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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

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!!

Desktop more secure than Browser ?? Not!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Last weekend after being frustrated with the performance of one of my computers, I decided to spend some time and track down the problem. Turns out I had more than my share of update agents, some of which were clogging my CPU doing who knows what …

At the Web 2.0 Expo, there were a couple of security talks that said the browser had no security model and that desktops were so much better from a security point-of-view. I am sorry to say this experience has taught me that the desktop is just as bad. I bet even after my efforts to get rid of stuff, there is still a whole bunch of stuff running on my machine and I have no clue where it came from or what it does for me (or them ??) …