Too Many of Me, Part 2

Ionut Alex Chitu over at Google Operating System has a post about Socialstream, a new kind of social network, created by a project in the Master’s program at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute and sponsored by Google. Don’t the already have a orkut that’s kind of a big deal in Brazil? Anyway, the feature… Read More

Google’s Backup Plan

I read today that Google Apps will soon include the features acquired from JotSpot. Not that big a surprise, but adding wikis and web site building capabilities to Google Apps will make them even more compelling in comparison to Microsoft Office. I hope Docs and Spreadsheets will be graced with these features, too. Anyway, it… Read More

Too Many of Me

Jeff Nolan addresses an issue that many others (e.g. Robert Scoble, Anshu Sharma) have begun to complain about recently. Namely, there are too many social networks to use realistically, and no one has adequately addressed the requirement for a cross-network identity management tool. For people in a position to give advice on new technology (Which… Read More

Did You Buy an iPhone?

I broke down and bought one for my wife, a longtime smartphone user, to replace her Treo 680, which isn’t very old. Palm has already released a couple newer Treos, so even at less than a year old, that little guy was a relic. Leading up to June 29, I got more and more sick… Read More

More Thoughts on Facebook

I’ve been following Facebook closely since the platform launch in May, especially the enterprise aspects and Facebook as an alternative to LinkedIn for professionals. Rather than do a giant brain dump, I’ll post a piece each day (or so) until I’m tapped. The best place to start is with the platform. I covered this briefly… Read More

Plagiarism is for Chumps

Steve Chan, one of the most read and hardest working bloggers in the Oracle blogosphere, has been plagiarized by some chump. I won’t give this loser any air time by pointing to his post, blog (comments turned off, what a surprise) or website. Note to chump: a quick whois and traceroute tell me who you… Read More

Nod to Justin from OTN

Thanks to Justin, editor of Oracle Technology Network (OTN), for his post on our internal Idea Factory. We hope the factory generates good feedback; we know some of the 70,000 people who work here have killer ideas. Now, we’re trying to mine them. Justin has been building OTN into the largest online community of developers… Read More

Is a bar chart really the best we can do?

I recently caught a demo of Hans Rosling’s software which provides a pretty amazing visualization framework for understanding relationships between data.  In this demo, Hans analyzes, by country,  infant mortality vs GNP over the course of about 100 years.   Like all great presentations, if forces you to re-think how you view something – in this… Read More

My Very Own Facebook Post

Since every post about Facebook’s runaway success begins with “I’ve never been a MySpace guy . . . “, here goes: I can’t stand MySpace; it gives me eye seizures. I love what Facebook is doing. They spend several years carefully building a niche network for college students that protected the target users from spam… Read More