BoingBoing blocked

Censorship is breaking out all over the place, and when BoingBoing gets blocked you really have to wonder what the hell is going on.

Last week, we reported that Boing Boing was blocked
by entire countries including the United Arab Emirates, and by many
library systems, schools, US government and military sites, and

Today, we’ve learned that Internet Qatar, the sole ISP in the State of Qatar, has also banned BoingBoing.

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Web 3.0 Wiki

My more observant readers likely noticed an interesting link on my sidebar titled “Web 3.0 Wiki“. The more curious of you clicked on that link only to be directed to a login screen, at least before today you did.

The original idea for this was born out of the simple question “what is web 2.0 for business users”. I have not quite found the answer to that question but I have discovered that many of the consumer web2 services have great applicability behind the firewall. One of the more obvious examples is style tagging for intranet content, something you can get with the plugin for Movable Type.

I have been tinkering with this for a couple of weeks and having tried several versions I’ve opted for a simple catalog approach. Please help me build this out by adding categories, providing company descriptions, and by adding new companies and projects. Two more sections I will be adding are actual production case studies and a blogroll focusing on the topic.

Lastly, thanks to Socialtext for hosting the public wiki.

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Are VCs the Real Chasm In 2.0?

I think the answer’s simple: VCs. VCs are great are crafting value
propositions for enterprise software and semiconductors. They
understand those industries very, very well.

But they
distinctly don’t understand media and culture, and so they can’t craft
value propositions (or build the right relationships, etc) for their
portfolio companies – and that’s when they invest in the right
companies to begin with.

The short answer is: Yes

I was on a panel recently focused on web 2.0 in the enterprise and I made the comment, about 2/3 of the way through the panel, that it was interesting that all of these smart people were in the room expecting the software vendors to tell them how to implement web 2.0 when in fact the entire point of web 2.0 is to enable a high degree innovation and creativity in how it gets deployed. In other words, it’s  up to the enterprise in question to find the right mix of software and application in order to realize value.

There was a comment in the above blog post that caught my attention. Michael respectfully disagreed with my statement on this and to be quite honest I think his logic was accurate as to why I was wrong to say what I did. However, as Ross pointed out in the same panel, Socialtext “sells features, customers figure out the benefits” and that I very much agree with and this is why I think it’s accurate to say that not only are venture capitalists caught in the chasm, but traditionally trained marketing people as well (full disclosure, since leaving Ventures I have been part of a traditional marketing organization). Therefore, under the filter of traditional marketing I was wrong to suggest what I said, but considering that traditional marketing may not be appropriate for web 2.0 at this stage I’m still going to say it.

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Multicore software lags hardware

With all of the noise being made about multiple core CPU’s right now it is easy to forget that there is a massive development effort underway to bring developer tools to market so that the power of these new chips can be realized.

Octopiler is intended to become just such a compiler—one that can take
in a sequential program that’s written to a unified memory model, and
output binaries that make efficient use of the massive, heterogeneous
system-on-a-chip that is the Cell Broadband Engine.

If we draw a line from where we are today with developer tools to where we need to be we can see an intersection point roughly in the space of fabric computing. We’ve been looking at fabric computing largely as a problem of writing to a cloud of servers when in fact it’s far more likely that developers will be writing to a cloud of processor cores, something current generation tools don’t handle very well.

There is likely another opportunity for startups in the area of debugging tools, which are currently not very easy to use in multicore processor implementations because of the prevalence of process abstaction. Another quality problem for multicore systems lies in concurrency, which by their very nature multicore processors are intended for.

Off the cuff I’d have to say that there is a strong sector play to be made in developer tools providing someone can get out of the gate with a tool that is targeted to developers working exclusively on new generation hardware platforms, whether they be PS3, Apple Core Duo, or Intel’s boxes.

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Interesting to see how Google can frustrate the best efforts of the best marketing organizations. Take a look at this screenshot, and witness the sponsored link for the Nike promotional site Would you be interested in “exploring Bode’s philosophy” after reading any of the returned search results? Whatdayathink Nike spent on Bode, $7, 10, 20 million?

Oracle’s latest acquisition

Funny. Thanks Morris.

Ellison described ORACLE’s long-term strategy to develop a scalable religious architecture that will support all religions through
emulation. A single core religion will be offered with a choice of interfaces according to the religion desired — “One religion, a couple of different implementations,” said Ellison.

Microsoft Dynamic Snaps

Microsoft released some products for Microsoft Outlook last week in the form of source code packages available under their Shared Source license. Dynamic Snaps are plugins for Outlook that integrate with, among other things, Microsoft CRM.

The new programs are available on and enable users to
enter or retrieve data using Microsoft Dynamics AX 3.0 and Microsoft
Dynamics CRM 3.0, within the familiar Office client environment.
Microsoft partners and other independent software vendors (ISVs) can
benefit by using the shared source code in the Snap-ins that have been
developed for Microsoft Office to enhance or customize the shipped
solutions or to use them as examples to build new composite
applications for their customers.

I think it’s a little misleading for Microsoft to be calling these Snaps “products” though given that they are really unsupported source code modules that you have to implement and maintain yourself.

PS- the term “information workers” is so 1990’s, and on top of all that largely an unfulfilled promise. Time to stop using it.

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