Today opened with a great talk about the history of the IBM PC. Dave Bradley the advice I liked was ‘choose your partners carefully‘ and ‘small decisions may last forever‘ -he was talking about a 5 hour meeting with 3 people that created the character set that is now ‘the official standard.’
Technology trend spotting by Roger Magoulas the research director at O’Reilly was sort of interesting but why? What are the trends coming besides rails and ajax.
We had an ok presentation about a really important topic – hacking government by Carl Malamud.
The real danger that Tim O’Reilly highlights those who have the power to make the laws/regulations not understanding the realm in which they make those rools.
ITU world summit on information technology – for starters the ‘corspondent’ from O’Reilly could not get ‘press credentials to attend. WHAT! They were talking about Internet Governance and their are noises about another governance body for the web emerging by those ‘heads of state’.
Hack2: Get Standing Join the operation
He highlighted the Smithsonian – Showtime Network issue (they signed a 30 year exclusive agreement with the network limiting there ability to put content up in other forms.
Hack3: Be Governmnet
put more of what is happening in government online and support annotation – They are working on launching the Public Memory Trust starting with the Washington Bridge to have 18 hearings running simoltaniously online. There exit strategy – Make the Government Do it.
Hack4: Mirror the FCC
Hack5: Enforce ODF open document format
Hack6: Audit Validity (for disabilities)
Hack7: Rank by Bad Links (links on government pages are notoriously stale)
Hack8: Annotate Hearings
Hack9: Hold Hearings
Hack10: Map Spectrum
he said that only 2% of the spectrum is actually used and that we as the hacker community could map spectrum and make a case for opening up the spectrum our common resources.
Skills using for builing open source are citizenship skills for the common good. To resist private interest taking over government
OpenTalk 2.0 Maximizing non-stakeholder buy-in by leveraging departed Generic informaiton transfer protocols
Damian Conway gave an amazing presentation about OpenTalk 2.0 – cxap. This presentation was even better because on on day 0 of OSCON – sunday he gave a presentation on presentations to speakers. In this talk he basically in this presentation made fun of presentations and did everything you are not supposed to do in presentations….
Zak Greant’s summary –
Damien Conway’s is giving the funniest public whipping I have ever seen. He is simulatenously kicking the ass of Web 2.0, Sxip, patents, patent vulture firms, snake oil crypto, Microsoft, Google, r0ml and the rest of us all at the same time.
Great quotes include:
- We have a patent on replacing the letter in a name with x, but still pronouncing it the same way.
- Every time you read the name Microsoft, you will see a kitten. We call it “Pavlovian Marketing”
- We thought that we might call it … firefly, fireangel, firebuffy. Then it became obvious – the new browser is called FireWhedon.