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.
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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.
Worth watching: During the When 2.0 workshop Will Wright, chief Electronic Arts designer, gave a fascinating talk about games and time [watch the video].
ZDNet reports that State Sen. Lyle Hillyard will introduce a bill this coming legislative session to repeal Utah's digital signature act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.