Ethan Zuckerman on peer production, solutions to developing world IT problems
If you are interested in innovative solutions to developing world IT problems, then you would like to hear the thoughts of this visionary guy.
The article linked here is a bit dated, October 2004, but it’s an interesting talk: IT Conversations: Ethan Zuckerman – New Solutions
AJAX: How to Handle Bookmarks and Back Buttons by Brad Neuberg — The clever in-page dynamics of AJAX make for richer web applications, but they don’t necessarily tolerate the use of bookmarks or the browser’s back and forward buttons particularly well. In this article, Brad Neuberg shows off a new framework that brings bookmarking and back-button awareness to AJAX.
Identity as a service is an interesting concept that doesn’t seem to have catched on yet
Here is an idea (old news to me): Identity as a service
As i sat through a talk on identity-driven computing
at Novell’s Brainshare 2004 in Barcelona, i really thought Novell was up to something big. A year on i haven’t heard much from Novell, now i see that folks at Losely Coupled have started talking about the concept of identity service. Indeed most serious computing solutions require some form of identity functionality. It should be natural that this is baked into the fabric of Internet-based solutions. Passport is Microsoft’s answer to this issue. The rest of the industry is making a lot of noise but no provider has come forward with this kind of service on the tap as yet.
High-tech stuff in a low-tech place: Geekcorps Mali : Do-it-yourself antennas
Surely wireless has the best potential of connecting people living in under developed parts of the world. I am curious to see how this develops.
Linux Usability testing, videos posted by Novell @ BetterDesktop.org
Let’s get groovin’ now. Yahoo! Podcasts
Specs are useful when written by authoritative people and with specific goals. You need specs to solve issues like interoperability, defining metrics so that all stakeholders are aligned on what was built (or what is going to be built, as is often the case).
When specs are aimed at some political agenda, then Linus’ point is relevant. I guess in this industry, specs have often being driven by political agendas rather than solving particular problems.
More on this topic: Linus Torvalds Outburst Sparks Fierce Debate: Does Open Source Software Need Specs?
What i would argue with articles like these, is that they always seem to leave out the context. If not for that, it’s a good piece: keep it simple, a good principle indeed proven time and again.
C/NEt has a beautiful illustration of the Web 2.0 ontologies on their beta site. This story on Wikipedia nicely shows what can be done with these tools.