Monday
Mar282005

No more excuses

Over the course of the past four months, I've moved my 'blog off of Radio Userland and established a new home at Typepad -- a choice that I am very happy to have made.  Then I started in on my computer platforms, and have (happily and relatively painlessly) emigrated to my new PowerBook and Mac OS X.  The question, at that point, was one of browsers, since Safari and IE (which come standard on the Mac) don't support the wysiwig editing provided by the TypePad QuickPost applet. 

I've played with Firefox for months on my Windows machines, and have been using tabbed browsers for a couple of years, so I finally decided to make the switch and ... lo and behold, it all works.  A rather easy export-to-import of my bookmarks from Safari to Firefox, and I'm on my way.  (Once I have time to get an add-in that permits me to return to the full set of mouse gestures and mouse-click combinations to control Firefox, I'll be a really happy guy.)

And now, to the title of the post ... I have no more excuses for not feeding the 'blog.  It all works the way it should, and I'm ready to start this again.  The question for me now is what makes for a good, satisfying set of thought streams?  I'm loath to stay too techie, if only because it's not how I think.  (It also would tend to give up a little too much of what I'm doing at Univa !)  So, it's now time to try and "... find my voice."

Monday
Mar282005

David Byrne launches internet radio station

David Byrne is one of the most interesting artists I've encountered over the years (and I use the term "artist" sparingly).  Being able to listen to music that derives from his taste is an intriguing idea.  Check it out on iTunes.

Boing Boing: David Byrne launches internet radio station.

Musician and artist David Byrne, known most widely as co-founder of the Talking Heads, has just launched an internet radio station that streams the music he digs. I spoke with Mr. Byrne earlier today about the project for NPR's "Day to Day." Part of the interview will be included in a segment airing on the show tomorrow about filesharing and cultural change -- but here's more.

Saturday
Mar122005

SAP Delivers Next-Generation ERP to Customers

Saturday
Mar052005

Reardon Commerce - killer app for SOA?

Danny Ayers at the Grid Computing Blog noted with interest the announcements from Rearden Commerce (formerly Talaris).

I agree.  This is what SOA is really all about.

After 5 years in stealth mode, the EBS (Employee Business Services) product has been revealed as the first application of Rearden Commerce Platform, (from Rearden Commerce, formerly Talaris). This is an entirely service-based approach to, well, services, - hardware and software are entirely looked after by Rearden, leaving the business to focus on their core capabilities. What’s notable is that it appears to be the first complete, integrated (loosely-coupled…) commerce platform built from the ground up using “pure” Services-Oriented Architecture (SOA). They have drifted a little from the WS mothership a little with their own version of BPEL called Services Business Language to support composite event-driven applications, but what’s one more spec amongst hundreds. Their platform is user-centric, with identity-based services similar to those of Microsoft’s abandoned/mutated Hailstorm project.

Saturday
Mar052005

Slow Going On The Global Grid

I'm feeling extremely guilty tonight.  After three weeks of non-stop meetings, conferences (www.globusworld.com) and the inevitable barrage of meetings that are the result of conferences, I'm trying to catch up on my reading.  In the course of that effort, I came across this article by Aaron Ricadela of InformationWeek.

As I went through the article, noting the many points with which I agreed and those few about Globus with which I didn't agree, I thought... "Now why didn't Aaron and I not talk about this?"   

And then I realized that I'd received a voicemail somewhere in the blur of the past few weeks from Aaron.  (We'd spoken by phone in December after Univa was announced in the press.)  I didn't return the call. Shame, shame on me.

Aaron, I owe you.