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ETech – Tim O’Reilly talks about emerging technology

Posted by Charles | March 27, 2007 | Comment

O’Reilly had a keynote speech to officially kick off ETech last night. This year’s theme is “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” O’Reilly talked about open source hardware. As example, Chumby, the open source gadget that can be hacked and make a long list of thing out it. He implied that the new age of hardware based “2.0” is on the horizon. The open source like hardware manufacture will change how thing got made and greatly reduce the cost of making them. Feature of Attention get a lot attention lately. Startup like twitter, jaiku mobile and the […] Continue Reading…

ETech – from coder to co-founder -2

Posted by Charles | March 27, 2007 | Comment

Here are some more pointers from the coder to co-founder session. [people] You need co-founder to share the tasks and feed energy to each other. Employee, the first two or three employees set the tune for rest of the company. Don’t let anybody in until you are sure they will be able to set the tune you like for the company. Hire people you like and people like you. [funding] There are two paths for startups to get funded, bootstrap and investment. Bootstrap is on you own. You have to start the company first. Investment could be from angel […] Continue Reading…

Adobe Apollo in ETech, quietly

Posted by Moxie Zhang | March 26, 2007 | Comment

From the package given from the ETech, most of them are marketing materials from varies startups, there is a CD: Adobe Apollo Alpha 1 Labs Release. There is nothing else mentioning what Apollo is. Kinda interesting way of marketing. There are indeed good amount of geeks attending this conference. Also there are good numbers of people are doing startup here to figure what’s next. Are there going to open the CD case, installed it and find out what’s about Apollo and what’s so great about it?Well, maybe they will, considering Apollo has been mentioned often the last couple month […] Continue Reading…

ETech – from coder to co-founder -1

Posted by Charles | March 26, 2007 | Comment

The first day of ETech is tutorial day.  I went to Marc Hedlund’s From coder to co founder – Entrepreneur for Geeks session. Marc Hedlund is the cofounder of Wesabe. He had series of startup on his belt, some folded already though. Wesabe has been profiled extensively recently and looks will be Marc success story. I’ very valuable from people who made it to share the experience and pointers. Marc did a great job! His session covers Entrepreneur, Starting, People, Funding, Strategy, Tactics, Case Studies and Learning More resource. Here some pointers: [entrepreneur] How do you know you are […] Continue Reading…

going to Oreilly Emerging Technology Conference

Posted by Moxie Zhang | March 26, 2007 | Comment

We are going to the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, ETech 2007, in San Diego. This is a very interesting year for ETech, after couple of years Web 2.0 drumming and marching. ETech supposedly help us look into future and set the tune for the next year. Expecting some quick (dirty) type-up from the conference from us.

multiple file upload with ruby on rails Acts_as_Attachment

Posted by Charles | March 23, 2007 | 10 Comments

After playing with three file upload plugins, I decided to give Rick Olson’s Acts as Attachment a seriously try. By the way Rick Olson is working on another file upload plugin called Attachment_Fu (no more acts_as). It’s a total rewritten of acts as attachment. Great but just not mature enough yet. But I’ll definitely switch to the “Fu” once is stable.

Anyway, too bad acts as attachment is not designed OOTB (out of the box) supporting multiple file upload. Also, the Ruby on Rails go-defaulting approach is bit too extreme here. As you know, if you follow pre-defined naming convention, […] Continue Reading…

Apple iRack video – can’t be more funny

Posted by Charles | March 23, 2007 | Comment

I don’t like to mix politics with technologies, even though it’s been doing this way more and more these days. But this one is just too funny to not share.

Another Adobe Apollo demo video

Posted by Charles | March 23, 2007 | Comment

There is the Adobe Apoloo demon at DEMO 07. Enjoy it.

nice try – how to make a flash animation without Adobe

Posted by Charles | March 22, 2007 | 1 Comment

It’s interesting to see people try things that they shouldn’t bother to do so. Here is a example. I’d like to inspire people to do things like “using AJAX to do what Flash all can do.” Seriously, why bother.


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