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Brocade chooses in-row cooling for massive new data center

Thought it might interest you to read about the design choices that one of better-known forces in data center networking, Brocade, is making as far as its new data center in San Jose, Calif.For one thing, it has opted for in-row cooling technology, developed by Custom Mechanical Systems, along with water-side economizer technology to help minimize fan usage.

August 19, 2010 by

eReader for Google Android now available

I am an ebook fan and like to have the same software across multiple platforms, which is why my preferred reader has been Mobipocket for a couple of years. eReader has been expanding on devices and just launched their Google Android software so now I am going to go all in with eReader. I have been using Shortcovers on my G1, but it requires a data connection to download pages as you read. eReader lets you read content stored right on your device so you can read while on an airplane, traveling in a tunnel, etc. This launch comes on the heels of the Motorola DROID launch and I think that device would be an amazing ebook reader with the beautiful large display.

November 17, 2009 by

Nokia Booklet 3G coming mid-November for $299 and $599

As I posted back in August I am not much of a fan of Nokia getting into the PC market with its Booklet 3G. I am sure it will be a rock solid piece of desirable hardware, but it will also be very expensive. Today, Engadget posted news from Nokia and AT&T that the Booklet 3G will come in at $299 with a 2-year contract and $60/month data plan. There should be shorter term higher prices being announced eventually, but for now they are trying to focus on the $299 price. Engadget stated that the non-subsidized price is going to be $599, which is actually lower than I thought it would be by a couple hundred dollars.

October 13, 2009 by

Better RIAs from the Ribbit-BT Acquisition

This morning Ribbit and BT confirmed previous rumors by announcing an acquisition price of $105 million. I've been a big fan of Ribbit since they launched because they made voice a first class citizen and data type for rich Internet applications.

July 29, 2008 by

Care to spend your holiday weekend policing directory listings?

I'm not a fan in general of sites that create a listing or profile for you, hoping you'll eventually claim and/or correct it. This tactic, neither user-centric nor user-driven, is insidious for at least three reasons:inaccuracies proliferate,privacy is frequently jeopardized, andusers are required to invest considerable time and supply yet more personal data in an effort to remedy 1 and 2.

July 2, 2008 by

Is Microsoft looking to bring Office to the iPhone?

I am pretty excited about the iPhone 2.0 upgrade for a couple of reasons. I use a hosted Exchange service to keep all of my devices and other computers (UMPC and MacBook Pro) updated with my latest contact, calendar, and task data so finally having this on my iPhone will let me stop performing the Entourage, iCal, iTunes shuffle. I am also a 3rd party application fan on my mobile devices and look forward to seeing what software becomes available in June. I read today on the Cnet News.com Beyond Binary blog that Microsoft has been playing with the iPhone SDK and is considering a version of Office for the iPhone.

March 25, 2008 by

MWC08: Bluetooth SIG creating spec to harness speed of WiFi

I am a big fan of Bluetooth technology and am actually using a Think Outside Bluetooth keyboard to type this article on my new Fujitsu U810 Tablet PC. Blair sent me some big news from the Bluetooth SIG announcing that they are developing a new radio substitution method that will allow devices with both Bluetooth and WiFi radios to access and use both those radios for much faster data transfer rates. The new architecture is called Alternate MAC/PHY and the core specs for it are expected to be published in mid-2009.

February 12, 2008 by

Anthony Lilley doesn't seem keen on Web 3.0

With Ian Davis and I packing to join the UK contingent hopping across the Atlantic to this week's Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, it was interesting to see Anthony Lilley's piece on Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 in today's Guardian. He's clearly not a fan of the labels; “So, finally web 2.0 is dead. Its jargon half-life has expired and the buzzword du jour is being interred and superseded. And by what? Well, you'll never guess. Long live web 3.0. Honestly, give me strength. We'll look back in 20 years and wonder when we decided to hand over the English language to people who can haggle for hours about the difference between versions 2.1 and 2.5 of some software.”In amongst the criticism of marketing hype, and the grounding in nappy/diaper changing that I am so happy to have left behind for the giddy heights of the tooth fairy, Anthony follows John Markoff's line in postulating that Web 3.0 may be the Semantic Web; “I'm coming to the conclusion that if web 3.0 is anything at all, then it's a step on the way to something I first heard about several years ago - the development of the semantic web. And, let's be honest, a version number is a better selling point than the word semantic is ever going to be.”On the way, Anthony steps sideways into discussion of money; “But I share some of the cynicism of a Canadian colleague who says that web 2.0 will actually come to an end when the venture capital money runs out. Well, given that lots of Silicon Valley investors are suddenly starting to talk about web 3.0, maybe that day is near and web 3.0 is just a branding relaunch, kind of like Kylie's new look?”Despite recent figures in the Financial Times, I'm actually not so sure that the money is leaving Web 2.0. Rather, I think that we're seeing the sort of technological bedding in that Brad Feld and Talis Platform Advisory Group member Mills Davis talked about in their podcasts with me. VC's aren't drawing back from funding Web 2.0 at all; instead, we're moving through the hype that Anthony rightly criticises, and we're emerging into an environment in which smarter entrepreneurs and smarter investors are once again becoming interested in meeting real business opportunities. Web 2.0 technologies are there, through and through, but there's far less interest in funding a company just because its website has curvy corners and a smidge of AJAX. That's a good thing. It doesn't mean Web 2.0 is dead. Maybe it does mean Web 2.0 has grown up a little.Like so many others, Anthony also refers to Jason Calacanis' recent PR stunt. I commented on that at the time, but he draws value from Jason's assertion that; “Web 3.0 is the creation of high-quality content and services produced by gifted individuals using web 2.0 technology as an enabling platform. Web 3.0 throttles the 'wisdom of the crowds' from turning into the 'madness of the mobs' we've seen all too often, by balancing it with a respect of experts.”Well, maybe. “The reliability of content and an understanding of the wider context in which content sits are rising in importance on the web and taking their place alongside the wondrous power of group communication, especially as more and more people join the party.”Absolutely. Here, Anthony hits the nail right on the head. Long before the all-encompassing ontological wonder of the Semantic Web is realised (if it ever is), there is much that some of its building blocks can do to help us deliver real solutions to real problems right now. I touched on this mid-point between Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web in my presentation in Cambridge last week, and will be expanding upon those ideas in various places over the next wee while. Behind the curvy corners and the blurring of boundaries between the Cloud and its access point, Web 2.0 is the manifestation of numerous trends, and Tim O'Reilly has consistently done a good job of expressing these. Open Source, Falling costs of storage, Increases in compute power, increasing ubiquity of access, commoditisation, software as a service, and more.However, for all their advances, all too many Web 2.0 applications remain fundamentally 'on' rather than 'of' the Web; offering rich functionality and interaction within their own little microcosm of the wider Web. Through pragmatic application of robust elements of the Semantic Web stack, we can move far beyond 'simply' crowdsourcing an encyclopaedia, 'merely' tracking recommendations and behaviour within a single e-commerce site, or 'just' allowing 46 million people to turn one another into zombies. It is this recognition that the power of the connections between resources is woefully under-utilised that is behind the Talis Platform. We are moving beyond the 'see also' links of the traditional web, and beyond the best-efforts silos of Web 2.0's darlings, to offer means by which assertions - and their provenance - may be made and tracked across the open web. Many of Web 2.0's ideas figure highly, as does a strong grounding in the technologies of the Semantic Web. Data is, of course, key... but we need to move beyond current presumptions in favour of use toward a model by which everyone is clear as to what data can - and should - be used for. Hence our long-standing interest in the Open Data movement.Is any of this 'Web 3.0'? I'm not sure. Talis Platform Advisory Group member Nova Spivack has, in the past, attempted to defuse the whole Web 2.0/ Web 3.0 polarisation by painting Web 3.0 as merely a label for the third decade of the Web. Semantic technologies are part of that decade, but so are other things. Nova is one of those speaking in a Semantic Web session at the Web 2.0 Summit this week. It'll be interesting to see how his ideas are received in that temple to 2.0, and you can be sure that I'll be sat there taking notes...Image of Kylie Minogue by Keven Law, shared on Flickr with a Creative Commons license. To understand why, you'll have to read Anthony's article...

November 1, 2007 by

Skype 2.0 alert

Worth reading: George Ou ran into a security problem with the new version of Skype:I've been a huge fan of Skype in recent years because of their user friendliness and seamless encryption, but I was shocked to find that Skype 2.0 triggered a DEP (Data Execution Prevention) warning on my new computer running Windows XP SP2.

January 17, 2006 by

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