Monday Apr 23, 2007

Second Life Event April 24th 10AM PT

Sun-Second-Life If you were at the Web 2.0 Expo last week, you likely heard James Baty talk about the Open Architecture Network (OAN). When you hear the term "network" from anyone at Sun, you likely think of the hardware variety -- OAN is different. Here's Wikipedia's description:

"Open Architecture Network is a free online, open source community dedicated to improving global living conditions through innovative and sustainable design. It was developed after Cameron Sinclair won the 2006 TED Prize from Technology Entertainment Design conference. The prize awards each recipient 'one wish to change the world'.

The aim of the network is to allow architects, designers, innovators and community leaders to share innovative and sustainable ideas, designs and plans. View and review designs posted by others. Collaborate with each other, people in other professions and community leaders to address specific design challenges. Manage design projects from concept to implementation. Protect their intellectual property rights using the Creative Commons "some rights reserved" licensing system and be shielded from unwarranted liability.

The Beta Version launched on March 8, 2007."
Tomorrow (April 24th) at 10AM PT, you can join Cameron and John Gage in a Second Life walking tour of an OAN network design plan.

Sign up here.

Wednesday Apr 18, 2007

Web2.0 Expo Demos: Potenco, TellMe, and Spock

Throughout the expo there have been various demos by new start ups. A few of my favorites:

Potenco: Creators of a portable human-powered power generator. Think Gilligan peddling furiously on a bamboo stationary bike created by the professor. The only difference is Potenco's product is more like a yoyo and far more efficient. After a minute of pulling on the string, enough power is generated to charge a cell phone for 25 mins of talk time or power an LED light for an hour of lighting. Great product for areas of the world with limited or no power -- such as poor regions with cell connectivity, but no power OR the Moscone center with thousands of laptop/cell toting electronic addicts stalking too few power outlets. ;-)

Tellme: Similar to calling 4-1-1 for information, only Tellme information requests via your cell phone are free by calling 1-800-555-TELLME, texting TELLM (83556), or by downloading/using Tellme beta (a J2ME application) on your cell phone.

Spock: I'm looking forward to receiving my beta account for this one. The demo was favorited by expo attendees via an American-Idol-like voting process of texting in votes for your favorite demo. Basically, Spock is a people-focused search engine that enables users to search for people and drill down on specific characteristics about them and see the commonality they share with other people. The results are based on data/tags from social networking sites and allows readers to vote on the relevancy of characterists assigned to people. The idea is the search results will be refined over time as more data becomes available and more people use it.

Monday Apr 16, 2007

Web2.0 Expo Session: Web 2.0 Vulnerabilities

Just got out of Alex's session on Web 2.0 vulnerabilities . He talked a lot about the XSS vulernabilities introduced by evil uses of AJAX, but also mentioned a new vulnerability that not many people (of the couple hundred) in the room had heard of: CSRF, also known as XSRF.

The Web2.0 Expo presentor's slides will be posted as they become available, but in the meantime, you can check out Jesse Burns' paper on CSRF for more info.

Alex did a good job of making the use of AJAX sound spooky. Guess he gets to keep his "Security Guy" membership card. ;-)

The official blogosphere tags for the expo are as follows (for ease of perusing other conent): WEB2EXPO07 or WEB2EXPO

Sr. Community Engineering Program Manager/Acting Director for Sun's external social networking sites (blogs, forums, wikis, etc.). Skrocki's personal blog, LinkedIn.


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