcity mindset was so endemic to the time that it gave rise to the urban legend that Microsoft’s…

Four short links: 4 June 2009

Four short links: 4 June 2009

Google Wave, Education, Intelligence, and Twitterspawn

  1. Wave Robot Ruby Client — Sam Ruby ported the Wave Robot Python Client library to Ruby. He found that the wire protocol is full of Java classnames, and says, Overall, I feel that this Google Wave could benefit from earlier and wider reviews. In the comments, a Google employee replies The Java API was implemented first… We are working on de-Java-fying the wire protocol and making the python robot client library more “pythonic”.. Lovely to see Google actively cocreating with the wider web world, because the alternative (the old-school “we know better, use my sacred code you unworthy mortal” arrogance) does not lead to successful web-wide technology.
  2. How Do I Remediate THAT? — my favourite blogging teacher observes that his remedial math class don’t engage as much, even with the fun videos he plays to start discussions. The comments are fascinating, and point to gems like the following:
  3. Describing the Habits of Mind — the habits that humans exhibit when they behave intelligently. E.g., Managing Impulsivity. Goal-directed, self-imposed delay of gratification is perhaps the essence of emotional self-regulation: the ability to deny impulse in the service of a goal, whether it be building a business, solving an algebraic equation, or pursuing the Stanley Cup. Effective problem solvers are deliberate: they think before they act. […] They decrease their need for trial and error by gathering information, taking time to reflect on an answer before giving it, making sure they understand directions, and listening to alternative points of view. Often, students blurt out the first answer that comes to mind. Sometimes they shout an answer, start to work without fully understanding the directions, lack an organized plan or strategy for approaching a problem, or make immediate value judgments about an idea (criticizing or praising it) before they fully understand it. They may take the first suggestion given or operate on the first idea that comes to mind rather than consider alternatives and the consequences of several possible directions. Research demonstrates, however, that less impulsive, self-disciplined students are more successful.
  4. The Spawn of Twitter Data (Jess3 + Brian Solis) — visually-pleasing graphic of the different services and application areas built around the use of Twitter data. (via Flowing Data)

Twitter graphic
Gazing Into Twitterverse

Google Wave: What Might Email Look Like If It Were Invented Today?

Yesterday's Google I/O keynote highlighted the power of HTML 5 to match functionality long experienced in desktop applications. This morning, Google plans to announce an HTML 5-based application – still very much in the early stages of development – that represents a profound advance in the state of the art. Lars and Jens Rasmussen, the original creators of Google Maps,…