E-Reader Plastic Logic Demo…05.28.09

28 05 2009

2009 and Beyond – MegaTrends…05.28.09

28 05 2009


From Russ Dawson’s The MegaTrends of Technology, Business and Society:

“…Exponential Drivers. The most important technological drivers are all exponential: increased bandwidth, greater processing power, more storage, and the development of richer man-machine interfaces. These are driving a wide variety of fundamental shifts, not least an intensely connected and increasingly interdependent society and economy.

Commoditization. Almost all business drivers are resulting in the commoditization of most business activities. Vastly greater information access, accelerating speed to copy competitors and get to market, global markets, and an ongoing drive to squeeze out inefficiencies all result in an exorable drive to commoditization. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be massive value creation moving forward. The two spaces that escape and transcend commoditization are relationships and innovation (which itself is driven by relationships). A polarized economy will develop with on the one side commoditized products and services and on the other high-value offerings based on rich economic networks.

Expectations. Across all sectors of society, greater expectations are driving change. The poor have increased expectations for their quality of life, driving the emergence of another billion into the middle class globally. The affluent are seeking ways to spend their wealth, and are driven by increasing refinement in their lives. The rise of Web 2.0 technologies are helping to create an expectation of participation in every domain of society and government. Not least, we have increased expectations from our institutions, in terms of transparency, accountability, and their impact on the environment and society…”

See the accompanying presentation in the next post.

“Profiting from Accelerating Change” – MegaTrends…05.28.09

28 05 2009

Google Wave – Coming Later This Year…05.28.09

28 05 2009


TechCrunch reported today in their post Google Wave Drips With Ambition. A New Communication Platform for a New Web which is excerpted here:

“Yesterday, during the Google I/O keynote, Google’s VP of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, laid out a grand vision for the direction Google sees the web heading towards with the move to the HTML 5 standard. While we’re not there yet, all the major browser players besides Microsoft are aligned and ready for the next phase, which will include such things as the ability to run 3D games and movies in the browser without additional plug-ins. But Google wants to take it one step further with a brand new method of communication for this new era. It’s called Google Wave.

Everyone uses email and instant messaging on the web now, but imagine if you could tie those two forms of communication together and add a load of functionality on top of it. At its most fundamental form, that’s essentially what Wave is. Developed by brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussenand Stephanie Hannon out of Google’s Syndney, Australia offices, Wave was born out of the idea that email and instant messaging, as successful as they still are, were both created a very long time ago. We now have a much more robust web full of content and brimming with a desire to share stuff. Or as Lars Rasumussen put it, ‘Wave is what email would look like if it were invented today.’…”

Here is some of what Google is saying About Google Wave:

What is a wave?

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.

A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time…”

Some key technologies in Google Wave

Real-time collaboration Natural language tools Extending Google Wave

Concurrency control technology lets all people on a wave edit rich media at the same time.

Watch the tech video

Server-based models provide contextual suggestions and spelling correction.

Watch the tech video

Embed waves in other sites or add live social gadgets, thanks to Google Wave APIs.

“Ambient Findability and the Future of Search”…05.28.09

28 05 2009

Although this is not a new video, I would recommend a viewing.

Peter Morville is president and founder of Semantic Studios, a leading information architecture, user experience, and findability consultancy.

He is widely recognized as a father of the information architecture field, and he serves as a passionate advocate for the critical roles that search and findability play in defining the user experience.

Peter’s latest book, Ambient Findability, explores search, wayfinding, marketing, information interaction, literacy, librarianship, authority, and culture at the crossroads of ubiquitous computing and the Internet.

Peter is also co-author (with Louis Rosenfeld) of the best-selling book, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (over 100,000 copies), named “Best Internet Book of 1998″ by Amazon and ‘The Most Useful Book on Web Design on the Market’ by usability guru Jakob Nielsen…”

Learning – Personal Knowledge Management…05.28.09

28 05 2009


Here is an excerpt of the clear, interesting,  and useful description of personal knowledge management by Harold Jarche from his post Sense-Making With PKM:

We may learn on our own but usually not by ourselves. People learn socially. In looking at how we can make sense of the growing and changing knowledge in our respective professional fields, I see two parallel processes that support each other. One is internally focused, as in ‘How do I learn this?’ and the other is external, as in ‘Who can help me learn this?’.

We constantly go through a process of looking at bits of information and trying to make sense of them by adding to our existing knowledge or testing out new patterns in our sense-making efforts. The Web has given us more ways to connect with others in our learning but many people only see the information overload aspect of our digital society. Effective learning is the difference between surfing the waves or being drowned by them and PKM (personal knowledge management) can be your customized surfboard.

Here is an internal process based on repeating four activities:

Sort Categorize Make Explicit

& Readings

Tag, List, File,


Write Look-up as/when


These can be combined with three external activities:

  1. Connect – with others via various platforms and extend my reach
  2. Exchange – ideas and observations
  3. Contribute – to conversations

In a connected world it is getting much easier to contribute, whether it be with words, pictures, music, or actions. Not only that, it may be our social responsibility to be contributors to our common knowledge.

How else will we be recognized as professionals in our fields unless we actively contribute to them?

OS = open source
Aggregator Bloglines

Google Reader







Making Explicit



Micro-blogging Twitter

Jaiku (OS)



Making Explicit



Blogging Blogger


WordPress (OS)

Making Explicit Contributing
Photo-sharing Flickr

Photo Bucket



Making Explicit





Elgg (OS)

Making Explicit Exchanging


What I have found out over several years of using PKM methods and tools is that I have been creating a powerful resource…”

How to Share Your Social Media Identity…05.27.09

27 05 2009

Excerpted from Mashable!‘s 5 Ways to Share Your Social Media Identity:

“…RetaggrRetaggr reviews is a really well put together utility that lets users create a social media profile card, which not only displays links to your other social profiles, but includes a bio, picture, and other vital information. Most impressively, though, profile cards are interactive. Retaggr profile cards have built in widgets that let you display some of your social media content – blog posts, recent photos, tweets, etc. – directly inside your card. That means that not only can the profile cards point people toward all the pieces of your social media identity, but in many cases people can actually view your social media content without having to navigate away from wherever you’ve embedded the card…

Geek Chart offers a unique spin on social media identity sharing. Rather than just make it easy to display links to your various social profiles, Geek Chart puts your social media use in perspective by letting you show exactly where you are most active. The site lets you create a clickable pie chart of your social media profiles that depicts your use of each site over the past 30 days — if you haven’t used a site in 30 days, the chart will not include that profile…

The Karma badge from alternative search engine DuckDuckGo is easily the most simple widget on this list. Essentially, Karma only displays social media links for sites that have some sort of ranking system, such as followers, points, or friends. It requires no sign up to create and works with 15 different sites…

If you want a profile badge service that supports that obscure, niche social network you’re active on, then DandyID is likely for you… Once you’ve added your services – a process made less daunting by DandyID’s clever use of the Google Social Graph API, which finds and suggests your profile links after you’ve added the first couple – the site can generate JavaScript or image-based embeds to share your social profile links more easily, and also gives each user its own profile page, similar to Retaggr…

FriendFeedFriendFeed reviewsoffers a lot more than just the ability to create and embed social profile information – but they do offer that service, so they deserve a place on this list.

FriendFeed supports 58 social media services, and their embeddable ‘FriendFeed Badge’ widget lets you share links to your profiles on all of them, as well as your activity on FriendFeed… One of the great things about FriendFeed’s widget is that you can fully customize the CSS to make it match the look and feel of wherever you plan to embed it. Rival lifestreaming service Profilatic offers a similar badge widget, as do many other lifestreaming services…”