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Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Mabber has arrived:

About us

Instant Messaging is getting more and more popular. Most people have more than one account somewhere and experience the same problems all the time. There are different applications for instant messaging either at home and at school, in the office or at some internet-cafe. Something is always missing and somehow this is getting frustrating fast. That’s why we developed mabber.

We offer Instant Messaging based on the Jabber/XMPP standard, either web-based and as a mobile application. If you like, you can also download a third-party jabber-application and use our service that way. It doesn’t matter how and where you use the service, you can always talk to all your contacts any time. We use open standards and offer our customers the most possible flexibility.

mabber makes Instant Messaging even more simple and more useful. We developed a mobile application that lets you chat and send messages whereever you are. Required is a recent mobile phone equipped with Java and some sort of data-plan. We estimate that 1 kb of data allows for about 7 messages. That makes it less expensive than SMS.

mabber. everywhere. anytime.

I haven’t had the time today to fully explore it. However, I did manage to get it going really quick with two buddies in Germany who are on AOL. So something is working at least (they’re still in beta).

By the way, Mabber is web stuff made in Germany.

If you’re interested I have a few free passes to hand out.

Google China search

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Philipp is Checking Chinese Google Results.

Apparently, the results differ significantly. At least some of the most obvious search terms (Falun Gong, Tienanmen massacre etc.) do get censored. But how much information is still seeping through — passing the barriers of censorship unnoticed? If Google China provides a net gain in information access to the people in China, maybe censorship will only slow down the process of change, not avert it.

I get the feeling more change is coming to China. And change and Communist governments usually don’t go well together.

CIO podcast with Mike Workman, Pillar Data Systems

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Mike Workman, President/CEO of Pillar Data Systems, recently went on CIO Sponsored Podcasts to talk about the State of the Market 2006 - Storage (time: 0:15:21, size: 7.4 MB).

Pretty good overview of what Pillar does and where they’re headed.

Waiting for solar

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

I’ve been shopping around for a car lately. It just occured to me that it’s the year 2005 and still no zero-emission, solar-powered, hydrogen-driven vehicles in sight. Come on, now! The technology has been around for years, last thing I heard.

A definition of Web 2.0

Friday, November 18th, 2005

I like this description by Tim O’Reilly, posted a few weeks ago under Web 2.0: Compact Definition?:

Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices; Web 2.0 applications are those that make the most of the intrinsic advantages of that platform: delivering software as a continually-updated service that gets better the more people use it, consuming and remixing data from multiple sources, including individual users, while providing their own data and services in a form that allows remixing by others, creating network effects through an “architecture of participation,” and going beyond the page metaphor of Web 1.0 to deliver rich user experiences.

Thanks to Stefan Schmidt for posting the link to the wiki.

55 Ways To Have Fun With Google

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Philipp Lenssen, whom I met at Web Monday last week, is writing a book on 55 Ways To Have Fun With Google:

So what are some ideas I already have in mind? Here’s a selection — if you’re a frequent reader, you might know some of these:

* AnyRank
* The Google Snake Game
* The Google Irritation Game
* Dave Gorman
* Can You Find The Google Search Returning the Most Pages?
* The Disappearing Google Logo Trick
* Interviews, Cartoons
* Google Knows Celebrities
* Strange Spelling Corrections
* Google Orthography
* The Google Superhero Costume Parade
* The Best Google News Blunders
* and many more…

He explains his motivation for writing a book on Google:

What’s Google to me to write a book on it? Not a company (that book has been written, by the way). A metaphor, if you want, an approach — to tap the global brain. The book could therefore be called “55 Ways To Have Fun With The Global Brain, And Make It Talk To You” but that just doesn’t sound as catchy. But I do believe that whenever we type something into Google, we’re interacting with all the people in the world.

Bound to be good.

Lufthansa FlyNet

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

I’m aboard flight LH 468 from Frankfurt to Portland, Oregon. I’m using FlyNet, Lufthansa’s new on-board Wi-Fi service. Neat!

Set-up is very easy. Even the pricing model seems reasonable. The only trouble is defining the right settings for this plaze.

Pironet NDH to release pirobase 6.0

Friday, October 21st, 2005

This just in:

Pironet NDH at Systems 2005 with new version of pirobase CMS

Cologne, Germany, October 21, 2005; At this year’s Systems, the Pironet NDH Group presents the new release 6.0 of their content management software pirobase CMS for the first time. The product will be available as of October 28, 2005. The central functional elements are the process orientation, structured processing of information, multi-channel publishing and seamless integration into existing IT infrastructures and portal server scenarios. All user interfaces feature a completely new, modern and user-optimised design.

I’ve known Pironet for a long time (from when they were only about 30 people, through their IPO in 2000, and - most recently - as a contractor). This had been in the works for some time when I left in April, and I hope it does well.

I’d like to take a look at it. Yet another reason to go back on a visit to Germany, I guess.

Playing with Flock

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

I’m posting this using Flock, a new browser, which is publicly available as of today. It’s still version 0.4.8 (and I hope it won’t break things, at least not too badly).

If you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area and are interested in Flock, they are scheduled to demo their product tomorrow night at 8pm at the Techcrunch meetup/party along with a bunch of other interesting new tools.

I’m starting to really like the energy here in the Valley.


Tuesday, October 4th, 2005 just launched as Ning.

Ning is a free online service (or, as we like to call it, a Playground) for people to build and run social applications. Social “apps” are web applications that enable anyone to match, transact, and communicate with other people.

More on their blog.