Last year (OK, it was only two months ago), when the idea of Mashup Camp was first hatched and its Web site was first launched (with no time or date selected for the event), I knew it needed to be an unconference. Other camps such as Bar Camp, Foo Camp, and Tag Camp -- each of which were unconferences -- had a sufficient amount of buzz to prove there was an appetite for the format.
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For about the last month, I've been playing with Palm's new Treo 700w. The PDA phone runs Microsoft's latest greatest Windows Mobile 5.
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, David gives his overview on MashupCamp, which he conceived and hosted this week at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. We discuss the floating definition of "mashup," business models and some of the top mashups from the two-day event.
"Gartner is like a mainframe in 1979. Ripe for deconstruction.
Back in the late 90's Utah proposed putting the driver's license on a smart card. I thought this would be a great place to store state-issued digital keys tied to the identity on the driver's license.
Jeffrey Young explains why he isn't a big fan of Sony's latest e-book reader:When is Sony going to get it? Ever since the Trinitron and the Walkman, Japan's greatest consumer electronics business has stumbled from one bad product to another, fumbled every opportunity it has been handed to own digital assets, and seen its vaunted brand name eclipsed by Samsung among others.
The attendees voted, with their wooden nickels, Podbop the best mashup of MashupCamp. Taylor McKnight was awarded a hot Sun Niagra/TI Ultrasparc system by Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz, who noted the what we used to call object reuse, which failed, has finally come to fruition in mashups.
Day 2 of MashupCamp included geek dating—each presenter had five minutes to show their mashup to a rotating group of campers. David Schorr’s Weather Bonk and Ski Bonk mashups were among the more sophisticated mashups.
Last week, David Berlind -- in his report on Google dropping hints about offering hosted email -- suggested that the vast majority of businesses now in-sourcing their email can't possibly justify the practice. Ridiculous, responded many readers -- and some of David's blogging colleagues.
During a MashupCamp session on mashups and Creative Commons, Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig laid out the legal challenge for the digital remix/mashup culture. "There is nothing new about mashups.