Showing posts with the label web2.0

Internet Trends 2011 — Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers

There is a brilliant presentation on Internet Trends 2011 by Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. most of this did not come as a surprise to me. Audio will be the next big thing on the internet. We'll talk to computers, control them by voice, will listen to what we like anywhere and anytime but without carrying the mp3 with us and maybe we'll even video talk. Finally, after 20 years in the making. Facetime may have started this revolution already.

And finally, where web 1.0 was content, web 2.0 was personalization, web 3.0 will be localization of all the information available to us. Not "What's relevant to me?" but "What's relevant to me here and now?".
Couple that with mobile commerce and NFC payments or mobile wallets in your smartphone and you'll a totally new boosted E-commerce experience. Maybe we'll start buying things using small charges, ie. micro payments. Instead of buying a whole CD in the 90s, we now buy single songs and apps on iTunes…

Khan Academy

What started out as a remote tutor project for his niece, has turned into a world-wide classroom for the world that wants to learn more about Mathematics. That right! The Khan Academy is about Math, Algebra and Calculus and is the #1 educational resource on YouTube. Over 1600 videos will teach almost all basics so no one has to remain behind for whatever reason. At least not if it's a out Math! :)

Resetting Facebook's privacy settings

There is a lot of talk about Facebook sharing too many of your details to the world and within Facebook itself. That may be true, but there is always the manual control option. Naturally, 170-some options are a little non-user-friendly to say the least.

But no reason to panic. There are a couple of tools and websites appearing that will help you reset Facebook privacy settings. So stop complaining and get busy. It took me 15 seconds to install SaveFace and set everything to "friends-only". I think everyone can spare 15 seconds...

Update: Another site to help you checks Facebook privacy settings:

LibraryThing | Catalog your books online

I was thinking of building something like this a few years back, but it's already done: LibraryThing | Catalog your books online. I always forget what books I already have when I'm in the bookstore. Very annoying!

Update: is a similar tool but with extra options. Only question I have left is, how do you easily add all your books to these...?

Google Maps Navigation

Google Maps Navigation: "Google Maps Navigation is an internet-connected GPS navigation system with voice guidance. It is part of Google Maps for mobile and is available for phones with Android 1.6 and higher."

So it'll run any currently sold Android phone, as they're usually running v1.6. Only a very few already have 2.0 or will be updated early next year.

Pogoplug - an easy NAS from your USB disks

Have a few external USB disks laying around you'd like to make them available to everyone in the house without leaving your computer on all the time? It's easy!

You need a NAS server, instead of abusing your computer as such, and give people rights to share files, place backups, create photo albums and so on. The NAS server manages your existing USB disks and handles access control. Pogoplug has a small cute (Pink! So the wife factor approves too) box for $130 with a 1 GB network port and room for 2 USB disks. It integrates with facebook, twitter and myspace too, so you can easily share photos or music if you like or choose not to. ;) Apple Mac users will also like the ability to backup iTunes and iPhoto libraries and get shared access to them. The whole thing is managed thru your browser. And, of course, Linux works too. The only thing I miss is some form of access control, security or encryption, but the specs don't mention anything. Personally, I'm gonna go with the … - your own private in-house Twitter server

Twitter is great for status updates from friends, vague contacts, celebs and more. But you can also use Twitter for something useful.
The low threshold to post a quick note on what you're doing, a problem, an issue, a joke or a solution enables geographically separated groups to keep in touch in a fun way without getting in the way of real work to be done. Developers, consultants, producers, bands, fans, people sharing a disease in hospitals over the world, teens with the same problem or large families spread over the globe, can all keep in touch. Using the web, mail or a mobile phone everyone is informed almost instantly of what is currently going on with anyone interested.
But what if you'd like to keep the updates private? Sure, you can shield your profile and approve each follower but perhaps you'd like to keep sensitive information off of the Internet. For instance client information, configuration details or personal illness tales and emotions. Then you need a priva…

PS3 Firmware v3.10: Facebook integration

The latest update to the PS3 game console brings Facebook integration to the world's most advance gaming platform! On a side note, the Dutch public broadcaster NOS also presents their news reruns on the PS3 now. Handy if you'd like to stay in touch with current events in between gaming non-stop. ;)

PS3 to integrate Facebook into next firmware update

With the PS3 heavily focused on gorgeous HD single player mayhem, the addition of Facebook to the PS3 may lift hard-core gamers out of their isolation. Now they can let everyone how long and what they've actually been playing. Great! No everyone has proof you have no life! :)
Of course, Sony had to do something after Microsoft stole the limelight with their Xbox360 announcements.

Tracking Facebook and the Facebook Platform for Developers and Marketers

Inside Facebook is an interesting site that tries to uncover trends and facts from world-wide Facebook usage...

Running a Small Business on Free Tools

There are so many great free tools out there for people on small budgets or start-ups or simply those who want to save money for other things.

Check Wizkid Sound for their choice of free tools that run their small business. Add wikidot to it, for writing collaboratively on any form of loosely organized documentation.

There are free hosted subversion servers out there, to give you version control for your website development. Lighthouse gives you free issue tracking for bugs reports, defects and feature requests. Blogger/Twitter to post regular news or stay in touch with each other if you are geographically spread apart. WordPress for a full-featured CMS with room to grow. if you provide ICT services to customers and want an organized (ITIL v3) way of controlling changes and maintenance. Thousands of people provide free template designs for all major content management systems (CMSs) so there is no (immediate) need to hire a designer.

Blogger Twitter Widget malfunctioning

As you can probably see, my twitter feed is broken and shows tweets from someone else. Blogger is aware of the bug and has notified the creator of the widget. Hope they fix it soon, this is the 2nd time I'm aware of this happening...

Update: fixed :) tweet about songs is a twitter service where you type in a song title and they give you a link to tweet it. Easy and faster than going to or spotify, searching for the song, getting the link, shortening it and tweeting about it. :) Great service!

Online Makeover to test make-up

A cool example of 21st century thinking is Daily Makeover. A website that works together with 60 beauty brands to enable users to try make-up on their own face. Upload a photo and try out different brands, types and colors. Cool, I predicted this back in 1999 while at KPN Research.

Twitter - songsincode

Time for a little nerd humor. Who says nerds don't have fun?! :) There is a thing going on Twitter where people tweet a song in the form of programming code. some are really genius! Check out the thread Twitter / Search - songsincode

Hootsuite: "What’s Think of it as your social network glue.
A account lets you send a single update to multiple networks simultaneously: Facebook, Wordpress, MySpace, LinkedIn, and more. And now you’re able to send those updates through HootSuite to take advantage of scheduling, clickthrough stats, and all the sweet goodness HootSuite has to offer."

I knew it was coming and now I think it's here :) I'll be testing it soon.

About Twitter

Just to put the Twitter hype in perspective (even my privacy-phobe ex is on twitter now!), read this: If only 100 people were on Twitter.
It still roughly seems to follow early Internet rules-of-thumb:
in every community, there are 100 lurkers to every active member, and 100 active members for each wizard.

Slashdot: Amazon EC2/S3 Not PCI Level 1 Compliant

It's on Slashdot so it's been scrutinized by 100000 geeks already: Amazon Confirms its EC2/S3 is Not PCI Level 1 Compliant.

Not a big deal for many, but it means your (credit card) data is safe during processing or after, in storage. There goes my plan to backup all my data onto the cheap cloud computing platform. I'll have to search for a more secure alternative.

Google Wave Federation Protocol and Open Source Updates

Google Wave has opened up the first parts of its revolutionary new Internet protocol: Wave. the first open source components are the Operational Transform protocol and a prototype Wave server using the Wave protocol.

Wave is seen as the next step in Internet communication because it can seamlessly and transparently integrate Mail, IM chat and Twitter into one interface. However, it does not change the user's client if he doesn't want to. You can participate in a "Wave" with any client, while preserving the overall structure and semantics of the communication thread/msg/chat. So you may never know. That's part of the genius.

Easy explanation of Google Wave in Dutch available at

2nd annual World Photo Walk

Damn, I missed the 2nd Annual world photo walk here in The Hague. :( Would have been cool and great to meet some new interesting people. Bummer, what's her face!