Week in Review for 9/7/2008

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  • Chrome running on the Arm, anticipating mobile use
    Android may use elements of Chrome but more as a side effect of it being open source and easily cross compiled and re-used. Google is not intentional sharing technology between Chrome and Android and it is possible and likely other mobile device makers will benefit from Chrome.
  • Early chrome review
    Nothing too surprising, mostly confirming the description of features announced during the launch. A few gripes but about fairly shallow UI features which could be easily addressed.
  • Another chrome review
    Again, pretty consistent with coverage elsewhere. This review is a bit more technically oriented. Emphasizes my main concern, more of the business strategy of how Google intends to attack Microsoft rather than just cannibalize the other browsers.
  • Increases in video streaming may be shrinking P2P traffic
    There appear to be many reasons for the shift but chief among them may be that the experience of streaming has simply gotten so much better and on the whole is easier to use than P2P downloads. The article sites a few other benefits, though improved bandwidth utilization is not one of them.
  • Picasa now supports CC licenses
    Finally has caught up with Flickr. The default is all rights reserved, which is probably wise given some of the issues that have arisen from people using CC without understanding the implications. There is a license link if you use CC but little else to help explain the conditions on use.
  • Mythbusters retract story about credit card company suppressing segment
    The article has the other side of the story. The segment was still pulled by Discovery so Savage’s comments at HOPE may have been his own speculation without any adequate qualification as such.
  • Perception and reality of privacy policies
    In a nutshell, at least in California, consumers interpret the presence of a privacy policy as indicating adherence to certain, somewhat strong standards. This is absolutely not the case as there isn’t any recognized minimum privacy standard and could lead to some bad decisions on the part of consumers.
  • Metallica seems to have made its peace with file sharing
    Their latest album has been leaked online in advance of its official release. When asked, the band seems much more sanguine with the release. Perhaps they have learned their lesson as a business, however the members may feel about it personally.
  • Massive scale data centers used in scientific research
    This is a nice profile of some of the largest data centers in the world as well as a look at the problems and trends that affect computing at this scale. I especially enjoy the idea of Sanger’s open access and the particular problems that arise from it, aptly compared to Google’s need to follow fickle public interest.
  • Amazon to help OLPC with another round of G1G1 program
    New partner could smooth out past fulfillment problems as the kinks in actual production also appear to have been smoothed. I am most curious to see if a success of this run of the program could have a positive impact on an organization that seems to be struggling.
  • Popular Python web framework hits 1.0 milestone
    This is a significant release for a project that doesn’t get as much press as RoR but has a large and vibrant community. From the release notes to the porting guide and beyond it also seems to have a very comprehensive set of documentation, critical for a framework of this kind and size.
  • von Rossum on future of Google App Engine, relevance to Django
    Some good news for anyone wanting to use the commodity hosting that Google provides with the improvements in Django 1.0. And a tantalizing hint that new language support may be coming soon.
  • New data gathering efforts in France threaten privacy
    The database appears to be more for dossier type information than gathering extensive communications, like similar efforts shot down in the US. Regardless, the French citizenry appear strongly opposed and are organizing petitions and protests despite the government’s attempt to downplay the nature and risks of the database.
  • Cocoa inspired JavaScript framework released
    I enjoy the applications built with Cocoa immensely but find it frustratingly opaque as a framework, especially the particular take on MVC. However, perhaps this web based version will inspire some similarly beautiful and useful web applications.
  • FCC may loosen telecom reporting rules
    I have to side with the consumer groups on this one. The regulation doesn’t directly affect telco behavior in the market and this sort of transparency is critical in holding them accountable.
  • MySQL founder quits Sun
    While the article cites a trusted source, this may still be a rumor. No information on why Monty is or may be leaving.
  • Rational for selling private data cheaply
    This makes sense and speaks to the power of norms. If you think you have little privacy to protect, you may not act as strongly to protect it. This could then lead to the odd counter intuition about consumers valuing privacy but surrendering it cheaply.
  • Hacker conventions ranked by bandwidth per user
    The list is far from comprehensive. There doesn’t appear to be a simple correlation between number of attendees and bandwidth per each. Perhaps if the list were expanded, a trend might emerge. I am not sure that this data would sway my decision to go to a conference more than other factors, such as speakers and topics.

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2 Replies to “Week in Review for 9/7/2008”

  1. I may have to revisit that at some point. It definitely is a thought provoking piece. More and more organizations are following the path that Google blazed. I tend to view “cloud computing” as less of a buzzword, as some have criticized it, and more as a short hand for other services building Google-like infrastructures to do some pretty nifty stuff.

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