Monday, 30 November 2009
Finally have my Google Wave account. I am looking forward to testing it, and to creating an object compare with SharePoint. Oh and I might add Wave to my CV out of all of this.
Anyone out there looking for partners to test Wave with, I am rober1236jua(AT)gmail.com
Friday, 20 November 2009
The Enterprise Collaboration Platform features a corporate directory with social networking capabilities, including real-time voice and video communications, built on an open, standards-based platform. This allows for on-the-fly teammaking and integration of legacy business apps and Web 2.0 content, such as wikis and blogs. The product also integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange and the other Cisco products, Unified Communications and WebEx Conferencing.Cisco Bows New Collaboration Software - 3D TLC - 3D Training, Learning and Collaboration
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog : SharePoint 2010 List View Blog Series: Part 1 – Introduction to the new List View
Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog : SharePoint 2010 List View Blog Series: Part 1 – Introduction to the new List View
The above image is a sneak preview of 2010. The main UI change is the ribbon which you can't really get away from. The main structure of a SharePoint UI from the user view is essentially the same from 2007 to 2010. This is very much an evolutionary release with enhancements in the back-end more than front end changes.
In April of 2008, we released our advanced SharePoint workshop that describes how to offer "SharePoint as a service" by applying ITIL v3 to SharePoint. Alas, it's taken a while to start publishing this methodology in document form, but I just submitted the first paper on this subject. It's called "ITIL for SharePoint: Defining SharePoint as a Service using ITIL Service Strategy" and is due out in January....Collaboration and Content Strategies Blog: Countervailing Wisdom for SharePoint
- Trying to squeeze the most from your SharePoint investment is probably not good for the company
- Value is different than ROI
- Management is different than governance
- Offering SharePoint as a business service is fundamentally different than offering it as a set of technological capabilities
- Users of SharePoint shouldn't know what SharePoint is
- "Driving adoption" is a band aid for poor demand management
- Internally, SharePoint always has competition; users always have a choice
- The process of applying a service methodology has value for the organization beyond just the end result
So, Google is learning what collaboration vendors (and many IT strategists) have known for years: selling collaboration technologies is difficult. I am not saying that Google Wave will fail. However, I do not expect Wave to be as successful as GMail, for example, for a long time (if ever).Collaboration and Content Strategies Blog: Does Google Have Enough Patience For Wave?
BBC NEWS | Business | Microsoft co-founder has cancer
Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his sister has said.
Jody Allen, the chief executive of Mr Allen's investment firm Vulcan Inc, told staff in a memo that her brother had begun chemotherapy.
Mr Allen, 56, founded Microsoft in 1975 with Bill Gates but left in 1983, when he was diagnosed with another form of cancer - Hodgkin's disease.
He survived that bout after receiving successful treatment.
"He received the diagnosis early this month and has begun chemotherapy," Jody Allen wrote to staff.
"Doctors say he has diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a relatively common form of lymphoma.
"Paul is feeling OK and remains upbeat. He continues to work and he has no plans to change his role at Vulcan."
She added that he was "optimistic he can beat this".
Monday, 16 November 2009
Share the Point: Did I call it? Twitter growth moves to stability after July?
Or was I wrong, Twitter seems to have just recently resound its feet in previous weeks. Though daily reach is only a bit higher than in September.
My predictions is based upon my theory that web sites like "Twitter" are more "trends" than say services to users. People take up Twitter to see what all the buzz is about and to not be, frankly, uncool. As the take up becomes larger the new web site loses a great deal of its cool.
Of course I could be wrong, it might be it is better to look at web sites as services than fads.
Its Tianhe-1 computer, housed at the National Super Computer Center in Tianjin was ranked fifth on the biannual Top 500 supercomputer list.BBC NEWS | Technology | China joins supercomputer elite
Saturday, 14 November 2009
twitter.com - Site Info from Alexa
Still putting my neck out on this one and holding to the prediction that Twitter uptake and usage growth has peaked and will become stable. This was after an amazing surge this year.
The graph above, which will evolve past my post and might invalidate me in a few months, shows what I now see has the Internet FAD process, with the uptake of technology having little to do with real "need" or "benefit" and mostly having to do with a global market's interest in new gadgets and latest things.
That is to say the Internet is not practical or even valuable, it is cool.
And we all know that cool stops being cool when everyone else does it. Uptake of web technology will follow trends in the music industry. The way to make money? Manage these trends!!!!
Friday, 13 November 2009
BBC NEWS | Technology | Windows 7 borrowed 'look' of Mac
A Microsoft executive was quoted in an interview as saying "what we've tried to do with Windows 7...is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics".
The comments, by partner group manager Simon Aldous, appeared in UK computing trade magazine PCR.
Microsoft countered that Mr Aldous was not involved with the development of Windows 7.
Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog that Mr Aldous's comments were "inaccurate and uninformed".
Suggestions that Microsoft has borrowed technology ideas has been rife for as long as the Windows and Mac operating systems have been around.
The very idea of who invented the "windows" on a "desktop" in Windows 1.0 was the basis of a 1988 lawsuit and remains a point of contention.
Thursday, 12 November 2009
US software company Adobe Systems has announced it is cutting 680 jobs, almost 10% of its workforce.BBC NEWS | Business | Adobe lays off one in 10 workers
BBC NEWS | Technology | Microsoft disconnects Xbox gamers
By Jonathan Fildes
Technology reporter, BBC News
Thousands of gamers may have been cut off from Microsoft's online gaming service Xbox Live for modifying their consoles to play pirated games.
Online reports suggest that as many as 600,000 gamers may have been affected.
Microsoft confirmed that it had banned a "small percentage" of the 20 million Xbox Live users worldwide.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
twitter.com - Site Info from Alexa
This was after an explosive period of growth
twitter.com - Site Info from Alexa
Now it is way to early to call a trend here, but I just want to reinforce my prediction here. I fear that too many bloggers just mouth off opinions and then don't follow through on what they say. They cherry pick later events and imagine that they were always right.
I am not doing this to brag, because most likely I will be proven wrong in time, but I am trying to see how some blogger could rise about the need to make controversy all the time and establish a record of having some idea of what is going on, and in technology what is going on is always about the future.
To this end, that is the greater good of blogosphere, I point to a post I made this July.
July 20th 2009
I am going to go on a ledge here, but some of my behind on the line and make a prediction based on my evolving concepts of the Internet. I think Twitter has peaked, that is its recent growth will suddenly come to a stop.Share the Point: Twitter future?
Since July daily reach has grown some, but not at the rate it had been.
twitter.com - Site Info from Alexa
As you can see the ranking trend has seen Twitter flat and actually drop after explosive growth.
Now I am including these as Alexa maps, which in the future may look funny if Twitter explodes. But I want to be clear here, I want to more clearly say what I mean and see if I'm right. We need to work to evolve blogging from random opinions in to something that can be measured. Bloggers should make predictions and then take a care if they are right or wrong.
In this spirit I will also come forward and make some of my blog mistakes over the years:
- Bush would never be elected President
- Cameron would collapse last year
- Second Life was going to explode in to millions of users by 2010
- Blackberry would be destroyed by Windows Mobile by 2007
- Facebook was a flash in the pan.
So I guess despite a small indication I might have been right, you would be pretty silly to listen to me.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Recently I was a bit alarmed to find that Nina Hartley source code in Wikipedia has almost 58,000 charcters, while Georgia O'Keeffe (who lived a lot longer) has 64,000 charcters. So on the surface it looks like one of the most accomplished female painters in history is just a bit more important than a currently popular porn star. But saddly Traci Lords has about 73,000 characters.
So the most significant thing a woman can do in Wikipedia is have sex on camera. But there is not just that, a woman can also look pretty in movies. For example the source code on Scarlett Johansson 280,000 for being a movie star in her 20s, Margaret Thatcher has 500,000.
Its odd to think that Thacher rule in the UK during a major privatization of the housing market, deregulation of financial markets, 2 major wars and countless other events which have shapped the lives of ever human alive today. Scarlett Johansson has been in some movies.
When you look at O'Keeffe's numbers it depressing to see that Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Marie Alba both have more characters than the artists. Though Thatcher still has about 10% more charcters than Madonna, but the Modonna count is hard to come by because there are so many pages on all her albums and videos.
Perhaps the most telling numbers are Modonna the pop star character count vs. Madonna the mother of Jesus. Like a Virgin Madonna about 455,000 characters in her profile where as the orginal Virgin Madonna has 201,000. But this is wikipedia, and the Virgin Madonna by definition never had sex in public and therefore does not qualify as a significant woman.
Friday, 6 November 2009
Virtual businesses: Going to the office in Second Life - CNN.com
London, England (CNN) -- As travel budgets are squeezed and slashed in the recession, companies are increasingly seeking innovative ways of bringing employees together for conferences and meetings remotely.
Virtual community Second Life is seeking to tap into that market by creating a new tool that allows businesses to have virtual meetings on their own computer networks.
The company's Enterprise tool will let employees' avatars -- animated alter egos -- meet in virtual worlds from the privacy of a company's own network, rather than the public networks used in standard Second Life. That extra security could encourage more companies to take up the technology.
The ability to collaborate effectively using virtual tools may now become an increasingly important skill as technology offers more options than, say, video conferencing.
According to Linden Lab, creators of Second Life, more than 1,400 organizations -- including large companies, educational institutions, government agencies and even the U.S. military -- use Second Life to hold meetings, conduct training and prototype new technologies more efficiently.
Linden Lab says 14 companies are currently using Enterprise in its beta phase. One of those companies is IBM, which is an old hand when it comes to Second Life.
Rashik Parmar, IBM's chief technology officer for Europe, told CNN that last year about 350 of its technical leaders from around the world met for 72 hours via Second Life to brainstorm about new technologies.
"We had a whole range of environments, from auditoriums and collaboration pods to social areas where the avatars could pick up a beer around a log fire, or walk around a sculpture park and talk," Parmar told CNN.
IBM sells its own virtual meeting tool, Sametime 3D, which allows businesses to share ideas and collaborate in a 3D world, and the company is currently testing a more advanced version of the product.
Parmar told CNN that he recently held a meeting with 12 technical leaders from across Europe and Asia. While that would typically involve flying everyone to a central location, he said the meeting was held using the new Sametime 3D.
"Not only did we save travel time, but because the environment was so engaging, a lot more ideas came through," he said.
But virtual collaboration doesn't only involve virtual worlds. Tools like "Dropbox" allow online file storage and sharing, while "Basecamp" lets users to collaborate on projects online.
"Google Wave" was announced in May, but is currently only available by invitation. It's a real-time communication tool that allows, among other things, multi-user conversations and file sharing, and it could become a staple of virtual collaboration.
But if companies are to make the most of virtual collaboration, employees will have to learn that what works a bricks-and-mortar workplace may not be right for the virtual world.
Surinder Kahai is associate professor at Binghamton University School of Management, New York. He told CNN, "I've seen people mess up completely because they think that what works in a face-to-face environment also works in a virtual environment."
He says one problem is that virtual teams may not share national and organizational cultures, and that virtual workers should make a conscious effort to see things from their colleagues' point of view.
Another issue is that virtual teams can't take advantage of the kind of impromptu "water cooler" conversations that occur in a real workplace, where colleagues can share information they may have forgotten to communicate in meetings.
Kahai says that lack of human contact can also lead to feelings of isolation, but adds that virtual worlds such as Second Life can help by recreating the water-cooler experience.
"Many companies are using virtual worlds, and these can give a sense of place," Kahai told CNN. "You can hang out, run into someone, and have ad-hoc conversations with people."
Even in this era of remote collaboration, it seems that we still need human interaction -- even if it's completely virtual.
Well sadly they failed, and perhaps even made things worse. Wikipedia has become something of a bad joke of Web 2.0.
Recently I noticed that just about every living porn actress is in Wikipedia. There are presently 952 distinct entries in the category "Female pornographic film actors."
There are only 100 in the category "Women photographers." There are 108 "Psychoanalysts" and unbelievably 11 Marxists.
Its just time for Google to stop pushing Wikipedia results in their search and we can put this depressing exercise in all that keep the Internet from being anything better behind us.
Oh and its not that I am mad about the 1,000 female porn stars, its that I find the fact that the most common female profession to named in Wikipedia is porn star.
Microsoft will offer an application marketplace within Sharepoint 2010 that shall integrate with third-party applications from its partner network. No date has been set for the marketplace lauch but it will evolve from "The Gallery" a feature that provides Sharepoint 2010 users access to templates.
Via twitter link leahsoleil
IMHO this is big. Again nothing new, even Apple could figure this one out with the iPhone allowing other people to build the killer apps for their platform, but given that SharePoint is so much more than just a Mac toy it could have a very large impact on the workplace.
And potentially very disruptive. But for us SharePoint consultant and developers this will open a great number of opportunities.
Sometimes it seems as though Microsoft achieves in spite of it self, or at the very least not "because of itself." If you look at how Microsoft viewed the computers market for years ago you can not escape they got it wrong. Essentially they were looking a bigger more feature rich client machines. The market has moved to smaller notebooks (that can't run Vista or Office 2007)
And yet despite a massive failure to understand the market place compared to say Linux fans for the Eee PC, Windows XP remains the primary OS even for Notebooks pushing out efforts to promote a public take up of Linux.
The Eee PC running Linux is sweet, and I was pretty confident that if anything could get the public to take up Linux it was a small light cheap machine that connected them to all their favorite web applications (Google), and yet it seems people love all this as long as Windows XP creates the boxes in which Firefox will take them to Google, GMail, and Facebook.
Why? I have no idea. I have been training people in blogging on Linux laptops and most I find don't even notice they are not on a Windows machine. And yet ever effort of hardware producers to cute Microsoft out of the profit loop and ship with free OS ends up turning in to another Windows XP or even (God help us) Windows Mobile project.
Why? Why also are people happy to use Google, Adobe, Apple, and Open Source software but only on a Windows machine? I have set up several people on machines with GIMP, Open Office or Star Office, Firefox, etc and yet they want to remain on Windows. Even when the apps they use run better on Linux they almost need to stay on Windows.
Why? What is it about Windows, which is only been around a bit over a decade, that it is so burned in to the imagination of the vast majority of computer users? Linux distros have been around for about as long, with RedHat making big news over 10 years ago. And yet the public remains to define a computer as an XP computer.
So much so that even Microsoft was harmed by it. When Vista wavered too far from the structures established by Windows 2000 and Windows XP it was turned against. It seems that XP is even bigger than Microsoft itself. This goes beyond the simple ideas of a company and monopoly power and says something more about how groups collaborate and take up technology.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
So if ever again you find yourself corrected for using one term over another rest assured both terms, within the context of the English language are proper.
Thoughts, from a look and feel issue the improvements are simply evolutionary and not that impressive. One thing now is you can type text anywhere in a area, getting ride of the need to but content web parts to place plain text and graphics. I have always seen the content web part as the key part of making a SharePoint site work and it was nice to see that you can now add text, like instructions, everywhere.
BUT, overall there was NOTHING new for the UI of this Portal. There was a button marked feedback that I was desperate to touch but we were all there for accessibility. The talk was about SharePoint 2010 accepting Accessible Rich Internet Applications ARIA. ARIA tags can make reader devices more aware of the roles of items on a page. So if you use them right it will mean things like JAWS will have an easier time reading SharePoint.
Accessibility with current SharePoint is awful and this could be an improvement, but we didn't actually see SharePoint 2010 run with JAWS so lets not celebrate yet.
Microsoft is also talking about being closer to WCAG 2.0 and XHTML. But it is important to state that they goal is "closer to" rather than "fully compliant." I would go to say you probably could not make the HTML that SharePoint 2007 creates LESS XHTML compliant if you wanted to, so this may be no big thing.
Looking at the standard Portal SharePoint 2010 did not look very impressive. But the "feedback" button has stuck in my imagination. I gather that there are some wonderful new social networking tools added to extend beyond MySites. As of yet I have not gotten a chance to see them.
Also the cries for online Sandboxes is clearly becoming a scream to Microsoft. Please if you blog or Twitter just keep up the pressure on Microsoft. The rep who I saw seemed to not even understand that the beta was beyond almost all of our machines. I fear that SharePoint has been taken over by marketing people who don't really understand the issues involved with 64 bit and they will need to be educated by the user population that we need support in accessing SharePoint from machines with 32 bit OS. It was good to hear that my issue was part of a choir of users and hopefully Microsoft will get the point soon enough.
But all in all, 2010 is an evolutionary step not involving radical change but also not offering vastly improved UI. You can probably start designing your projects for 2010 now as long as you have 64 bit server architecture. But you are not going to get the wow factor MOSS 2007 produced. 2010 looks like an improved MOSS 2007.
On the other hand it was not a bloated mess, so I am starting to think we are not looking at SharePoint Vista here.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
BBC NEWS | Technology | Microsoft reveals new-look MSN
Microsoft's web portal MSN.com has been given an extensive revamp for the first time in almost ten years.
New features include fewer links, a column dedicated to social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, and a large search engine box.
The company hopes the new look will drive more traffic to its Bing search engine, launched as a competitor to Google in June 2009.
It will roll out in 2010 with a small group of US users getting access now.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Microsoft is pushing SharePoint's capability as an Internet-facing Web server, its new integration with Visual Studio development tools, its revamped SharePoint Designer, a host of new social computing features, a more secure runtime environment for application components and a set of cloud-based APIs that open SharePoint to technology's hottest trend. The results, however, are far from a foregone conclusion. "From an architectural standpoint, the proof is in the pudding and how it gets tested out by customers," said Scott Gode, vice president of product management and marketing for Azaleos, which offers a remote management service for SharePoint, Exchange and Office Communications Server. To emphasize the point, the company trotted out CEO Steve Ballmer for his first ever keynote rally cry to the SharePoint faithful and to any coder within earshot of his high-energy love for developers. "We are excited to have some developers, developers, developers jump right in there," Ballmer said mimicking his infamous rant during an exclusive interview with Network World earlier this week, as he grinned and rubbed his hands together in anticipation of the potential results. That testing will play out over the next six to eight months or so before the final release of the software ships in the first half of 2010. Experts are pegging the ship date as May or June, although Microsoft has not discussed specifics. When the new REST and ATOM APIs come in 2010, the suite will support calls out to other Web 2.0 applications such as Twitter. According to Gode: "Users will have to ask, 'What is Microsoft doing to go from departmental deployments to mission-critical applications?" But already the anticipation is building. "I think SharePoint is finally being architected as a platform," said Rob LaMear, CEO of fpweb.net, which hosts some 1.2 million seats of SharePoint. "The 2010 version is open now for building applications with an open UI and with APIs that have the ability to tie into other Web sites." LeMear's fpweb.net is rolling out in November a hosted offering called Quickstart Business Suite that will offer departmental and vertical applications that can be dropped onto the platform to create applications.
Platform theme emerges with SharePoint 2010
What I am looking for, personally, in SharePoint 2010 is something that will link fully to the emerging social networking world. SharePoint 2007 is sort of a half Web 2.0 tool ala 2005. You can share photos, pots blogs, make wikis, collaborate, and expose RSS feeds. But the mashup applications and mature Web 2.0 world is still not fully supported by 2007. If SharePoint 2010 can meet these requirements I think it will do well, but without the ability to get a VM I can't say if the hype is meet by the tool yet.
Unfortunately Microsoft doesn’t have a desktop virtualization story that supports 64-bit operating systems. The only Microsoft solution is to run Hyper-V which means you have to be running Windows Server 2008 x64 as the host OS. The other option is VMWare Workstation which can do 64-bit guest OS’. There are other virtualization options, but these are the two most common ones.#
Andrew Connell on SharePoint 2010 VMS.
An interesting article, but it confirms my main concern. Microsoft has made it very hard to do development with SharePoint 2010. Presently developing with WSS 3.0 is easy and can be done on most computers with Virtual PC. I do much of my work on a fairly old box running VirtualBox from Sun. Presently I do a great deal of WSS on this platform in both Server 2003 and 2008.
So if someone asks me a question or sends me a set of requirements I can follow up with a spiked out demo in SharePoint in a matter of days if not hours. So how am I going to manage with SharePoint 2010?
The answer for me is simple, I can't. I can't run a SharePoint 2010 VM on any of the machines I have, and so I can't ever confidently say I have demonstrated anything, now can I get the all important screen grabs I need to demonstrate to sales and other staff.
I know this seems like a small point, but it has me deeply worried and if it becomes a major problem in the coming years I can point to my concerns on this blog when I try to get Microsoft to make me new VP of R&D in SharePoint (LOL!)
I think the lack of pictures of directions of SharePoint 2010 that show up in a Google search is a first sign of this. If I had a working image of SharePoint 2010 I would be blogging it to death right now, but I am stuck looking at YouTube movies and reading articles.
It seems Microsoft has forgotten how user collaboration and experimentation on the beta in 2006 made SharePoint happen. I hope they soon come to their senses and provide a demo VHD that can run on a 32 machine with 2 GB of memory.
Monday, 2 November 2009
Ubuntu 9.10 is causing outrage and frustration, with early adopters wishing they'd stuck with previous versions of the Linux distro.Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala • The Register
Blank and flickering screens, failure to recognize hard drives, defaulting to the old 2.6.28 Linux kernel, and failure to get encryption running are taking their toll, as early adopters turn to the web for answers and log fresh bug reports in Ubuntu forums.
Reg reader motoh delivered a warning on moving to Ubuntu 9.10 from version 9.04 - Jaunty Jackalope - in comments on our review of the new OS here. "If you upgrade from Jaunty beware. You may have a rough ride. I made my mistake by trying too soon. Wait the usual month," motoh wrote. Angus77 at Ubuntuforums.org agreed: "This is so frustrating! Jaunty was a snap to install."
They're in good company, as more than a fifth of people upgrading to Ubuntu 9.10 have reported issues they can't fix, according to an Ubuntuforums.org poll here. Only around 10 per cent of those upgrading or installing reported a completely flawless experience.
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WSS 3.0 on Server 2008 running in VirtualBox on Linux. This is probably as far as 32 bit architecture will evolve. To demonstrate any later version of SharePoint i would need 64 bit.
Which raises an issue. I don't have 64 bit OS boxes just sitting around. Once of the reasons servers have evolved so rapidly over mainframes was that I could either virutalise a server or build one and learn it myself. Millions of other people could do it and then blog what they learned. This has produced the current explosion in server technology.
Unless we all get 64 bit machines and soon our access to server technology will be almost as limited as our access to mainframes was, and the pace of innovation of the Enterprise could easily fall back.
So please MS, if you are listening, how about a 32 bit demo VHD for SharePoint 2010?