What to Expect from Browsers in the Next Five Years: A Perspective

After an awesome, but tiny, lunch at City Lobster (blogging sure makes me hungry), I was lagging going into the next session.  Somehow, I managed to arrive later than I imagined, even though I rushed back.  (Tips on crossing the street in New York:  walk confidently, walk hurriedly, and don’t get red-rovered by those sauntering couples you encounter every now and then who hold hands).  So, I had to walk over about 11 feet to grab a seat.  Why doesn’t everyone just squish together in these packed sessions?  And, why were there an odd number of feet in there?

Anyway, I was so lunch-tired  at the beginning of this presentation that I just kept replaying the very not G-rated iPhone 4 vs. EVO YouTube video in my head.  Cue my best computer voice.  I want the one with the bigger GBs.  I need Wifis.

Ok, I was bored until  the Yahoo guy said that if he was king of the web, he would recall HTML5 until it was fixed.  Oh my.  This might be a good one.  This comment was promptly followed by sane arguments from the Google guy and the Mozilla Guy about why this really wasn’t logical at all.  Then the Opera Guy joined in and it was a ruckus.  At least a ruckus when it comes to panels.

By the way, I hope I referred to them all correctly.  I couldn’t see the names on their cards and had to ask the guy sitting to my left for help on the names.  Squint.

The HPalm guys (Dion is here) were having a blast with all of this.  Most of their humor was pointed at us and why we were even there when Katie Couric was in the next room.  The other large portion of humor was aimed directly at Microsoft, though it was much more lighthearted than the statements about IE that came from the panel.  HTML5 and Google were clearly under fire here, which probably means there’s something very cool afoot.  Just check out Remy Sharp’s HTML5 demos and see if you agree.

The summary of the panel doesn’t matter much, because there were no slides and they didn’t stick to a bunch of talking points, in true panel manner.  But, Microsoft’s lack of representation on the panel was odd.  Microsoft stopped dominating this market in 2008, but they still own a significant portion of the user experience.  In the enterprise, I bet Microsoft still dominates, as the “standard”.

I didn’t catch the slideware link.  Oh yeah, there was no slideware.  Just the Web 2.0 Expo advertisements flashing at me where the presentation should have been.  I promise, Web 2.0 Expo, that I’ll be a good wifi buddy and not download any large files over the wireless network.  I need WiFis.

An interesting quote from this panel:

XML is like violence.  If you’re not winning with it, you just need to keep using more of it.


The Future of the Human Machine Interface

I got a follow from Twitter today from Jon Aydinova (@jonaturk).  I like to look at who follows me and read their profile or whatever they choose as their only link to share from their Twitter profile.  His led to a community called Disruptive Thoughts, Game Changers and New World Order.  If that name doesn’t compel you to continue, I don’t know what will.  At this point, I couldn’t possibly leave.

Reading through it I was pleased he pointed to this blog, but really loved the videos he posted from John Underkoffler. Continue reading “The Future of the Human Machine Interface”

Above the Clouds

So, the Sun Cloud has finally been announced.  And, on the same day, IBM leaked news about a bid to buy Sun.  Fortunately, the IBM stuff did not rain on our cloud.  Developers, startups, and partners were buzzing all over our booth at Community One East asking about storage in the cloud, how we are different from Amazon and the rest of the market, how we are alike, and when they can give us their credit card.  Wednesday was an exciting day, especially for this product manager.

Here’s where you can go for more info leading up to our summer launch: Continue reading “Above the Clouds”

St. Patrick’s Day and Waiting for C1 East 2009 in New York

I flew into New York today, headfirst into a sea of green.  It is St. Patrick’s Day after all, and there doesn’t seem to be a better place to be Irish than NY, NY.

I missed the parade.  I also missed the memo that would have Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day and Waiting for C1 East 2009 in New York”

Yes, We’re Cloud Building

So, Lew and Jonathan announced that at SugarCon 2009 this week.  Finally.  The news is out.

Since you read the blog of a cloud computing product manager at Sun, you shouldn’t be surprised.  What you should be surprised about is the positioning that this is something new.  If you count HPC (high performance computing), Sun has been building clouds for years.  And, there’s no better place to be at this point in the evolution of cloud computing.  From chipsets to hardware to applications, Sun has all the building blocks for a complete cloud offering.

We’re in the middle of building the cloud economy, where any business can Continue reading “Yes, We’re Cloud Building”

Nationwide Smart Grid and National Computing Cloud for Higher Education – Interesting Links

A few months ago, on http://www.ObamaCTO.org, I saw this question:

Barack Obama is going to appoint the nation’s first CTO. What are the top priorities?

One of it’s answers:

Build a nation-wide smart grid

Embed intelligence throughout a nation-wide electrical grid, on both sides of the meter to enhance the efficiency of distribution and use. This will (A) accelerate the penetration of sources like solar & wind that
are diurnal or intermittent; (B) take advantage of smart meters and distributed storage as plug-in cars become available; (C) permit power to be wheeled from where resources are rich to where electricity is needed; (D) provide tens of thousands of jobs and train workers to replace the baby boomers who will retire from utilities over the next 5-10 years. Start with the government-owned Bonneville Power Administration in the Northwest, learn what works, and extend the network across the country.


On another note, whurley is calling for President Obama to build out a national computing cloud specifically for higher education.   Of course, this will benefit open source peeps (beyond students).  Maybe this is ala Eucalyptus?  Hi, Rich!

Looks like cloud computing is going down the thought path of the traditional computing model, so the analysts are right on.  At some point in time, someone might even suggest a government built and regulated cloud computing model.  We live in interesting times.