Larry Dignan

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Web 2.0? It's more like Computer 2.0.

Or even better, the uncomputer. When I think about what today's operating systems are -- Windows, OS X, Linux, etc --  I mostly seem them as collections of application programming interfaces (APIs) that give developers easy access to resources (displays, networks, file systems, user interfaces, etc.

December 22, 2005 by David Berlind


Roland's Top 10 little-known science stories

Worth reading: Roland Piquepaille posted his year end summary with his top 10 little-known science stories of the year on his ZDNet blog.  Here's his list, but there are many more little-known or weird science posts on his blog, such as a scarf that changes color according to what you wear, biopaper for organ printing and nanoarmor of the future.

December 22, 2005 by Dan Farber


Getting a piece of the action: The attention economy

The AttentionTrust gang, led by Steve Gillmor, Seth Goldstein and Ed Batista, held court during a session at the Syndicate conference. Most interesting were Seth Goldstein's comments about attention deficit--the notion that users aren't compensated for their attention online, which generates money for the host sites, e.

December 19, 2005 by Dan Farber


Yahoo tying RSS into its social media services

Last week at the Syndicate conference I interviewed Scott Gatz, Yahoo senior director of personalization products, which includes the RSS everywhere that makes sense across Yahoo properties strategy. In the video interview, Gatz discussed the history of Yahoo's RSS integration, the lack of awareness about RSS and monetizing RSS feeds via Yahoo's publisher network.

December 18, 2005 by Dan Farber


What went wrong with TypePad

Worth reading: Niall Kennedy camped out by Six Apart's headquarters to get the scoop on the TypePad outage. He chatted with Anil Dash, Six Apart's vice president of professional products, about the ongoing reliability issues.

December 16, 2005 by Dan Farber


Looks like Google checkmates Microsoft's AdCenter?

According to the various, widely covered press reports, Google is close to a deal that locks rival Microsoft out of AOL's storehouse of ads. This is unwelcome news for Microsoft, which badly needs the AOL traffic to kickstart its AdCenter service, which is set to debut in the U.

December 16, 2005 by Dan Farber


When two standards are better than one

This week, while I was in San Francisco, Sun held a round-table meeting to discuss its postion on open file formats.  The meeting was held only a few hours after a hearing on the hotly contested matter was held in Massachusetts as that state looks to decide if it is going to move forward in support of just the OpenDocument Format, or if Microsoft's Open XML will be added to its list of approved file formats.

December 16, 2005 by David Berlind


Structured blogging--what's in it for users?

Paul Kedrosky's blog has a provacative post on structured blogging and a number of comments have been posted. He doesn't think that users get enough value to invest the time to mess with adding structure to blogs:There is simply not enough benefit to the average blogger to compensate for the added irritation of having to pull up a separate form for each type of content you post.

December 16, 2005 by Dan Farber

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