Wednesday, March 26, 2003
what's hot what's not
It's over and the geeks are deserting Phoenix like rats from a sinking ship! I would really like to attend this thing as I probably have a viewpoint that is different from the majority of current attendees. Visions of verbally bitch slapping Craig Mundie have me almost unable to address the keyboard.
However enough about me. This event, the Forum, (it is being capitalized as it has been running for 26 years, which is an accomplishment that is unprecedented in the world of anything having to do with computers) has spawned a number of things that are worthy of note.
Trackback, which is Movable Type's widgit for compiling posts around the Forum. PC Forum the Blog, The PC Forum wiki, and Preclick's image gallery. Noticeably absent was the blogging among the usual suspects. This illustrates out a very important datum point. Blogging takes place in inverse proportion to the quality of the event. However the post event glow should result in some outstanding viewpoints.
This morning picking up Doc Searls, I had a brief chance to meet a couple of attendees, who were on the veranda having a bit of coffee before leaving us. Ross Mayfield, the big cheese of Social Text, which appears to be an interesting product that may have a hell of an impact in the business world, some guy in a TuCows t-shirt, who was wondering who I used for registering domain names, and Jeff Ubois, who has some interesting ideas.
I would like to go next year, perhaps as the Ultimate Consumer. I could even pay my way by giving a small talk on 'business model navel gazing', the difference between information and bullshit, and how to really use the internet to grow your business.
The good news is I don't think Doc lost or forgot anything this time.
Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02
One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.
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Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.
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