DigBack

I noticed that GoBloggit has a single post from their blog trackbacked to two of my blog posts. The first one to which they trackbacked was somewhat related, at least to part of my article, the second trackback, not so much. I almost deleted both after the second one today, thinking it was blog spam, even though I had responded with two comments to the GoBloggit post. Then I saw that GoBloggit is using DigBack.

DigBack is a desktop application that helps you get more readers and more traffic to your blog. It searches the Internet for blog articles of similar content to your own and puts a link in the articles of those blogs.end quotation
-- from the DigBack website

Is this blog spam? It certainly doesn't seem to be an effort to enter into a conversation. I'm letting it go for now. Certain aspects of DigBack seem useful; but that second trackback, with no relevance to my post at all, shows that DigBack isn't going to be good for blogging as it's easily misused, even if inadvertently. It even trackbacks to GoBloggit's own post multiple times. Not good.

Apple Future is iTunes not Computer

MacWorld SF 2007 is now over, and my take away is that Apple is betting its future on iTunes becoming the center of your entertainment universe.

  1. The Apple iPhone is an iPod with a far better UI and screen than previous generation iPods. Oh, and by the way, it has a GSM phone as well as EDGE and WiFi networks so you can enhance your entertainment experience by communicating with your friends and researching what's entertaining you.
  2. The Apple TV is an iPod that gets your iTunes content to your home theater; especially video to your TV. And that is all it does.
  3. Like Dell before it, Apple has dropped the word "computer" from its corporate identity. Apple, Inc. is now a consumer electronics firm.

What will this mean for MacOSX, and the computers that run it? Well, TiVo's product is software and a web service running on Linux. They've been proving for a decade that there is room for a computer in your home theater system. They haven't provided other computing experiences that might enhance your enjoyment of the show you're watching, as I still need another computer to give me Firefox in a PiP window on my TV.

It took Roxio, in Toast 8 Titanium to bring TiVo to Go to Mac. Apple TV goes the other direction and brings iTunes video to your TV. I can get TiVo to Go on my Palm Lifedrive, and TiVo to Go is available for iPods [though TiVo desktop for Windows or MacOSX and/or Roxio Toast for the Mac is required]. Perhaps one of the blank spaces on the iPhone home screen will be some version of TiVo to Go, but likely you'll just get it through a playlist like any other iPod.

Even with its great new xServe though, it would seem that Apple, Inc. isn't very interested in the business market, except perhaps as servers for video-on-demand, iTunes music stores, and becoming the TelCo backend infrastructure Apple might need to sew this all up very neatly.

The consumer converged entertainment/communication market is Apple's direction, and with its great sense of style and design, innovative interface, and market panache, I think Apple, Inc. will be a booming [pun intended] success in that space.

To bring a point to my thoughts, imagine an Apple home with entertainment, communication and computing converged through various Apple devices: an Apple grid of Mac Minis [maybe a laptop or two, maybe not] and iMacs, Apple TVs, iPods and iPhones; TiVo to Go or similar Apple branded service, and VoIP to supplement your current video and phone carriers. At the center of it all is iTunes - your entertainment source, and maybe, to a lesser extent, some version of .Mac [dot-mac] separately or integrated into iTunes, as the hub for all your other online needs.

This could truly help to bring the converged experience to the non-geek.

Looked at in this light, the iPhone isn't as bad as I originally had thought. It still won't replace my Lifedrive. Where would I read my eBooks? The scenario imagined above doesn't help me live the TeleInterActive Lifestyle. It doesn't help free work from geography, nor integrate access to and management of both business and personal data. It won't let me renew a prescription from anywhere, any time, nor access a productivity dashboard or customer history whenever, wherever. Though it might, to an extent, through Safari. I'm not the target market.

If my analysis is correct, Apple is more completely focused on the consumer than ever, and has completed its withdraw from the business battlefront.

Cisco Sues Apple of iPhone Trademark

According to the Wall Street Journal, from the Associated Press

Cisco sued Apple for trademark infringement over the "iPhone" name Apple chose for its new cellphone, unveiled yesterday. Cisco obtained the iPhone trademark in 2000, and had been in talks with Apple over rights to the name.

"Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," said Mark Chandler, Cisco's general counsel. "There is no doubt that Apple's new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission."end quotation
-- Wall Street Journal, "Cisco Files Suit Against Apple Over iPhone Trademark"

Apple IPhone not my Perfect Handheld

Over a year-and-an-half ago, I wrote about what I would want in a perfect handheld - really the perfect converged mobile computing & communications experience. The Apple iPhone doesn't meet the qualifications that I gave there. But it would seem that the iPhone is intended to compete more with the Motorola V3i & SLVR than any PalmOS or Windows Mobile smart phone. That's a shame. Though the multi-touch UI might prove to be the next best thing.

While I did some research last night and this morning, to match what I heard at MacWorld with what facts I could find, I should wait until the device finally comes out in June 2007 on Cingular in the USA, before actually deciding. From what I know right now, however, I doubt that I'll be a customer for the iPhone.

Now if someone would come out with a device using the next generation PalmOS, Access Linux Platform [ALP] with 3G+, 802.11a/n, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR with A2DP & AVRCP, WiMax, GPS and maybe even UWB. And given ALP's compatibility layer for older PalmOS applications and it's Linux kernel, everything else I want, and chances are that you want, are already covered. Yes, 802.11a/n as n is already backward compatible to g which is backward compatible to b, so adding "a" covers it all.

Of course, the other part of this equation is to get rid of proprietary digital lock-in, by combining all the various DRM schemes into one consumer friendly idea, and have all web services and desktop applications conform to the appropriate open APIs and file formats. Ah, utopia!

I've taken my June 2005 list of perfect handheld functions and updated it.

  • Open Source OS but I would take MacOSX, if it was really the full OS
  • Lot's of third-party apps
  • Multiple input methods including [soft] QWERTY keyboard, handwriting recognition, taps and multi-touch gestures, and voice [commands and dialing]
  • wired & wireless synchronization of ALL my digital life: contacts, calendar, audio/video/photo/eBook media, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, databases... all files, all the time
  • wireless PAN, LAN, MAN & WAN and GPS, and keep IR too - whatever the latest protocols, such as those listed above for today, with expandability and upgradeable for tomorrow
  • convenient Voice and Data, and SMS, MMS, IM, chat, VoIP, and web & video conferencing
  • advanced graphics rendering for data visualization, games, and more
  • Storage and more storage, hard drives, solid state disks, and maybe more than one compact flash memory slots, like SD and CFII
  • Full IMAP & POP3 email compatibility with all servers that meet those protocols and with the ability to send, receive and handle all attachment & MIME types
  • Complete web, wap & location services
  • feed syndication reader
  • cookies & javascript enabled, with security management
  • Full encryption handling for SSL, VPNs, etc.

The Apple iPhone doesn't do it. The ModBook comes closer, but isn't realy want I'm looking for either. Open up the iPhone, let it really take advantage of MacOSX including application installation and inkwell, and I would might be a customer.

Update: I had to add one other thing, because I'm really confused by this. I should do what I said above and wait until the Apple iPhone is released, but... Here's what Apple says about OSX on the iPhone:

All the power and sophistication of the world’s most advanced operating system — OS X — is now available on a small, handheld device that gives you access to true desktop-class applications and software, including rich HTML email, full-featured web browsing, and applications such as widgets, Safari, calendar, text messaging, Notes, and Address Book. iPhone is fully multi-tasking, so you can read a web page while downloading your email in the background. This software completely redefines what you can do with a mobile phone.end quotation
-- Apple - iPhone - High Technology - OSX

The original Palm and even the Newton gave us much of that over a decade ago and added email, the web, and javascript [widgets are javascript] with the PalmV with Omnisky modem in '99. They were revolutionary devices. If the Apple iPhone lives up to that first sentence, it would be interesting, evolutionary, and maybe verging on breakthrough: "All the power and sophistication of the world’s most advanced operating system... access to true desktop-class applications and software...".

I guess that my 4GB PalmOS Lifedrive with WiFi and Bluetooth [AudioGateway adds A2DP & AVRCP - love those third-party apps], in conjunction with my old Bluetooth GSM/EDGE phone [total cost for both $349] is still the best solution for me.

Update: Marc LaFountain has a well-written post rebutting or expounding the "concerns" that have been raised about the Apple iPhone. For the most part, I agree with him. As I say in my post "Apple Future is iTunes not Computer", I don't think that Apple intends their iPhone to be converging business and personal lives nor to converge computing and communications, but to converge entertainment and communications. In this, and in Apple's use of the multi-touch interface, I think that Apple will be very successful. One point in which I disagree with Marc is that there is no real reason not to allow third-party applications on the iPhone. Apple already has a well-established developer program. Apple could have released developer specs at MacWorld, and between now [the announcement] and June [the release] could easily have worked with the third-party developer partners to generate a list of MacOSX applications that would work on the iPhone OSX.

It will be very interesting to see what applications are finally on the iPhone when it is released in June, 2007, and how the hardware evolves over time. For my own part, I would need ways to receive, view, access, edit and transmit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images, PDF formatted files, eBooks and outlines - just as I have now with my Lifedrive [4GB] paired over Bluetooth to my phone [as stated, total cost $349]. For now, WiFi might be able to make up for the lack of 3G wiki(HSDPA) data speeds. I already am a Cingular customer... Well, with all that, maybe, just maybe... Maybe not.

Online to Mass Media like Novel Series to Short Stories

It struck me that the mass media attempts to leverage the web are akin to short stories filling in the background for book series, while I was reading "Social Networking and Breaking the Fourth Wall" by Steve Portigal.

The Chart, so the story goes, is a new online social networking site that leverages the graphic device they’ve used for several seasons, in which sexual contact between different characters are charted on a large whiteboard in Alice’s homeend quotation
-- Steve Portigal in "Social Networking and Breaking the Fourth Wall" on All this Chittah Chittah

Steve also points to "‘The L Word’ Spins Off Its Chart" in the New York Times, which discusses OurChart.com, a web site tied into Showtime's "The L Word" series.

I've seen many examples of this recently. Mass Media is trying all sorts of experiments to tie into newer and converged media| communications | computing technology, from voting on reality shows using SMS, or getting show updates via SMS/MMS, character blogs and webisodes.

All of this has a slight reek of desperation to it. Whatever the motive, and whatever comes out of old line media attempting to leverage the tools allowing everyone with a computer and broadband connection to be a content creator and publisher, it is interesting.

Part of what's happening is reminiscent of something I've seen in science fiction serial novels all of my life. Short stories and fan written stories filling in the background of those fictional universes. You can find this all over Science Fiction and Fantasy. Two that come immediately to mind that have built large communities with community generated content are Anne McCaffrey's "The Dragon Riders of Pern" and Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series.

Compare how those authors and communities have developed and the rich tapestries of work that have been created with things like

And many, many more. These are just the few I found in some quick searches. Many, if not most, TV shows have background support from the web.

So, are these just examples of insincere marketing, or extensions into the fan base? I think that the answer to this will come from how well the show's producers and sponsors join the developing conversations and integrate third-party fan generated content. Just like SFF authors have been doing for generations.

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