March 20, 2005
Buy Yahoo, short Google
Umar comments that he "never knew Oreilly works on various concepts [together] with Yahoo."
Indeed, this was one of my key takeaways from Etech; Yahoo -- while moving from media company to higher tech-awareness -- is gaining geekcred, while Google -- moving the opposite direction -- is losing power quickly.
Case in point, I just entered an order to sell 100 GOOG (I only own 50) and buy 290 YHOO. To top things off, I also bought 300 AMZN whose A9 search engine is now my personal favourite. At Etech Bezos announced OpenSearch ("search results in a format suitable for syndication") which for me has done it away with my Firefox search selection tool.
Update: I don't know if this confirms the above, but somehow I feel it does. Flickr has just been acquired by Yahoo.
March 15, 2005
Yahoo! Buzz Game
Yahoo! Research Buzz Game.
Buy virtual stock in technologies or products you believe in (can I buy cellphones and short the iPod?), much like the gung-ho Blogshares.
One particular astonishing project is the Touch Table, an interactive map table allowing zoom, panning and overlays (aerial images, GIS information, etc.). A 3d version mapping mountains and more is underway.
Ruby on Rails on O'Reilly's Radar
March 13, 2005
Scheduled for Delivery
3/11/05 1:48 pm
Scheduled for delivery: Copenhagen, Denmark
Shipper: Stanford Law School Mail Room
Weight: 272 lbs
Claus' and my latest project slowly closing in...
Thomas Madsen-Mygdal is bootstrapping.
We just flew off the coast of Norway, heading Northwest towards Iceland and Greenland. Morten just called me on Skype and we had enough of a conversation to annoy a fellow passenger. He (the passenger) is downing whiskies now (hey - it's past noon back on CET), so he'll be quiet soon.
I'm en route to Chicago with SAS, connected for the second time through the Connexion by Boeing WiFi service.
My first experience was on a Lufthansa trial flight back more than a year and a half ago from Frankfurt to Washington DC. I had gone out of my way to connect via Frankfurt even though SAS flies daily direct CPH-IAD. The connection was abysmal and I gave up after the first hour to instead prepare my presentation at Werbach/Pulver's Supernova.
This time around the connection is superb. The crew announced that one access point is down, but whereever the other is, the connectivity is high and latency low enough to make a bearable Skype call.
Update (for Clay): After I first blogged this post, I got on Skype with my two-year old, Louis. Louis loves IM -- we send eachother icons ("More airplane, more airplane, dad!") while laughing, clapping our hands or making machine noises.
Soon he had the Pippi Longstocking game running and wanted to play the puzzle. Without questioning my ability to participate he asked "dad, where does this piece go?".
Fumbling for an answer I asked his mother to enable remote desktop sharing and there I was helping him lay the puzzle while speaking over Skype.
To put a final spin to the story, his mom soon had to go buy some groceries (just around the corner). But Louis didn't want to go ("I want to stay with dad"). As I'd be able to call or SMS her instantly should something go wrong, I was left inflight 10k above Greenland babysitting my boy at home. I wonder what will happen on the way home...
March 08, 2005
One of today's news items on the Danish version of Computerworld, has been the warmapping of Copenhagen on wifi-sikkerhed.dk. Of a total of 4,224 networks found, 2,039 were found to be open. Whether secure equals MAC address filtering (semi), WEP encryption (somewhat), WPA encryption/authentication (mostly) or 802.1x/EAP is not clear, but the numbers are not stunning.
Plainly, as Microsoft and many others have proven with great certainty over the years, convenience prevails over security in corporate and home settings alike. Security is a tough sell unless you were born paranoid (or actually know what is going on).
While it's unfortunate (quote from journalist: "are these guys serious?") that the wifi-sikkerhed.dk crew does not seem to be willing to let their identities be known (Googling Stevie Laux (found in whois) returns two hits, including his membership of FCPornstarz), it nevertheless increases the value of Organic Network's proposition that people are pushing these numbers.
We are committed to solving Wi-Fi security in a social way which rather than restraining users gives something back. Our commercial WirelessOffice solution is well underway and we are now preparing the launch of our home offering; Organic Community, a free service to secure and share your home Wi-Fi network. Stay tuned...