Tivo as digital hub?

Om Malik thinks Tivo’s purchase of a startup called Strangeberry signals its intention to become a hub for digital home entertainment.  Makes sense.  Strangeberry is apparently made up of ex-Sun people, and the idea of universal zero-configuration networking was a big element of Sun co-founder Bill Joy’s Jini vision.  Of course, all the major consumer PC vendors, most notably Gateway, Sony, and HP, have similar dreams, as do Apple, Microsoft, ...

Guess Who's Coming to Supernova, Part I

One of the best things about doing a conference like Supernova is the opportunity to assemble some of the most fascinating, insightful people I know in one room. It makes me excited just to attend! The speakers for this year’s event are looking particularly good. He’ll be there. And her. Oh, and his dad (aka this guy). And we’re just getting started….

Dean doesn't get it

Here’s how Howard Dean justified his decision to replace campaign manager Joe Trippi with Washington insider Roy Neel: “What we need is decision making that’s centralized.” One would think that, after Dean’s extraordinary rise from obscurity to front-runner status on the back of a radically distributed, networked movement, he would appreciate the value of decentralization.  If Dean had tried to be John Kerry from the beginning, he’d be where Dennis ...

Hyper-connectivity

Today, the hyper-connected are still seen as weird and almost childish.  Conferences still think their value depends on secrecy, as though real-time communication to the outside world would sap their essence.  Before long, though, newspaper articles will poke fun at the people whose only connectivity is their secretary back at the office.

Does the Net promote echo-chambers?

Steven Johnson questions the conventional wisdom that the Net fragments us into like-minded micro-communities.  (FYI, the seminal elaboration of this viewpoint is Andrew Shapiro’s The Control Revolution.)  I generally agree with Johnson’s view.  The Net gives us many tools to filter information and to spend our time in closed communities.  But at the same time, it exposes us to far more diversity than any previous medium.  Those filters are never ...

The kids are all right…

…Just a bit under the weather. Our son got a bad cold last week and gave it to our daughter.  Nothing more serious, according to the doctor.  Since Esther is only one month old, though, anything is a cause for concern.  So that’s my current excuse for the lack of blogging lately.  That, and something more positive — working hard on the next Supernova, which will be June 24-25 in ...

Telecom wags the Internet dog

There is an important New York Times article today about the battle between law enforcement agencies and the FCC over Internet policy.  The Justice Department wants broadband and voice-over-IP applications classified as legacy “telecommunications services,” so that it has an easier time gaining access for wiretaps.  The problem is that classification brings with it a whole set of baggage.  At worst, law enforcement’s approach would force the Internet into the ...

Still here

Sorry, light blogging period.  In addition to baby-related activities, I had a serious computer crash earlier this week.  I had to reformat my hard drive and recover from backups. Thankfully, all my data is fine, but the process took the better part of two days.  Now I’m sitting at Philadelphia airport getting ready to fly to LA for a friend’s wedding.  AT&T Wireless now provides public WiFi access here, but ...

The joy of parenthood, v. 2.0

Ahh yes, now I remember what sleep deprivation is like!

Esther's photo album #2 [1]…

Esther’s photo album #2 is online, with shots from Esther at home.