Archive for March, 2007

Greetings from Washington, DC

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

It’s been a busy week. I have a few more hours to spend in sunny Washington, DC before I head back to the Bay Area. Lots of interesting content to digest, and a long list of people to follow up with.

Both South By Southwest Interactive as well as the Politics Online Conference 2007 were worth going, and I’ll try to be back next year.

Using Twitter extensively at SXSW was a fun experiment. To me, it was yet another glimpse into the future when everybody’s location will be a known fact at any given time more or less and where it will seem perfectly normal to make use of that information for the purpose of social interaction.

Palm Treo 680 + Mac + T-Mobile = Not working yet

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Seriously, how frickin’ hard can it possibly be to get dial-up networking going on your smartphone? Smartphone says it can do DUN, Mac says it can do DUN, and for all I know lots of people are already using T-Mobile for DUN.

Took me hours to finally get the Treo/Mac bluetooth pairing to work (delete pairs, reset Treo, reboot Mac, pair the two again, bla, bla). And it’s still not working (now apparently the GPRS CID string I’m using is wrong). WTF?

Of course, little to nothing is documented. Or if it is, you have to dig through some obscure forums on the web where most of the time they either talk about a different phone or an older version of the Treo, or a different phone service provider.

Most annoying thing by far ever since I got my Mac almost two years ago. I had almost gotten used to plug and play.

Anyway, if you’re using T-Mobile unlimited internet on an unlocked Treo 680 and you’ve managed to get DUN working from your Mac, please clue me in. I buy you a beer in Austin.

SXSW, baby!

Friday, March 9th, 2007

I’ll be at SXSW in Austin, TX for the first time this year. Leaving in 12 hours. Sounds like a lot of fun. I just hope Twitter will be up to the task.

He says, she says: Conflict and coordination in Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

At Wiki Wednesday tonight, PARC researcher Bryan Pendleton just talked about his recent research project: He says, she says: Conflict and coordination in Wikipedia (to be published at CHI 2007 in April if I’m guessing correctly).

Lots of analysis, visualization and insights into the phenomenon that is Wikipedia. Very cool stuff!

Web2Open: San Francisco, April 17/18

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Tara just announced that the Web2Open wiki is now up.

What is the Web2Open?

The Web2Open is a part of the Web 2.0 Expo, open to anyone who would like to attend. We do ask that you have a badge, but you may register for a free Expo Only badge using the code at the bottom of this page.

The Web 2.Open was conceived with FooCamp/BarCamp in mind. This open event blends some pre-scheduled content with an open grid where the attendees fill in the sessions they either want to discuss or present themselves. It is the perfect space to provide the community at large with a place to connect with other attendees, learn more about elements of Web 2.0, and share one’s knowledge and experiences.

An unconference hybrid, if you will (and free of charge).

On Monday, April 16, it’s Web Monday Silicon Valley (Upcoming) once again, and it just so happens that we will also be in San Francisco this time around.

Anyone flying in from Germany (other than Nicole)? Let’s meet.

I’m on Twitter

Monday, March 5th, 2007

You know what to do…

Ehrensenf’s Katrin Bauerfeind on Valleywag’s “Vlog Hot: Babes Semifinals Heat 1″

Monday, March 5th, 2007

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Web Monday Hannover, March 5

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Web Monday Hannover kicks off March 5, bringing the number of cities in the Web Monday network to 20 (not counting Second Life).

Rivva — Meme tracker for the German blogosphere

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Rivva is a new project by Frank Westphal. It’s the first meme tracker for the German blogosphere that I’m aware of. It just hatched, so things my still look quite simple, though my guess is new features will roll out steadily over the next few weeks and months.

See the blog post here for more information: I’m so excited … and I just can’t hide it (don’t let the title fool you — it’s in German).

Playing with brainR

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

BrainR is small web app from Germany that lets you do simple brainstorming. Here’s my question (in German). Feel free to chime in.

Btw, I’m interested in both the topic and the tool.