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Etech: Alpha geeks and design patterns

Rael Dornfest and Tim O'Reilly opened the Emerging Technology Conference with a discussion about what "alpha geeks" can run with and get their hands on, and small things loosely joined (credit to David Weinberger). Dornfest, O'Reilly Media CTO, talked about hacking as remixing, which he said is akin to rap and sampling dance music.

March 15, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Report from ETech: Atom and Car Hacking

I'm in San Diego at O'Reilly's Emerging Technology conference this week, and I'll be popping in here with reports from time to time. Today I went to a tutorial on RSS and Atom by Ben Hammersley.

March 14, 2005 by Phil Windley


Could IBM's Millipede mean the end of dedicated PDAs and MP3 players for good?

Quite frankly, I'm ready to ditch the idea of owning a PDA or an MP3 player. After all, my phone (the one that's irradiating me as I sit here and write) goes everywhere with me and the only reason it doesn't function as my full-time PDA or MP3 player (or digital camera for that matter) is that it doesn't have the memory to host everything I'd want to stick on it (contacts, notes, music, podcasts, documents, e-mail, etc.

March 14, 2005 by David Berlind


Anti-spam standard still moving in slow motion

It has now been almost six months since the last time we heard about what progress (or lack thereof) the SenderID e-mail authentication specification was making on the anti-spam standards front. It's been so long that I was beginning to wonder what's up and if there's any hope of ratifying a standard any time soon.

March 14, 2005 by David Berlind


Microsoft wants patent system fixed (but not eliminated)

If you've followed any of my coverage of the patent mess that the technology industry is in -- and it's a real mess -- you'll know that I'm in agreement with anyone who says it's a mess but not necessarily in agreement with those who say get rid of it, or those who say to keep it.

March 11, 2005 by David Berlind


Gurus of entrepreneurship offer advice to startups

At the Churchill Club last night, Garage Technology Ventures Managing Director Bill Reichert led a discussion with a panel of notable startup veterans: Kamran Elahian, Steve Kirsch, Dan'l Lewin and Heidi Roizen.Here are a few highlights of the interview, which is available as both an MP3 download and as podcast that you can have downloaded to your system and/or MP3 player automatically (see ZDNet's podcasts: How to tune in).

March 11, 2005 by Dan Farber


VC investing is about falling in love

I talked with Garage Technology Ventures Managing Director Bill Reichert about the climate for startups,entrepreneurers and venture capitalists, and what investment categories are heating up. He also expounded on his belief that VC investment decisions involve a lot of subjectivity and that the companies that get funded are those that investors fall in love with...

March 11, 2005 by Dan Farber