What is a Home Page

06/12/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Information Mangement, Collaboration, Blog

The home page is an index to what that site is presenting to the world. That index could be to your personal interests, it could be to the products and services offered by the organization presenting or sponsoring that URI.

The above is my opinion, but the term "Home Page" has many shifting meanings, as can be seen at the discussion going on at geeks.OPML.org. To my mind, the "home page" has evolved far beyond the original concept that was prevailing when I was writing sites for viewing in wiki(Lynx_%28web_browser%29,Lynx), and one reason that the default file served up by http has a filename of "index", and that the first page(s) opened by your browser became your "home page" as well. When http was developed as a better way to exchange and find information, vs. gopher or ftp, it was often a directory listing of the files being served up by httpd. In some ways, the old home page concept has been replaced by the linkBlog.

But the home page has evolved much beyond a list of links. The home page is much like a good strip tease, it should entice the viewer with wanting more, but without giving everything away at first glance. An home page can be simple or complex; it can just provide an opening statement or it can summarize everything contained within that site or topic.

It is really up to the author(s) of the site, and what [t/s/]he[y] want to accomplish. :>>

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RSS Podcast Lifestyle

06/08/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Toys and Tools, TIA Life, Podcasting

Apple is adding feed syndication podcatcher capability to iTunes. This served as a central theme for the return of the Gillmor Gang on May 28th. As a tangent to the converstaion, the Gang discussed the ability - or lack thereof - of the Apple iPod to take full advantage of RSSv1, RSSv2 and Atom feed syndication. Of course, the iPod has no OS/API/applications to do this.

"Looking at other implications of the iTunes announcement. Doesn't this also mean that with RSS, that the iPod is much further along in it's being the total multipurpose device? You know... What's to say that you wouldn't be able to, on the disk, have all the things that you might subscribe to via RSS, in that device and you might then plug into headphones or into a TV screen? Well..."end quotation

-- Steve Gillmor, Jon Udell, Dana Gardner, Mike Vizard, and Doc Searls, with guest Adam Curry and Executive Producer Doug Kaye Gillmor Gang Rides Again 33m:44s - 35m:06s

No doubt the iPod is great, but its main job is to play m4p files. If you want the ability to grab your feeds no matter the media, how about the Palm Lifedrive or one of these from the Daily Wireless article "WiFi MP3 Players". So, forget the iPod and get a machine that let's you get to all your feeds, podcast, songs, blogs, vlogs, news, and whatever comes next.

 

Blogging in the WSJ

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

Our corporate attorney pointed out an article in the Wall Street Journal from Tuesday, May 31st, "Blogging Becomes A Corporate Job; Digital 'Handshake'?". While looking for this article, I also found that same day in WSJ, there was a commentary written by Glenn Harlan Reynolds with a title, "We the (Media) People" that took from Dan Gillmor's Book, "We the Media".

The first article talks about blogging as a new corporate job paying between 40 and 70K$/y. The commentary talks about business models for web logs that concentrate on reporting news from those who are living the events.

This got me thinking about how often the WSJ mentions blogging. In the past week, we have

Six articles in a week mention the word blog with subjects ranging from those devoted to the topic of blogging to how to read your children's blogs to see if they're using drugs. I would say that blogs are certainly mainstream at this point.

 

The Coastside is the Place

06/03/05 | by JAdP | Categories: General Thoughts

David Winer wrote about his current musings on where he might like to live to do what he might like to do.

"So where is the perfect place to live? I think I would like a teaching job somewhere, where I could work part-time as an entrepreneur in residence, at a VC firm, perhaps. Not too far from a beach, to keep sane, and out of traffic..."end quotation
-- Dave Winer 2005.06.02;13h05m31s

The San Mateo County Coastside is the perfect place. Lots of artists, craftsfolks, artisans, techies, entrepreneurs, et al, making their living while hanging out the local cafés; well within an hours drive of anyplace else in the SF Bay Area: Marin, Wine County, Santa Cruz, Walnut Creek, with the places in between being much closer, like San Francisco, Berekely, or Silicon Valley.

The coverage isn't great for cell or WiFi, but leading the TeleInterActive Lifestyle™ here isn't impossible. :>>

 

Perfect Handheld? Not Yet

06/01/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Mobile and Wireless, Living

Dan Gillmor and I started a discussion in email back in 2000 about our various ways of staying connected when out of the office. Back then, I was using a PalmVx with a Novatel wireless modem and the Omnisky service. Now Dan talks about his ideal handheld in "Perfect Handheld? Not Yet".

I've always tended towards "best-of-breed" rather than accepting the compromises associated with squeezing everyhting into one box. This is true of Business Intelligence systems, integrating Open Source projects, stereo systems, even take out food [don't ask, don't tell]. It is especially true of my PDA.

I have a fierce brand loyalty to Palm [er, PalmOne, PalmSource, oh, yes, Palm is fine] and I'm very attached to open source.

I've been back-of-the-envelop designing a wireless network hub that would take care of that part of the system, until small-enough processors and wiki(software radio) catch up to each other in terms of specifications provided and required. OLED screens that can pull oull out of a rod like a scroll will make life better in this area too. I think I would rather carry a few small devices, than one clunky, compromised device. But ignoring packaging for a moment, here's a list of funtions, features and standards that I want with me all the time:

  • Open Source OS
  • Lot's of third-party apps
  • Synchronization capabilities, wired & wireless
  • wireless PAN, LAN, MAN & WAN - whatever the latest protocols are
  • Voice and Data
  • eBooks
  • calendar, text processing, word processing, contacts
  • graphics rendering [data visualization, games, and more]
  • SD storage, maybe two slots, maybe even one CF
  • email
  • attachments
  • web & wap
  • feed syndication reader
  • cookies & javascript enabled
  • SSL & other encryption

Several small devices easily distributed in various pockets would suit me just fine. I do want to get rid of the leather pouch I always have attached to my belt. Right now the leading contenders that could be mixed and matched to get some of these, if not all, are

If I had a convenient user interface, processing power, the OS and software and storage to do it all, the headset, the various connectivity capabilities, and Bluetooth tying it all together, I wouldn't need or want a "cell phone" per se. With what's available right now, it really is hard to put together a working system - and of course, coverage in CDMA, GSM or 802.11[whatever] is spotty at best, though iPass does have a good solution for worldwide accounts.

 

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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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