What is it?

October 4, 2005

Web 2.0 that is. I have to agree with O’Reilly’s point that Web 2.0 sounds like a marketing buzzword being used by a lot of companies to describe their wares without really knowing what it means. Since he helped coin the term he has an idea of what it means and he shares it here.

I am working on a paper for an interdisciplinary law and technology class at CU that will focus on Web 2.0, its origins, the core technologies that power it, and its prospects for the future. I hope to be able to offer a scholarly look at the Web 2.0 phenomenon to complement the hype.

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Life of O’Reilly

October 2, 2005

More about Web 2.0 and the “architecture of participation.” After reading this piece, maybe you’ll think that Tim O’Reilly is a little out there. Maybe you already did. I can’t argue too much with someone who has built a high tech empire on paperback books with woodcut animal characters on the front. It is a testament to the “O’Reilly Standard” that a software/networking/database/programming technology might as well not exist until it has an O’Reilly published about it. For what it’s worth, I had the phrase “The Internet is the Operating System” bouncing around in my head for a long time before I found someone who attributed it to O’Reilly.


Overview of AJAX Apps

September 29, 2005

This ZDNET article is a good overview of some AJAX office applications currently availble and coming soon. I haven’t had the opportunity to test any of them out yet, but as I do there will be more posts on the way.


SkypeBay

September 27, 2005

Steven Levy from Newsweek checks in with his take on the eBay purchase of Skype. He claims that the purchase validates the idea that the internet is soon to contain all sorts of embedded voice applications. What he doesn’t say is that this purchase might mean something more – an acknowledgement by eBay that an online garage sale isn’t the killer app to keep moving this company forward.


Google TV

September 27, 2005

Check it out.

Google is broadcasting the new Chris Rock UPN show, Everybody Hates Chris via “streamcast” over the next four days. The shots over the bow of old fashined television are increasing rapidly.


37 Signals

August 10, 2005

Salon’s technology writer, Farhad Manjoo, has a very good overview today of Chicago software company, 37 Signals.

In recent weeks, I’ve been talking to many clever people who are using creative programming techniques to build a better World Wide Web. The online experience they envision is more responsive than the Web we use today, and it’s more useful and fun, too. On this better Web, you can drag and drop items to rearrange them, see a search box fill up while you type a query, and prompt an action as soon as you press a button. The model works, in other words, as intuitively as the best software in our lives. You’ve likely seen bits of it already. These new techniques power Gmail, Google’s fine Web e-mail system, allow you to drag maps in Google Maps, annotate pictures in Flickr, and use your mouse to reorder your movie queue in Netflix.

In addition to better software, I discovered something else about the new Web: Creativity is back. The idea that the Web is a giant get-rich-quick vehicle no longer pervades the business. Instead, recalling the mid-1990s, a host of truly talented people are looking at the Web as a canvas for their creativity. And there’s one small company that’s emblematic of this effort to build better applications, and, indeed, is pioneering an entire business philosophy designed to make the Web great. The firm is called 37 Signals, and if you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry. You’re likely to start using its software any day now.