Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Yahoo RSS aggregator & Alerts - I love it


Yahoo RSS reader is now alive in my Yahoo Beta email.
I love it. Yahoo has really done a very good job here. With the SMS/MSM/Email alerts this is very, very nice now.

You can also get the John Furrier's podcast at http://www.podtech.net/?p=229
Here is a screen shot of the Yahoo beta with RSS feeds.

Monday, November 21, 2005

iPod Picano

Right click your mouse button and select zoom in or zoom out of the iPOD Picano








Thanks Peter, this is great.

"Steve Jobs" on Saturday Night Live - Presenting the iPod Micro Pecano and the amazing iPod Invisa


SNL did it again. Check out Steve's latest creation.
Presenting the iPod Micro Pecano and the amazing iPod Invisa



http://vpwpartners.blogs.com/SNLJOBSIPOD/JOBSSNLIPOD.mov

Too bad I can't do video blogging on this one. It would have been great. And only 1 million songs for the Pecano, come on. But the Invisa, 8 million, now that is something. Let me think for a second; with the current one that I have I can have some 1000 songs at $.99 each, wow. that's $1000 for music. And if I wanted to put 20,000 that will be $20k.

What happens when we have mp3 DRM?

Friday, November 11, 2005

SAP figures out OPEN SOURCE, they hate it

Wow, I just saw this article about open source and SAP's view on it.
Very interesting point I must say. I agree with SAP 110%.
This is the business point of view that I am taking as well.


"SAP slams open source 'socialism'

Ingrid Marson
ZDNet UK
November 11, 2005, 16:05 GMT

'Intellectual property socialism is the worst that can happen to any IP-based society,' says a SAP executive

A senior executive at SAP has criticised the open source development methodology by claiming that it does not promote innovation, according to reports.

Shai Agassi, president of the product and technology group at SAP, said in a speech at a club in California that Linux is not innovative, according to an article on technology news site VNUNet this week.

"We all talk about how great Linux is," Agassi reportedly said. "But if you look at the most innovative desktop today, Microsoft's Vista is not copying Linux, it is copying Apple."

SAP will not make its software open source as it would no longer have an incentive to innovate, Agassi said.

"Intellectual property [IP] socialism is the worst that can happen to any IP-based society," he said. "And we are an IP-based society. If there is no way to protect IP, there is no reason to invest in IP."

Florian Mueller, a software developer and anti-patent campaigner, described Agassi's comments as "FUD" [fear, uncertainty and doubt].

He warned that SAP has a "huge influence" on a new lobby group, the European Software Association, which is likely to lobby the EU against open source.

"[The ESA] are going to tell politicians just the kind of stuff that Shai Agassi said in order to try to prevent public administrations from migrating to FOSS solutions and from promoting FOSS development in Europe," said Mueller. The ESA was launched last month.

SAP is not the first company to claim that open source development is not compatible with capitalism. In an interview earlier this year, Microsoft's chairman Bill Gates implied that free software developers were communists.

"There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises. They don't think that those incentives should exist," said Gates in the interview.

This is a view shared by some politicians also, with Eastern European countries reportedly concerned about using open source software in case they are seen as communists.

The full VNUNet article can be viewed here.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Rocket Car - Reece - Top speed 358 Mph


Click to watch: Rocket Car - Reece - Top speed 358 Mph


Description: What do kids and their father do with broken cars?! They add rocket engines and test how fast they can go, or should I say fly. Ok, after reviewing the video frame by frame and doing some math, it turns out that our "car" traveled top speed of 358.7539336313664 Mph. or 577.3584905660377 Kmph, not too bad.

Rocket Car 2- Samantha- Top speed 316 Mph


Click to watch: Rocket Car 2- Samantha- Top speed 316 Mph


Description: What do kids and their father do with broken cars?! They add rocket engines and test how fast they can go, or should I say fly. Ok, after reviewing the video frame by frame and doing some math, it turns out that our "car" traveled top speed of 316 Mph. or 510 Kmph, not too bad. This car's speed was slower, since we lost the back wheels in the first test. Also, in the end of the video you can see the impact of the car hitting a hill and a small explosion, yes we got the hill on fire. And yes, I must have broken my own record on 150 meter dash. Later I had to go and water the hill just in case it does not re-ignite later :( Kids, do not do this at home, even if you father says it's ok.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Robert Scoble is impressed by Blogtronix

OK, over the weekend we (George and I ) went to Seattle at the Blog Business Summit 101.
We wanted to show Blogtronix to few people there, including to Microsoft.
So, since Robert Scoble was there to teach businesses how to blog, we set up a meeting with him before hand.
After a few hours at the conference, I was able to get to Robert and pull him a side for a demo of blogtronix.
So what did Robert has to say about it? Well, he wants to test it himself before he gives a final verdict, but also he blog this about Blogtronix:


"But, yesterday at the Blog Business Summit I saw two things that really are interesting. Here’s why. When I go to companies to speak, they keep asking me “how do I do something similar to Channel 9.” That isn’t easy. We had two developers working on that for quite a while. They started with Community Server from Telligent (Microsoft’s employee blogs are run on top of Community Server — we have more than 2,000 now and a TON of traffic, so it holds up very well. The new Xbox.com forums are built on top of Community Server as well). Our tech team on Channel 9 (Charles, Brin, Adam, and Jeff) mashed in video components and a Wiki and other stuff and then hacked the heck out of it to make it Channel 9. I’ve been hoping that a company would come out with a set of tools/service that would make it possible to do a Channel 9 style site.

BlogTronix is the answer. It’s awesome. Has all that and more (and has security built in so you can blog both internally and externally very easily). I’m going to get a test blog there and will write more after I actually can try it out."

Not too bad for a start.
We are putting some 700+ beta test users in 10 days to test the new Blogtronix systems, bugs will be fixed and even new features will be available in Dec.
Stay tuned.

Cheers,
Vassil