Personal perspectives on information science, the evolving Internet, delivery of public services online, Web 2.0, the Web of Data, the Semantic Web, communities, folksonomies and more. With an emphasis upon convergence between some or all of the above, and a UK slant.
And I agree with every word. Read the lot, but the last two paragraphs bear repeating;
“So here’s the pitch from the new CTO: if you want to face the challenge of creating something world-changing; if you like the idea of a company that controls its own destiny and is small enough for you to change it; if you never want to stop learning; then I want to hear from you.
Come and find me atXTechthis week, or grab one of the other 8Talisiansthat are going and get the lowdown on what it’s really like to work here. If you can’t make XTech, then email email@example.com and tell them I sent you :)”
Yesterday was alongday; out of the house about 0600 UK time, and down to Heathrow. Boarded plane, which then proceeded to sit on the ground for almost two hours before taking off. I was next to a friendly baby (at least I was when the cabin crew weren't kidnapping her to play in the kitchen or show her off to the pilot), and Rob was sat in front of the mostmiserableold couple, who seemed to hold him personally responsible for their lack of leg room.
Once in Calgary, it was then two hours in a (ridiculously hot) little bus to arrive at the hotel and discover that I was in one (small) room last night, and moving to a (better, allegedly) different room today for the rest of my stay.
May is one of those absolutelyinsanemonths, where the conference organisers of the world unite in order to cram in as many events as possible before (presumably) the tourist season prices the good venues out of their reach.
Icouldprovide a scarily long list of all the events weTalisiansthought about attending this month, but honestly can't remember them all. We have selected a number of them, though, and my two kick off after next week's Bank Holiday asRoband I jet off tothe Web conference, way up high in the beautiful Canadian Rockies.
Both events look great, and I look forward to meeting up with various people while I'm there. I also hope to line up a good pipeline on the current series of podcasts, which I am really enjoying.
Although disappointed not to see some of the people atSemantic Technologythe week after, I am definitelygladto be spending some time at home... and not crossing the Atlantic and all of North America twice in a fortnight.
Travel-related mutterings on here as usual; proper event commentary onNodalities. Glad we have a long weekend here in the UK before that little lot kicks off...
Garlik is active in the online identity space, and their initial (free) offering is a service calledDataPatrol. Given the minefield of database access negotiations and legal constraints, it's only available in the UK just now, but it's well worth a look if you're here.
Feed their website some name and address information, wait for a letter to arrive with a password to close the circle, and away you go. DataPatrol essentially undertakes a credit check on you, and back comes all of the information that finance companies and others are reading on their screens when they look at you so pityingly as you attempt to buy a car/house/Starbucks coffee.
The Cloud, it would appear, knows an awful lot about me. DataPatrol and Garlik do a nice job of showing just how visible my affairs are, and of offering guidance about ways in which risk might be mitigated. Oh, and apparently Ineed to borrow morein order to make it easier to borrow...! :-)
It's a free service, and Idoubtthat the finance companies are paying Garlik in order that their customers might be better informed, so I'll be interested to see what Garlik does next.
Having discovered that blog posts here attract more comments and offline follow-up when they're about cars, here's another one.
About six months ago, I contacted my localAudidealer to ask about the availability of live traffic data for theSatNavunit built into my car. Living on the east coast of England, I know thatthe capabilityis incorporated into my car and functional, as the map occasionally detects congestion and accidents for me... over the water in the Netherlands!
I was told at the time that the necessary software update to decode the equivalent signals in the UK was unavailable.
However, yesterday, I received an email from my Audi dealer. The update is now available, and it would appear to be free until June.
I'm impressed; the dealer had the presence of mind and infrastructure to log and track my interest over months, and to follow up with me when circumstances changed.Andthey're not ripping me off with the update.
It is a shame, of course, that I had to wait until 2007 to gain functionality from my car's manufacturer thatanyonecan get for themselves by popping down to somewhere likeHalfordsandbuying a hand held SatNav unit. But that's another story.
Dan ChudnovbloggedaboutWriteRoomlast week, and I was just downloading it to have a go when my colleagueRichard Wallisalso brought it to my attention (I think he'd read Dan's post, too, rather than some spookier piece of synchronicity).
Like Scott, I'm finding it oddly helpful in clearing my mind and focussing upon the task at hand (a document over which I have been agonizing, rather stupidly, formonths).
One additional thing I'd like to see is a timer; I want to tell the program to prompt me after a given period of time, so that I can pop out and see what's been happening on RSS feeds, emails, IMs, etc. Otherwise, every time I stop typing there's that nagging niggle at the back of your mind to stop - just for a minute - to see if anything important has happened.
Note to self - remember toregisterthis piece of shareware. It's worth it, even without the timer.