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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

The Joost team showed off their wares at the recent Web 2.0 Expo. It looked really cool. What struck me most was the fantastic picture quality and the seamless integration of social networking features.

Now what would be even cooler is to have a Linux-based appliance that runs a player like Joost and connects to your TV – the next generation Tivo. Things would be kicked up a notch if the box connected into a service like Amazon’s S3 and used it to store all the movies you buy/collect. That way, you and family/friends could have a get together in cyberspace to watch a favorite movie. You could also permit a friend or relative to watch movies from your collection by sharing it with them. Note to movie industry : no copying involved :-)

Hey, wait a minute! Isn’t this a cool startup idea? Damn, shoulda filed one of ’em obveeus invenshun patents before yesterday’s Supreme court ruling

Open Source : Spotting the fakes

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Given all the companies riding the open source bandwagon lately, I’ve developed some criteria for myself to tell apart the true open source projects from the fakes. Thought I’d share my thinking.

Community is pretty much the sole determining factor in how I feel about an open source project.

True open source projects in my world have a very diverse community of developers involved. I am not bothered if for-profit corporations are involved, as long as there are more than one of them involved and working alongside individual developers. At the end of the day, we all need to make a living …

Fake open source projects in my world have all the developers working for a single corporation. These developers pretty much call the shots – they may take input from outsiders and even release their source code under liberal license, but at the end of the day, one is pretty much at their mercy. Open source is just a honey trap for these companies.

Developing expertise with a complex code base takes a long time and a lot of skills; furthermore, smart developers do not want to waste time learning someone else’s code base, they want to vent their own creativity by building a great code base with others. Companies promoting sham open source projects know this fully well and therefore feel safe knowing there will be no serious challenges to their control – buyer beware!

I have “Web Vision” – do you??

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

When surfing this evening, it suddenly occurred to me how I was quickly zooming in on specific areas within pages on sites I visit often. I was not even bothering to take in anything outside of these areas. Did not realize that I had developed “web vision” :-) Compared notes with my wife and she too reported similar behavior. Wow! Who knew??

Pondering on the topic some more, I’ve realized that I’m likely to develop web vision for the sites I visit most frequently; unfamiliar sites cause me to pause and look around to get to what I want. There is a very interesting paradox here – online advertisers pay the most to show ads on the highest traffic sites, yet if my theory is correct, these sites are also the ones where users are most likely to completely ignore them!!