Bayosphere Citizen Journalists Lunch

07/11/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Blog

I attended today's Citizen Journalists' Lunch at Bayosphere, the new media site "of, by and for the Bay Area". The diversity of the backgrounds of those attending pleasantly struck me. Some with journalism backgrounds, PR, indy filmaking, some entrepreneurial, some technical, some scientific, some corporate, some non-profit and all in one room. Most of the time was spent with introductions and discussion around the vision of Dan Gillmor [founder] and Michael Goff [CEO], followed by breaking off into three groups to brainstorm ideas [metadata, direction, topics, and technology] for going forward. It was a fascinating time, too short, as such gatherings always are. My thanks to Dan, Micahael and Nealeigh for hosting the events.

BTW, lunch was great.

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Supreme Nerd God

07/06/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Blog

Joe Anderson left a comment on Clarise's post about our first podcast. When visiting Joe's site, she discovered the Nerd Test, and challenged me to a contest. Let's just say "I won", but not by much. &#59;D

1% scored higher (more nerdy), and 99% scored lower (less nerdy).

What does this mean? Your nerdiness is:

All hail the monstrous nerd. You are by far the SUPREME NERD GOD!!!end quotation

Nerd God


Aggregators, Readers,RSS and Podcasts

07/05/05 | by JAdP | Categories: HonorTagAdvocate, RSS, Podcasting

The emergence of podcasting shown by Brian Livingston in "RSS Readers: Narrowing Down Your Choices" is striking. Brian uses statistics from and discovers that iTunes has already jumped to 9.53% of the aggregator market, putting it in the top 5 of feed wiki(List_of_news_aggregators,readers) used. I find this amazing because iTunes is really only usefull to subscribe to RSS feeds for podcasts, not for text based news or blogs as other aggregators. Also, other podscast only feed readers like iPodder [7.17%] and iPodderX [1.77%] are in the top 20. Podcasting has been growing much faster than blogging. RSS and RDF syndication has been around since the mid to late 1990's, and the first web logs started around the same time, but they didn't take off until the most recent U.S.A presidential election. Podcasting has been around for only a couple of years, and it has fewer providers [40,000 to 50,000 current estimates] then the estimated 10 million bloggers, but I would guess from the statistics presented by Brian that nearly as many people subscribe to podcasts as subscribe to syndicated feeds for news and blogs.

BTW, I realize that I've used various terms for the same thing, feed readers, RSS Aggregators, etc, all describe online services or plug-ins for web browsers or email clients and stand alone clients that read OPML allowing you to follow news, blogs, podcasts and other frequently updated web content using XML based technologies: RSSv1, RSSv2 and Atom.

Found via: Dan Gillmor in RSS Aggregators: Some Statistics

You can also find more information and other articles on aggregators on this blog by following this link. BTW, many of the aggregators listed are open source projects. I was disappointed to see that our favourite, RSSowl didn't make the the top 20 list.


Wireless eMail

07/04/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Mobile and Wireless, TIA Life, Collaboration

I've been sending and receiving email "on the go" for well over five years. My solutions have always involved the PalmOS. I've never had to resort to a "redirector" from my desktop/laptop email client. There are a variety of approaches to mobile and wireless email. Daniel Taylor speaks to the solutions and ongoing problems in "Mobile e-mail solutions for small business".

Small businesses often have the edge here over large and even medium sized businesses. They can control the email service they use. Businesses that rely solely on using a Microsoft Exchange Server, or other proprietary collaboration server such as Lotus Notes, with that server located behind a firewall face the toughest challenge. The email services can be set up so that the proprietary collaboration server is only part of the package, with the standard protocols SMTP, POP3 and IMAP4 being part of the mix as well.

The first mobile email I had was way back in 1994 [pre-Palm] at Oracle using either Oracle Office Disconnected Client or Oracle Mobile Agents. Oralce's Collaboration Suite still serves up fully synchronized email to a wide variety of devices.

Synchronization for "casually connected" clients is also one, albeit asynchronous, solution, and even the earliest Palm software allowed synch'g your inbox, read, respond and compose offline, and synch again later. Not great if you want near "real time" information exchange.

The solution that I use now is the best I've ever had. In addition to our consulting services, we've started a hosting service, the TeleInterActive Networks. We provide IMAP4 email. This is great for multiple email clients from wireless connectivity to your favorite desktop email client, through in a laptop, and even webmail from a convenient Internet Café they are always synchronized through the IMAP server: inbox, sent email, even critical "saved" folders can all be sync'd. I can even get attachments and read them on my Palm.

Though this does get me back to a pet peeve of mine. Since email became the killer app for the Internet and is still the most used application, we've kludged everything possible onto it. eMail was never meant to send files and is not secure. Even today, email

  • attachments can't always be read,
  • take effort to remove from the email, if your email client can even do this
  • looses the chain of delivery when you do detach an attachment
  • is painful to encrypt or otherwise make secure, and thus,
  • is rarely used securely

There are far better collaboration tools than email. But I'm getting off topic. If you do want to use email wirelessly, take a look at the services that Dan cites to extend MS Exchange beyond the firewall. Or, consider a hosting service that will give you IMAP email with enough storage space to keep your current attachments to hand.


Podcast Open Source Conversations

07/01/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Open Source, Podcasting

After a lot of editing, which entailed learning the open source audio editor, Audacity, we've finally published our first podcasts in the Open Source Conversations series. I wrote about Audacity previously in "Learing Audacity".

They stem from one conversation held at the Uptown Café among Clarise, Bernard Golden, and me, dealing with two topics:

We thought it was a good idea to just extend upon our conversations that we've had at the Uptown Café in the past, but the background noise was pretty bad. We sepnt a lot of time with Audacity working on that. There still is a lot of background noise, but I think you can follow the conversation without getting an headache. |-| We also want to thank Mike for the hack he did to b2evolution to provide a better enclosure format for the RSS2 feed. Mike, it works great - now we need hacks for RSSv0.92, RSSv1 [RDF] and Atom. &#59;)

I hope you enjoy conversations. More will follow; the adoption of Open Source software, and the commoditization of software products is becoming too important for either business or personal consumers to ignore.


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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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