Information Week on the rich internet. Relevant quotes:
“‘We had a pretty strong sense that we were losing customers,’ says VP of IS Dennis Shockro (at Yankee Candle). The $380 million-a-year company also couldn’t tell how many customers bought products online or by telephone.” >> This is a rich internet problem? Sounds to me like you have a poorly designed server side software application, not a problem with the presentation layer.
More… “Forrester Research has coined the term “executable Internet” to describe these Web applications–largely based on Macromedia Inc.’s new line of Flash MX software–that harness computers’ local processing power. ‘HTML pages are extremely limited in functionality,’ says Harley Manning, a Forrester analyst. ‘The interactivity drops to almost none.'” >> Ironic that the web was originally christened as bringing interactivity to the consumer… we were supposed to be leaving the one way communication to the radio and television and living this new exciting ‘interactive’ revolution through the Web, but now that turns out to be false, at least according to Harley. I’ve been living a lie! The web isn’t interactive! We need Flash to have interactivity!
Most interesting though: “And sources say Microsoft is developing a new Windows user interface, code-named Avalon, based on vector graphics, and due in a future version of Windows code-named Longhorn.” If it’s cross platform, say goodbye to Flash. Course, is Avalon really all about vector graphics? This story makes it seem like it’s a different kind of UI, something entirely different than the ability to bring interactivity to the web browser… And this article portays it as “… a layer of plumbing that will extend the existing Win32 development platform at the heart of Windows by building in support for the Longhorn networking, storage, digital-rights-management and graphics enhancements that Microsoft plans to build into Longhorn.”
Watching the World Series, Angels vs. Giants. Tonight featured Russ Ortiz against Kevin Appier, both of whom where showering before the 2nd inning was over. I knew that I played against Russ in high school (he played for Montclair Prep), in fact he threw a no-no against us. Found out that Brad Fullmer went to high school with Russ, so I played against him too. Baseball is fun, but there sure is alot less pressure hacking than there is hitting a 98 mph fastball in front of 50,000 people in the stands and millions of fans watching on television.
Finished microserfs by Douglas Coupland last night (2 days total).
On VC’s running due-diligence checks: “.. What is the significance or defensibility of the technology underlying the idea? What is the overall viability of the idea? What do you have that others don’t? Is the necessary technical acumen on the team?” (pg 152) — Good principles to apply to any business plan.
“I say ‘Ummm … ‘ a lot. I mentioned this to Karla and she says it’s a CPU word. ‘It means you’re assembling data in your head — spooling.'” (pg 176) — What a great way of explaining ‘Ummm…’!
Ethan, the CEO of the young startup, upon being barraged with dog fur and goo by the house dog Misty: “Quite often I feel like pawing and slobbering over people I like too, but I never, of course, actually do it.” (pg 177)
On Fry’s and men shopping: “The Fry’s chain completely taps into MSE: Male Shopping Energy. This is to say that most guys have about 73 calories of shopping energy, and once these calories are gone, they’re gone for the day — if not the week — and can’t be regenerated simply by having an Orange Julius at the Food Fair.” (pg 185)
On CES (which is now Comdex right? [ps: actually, no CES is a different show]): “Karla pointed out that there’s really not that many types of things a person can have in their house in the end. ‘You can have a stereo and a microwave and a cordless phone . . . and the list goes on a bit from there . . . but after a certain point you run out of things to need. You can get more powerful and expensive things, but not really new things. I guess the number of things we build defines the limits of ourselves as a species.” (pg 356)
On the company probably becoming something: “… but you know what? All I care about is that we’re all still together as friends, that we’re not enemies, and that we can continue to do cool stuff together. I thought the money would mean something, but it doesn’t. It’s there, but it’s not emotional. It’s simply there.” (pg 358)
Old news, but if you’re into learning, check out the MIT OpenCourseWare Course List. It would take some kind of discipline to complete a class that you weren’t enrolled for, had no teacher or TA for and didn’t even get a grade or feedback. But it’s an opportunity to learn from some of the smartest (if not *the* smartest) people in the world.
Wrote my first shell script to automate the Lucene search that handles searching for this blog. Got the goods here on shell scripting and stuff here on Cron. End result: a shell script that updates the Lucene index for this blog and pipes the output of the index script to an email:
# Script that indexes the appropriate directories
# using Lucence & Java
java -cp /usr/hosts/cephas.net/wwwroot/WEB-INF/lib/lucene-demos-1.2.jar:
-create -index /usr/hosts/cephas.net/wwwroot/blog/index/ .. | mail -s “LUCENE[cephas.net/blog]” email@example.com
Sorta SOAPish.. Microsoft’s Terraserver “.. contains 3.3 tera-bytes of high resolution USGS aerial imagery and USGS topographic maps.” It sounds so high tech… but what’s really scary is how accurate it is. I fed it my home address and it came up with this which REALLY is a picture of where I live. And this is where I grew up. Wowsers!. And to make it on topic, they have a webservice implementation. (from xmethods)