Swarm intelligence is a way to augment – not replace – our humanity

Interesting post here on swarm intelligence, but there’s a danger in applying this concept in a disempowering way.  Fundamentally, this is an empowering technological advancement that can help people cope with huge volume information in our lives, and in most cases I believe it’s best used to augment –and not replace — our humanity.  I…

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Enterprise Mashups = Service Oriented Reporting?

Josh Holmes posted here about the article on Enterprise Mashups he recently co-wrote with Larry Clarkin for Architecture Journal.  It’s a good article, and he talks about presenting the paper at SAF (Strategic Architect Forum) recently, and the feedback that he and Larry received from attendees.  A brief quote: “Enablement and Governance were the two…

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Go global — Windows Live translation snippet lets people read your blog in other languages

This snippet from the Windows Live team lets you put a language picking control on your blog page so that if someone wants to read your blog in, say, Simplified Chinese, they can just pick that language from the drop down.  Thanks to Steve Clayton for the heads up. Adding this Windows Live Translator capability…

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Microsoft’s Software + Services strategy in 10 minutes or less…

I got an email recently asking me to present Microsoft’s Software + Services strategy at an internal Microsoft meeting recently.  The challenge: keep it under 10 minutes. After the session it occurred to me that a lot of folks might get something out of an “Software + Services (S+S) in a nutshell” kind of post. …

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Go ahead — Rip my blog! (And web IM me, too)

That is, if you like my blog.    I’ve added a couple new gadgets a little ways down the right hand column of the blog.  The first is a Popfly gadget of my blog.  Why a gadget of my blog on my blog?  Sort of redundant, no?  Well, yes.  But, if you like the blog you can use the Popfly gadget to grab the “embed code” of…

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When information is not scarce, what does it mean to know?

Another very interesting video here from the folks at Kansas State University that did the Academia 2.0 post and initial response.  (BTW, the first video on the linked page IS the Academia 2.0 video, so be sure scroll down to the second video.)  Similar to the first video, this additional one raises huge and important questions about…

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Another Surface video

Not exactly new, but worth checking out this video if you haven’t seen it and are interested in Microsoft Surface, the new multi-touch table top computer coming out “soon”.  More info here, too.   Technorati tags: surface, user experience, UX

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Windows Live: where it’s at, where it’s going

LiveSide just posted a podcast interview with Angus Logan.  You can also get to it from Angus’ own blog, which is worth the trip in any case.  Angus is the Senior Technical Product Manager for Windows Live Platform and the main go-to guy for Windows Live Platform technical questions.   From the LiveSide podcast description: Angus…

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The democratization of media continues

Wow!  A new high for user generated content: 1 song, 5 parts, 1 guy — all in streaming HD video! Jon Box pointed me to this amazing post from Carl Franklin where he videos himself doing a Steeley Dan tune (Home at Last, 1977).  It’s all Carl — he plays all the instruments, sings the…

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The consumer value stream mind set

I saw this today, and it cracked me up.  It’s an insightful (and funny!) one-panel exposition on the importance of understanding consumer motivations — the things that are important to them, what they are trying to accomplish.  In microeconomic terms — what creates “utility” for them.  How consumers go about realizing that utility — that…

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