- Anne Galloway’s collated a list of prominent women working in Pervasive Computing Alongside my post from earlier in the day, I thought it would probably be a good thing to try and do my bit to make some of the women (in particular) working in the industry fractionally more visible.
- BarCamp has a diversity page, which could do with some attention If there are people whose voices you think are under-represented within the community, or if you’ve got ideas about how to make the conference scene and the technology idea more diverse, then you should add your comments to the page in question…
- Popsugar – one of Mike Arrington’s ones to watch I’m surprised at the moment given the resurfacing of all the old gender arguments that no one but me picked up that Arrington referred to this in his speech as a ‘women’s issues and celebrity gossip’ site. Seemed desperately clumsy to me.
- Weird review of the Future of Web Apps event from ZD Net The last section on ‘worst session’ seems to me to sum up in a nutshell the culture clash between traditional software development practices for desktop applications and a culture of web native young technologists. But maybe I’m just drunk or something.
- Fiona Romeo has put out a call for ideas around future technologies of surveillance and spying I’ve got the Barbelites thinking about this as well. Could be really cool to be involved in this project.
- Spotted on Dan Hill’s weblog – the honest in flight announcements of the future? “In-flight announcements are not entirely truthful. What might an honest one sound like?”
3 replies on “Links for 2006-09-18”
You’re right, the Zdnet post is a bit ridiculous. Not only is the “worst-of” rather sour and off-base — i think most attendees left inspired to see the idea of “enterprise” development debunked in the face of lots of great projects built by small teams and passionate users — but i disagreed 180 degrees from the “best-of” review of Carl Sjogreen’s Google Calendar presentation as well.
My notes show Carl referring to Google Calendar as “visually appealing and joyous to use”. While it’s natural to be attached to your own project, describing GCal that way really confused me, especially given so many beautiful apps that were presented that day. He wasn’t able to take questions at the end so I wasn’t able to ask, but I was really curious: given how nice 30boxes.com, apple’s iCal, even Outlook’s interfaces look — Google Calendar is visually appealing compared to what?
I was just about to blog about Arrington’s outrageous reference to PopSugar as a “women’s issues” site. I had to go back into my notes to confirm that I just wasn’t imagining it. How out of touch is Arrington and the whole old boys club in Silicon Valley?
On a totally different note, I loved your presentation, Tom. I really appreciated the “historical” context that you provided around social networking as well as its evolution, including the Consensus & Polyphony models.
Cheers .. Kate
I like popsugar, don’t get me wrong. But, is it really that original? Why all the fuss?