San Diego: March 2005

Better late than never, here’s the latest installment of our March, west coast business trip, travelogue. After 10 days of working in Palo Alto, we headed south; it was during this drive we saw the egrets mentioned in the last update. In due time we arrived in San Diego for the eTech05 conference. Below is … Read more

Flickr Squared Circle Mosaic Images

Here’s some eye candy I came across at the recent Etech conference. (Visit my eTech archive for more about the conference.) Using the flickr API, jbum has created some interesting mosaic images. Shown below is a Fibonacci spiral and a detail from the spiral; these were created using images from the squared circle group photo … Read more

eTech05: Whew!

Wow! I’ve never done anything quite like this before. 27 eTech posts over a 4 day period. Written pretty much in real time, with only a quick scan for outright stupidness before posting. I created a new category, eTech, so all of the postings can be found in one spot. Was it worth it? Time … Read more

eTech05: From the Garage

Mark Fletcher, CEO and founder of bloglines, shared with the eTech audience his experiences with starting a couple of different web services companies. Garage philosophy: * passion for the idea * cheap technologies * keep it simple * release early/release often * involve your users More on philosophy: * moonlighting limits risk * friends/family funding … Read more

eTech05: Making Web Services Personal

Ben Trott, co-founder of SixApart, the creators of MovableType, presented this afternoon at eTech. Talking on the subject of building personal web services, he talked about building tools for personal use. Remixing of code, not content, though not with an eye towards replacing existing web services, but rather with an eye towards personal use and … Read more

eTech05: Life Hacks Live

One of the most enjoyable eTech presentations was the return of last year’s Life Hacks talk. Like last year it covered a wide range of topics related to techniques that geeks and hackers worldwide use to increase their personal effectiveness. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a seat (the talk was SRO), and so didn’t take any … Read more

eTech05: Google Code

Google announced a new web site at eTech, Google Code. It’s appears to be an open-source portal, with a focus on google technologies such as their API, info on their open source involvement, and so on. Chris DiBona, google’s open source program manager introduced the site and then ran through a brief list of current … Read more

eTech05: Ask Jeeves Alpha

One of the meta tracks here at eTech seems to be “a peak inside modern software research labs”. Today, we heard from Ask Jeeves. Ask Jeeves provides an alternate search engine. In their words, not better than google, just different. Ask Jeeves Alpha, a double-secret codename for their research group. They will eventually have a … Read more

eTech05: Economics of the Long Tail

Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired magazine, gave spoke at eTech on the topic of the economics of the Long Tail. The Long Tail refers to a distribution curve that has many points to the right of the curve. The number of different words folks use to find this site demonstrate the Long Tail; … Read more

eTech05: Military E-Tech

JC Herz gave an eTech presentation on the current status of adoption of emerging hi-tech by the military. After a brief description of the needs of the military she presented a short video of an image analysis project that they hope will yield some useful technologies to be used for future defense systems. Next, another … Read more