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Update on the September 13 SIG Meeting September 8, 2006

Posted by Bill in Free Stuff, Future of the Web, SIG Meetings.
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We’re still doing the super-cool Web 3.0 thing.

But now we’ve also got an awesome door prize. The folks at No Fluff Just Stuff have also donated a pass to the Bay Area Software Symposium, which we’ll be raffling off (that’s right– one pass to the conference for free will be raffled off next Wednesday).

They’ve also given us a discount code for the conference. I can’t publish it here, but we’ll be giving it out at the SIG.

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Beta Test the Intelligent Shirt! May 13, 2006

Posted by Bill in Free Stuff, Join Us, SIG Meetings.
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Now that we've got four chairs at the Emerging Tech SIG, one of the things we're trying to do is expand our idea of "emerging technology."

One of the places that really interesting thinking is happening is the intersection of software, hardware, healthcare, and the generally aging population. Companies like Posit Science, who combine these interests, are doing fascinating work.

Another thing we'd like to do in meetings is have members present mini-summaries (5 to 10 minutes in length) about technologies and ideas that they find compelling. One mini-chat and one full-length chat per meeting seems about right.

So, here's a chance to both expand our coverage into the world of advanced healthcare technology AND give a mini-chat. Does anyone want to beta-test a smart-shirt and report on what they found out?

Netbeans Day (Monday, May 15, 2006) May 7, 2006

Posted by Bill in Community Events, Free Stuff.
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I'm going to the free Netbeans day that Sun is holding right before JavaOne.
I've been telling people for about a year now that Java on the client is going to be a big deal in 2007.

No, really. I mean it.

In the long term, two things are happening. Clients, including cell-phones, are getting more and more powerful. And, at the operating system level, things are fracturing– there's more Apple and more Linux on the desktop (and a ton of different versions of Windows, from 98 to XP and beyond). Cell-phones are equally fractured. And in the "early adopter" and "power user" crowds, things are far more heterogenous than in general.

Which means that some sort of generic client-side programming layer (e.g. a VM that runs on all these platforms) is, potentially, a compelling thing. When you add in the Java-based clients will be able to share some code with servers written in Java, it becomes easy to guess that Java on the client is headed for an upswing.

I also think that the "Generic Client Side Application" model that both Eclipse (as in, Eclipse RCP) and Netbeans have taken is absolutely the correct way to go about this. It's a long term strategy, but building a robust container model for the client-side is definitely an enabler.

Which is why I've been so interested in reading what's going on with Netbeans. And why I'm going to the free Netbeans day that Sun is holding right before JavaOne.

Microsoft Research Silicon Valley Road Show 2006 April 27, 2006

Posted by Bill in Community Events, Free Stuff, Uncategorized.
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Next Tuesday (March 2), MS Research is having an open house. The description is pretty vague ("Following the presentation and panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to tour several hands-on research demonstration booths showcasing the innovative projects on which the Microsoft Research group is working in the areas of mobility, gaming, location services, search, hardware and databases. Several prominent Microsoft researchers will be present to discuss their work and the problems they're working to solve.") but if you've been wondering what MS Research is doing, a half-day overview (from noon to five) seems like a very good thing. 

Stanford Cool Products Expo April 20, 2006

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Next Wednesday, April 26, the Annual Cool Products Expo will be held at Stanford University. It's free, open to everyone, and is guaranteed to make your eyes pop at least once. 

Here's their concise description:

The mission of Cool Product Expo is to generate interest in and excitement around "cool" products and companies in the field of manufacturing and design among the GSB, and the Stanford and local communities at large. An attendee walking through the expo will likely encounter budding start-ups, university research lab projects, the latest R&D from global manufacturers, the best from local design studios, and more. We invite exhibitors from a variety of industries that practice innovation by way of design, function, and/or technology.