yuck! mysteriously since I returned from Redmond, we’ve had nothing but Redmond-like weather. Is this what they mean by Microsoft Earth?
Archive for March, 2008
I’m still having family fun and worshiping at the church of BBall — Davidson trailing Kansas by only 2 at the half. In the meantime, here are some links:
Adam Keys lets his inner MSFT fanboy loose as he explains why Scott Guthrie and the new ASP.NET MVC framework are important as The Real Adam (he has the Real meme but hasn’t he seen Rails and other framworks?). To be fair to Adam, he is mostly fan of only one of the two MSFTs.
A few of us remembered to tell hashtags.org to index our tweets ( I can’t believe what a good job I did of tagging *before* I remembered to register — ugh).
Not to worry tweet-fans, Twemes did a wonderful job of catching *all* the tweets tagged as #mts08 including all of mine.
Obligatory Flickr pics of geeks at a conference are here.
UPDATE: Startup Weekend Andrew Hyde was no Dr Jeckle when he BarCamped the event (after I was out at the airport)
Thursday night at the Microsoft Technology Summit 08, I ended up telling the very smart and personable Sam Ramji that MTS09 should be less Mix and more Bar.
Many of the presentations — that’s one problem there, but more soon — began, “how many of you were at the Mix conference?” Always the answer was “Err none of us that’s why we were invited here.” Mix if I have this right is a MSFT fanboy conference. MTS is for “folks who might not be so familiar with MSFT’s efforts in Open Source etc.” Overlap here is approximately zero.
The lesser of the presenters then gave us the Mix presentation. The smarter ones decided to abbreviate their presentations and to start an interaction with the attendees. The attendees are not softies nor Softies. Most were from OSS and user groups. Tara Hunt, Chris Messina and Andrew Hyde — even me — are veteran unconference organizers. OSS, StartUp Weekend, BarCamps etc have a less deferring atmosphere than, well, the presenters used to. But then conversations aren’t about how well you or Marketing prepared your slides — some were very pretty — but about a willingness to be open and to lightly manage the conversation.
I understand the MSFT pain here. Our first blogger conference, podcast conference, science bloggers conferences all wrestled with how to navigate between presentation (people need some basis for conversation) and conversation (some management is needed to keep things as a conversation and not chaos). It’s not easy. Any teacher knows that preparing a lecture is easy compared to leading a successful seminar. But all evidence is that learning is stronger in the seminar –even for the teacher herself. Sure enough that’s how our unconferences or almost unconferences turned out.
Further back, John Dewey and Walter Lippmann’s debate on the role of the news (in the form of newspapers and journals in their case) as recounted in the New Yorker by Eric Alterman covered the same territory. Dewey calling for informed citizens engaged in debate and in conversation — one great Dewey quote “The man who wears the shoe knows best that it pinches and where it pinches, even if the expert shoemaker is the best judge of how the trouble is to be remedied.” Lippman was more a fan of the elite presenting to the masses. We see this come at us again and again from the Cluetrain and Eric von Hippel’s Democratizing Innovation.
The good news is that at the closing of the Microsoft Technology Summit, Sam asked the attendees, who weren’t at the airport watching the de-icing of planes as I was, “If we do this event next year as a BarCamp, who would come?” Near-unanimous hands go up. Sweet. #mts08 (from Chris Messina’s tweet).
“Committee hears of millions of e-mails trashed” in News and Observer.
I’m twittering about the meeting as smalljones with a tag of #mts08. My iPhone doesn’t connect to the Microsoft wireless net there so I’ll take my laptop tomorrow. Others are chatting on freenode as #brainwashcamp.
Louis St Lewis looks elegant here but his opposite is even more so.
Larry Lessig is up for fixing Congress starting now.
Boise State is the latest to convert their campus to GMail and Google Docs.
Appscout claims that Facebook is passing MySpace and further predicts the death of MySpace.
I will not mention Twitter’s ColorWars.
Updating some of the ibiblio activites since September on the wiki. Please help out if you can.
Geert Desager blogs using Wordpress whilst he promotes the video advert he shot for Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions (in the Netherlands). Can MSFT think different about advertising? Geert’s advert draws a ClueTrain card or two that should belong in MSFT’s hands, but will they play that card or hold? We’ll see next week whilst I’m at the Microsoft Technology Summit in Redmond.
Chapel Hill Town Council member, Sally Greene, is interviewed about what it’s like to be a blogging public official by Municipalist.
It must have seemed cute at the time, but later he was suspended from the campaign. Soren Dayton tweeted once too cutely with an offensive YouTube link just after noon today. That was enough to sink him. Story here on Politico.com.
Just as we were talking with the UNC System lawyers about IMs!
Jimbo found out the hard way what happens when private IMs go public. In a few minutes, I’ll be down at UNC General Administration talking about IM and law. I made this table of IM and IM-like services with the help of my Tweet-buddies.
I donno how much of this will be public, but I’m interested in what you think. Should IM conversations amongst state employees be subject to public records law? Should we be required to archive them? Should they be subject to discovery?
Next week, I’ll be in Redmond, WA for the Microsoft Technology Summit 08 conference. It’s a “non-NDA” conference (notice the double negative) so I and others will likely be blogging until our chips kick in and make us only say good stuff about say Silverlight.
In the spirit of non-NDA, I’ve posted what MSFT calls “The External Agenda” on Google Docs – the Internal and Hidden Agendas haven’t been revealed yet.
Various entrys by myself and others will be tagged “MTS08″.
If you see a topic that I should pay particular attention to or a person that I should be sure to say hello to etc, let me know.
Mar 18 2008
When: Wednesday, March 19, 2008
David Rumsey, an historical map scholar and collector, will share how he turned his private map collection, one of the largest in the U.S., into a public resource at the second annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science on Wednesday, March 19, 2008.
Rumsey, president of Cartography Associates and Chairman of Luna Imaging, Inc., will present, “Turning Private Collections into Public Resources Using Digital Technologies and the Internet” in the Auditorium of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus at 2 p.m. A reception will follow.
This picture by Tony Deifell taken two days before her murder for wdydwyd says so much
Yesterday’s Daily Tar Heel features a story on blogging J-school profs, “Professors’ musings put UNC in the blogosphere”. Others in the article are Chris Roush’s “Talking Biz News”, Leroy Towns’ “Talk Politics” and B-school career placement guy Sean Graham’s “Courting Your Career.”
From Jeffery’s obit draft:
That should be the Best BBQ anywhere there Esquire, but for now this is a nice report: