Thoughts about ETech

I Live in the Future
Just a thought from 23 March 2006 about , , , , , .

the gadget showSo today I found myself at home, sitting on the couch, plugged into my laptop. I was talking to a gentleman in Australia, where it was already the next day, over the internet with Skype. We talked about the web, blogging, and community, while his daughter squealed in the background. He recorded the conversation and has now made it available to his listeners as a Podcast.

Is this what it's like to live in the future?

Observations from ETech
Just a thought from 11 March 2006 about , , .

I returned from O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference with a stack of business cards, a nasty case of the sniffles, and a brain stuffed with ideas. It was a fabulous time. Here are a few observations from my days in San Diego.

  • "Web 2.0" definitely means something to someone, but no one's sure who or why. (We do know, however, that it's not Bruce Sterling.)
  • Flickr is the Web 2.0 equivalent of the iPod: A canonical example for any story, whether it's about funding or design or technology. It's all Flickr, all the time. (It's well-deserved - Flickr does most things right - I just worry about the inevitable backlash.)
  • MySpace makes designers nervous. The mere mention of the word sent most people into a tirade about why design does, or does not, matter. (My two cents: Everything has design. The only question is, does the design speak to the desired audience?)

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