Archive for February, 2006

Off to Rome, Italy

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

I’ll be in Rome, Italy this week. Gelato, here I come!

Web Monday Frankfurt, February 6

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

As of today, 50+ people have signed up for Web Monday Frankfurt this coming Monday, February 6. Qooxdoo and fleavent will be presented, among others.

About qooxdoo:

qooxdoo is an advanced open-source javascript based toolkit. qooxdoo continues where simple HTML is not enough anymore. This way qooxdoo can help you to get your rich web application interface done - easier than ever before.

About fleavent:

Fleavent is a is a kick ass calendar that’s so web2.0 it hurts. You’ve got recommendations based on collaborative filtering, wiki goodness, apis, tags, a proper search engine and friends networks.

What’s that mean to me I hear you say? It means keeping up and meeting with your friends more easily, meeting new people and finding out about stuff that interests you around town. you want in? click on the rss to grab a feed.

Don’t miss!

Wiki seedling

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

Finally, a team wiki at work. Though it’s still tiny (it barely hatched today) and still somewhat semi-official, I look forward to a healthy adoption curve nonetheless.

Freedom of speech

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

At some point, the Muslim communities in Europe will have to figure out where they stand on the issue of basic civil liberties, such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The attacks on the Danish daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten following their publication of a dozen cartoons are simply unacceptable.

More coverage:

Flemming Rose, Jyllands-Posten’s cultural editor, is quoted in the New York Times as saying:

“This is a far bigger story than just the question of 12 cartoons in a small Danish newspaper.

“This is about the question of integration and how compatible is the religion of Islam with a modern secular society — how much does an immigrant have to give up and how much does the receiving culture have to compromise.”

And it doesn’t stop at publishing cartoons. It can be writing a book or making a movie. Or “living like a German woman,” for that matter (Die Zeit: “Wie eine Deutsche”, in German, on the murder of Hatun Sürücü).

Advanced wiki talk

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

All in one room tonight:

That’s Silicon Valley for you. Nice!

Peter Thoeny gave a presentation on TWiki Enterprise Collaboration Platform, Version 4 (released this morning), followed by a lively discussion about structure and wikis and the future of enterprise wikis in general.

Audio tagging

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

I want to tell my radio when I hear something I like, say, a song. I want to assign tags. I want these tagged items to find their way to an online library where I can then browse, compare, discover, add, share with others. I probably want to listen to some of these songs again. I might even buy them for all I care. Same goes for podcasts. I want to tell my computer…

Mabber

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.