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Endlich am Time-Cover!

December 17, 2006  

Und zwar Mann des Jahres.

Was ist Web2.0?

December 12, 2006  

"Web2.0" ist zur Worthure der Branche geworden, vielmissbraucht und vielgescholten. Hype? Eierlegende Wollmillsau?

Tim O’Reilly hat im O’Reilly-Blog mit Web 2.0 Compact Definition: Trying Again einen neuen Versuch gestartet. Ich habe geglaubt (und glaube es noch immer), den Begriff noch kompakter definieren zu können und gepostet:

For me, there is one word that sums up everything web 2.0: "openness".

Tims Antwort ist messerscharf und hochinteressant:

helge —

I’m afraid I have to differ. "Openness" is the start of the Web 2.0
story, but I think that the story will play out with considerably more
complexity. Read my paper, "The Open Source Paradigm Shift", which
compares the effect of open source to the standardization of the
personal computer hardware layer, and essentially predicted Web 2.0 as
a result of Christensen’s "law of conservation of attractive profits."

The key to understanding Web 2.0 doesn’t end with openness. It ends
with understanding how openness leads to business advantage, and thus
eventually leads to new forms of closedness.

The open PC architecture ended the closed hardware world dominated
by IBM, but it led to the closed software world dominated by Microsoft.
Open source and the open standards of the internet are ending the
closed software world dominated by Microsoft, but…

I think that ten years from now, there will be new giants who have
figured out the new levers of competitive advantage, and who have
closed down innovation. (I think that it will be through data — hence
my assertion that Web 2.0 begins with harnessing collective
intelligence, and ends with data as the Intel Inside.)

But then the story begins again, with new openness in areas we can’t even imagine now, leading to fresh innovations.

Every industry period begins in openness, matures as companies gain
proprietary advantage, and ends when companies abuse that advantage,
forcing creative people into a new end run.

The best that we can hope for is that those who gain advantage learn
from the past, and are better stewards of that advantage, keeping
enough openness for innovation to flourish without a complete

Auch der restliche Thread ist sehr interessant. Highlight der Kommentar eines "franticindustries":

Maybe one day my grandson asks me what web 2.0 is. I guess I’ll say: Web 2.0 was the moment when we stopped using computers and started using the Internet.

Absoluter Lesebefehl!

Island in the sun

December 10, 2006  

Eben bei der täglichen Lektüre in Techcrunch, in Google Adds The Geographic Web To Earth kommt mir doch eine Insel ziemlich bekannt vor:


Das ist Ellaidhoo Island (fotos) auf den Malediven, wo Conny und ich letztes Jahr eine Woche tauchen waren. Das "Bungalow" ist übrigens an einer Stelle eingezeichnet, wo das Wasser gerade von ca. 4m auf über 30m abfällt. Wunderbares Tauchrevier!

Auf Google Maps in noch größerer Auflösung zu sehen. Unser Bungalow stand ganz links, direkt am Wasser. Und in Wikimapia sogar mit Annotations:

Common misspellings: Farnberger, Fahrenberger, Farenberger, Fahnberger, Fahrnleitner, Fahrngruber, Fahrnberg.