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In a recent posting on my personal blog, I commented on the different kinds of postings people make to blogs. On our internal blogs at Sun, I stumbled across a good reflection by a colleague (and related comments by others) on a weblog I'd not previously encountered (I'd spotted comments like those made by James Tauber, but only because of Technorati - I had to work at it). The problem with...
on May 12, 2004
It was interesting at LinuxWorld (back near the start of August) to see how many people from Microsoft were attending. Indeed, at both my session and the one with Sterling Ball, a show of hands revealed a row or more of Microsoft employees (sticking together for mutual protection?). Josh Ledgard was there, and while I must have been speaking a bit fast (I've never worked for MSFT, I was just an...
on Aug 30, 2003
Supernova is part of what The Register calls "a giddy social whirl of conferences and and other airmile aggregation opportunities". As most of the speakers have weblogs, we have the opportunity to peek inside and perhaps get a preview of some of the content. Cory Doctorow has started an interesting thread, on a topic Liz Lawley hinted at a while back - whether always-on-ness is helpful or...
on Jul 6, 2003
I have commented to a few people that Blogging is a Big Deal. Not, I hasten to add, because I think that anything more than a core of special people (special can have many meanings, but I like Halley's article...) will ever decide to participate in a meaningful way in that specific activity. Rather, it's because of the work that it's catalysing, both extending blogging and going way beyond, as...
on Jul 2, 2003
While totally invisible to the bulk of humanity, there's been a storm in a soup bowl of late as the Great and Good of blog-tech have been focussed into a Wiki to design a successor to RSS and the Blogger API - the name 'Echo' has been mooted as a placeholder. The choice of a Wiki is itself interesting, as Clay Shirkey notes, and from the messages its host has added to many pages the soup bowl has...
on Jul 1, 2003
I just signed up to deliver one of the industry perspective talks at Supernova in Washington DC. I'm looking forward to it - there's a risk it will be like Steve McLaughlin describes another conference: To take a recent example, you had a conference about blogging's impact on the business world where bloggers sat on panels with other bloggers, some of which were blogging what was said, while...
on Jun 26, 2003
For a while now I've wanted a reference list of people at Sun who maintain weblogs (first called out by Timothy Appnel). I've not found one, so decided to throw one together - Sun Bloggers. If there is a list I missed, or there are bloggers I've not encountered, let me know. [Also posted to]
on Jun 24, 2003
I really like the report on Corante about but it raises for me the question of why none of the other sources I respect in the blogging community have even mentioned the launch of blogs and wikis on, let alone come in with a critique (positive or negative). In particular, I've not seen anyone in the blogging A-list that I track with NetNewsWire mention or critique, and...
on Jun 19, 2003
Heading out of town today, I met Mark Thomas from IBM at the Hertz office. Seems he too needs a break after JavaOne. We're both (independently) heading to Yosemite for the weekend - in fact, I am writing this from the 'Happy Burger' in Mariposa ("if it's not perfect, don't serve it" ). I see Duncan's off to Wisconsin, as is Glen. I guess we all need to decompress - I wonder where other...
on Jun 14, 2003
I've seen a few people commenting on the new URLs - Paul and Bertrand, for example. The site is target for some misunderstanding (some of it great fun!). Rafe Colburn for example says: Maybe I'm just naive, but I'm convinced that there is little overlap between people who care about Java and people who want a virtual Christina Aguilera on their mobile phone. But I'm afraid I don...
on Jun 13, 2003
Alan Williamson wasn't too impressed with Jonathan Schwartz's keynote yesterday, it seems (complete with IDE demos - I hope he's enjoying the Project Rave demo I am watching now!). I'm very interested in his comments on the desire to expand the Java developer base from 3 million to 10 million. He says: The threshold that we call someone a developer, is going to be dropped significantly ... Sun...
on Jun 11, 2003
I'm taking the chance to roam the exhibit hall today and just bumped into my friend Neil Bauman of GeekCruises, who is here promoting events like his Java Jam. I've been a speaker at a couple of his events, and both times have been memorable. Neil's idea is to run training events that deliver the very best speakers (like Sun's Kathy Sierra, whose new book is being well received), provide a...
on Jun 10, 2003
The last few years I have been privileged to moderate a round-table discussion between the leaders of the J2EE community, hosted by JavaPro magazine. Each year I'm struck by the way there is a diverse competitive landscape for Java. This year the diversity was as strong as ever, with great participants like Ted Shelton from Borland (leading their corporate strategy), Graham Hamilton from Sun (the...
on Jun 10, 2003
Dinner last night was an excellent opportunity to meet Ronald Mak, a researcher at NASA Ames who is respoonsible for the middleware powering the information feeds used by Mars Probe scientists. You may remember seeing the way NASA was using Java at past JavaOne conferences, but it's really come a long way since then. Mars Probe scientists and engineers have a powerful Java client application...
on Jun 10, 2003