Big announcement about twitter

Actually it’s about Twitter Support in BlogBridge. If you are a BlogBridge user, please try it out. Just click on BlogBridge Weekly Release and it will just work.

If you aren’t still or yet, please help me spread the word!

I have exciting news. We have released a new beta build of BlogBridge with IMO awesome new twitter support. This is bringing us another step to being the ultimate personal social media dashboard.” (from me!)

Spread the word!

Interesting search engines

Qwiki seems to create multi-media presentations on any topic at all. I picked an odd topic, like “BlogBridge”, and it did a half decent job. I don’t know how automatic or human-driven it is, but it’s interesting.

Another interesting find is Fotopedia, “The First Collaborative Photo Encyclopedia”. It’s interesting but it suffers from an unclear mission. I think it’s trying to be wikipedia meets flickr, but I am not sure. As you can see from this link, there’s some actual connection to Flickr. Are they using Flickr to prime their pump?

Woz speaks (on iPhone)

I happen to be reading iWoz, which is Steve Wozniak’s memoir/biography/whatever. It’s a very breezy easy read and fun if you follow this kind of thing. So naturally this caught my eye:

“Woz then moved on to the topic of Android saying that Android smartphones, not the iPhone, would become dominant, noting that the Google OS is likely to win the race similarly to the way that Windows ultimately dominated the PC world. Woz stressed that the iPhone, “Has very few weak points. There aren’t any real complaints and problems.” (from “Steve Wozniak: Android will be the dominant smartphone platform“)

Of course Engadget may not have selected the particular headline that Woz would have liked, because he also lavished praise on the iPhone saying it has “”Has very few weak points. There aren’t any real complaints and problems. In terms of quality, the iPhone is leading.”

[GEEKY] Mac will be discontinuing support of Java

This is a weird development. Java is a super well established language, why would Apple decide to stop developing it:

“Apple’s announcement that they would be ceasing future development of their version of Java for the Mac has generated concern amongst Java developers.” (fromSteve Jobs Comments on Apple’s Java Discontinuation – Mac Rumors.)

N.B. Apple is not saying they are ceasing support of Java, but development of Java. I guess on other platforms (Windows etc.) the Java support and the Java code provided all comes from Sun/Oracle.

Up to now Apple has been on the forefront of providing a strong Java implementation on OS X. This presumably was because Apple felt strategically that they needed to have a strong Java, and that Sun/Oracle would not be providing it, presumably^2 because the OS X installed base was not large enough to justify it. So in summary:

Apple previously believed:

  1. OS X can’t be credible if it doesn’t have a strong Java implementation.
  2. Sun will think that OS X is not a big enough market to justify the investment.

And now Apple believes:

  1. OS X  no longer needs Java for credibility
  2. Perhaps the tables are now turned, and Sun/Oracle will need to have OS X to be credible going forward.


p.s. I just saw this blog post where James Gosling comments on Java on Mac and other recent developments.

Transparency is the new objectivity: Really good post from David Weinberger

Check this excerpt from a post by David Weinberger called Transparency is the new objectivity from Joho the Blog:

“A friend asked me to post an explanation of what I meant when I said at PDF09 that “transparency is the new objectivity.” […snip…]”

“Outside of the realm of science, objectivity is discredited these days as anything but an aspiration, and even that aspiration is looking pretty sketchy. The problem with objectivity is that it tries to show what the world looks like from no particular point of view, which is like wondering what something looks like in the dark.” (from: Transparency is the New Objectivity)

Man, this is a a subtle area. but fascinating.

Over the years I’ve been convinced by David, (even though he wasn’t trying to convince me) by the idea that there are precious few (if any) ‘facts’ that are just simply ‘true’. Maybe that’s an observation about the world, maybe about how we think, or maybe about language, I don’t know. But for any ‘fact’, almost, I often can produce a counter example.

My current obsession is Voting Reform, and so I’ve thought a lot about how we cast votes on ballots and then how they are counted. You might think that given a particular ballot or box of ballots, asking “how many votes did candidate X get” is a factual question to which there is an answer. Not so.

To see why I say this, check out my post about the ‘true’ result of an election.

David Weinberger’s post Transparency is the new Objectivity tells a fascinating part of the story; you should read it. Keeps Online Meetings Simple

Check out this post Keeps Online Meetings Simple:

"Like Utagoe Live 100, also has a similar minimalistic feel to it, which is supposed to make it easy for anyone to use – even those with little web experience. The service is based on the assumption that other online meeting solutions such as TokBox (which we covered three times), Cisco’s Webex, Polycom or Skype are just too complex. " (from: from TechCrunch)

I tried it, at least by myself. It seems to work but I am not sure that I am getting the most performance out of my Logitech webcam. Pretty cool.

Tweeting from more than one account?

You might be interested in what BlogBridge is doing about twittering from more than one account:

“Sometimes I tweet on my own behalf (’the weather in Curacao is hot’) and sometimes I tweet on BlogBridge’s behalf (’can I help solve your problem?’) This poses a bit of a logistical challenge for me.” (from BlogBridge blog)

Please weigh in!

If you think stronger regulation is a good answer, heed Buffett

Check out this post If you think stronger regulation is a good answer, heed Buffett:

"Warren Buffett gave a three-hour interview in August. Here’s an interesting bit from the transcript:

QUICK: If you imagine where things will go with Fannie and Freddie, and you think about the regulators, where were the regulators for what was happening, and can something like this be prevented from happening again?

Mr. BUFFETT: Well, it’s really an incredible case study in regulation

because something called OFHEO was set up in 1992 by Congress, and the sole job of OFHEO was to watch over Fannie and Freddie, someone to watch over them. And they were there to evaluate the soundness and the accounting and all of that. Two companies were all they had to regulate. OFHEO has over 200 employees now. They have a budget now that’s $65 million a year, and all they have to do is look at two companies. I mean, you know, I look at more than two companies.

QUICK: Mm-hmm.

Mr. BUFFETT: And they sat there, made reports to the Congress, you can get them on the Internet, every year. And, in fact, they reported to Sarbanes and Oxley every year. And they went–wrote 100 page reports, and they said, ‘We’ve looked at these people and their standards are fine and their directors are fine and everything was fine.’ And then all of a sudden you had two of the greatest accounting misstatements in history. You had all kinds of management malfeasance, and it all came out. And, of course, the classic thing was that after it all came out, OFHEO wrote a 350–340 page report examining what went wrong, and they blamed the management, they blamed the directors, they blamed the audit committee. They didn’t have a word in there about themselves, and they’re the ones that 200 people were going to work every day with just two companies to think about. It just shows the problems of regulation.

QUICK: That sounds like an argument against regulation, though. Is that what you’re saying?

Mr. BUFFETT: It’s an argument explaining–it’s an argument that managing complex financial institutions where the management wants to deceive you can be very, very difficult.

" (from: from Newmark’s Door)