Category Archives: Random Technology

What is Web 2.0?

Even if you don’t buy into the “Web 2.0” meme, this article by Tim O’Reilly provides an interesting overview of the recent evolution of Internet applications. Whatever the name, a lot is definitely happening around the ideas of user participation, loosely coupled systems, remixed content and riched online experience. This is a short quote to wet your appetite before the jump:

Successful companies all give up something expensive but considered critical to get something valuable for free that was once expensive.

Yummy 😉

Finally a truly versatile digital assistant

I still remember the day back in in 1997 when I purchased my first PDA on a business trip to Mountain View, California. I got out of Fry’s and back to my hotel room, unpacked the unit (a PalmPilot Professional) and began learning Graffiti. The little beast became part of my life for good after just a few hours, and was subsequently upgraded to a Palm IIIx, then to a Sony Clié PEG-T675. Continue reading

Switching AV software

After a few days investigating software antivirus options on the market today, I finally uninstalled Symantec’s Norton Antivirus 2005. Among the multitude of AV software options, my short list was down to Grisoft’s AVG Anti Virus, Trend Micro’s PC-Cillin and ESET’s NOD32. Bottom line is, there doesn’t really appear to be one top AV that stands head and shoulders above the crowd. ESET’s NOD32 seems most consistent however in popping up in people’s recommendations so I went for it. Time will tell if it was a wise thing to do. NAV has served me well for many years but has become bloated. Some of the resources that supported that decision are to be found here, here and here.

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Cutting edge software pricing model

Robert Lefkowitz has posted an interesting article at O’Reilly’s ONLamp in which he extends traditional option pricing theory to software products. His conclusion? “Perhaps a better way to position the change that OSS is making is this: we’re converting warrants on future maintenance and enhancements into options, which means that instead of having a sole supplier (warrants), we have created a third-party market (options) of these derivatives.” It’s a short article but makes an interesting read.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish…

Fast Company’s blog today pointed me to Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford University commencement address. In it, Apple’s founder describes a simple question he asks himself each day to measure how inspired he feels: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” “Whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row,” he goes on to say, “I know I need to change something.”

A new space race?

It appears China is ramping up its efforts to put men in space. Could this lead to a new space race where the USA and China try to best each other in a series of attempts
to send men farther and farther away from earth? Could this be considered (to a reasonable extent) a good thing? After all, most significant progress with regards to manned space flight was accomplished during the Cold War