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Mad Presentation Skillz

Dear Reader,

I’m putting on my Librarian hat today and blogging about someone else’s content instead of my own. For those of you who come here for my witty banter or mad programming skillz (said skillz do pay the bills), drop by tomorrow, I’ll whip up a new batch.

Today I want to point you to Dick Hardt’s presentation “Who’s the Dick on My Site?” It’s a presentation explaining his company, SXIP and their take on on-line identity. (It’s pronounced skip and let me just stop and apologize right now to ALL English teachers out there everywhere for what Internet companies are doing to the English language and the ability of kids to spell correctly. On behalf of all of us, I’m truly sorry)

I saw Dick give this presentation at Web2.0 and I’ve got to say it was the most entertaining presentation I saw those two days. He got his message across with style and showmanship. Other than the Dick Cheney jokes, it’s a great (and informative) presentation.

The link above is to one he gave recently. It’s the same basic presentation and even thought you don’t get to see him live, it’s still an entertaining 15 minutes. I recommend you give it a watch.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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I smell a disruptor

Dear Reader,

I love new toys! There’s nothing more thrilling to me than finding some new technology and finding a use for it. So when Amazon announced S3, I looked at it; but then I put it away. Yea, ok, it’s storage, that’s not sexy. You can’t geocode it or tag it so what good is it. I went on my merry way keeping one eye peeled for Google’s latest purchase. (they are coming at an alarming pace these days)

Then at lunch the other day with a friend I mentioned S3 to him. He hadn’t heard so I gave him the elevator pitch. He stopped eating and listened intently. It seems that his company just implemented a feature that this would have helped with. I could see the sparkle in his eye as he started to run through the possibilities.

So what’s the moral here? Don’t have lunch with Cal; cuz I’ll blog ya!. No seriously, the moral here is a new toy doesn’t have to be sexy to be cool. It just took me a while to get there. Now I’m there and I can’t stop thinking about this damn thing.

This morning I ran across this. All of those are good ideas. I had some of the same thoughts about backups. I think you could glue together some PHP and S3 and get an app that Small Businesses could use to do unattended, off-site backups their accounting data, important files, etc. In that arena the playing field just tilted severely.

But to me, the people who should be the most scared of this are small web hosts. (yes, I am one) Think about it. How hard would it be to put together an application that pulled all of it’s images and media from S3. With a little PHP, a MySQL database and an S3 account, I could host an application on my home server with only a cable modem. (Obligatory Comcast sux and doesn’t allow you to host web sites, I know.) Put the index.php and database on my server though. Then everything else comes from S3. Heck, you could even put all of your other pages there. Let your index.php figure out which content should be displayed and then just build the Javascript necessary to AJAX it into the page. The content never hits your cable modem.

That’s just one possibility of how this announcement and the coming G-Drive, G-Space, G-Spot, G-we-need-to-be-more-original-in-our-naming announcement from Google that they are entering the online storage space but as a me-too player are going to be a major disruptor for the web space.

I’ll announce right here and now that as a web host, I welcome my new overload and to show that I’m on board, I’ll offer a new hosting special. $1/mo for web hosting. That gets you 10MB of disk space, 1 MySQL database and 50MB of transfer per month. That and an S3 account and you are good to go.

As my favorite old-school blogger (before we had a term for it) Jeffery Harrow was fond of saying “Don’t Blink”. (Jeffery, I miss your blogs terribly. The day you left Compaq is still a black-armband day for me.)

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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SlashTagging!

Dear Reader,

Very quietly, everybody’s favorite tech news site, slashdot, has started betaing it’s tagging feature. I’m surprised, I really didn’t expect slashdot to be a follow-on, in this arena. I figured since they missed the wave, they’d just hang back and wait for the next one. Nope, they are paddling with all their might to avoid irrelevance. Guys, you need a bigger paddle than tags; tried photos?

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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RSS on the brain

Dear Reader,

I’ve been thinking a lot about RSS for the past couple of days. (I blame my sometimes friend Pete and all his talk about edge aggregators) Regardless of why, I’m beginning to see that it might actually be able to deliver on the promise XML made to us so many years ago. (Ubiquitous data interchange.)

So as I wonder, I begin to see things that should be and things that probably shouldn’t be distributed via RSS. One of the things that would be great is sport statistics. Of course you’ll never see MLB stats because they’ve claimed copyright on them. But hey, NASCAR, want to continue to kick MLB’s butt in mindshare? Publish the stats on every driver, race and series. Let those of us who enjoy writing goofy plug ins for WordPress write a NASCAR plug in that gives the data n the format that we want it. (Of course there are probably some better uses of this info but when you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.) I’m really stretching to see how that could do anything but enhance your position even further.

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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Web 2.0 Stock Funds RELAUNCHED!

Dear Reader,

Ok, that was taking up way too much time and getting in the way of my FreeCell. So I’ve automated it and re-launched. The page is the same but now the quotes are semi-live. (I pull an update on a regular basis from alexadex.com)

Enjoy! I hope to get back around to this sometime and add some more features to it. Until then, well, you get what you pay for. :)

Until next time,
(l)(k)(bunny)
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