BBM: Basic Business Model

August 18, 2006

From Yodel Anecdotal:

One of Reid’s criteria for evaluating companies is asking, “Which of the seven deadly sins does it appeal to?” (For LinkedIn, it’s “greed.”)

seven deadly sins - avarice photo by Alan Stuart (spidrwegian)


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WiFi for free

August 16, 2006

GigaOM » Blog Archive » Google launches WiFi Network in Mountain View:

The Mountain View network went live at 9pm PST today [August 15th, 2006]. In order to use the network, the users will need a Google login, and those who don’t have Google ID, will be given a chance to sign up for the service

at present the company is offering a one-megabit per second connection for everyone, and will tweak the capacity depending on how people use the network.

GigaOM writer Katie Fehrenbacher has been on the story and has tested the network, and gives the network two thumbs up. She was able to make Skype and SIP calls using the network, and found connectivity good in most places.

Chris Sacca, Head of Special Initiatives at Google said the goal was to turn Mountain View into a large-scale test bed for various WiFi enabled devices that are coming to market.

Too bad I don’t live in Mountain View.

Mountain View by Iguana Jo photo by Iguana Jo


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Excerpt from NewsForge | Open source project adds “no military use” clause to the GPL:

GPU is a Gnutella client that creates ad-hoc supercomputers by allowing individual PCs on the network to share CPU resources with each other. That’s intriguing enough, but the really interesting thing about GPU is the license its developers have given it. They call it a “no military use” modified version of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Tiziano Mengotti and Rene Tegel are the lead developers on the GPU project. Mengotti is the driving force behind the license “patch,” which says “the program and its derivative work will neither be modified or executed to harm any human being nor through inaction permit any human being to be harmed.”

Both developers do agree about one aspect of their license clause. It is based on the first of science fiction writer Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, which states, “A robot may not harm a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” That, they say, is a good thing, “because the guy was right,” Tegel says, “and he showed the paradox that almost any technological development has to solve, whether it is software or an atom bomb. We must discuss now what ethical problems we may raise in the future.”

Robots by jaredchapmanphoto by jaredchapman

Even though they call it a “no military use” GNU GPL, the patch can have wider implications, reaching out to all possible misuses of (open source) software artifacts.


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I did not find yet a media sharing site that has the right blend of features I’d like to have to publish for my family and friends. Essentially, the balance struck between privacy and requirement to set up accounts is still cumbersome (not to me but to my ‘audience’).

Pongyow is a new “place for you to share your photos and stories with your friends and family around the world”.
I went thru the tour and what I liked most is

  • totally free, with unlimited storage uploaders for Windows XP and Mac OS X
  • Collaborate With Your Friends If your friend has a photo album of a birthday party, and you have an album of the same party, why not put them together? With Pongyow, it’s easy to create shared albums with your friends. All you have to do is give your albums the same name (and be linked as friends on Pongyow), and your photos will automatically be included in each others’ albums!

The features set is not spectacular and probably I won’t set up an account to give it a try (besides, I have many others already).

The share-by-name-among-friends feature is quite interesting to me; it may improve on the share-by-tag-among-all feature by limiting the explosion of contents in two ways:

  1. a name is likely to be more selective than a tag (or a set of tags, for that matter), and/or
  2. the pool the selection operates on is the network of friends rather than the whole, much larger community.

Interesting reading. Below a selection of passages.
The piece is on pages 1 and 2; pages 3-11 contains polls data.

Underwhelmed by It All – Los Angeles Times:

the poll suggests that the revolution in entertainment, media and technology for which many in Hollywood are already developing strategies has not yet taken hold.

A signature trait of those surveyed is a predilection for doing several things at the same time, with a majority of females in every age group and males from 15 to 17 and 21 to 24 saying they prefer to multi-task rather than to do one thing at a time.

Young people multi-task, they say, because they are too busy to do only one thing at a time, because they need something to do during commercials or, for most (including 64% of girls 12 to 14), it’s boring to do just one thing at a time.

Sifry’s Alerts: State of the Blogosphere, August 2006:

It is interesting to note that the most prevalent times for English-language posting is between the hours of 10AM and 2PM Pacific time, with an additional spike at around 5PM Pacific time. Japan, which is 17 hours ahead of San Francisco, shows a different pattern – more posting occurring during the evening hours into the night, as well as the early morning hours before work begins. I’m not entirely sure what to make of these numbers, but it would appear that English-speaking people are more likely to blog during work hours and early evening in the USA, while they are more reluctant to blog during work time in Japan.

Steve Rubel: “Consumers are busy setting up residence in massive galaxies where they can find people like themselves.”

In the same post he speaks about Picture in Picture Marketing and gives credits to widgets for being the archetype of this form of reversed ubiquitousness the net let us experience.
Ubiquitousness, because we can ‘be’ at many places (and times) via the monitor, and reversed, because rather then being somewhere, somewhere is on our monitor.

Anyhow, while browsing e.g. reading a conversation on a blog post (lets call it our base), leaving the page to follow links is (at least to me) annoying and distracting – but nevertheless required to really follow the flow of the discussion; moreover, following links is one of the nicest things of the web, a real hyperdrive travel 🙂 -, and any way we can think of to ‘be’ somewhere else whitout leaving the base could be a solution to a problem and possibly improve our experience of the net.

Hyperdrive Travel from StarWars

How do you practice your ubiquitousness?


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