Wednesday Oct 24, 2007

Google's Developer Pledge Needs Updating

Having just read ZDNet's piece on the Google's developer pledge of allegiance:


I can't help but think that this could be improved:

"I pledge allegence to the web" Why just the web? I love the web just as much as anyone else, but surely this is too limiting? With devices such as mobile phones, Blu-Ray devices, set-top boxes, and the like, I think that pledging allegiance to the Internet makes way more sense.

"One platform" great aspirational goal but is there really only one platform? Each web browser is its own platform, in fact each version of each browser seems to have its own nuances and could almost be considered a platform. As a developer I am also concerned about writing applications that work on way more than one platform.

"DOM" and "AJAX"  Although both these technologies are core to things like HTML/XML rendering and client technologies like Google Maps. These are way to limiting... What about PHP, MySQL, Apache, etc. As a developer I use all of these and, oh yes there is that other little technology out there called Java! How little is Java?

From Java powers more than 4.5 billion devices:

  • over 800 million PCs
  • over 1.5 billion mobile phones and other handheld devices (source: Ovum)
  • 2.2 billion smart cards
  • plus set-top boxes, printers, web cams, games, car navigation systems, lottery terminals, medical devices, parking payment stations, etc.

Please don't limit me by having me pledge allegiance to only DOM and AJAX!

IMHO, perhaps they should have used this as their pledge of allegiance?

I pledge allegiance to the Internet,
and to the innovation and ubiquity for which it stands,
one common vision
of creating liberty and opportunity
for all.


Thursday Oct 18, 2007

Are you ready for Medipedia?

With the news today of Google's heath care platform and Microsoft's entry into this market I am getting more and more worried that it will not be the new killer staph bacteria that will wipe us out, but it will be Medipedia

Just try going to Google today and typing in "headache and sore throat" and you get 1.7 million entries! Now how are we going to find out if it is just the common cold, or something more sinister? Surely not by combing through 1.7 million entires, otherwise we will need to add to that sore watery eyes and painful wrists.

So perhaps Medipedia will be born?

All us want-to-be doctors and internet trained surgeons can create our own entries on what the underlying cause and remedy is for any ailment. Medipedia will save tax payers millions by closing down the FDA. Who needs some bureaucracy when the whole internet world can try out our remedies and then vote on them. 5 stars -- it healed me, 4 stars -- I got better, 3 stars -- didn't really work, 2 stars -- it made me worse, 1 star -- oh dear.... While we get rid of the FDA, lets also get rid of medical board exams, I am not sure about the rest of you, but by watching ER and Grey's Anatomy, I think I can handle almost anything!

Perhaps with Medipedia and the new Google medical imaging application, I will be able to take 3D tours of the body, and not just any body, but MY body-- scarey...

Medipedia sure sounds interesting.. quick go get the URL.. OMG.. it is taken!

I for one, am not ready for Medipedia, or for Google and Microsoft to have access to my medical records.


Wednesday Oct 17, 2007

Announcing: Remix Undefined Mashups Version 2.0

We are on the brink of a new age.

We're about what Web 2.0 is about. An AJAX-driven GUI, this will change everything: Folksonomy. We shall transcend borders. It's all about community. Float this. You need someone who gets it. Tag me. Social is the new push. Cry out, blogosphere!

Clustering. Splog is an aggregate noun. MSM just doesn't get it. Roll your own roll-your-own. It's all changing. Hack it. On-demand streams. The buzz is loud and clear. Single. Word. Sentences! 2.0 is the new New. Label what defies categorization. Clear that. This is newer media. "ASL" is geezer speak. Always be launching. Faster. Faster! The new is old. News clouds.  The words aren't what they were. Podcasts are it.

OK OK enough!!!  

I didn't create this stuff rather it was generated by the Web 2.0 Bullshit Generator What is really scary is that at first pass you probably thought this might be real! Well it isn't, but it does bring home the fact that there is so much hype out there and new buzzwords that you really need to do some checking before believing the next big thing is about to launch.



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