BloggerView #3: Pedro Custódio

This week BloggerView is with Pedro Custódio, author of 2 blogs, a professionally in english (http://blog.centopeia.com), and a personal journal in Portuguese (http://patriciaepedro.com/pedro/blog/). As he introduce himself in his English blog, Pedro Custódio was born in 1976, lives in SetúbalPortugal, is graduated in Computer Science and is currently working in Lisbon as Web/CMS developer for SAPO. I especially like his answer to the 7th question.

1. When did you start blogging? What were the main reasons that take you start blogging?
Pedro Custódio (PC):
I started blogging some years ago (5/6?), at the time the word wasn’t "blog" but something more like an internet diary, actually I don’t event think there were a word to it!

I still have some of the entries from my first blog (dated from 2001, although I have lost most of them with an hardware failure). 

At the time being I have 2 personal blogs, one professionally oriented (http://blog.centopeia.com) and my personal journal (http://patriciaepedro.com/pedro/blog/), it all started up with just one, but some months ago I had to split them up, since it’s wasn’t reasonable to be using on blog for such different matters as personal and professional life, even the language had to be different, personal in portuguese and professional in english, but even that was a hard decision! 

 The main reason why I’ve started blogging, was to start recording and saving part of my day-to-day experiences with technology and in life itself. I came to realise the incredible amount of things we lose record everyday… I would love to record them all, for future use of course! But until then, I’ve started recording and  collecting tiny posts of my life that basically help others get to know me, my interests, my goals, my drive factors, but mainly to help me keep a record of the things I read, listen and watch…

2. What were your reasons to christen your blog as you did?
PC:
/var/log, is as many people know the place where most unix systems store system messages, sort of what’s going on in the machine, it’s name came from there. The blog at Centopeia is only part of professional project, which includes different projects, the idea came from the animal itself, that has a huge number of legs, so does this project, lots of different projects find their one there, the blog is just one of them! 

 

3. Do you have any specific goals or objectives you want to achieve with your blog? What are they?
PC: I have a rather bad memory, so together with my bookmarks, my blogs help me remember a lot of things! Thats probably my main objective. Other than that, I wouldn’t be entirely truthful if I ignored the promotion side of it, I’ve come to met a lot of people this way and had a lot of feedback on ideas from my blogs also. But even if no one read my blogs I would still write on them, I still do, I just keep some of the posts for myself, especially on the personal one. 


4. In your opinion, what role could blogs play in the future, for instance at companies or at schools?
PC:
Blogs are just in the beginning, they will have most certainly an important role in the future, blogs are just one of kind different tools that have emerged on the net that help consolidate what I synthesize  as the "Collaborative Society". Blogs in particular are an important disruptive development on the Internet and to the freedom of speech in general, as they allow everybody to lay down it’s ideas and gather some attention on matters so diverse as our minds can go.  I guess that more and more in future, blogs, wikis, and the likes will have an important role on peoples life’s, on and off the internet.

5. What do you think will be the future of blogs over the next couple of years?
PC: Blogs will evolve more and more, we can see that already happening today, with the mass distribution of Internet Access, we’ll see more and more blogs not in text, but in rich media, sprouting everywhere. There’s a lot of creative people out there, and not all work for big companies, many of them don’t even work on the fields they love, so blogs will allow them to evolve in other areas, that not they’re own. All of us are creators, some just tend to explore it further. 

Blogs connect people everywhere, the idea of a global network is turning to be more and more real each day that passes. I have people from pretty much everywhere reading my blog, that’s something most of us wouldn’t expect. They’re comments and personal messages, give me a window to their realities. And this global share of knowledge and ideas doesn’t seem to have a precedent in history, so it’s results in the future are unclear to me, although I don’t have any doubts that in the end it will be something mostly good rather than bad.

6. How many feeds do you have on your news aggregator? What news aggregator do you use? Why?
PC:
Tricky question, let me check my Netnewswire (which is the application I’m using on my powerbook to read all feeds I currently subscribe).

Ok, I’ve just surprised my self, I currently subscribe 351 feeds, which explains why I sometimes have trouble reading everything…

And the worst part, is that the number keeps on growing!

7. What do you think about RSS? What role do you think RSS can play in future, for instance in the relation between government and citizens?
PC:
RSS, ATOM, etc, will have a major role in Internet, at first they simply give us the ability to be notified of new information. This simple thing has a rather great advantage when one considers "life" without them: on the past I normally woke up and launched my web browser, making it load a pre-definid list of bookmarks (the sites I normally read, which I would then read while commuting). I still had to check each and every page to see if there was something new, it was a terrible waste of time. Today, it’s thanks to RSS and the likes I get a totally different experience, each day when I woke up, I get to my computer and I have immediate knowledge of the new information available, wether they’re images, posts, podcasts, you name it, they’re already identified, I can use the time I have to read them, instead of searching for them.

In the future, I envision that the today’s model of communication will be outdated, for instance, our current tv news model, if you watch both the lunch edition and the night edition you’re forced to watch some repeated news, even if they’re exactly the same, one day in the future you’d probably watch only the new stories, saving you time and probably resources too, if you’d consider pay per view scenarios.

Governments today, in my opinion have a hard time reaching citizens, we (citizens, mere mortals, etc) normally know what’s going on from what we see on the television or hear on the radio, but imagine if, and it’s already working with some government offices, you’d be able to subscribe to they’re news? They’d get a new, more direct channel to their citizens, and us would have a chance of knowing something on first hand, at the same time as the traditional media would. No man in the middle! To me the most practical would equivalent to when we lubricate an engine, you normally improve it’s performance, if RSS are viewed as the the oil on the internet, I know for experience that if cut down the time between dialogs, they tend to became more like conversations, rather than mere dialogs.

8. What do you think is the most important thing happening in the Web, now? Why?
PC: The most important thing to me it’s the emergence of a trully collaborative society, almost everywhere projects are being made that help people connect, share interests, and help each-other, projects like the tsunami blog (tsunamihelp.blogspot.com), that for the first time in history of a major natural accident the main source of information wasn’t nor belong to a traditional media, but was a mere wiki. 

Tools like wikis, blogs, etc. will help us build a more close society, I strongly believe that the better we know our neighbors the better well coexist together, and all these new tools that are appearing on the web, will forcefully change our habits and those of news sources. All of these technological advances seem to be changing the way our society was traditionally worked. It’s easier to jump in than to ignore, and those who don’t will for sure lose the race. What’s the price of that remains to be seen.

9. Beside blogs, do use other social software, like Flickr, Del.icio.us, Diigo, LinkedIn, or any other?
PC: From those mentioned, I only don’t use Diigo, which I didn’t even knew, but allow me to add some more to your list: Orkut, Meetup, 23people, Plazes, Fotos@Sapo, DailyMotion, Odeo, Frappr, YouTube, VideoGoogle, … the list would go on, and keeps on growing…

10. What do you expect from "Lift – Life, Ideas, Futures. Together.", next February?
PC: I’m actually rather curious about it, I personally know the main organizer, Laurent, which I’ve had the opportunity to meet during one of the best conferences I’ve attended last year, Reboot 7.0 in Copenhagen. Laurent has some important ideas about the future of the web, and he’s trying to make an important happening with LIFT, maybe to open our european eyes to this major culture shift that’s approaching us, faster and faster… 

I’ll probably do some life blogging from there if I can, the conversations planned seem to be great, I’m just sad to see so few portuguese attending.

 

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WordPress + PHPlist

In the last weeks, I’ve been helping a friend creating an institutional website, using WordPress 2.0.
One of the features he wants to implement is a subscriber form with a newsletter manager. We are not talking about a simple plugin, which allows people to signup to be notified when a new entry is posted to your blog/website. We are talking about a more complex plugin, which would allow people to subscribe to a traditional newsletter.

1. First we tried Mailing List Plugin 3.0 (available at http://gerard.ly.free.fr/index.php?page=wordpress). It’s not perfect, but it works. This plugin allows you to send an email or send a newsletter automatically to the mailing-list when a number of new post are published.  Doesn’t work with WordPress 2.0.

2. Then we tried WP-PHPList plugin (available at http://www.funkypenguin.co.za/wp-phplist), which integrates our WordPress installation with our PHPList public pages. This looked fine, perfect for our needs. I already use PHPlist (http://tincan.co.uk/phplist) with no complains, so it would be perfect WordPress + PHPlist.
After a lot of work, it works, but with a few important cons:

  • The last version of PHPlist is 2.10.2. The plugin only work with PHPlist 2.9.4;
  • It’s very difficult (I think I can say: impossible) to customize subscribe page, with your WordPress theme design;

3. Last but not least, we tried a last solution, integrating WordPress 2.0 with our PHPList, last version, but without any plugin. It’s not simple but after a few tweaks, it works just fine.

As so, my next post one of my next posts, which I expect to publish in the next days (updated at 19h00 – 20/01/2006), will be “How to integrate WordPress 2.0 and PHPlist 2.10.2”.WordPress 2.0Newsletter ManagerPHPlistWordPress pluginsMailing List pluginWP-PHPList

BloggerView #2: Nuno Leitão

This week BloggerView is with another Portuguese blogger, who writes in English. His name is Nuno Leitão, author of the bliki Entropy – Maxwell’s Demon Lives On”, powered by SnipSnap, where he usually talks about technology and other light stuffs. Nuno Leitão is a IT professional, living in Berkshire, England.
I hope you enjoy reading this BloggerView, as much as I did. I have to admit that I was surprise with the fact that he simply doesn’t use a news aggregator, and I totally agree with his answer about the new MacBookPro.

1.When did you start logging? What were the main reasons that take you start blogging?
Nuno Leitão (NL): It was sometime in October 2003. No obvious reason really, I had spent a reasonable amount of time travelling to far away places and decided I would write up about it somewhere – the obvious format was a blog and being someone who likes to try out things I opened an account with Blogger. Eventually I thought it would be a good idea to instead use a Bliki and last year I forged together one using SnipSnap and lots of customisation.

2. What were your reasons to christen your blog as you did?
NL: "Entropy" is a word I use a lot on a day-to-day basis and "Maxwell’s Daemon" is a good way to describe how somehow it never seems to decrease :-). I personally find things such as blog names inconsequential, so I could have called it Baulubabue and still be happy.

3. Do you have any specific goals or objectives you want to achieve with your blog? What are they?
NL: None whatsoever – it is just a way for me to broadcast some of my views of and to the world at large. I think some people take their writings way too seriously (which bores me stiff) – I’m definitely not one of those. If I wanted my views to be taken seriously I would write a book instead. Actually, I think whoever meets me in person would be surprised to find someone who is completely different from what shines through my blog.
More specifically I use Entropy to keep in touch with a select small number of people and for myself to take random notes when I come across an interesting idea – I also use it as a means to exercise some technical skills since I regularly write plugins for SnipSnap.

4. In your opinion, what role could blogs play in the future, for instance at companies or at schools?
NL:
I personally see it as just another means of communicating ideas. I don’t really see a revolution coming at all with blogs, albeit the networking possibilities could be interesting. Companies have so far used blogs as just another form of PR – businesses are relatively opaque in their nature, and I can’t really see that changing much in the future – perhaps small, well integrated businesses can use blogs as an effective way to communicate with their customers (or internally), but larger businesses will find it hard to use them as an open means of communication.

5. What do you think will be the future of blogs over the next couple of years?
NL: As with everything else, they will transform, reshape and disappear as we know them today – perhaps they will turn into more of a "community" model but I’m really not sure. Individualistic publishing is too time consuming and costly for people not to get bored over time – I don’t know of any published statistics in this area, but I’d bet that most blogs appear and disappear rather quickly as people move on to other things. I see a lot more future in "community" models such as Flicker’s (even though blogs and Flicker deal with different means of expression) and Wikipedia’s. It’s a lot more rewarding to extend something which is continuously evolving due to the efforts of many than to selfishly trying to reinvent things on your own – I’m glad to say I have over time contributed to Wikipedia and expect to keep doing so.

6. How many feeds do you have on your news aggregator? What news aggregator do you use? Why?
NL: I don’t use news aggregators – I read web-pages. I only regularly follow a handful of blogs and a mere six news sites: BBC News, Wired, Red Herring, Forbes, The Economist and The Register. I don’t expect this to grow much in the near future either – I go for quality rather than quantity, and I’m only interested in facts (and the occasional rumour from the grapevine) not the opinions of pundits.

7. What do you think about RSS? What role do you think RSS can play in future, for instance in the relation between government and citizens?
NL: RSS is an interesting way to disseminate information, but I would be hard pressed to call it world shattering or a means to reshape the way citizens relate to government institutions. Still, it has its place, and it will be around for some time. Some people have suggested that RSS could be a good technology to offer "opt-in" marketing mechanisms therefore becoming a way to reduce spam – my answer to that is that if spammers wanted you to "opt-in" they would have asked you by now.

8. What do you think is the most important thing happening in the Web, now? Why?
NL: I think Ajax combined with Web Services is genuinely exciting in the sense that it is reshaping what is possible to do with a browser and how people interact with information at large. I’ve always been of the opinion that eventually the World Wide Web would be the primary means of interaction between people in the Internet – we’re just seeing another step in that direction. Besides this, I’m not particularly excited about much going on at the moment – I find Google’s services boring and rehashed (that includes Google Maps, Google Earth, GMail and Google Talk), and the only web based service which I find really interesting and involving is Flickr.
Where I think there is still a lot of scope is in the way people research and buy products over the web, how they invest their money and where they get credit from – I wouldn’t want to guess how this will evolve, but I think a good example of what is to come is Zopa (http://www.zopa.com). The potential of the web is in creating communities which would not be possible by other means – Zopa is exciting because it is highly disruptive and touches the fundamentals of economy (borrowing and lending) in a way which is very much unprecedented in history.

9. Beside blogs, do use other social software, like Flickr, Del.icio.us, Diigo, LinkedIn, or any other?
NL: I use Flickr and LinkedIn heavily. I have a Del.icio.us account but I don’t believe in bookmarks.

10. What do you think about the new MacBookPro using Intel Microprocessors? What do you think will be the most important advantages to the final users?
NL: Besides the fact I’m getting one, I think it’s a beautiful bit of engineering. There is one thing which excites me about Apple and that is that Steve Jobs *really* does put thought into product design – in this he is unique among CEO’s of multi-billion dollar companies. Personally I think we will be seeing a lot more people using Mac’s – not because there will be mass migration from Windows, but instead there will be more and more people who will get Mac’s as their first computers.blogsRSSWeb 2.0InterviewbloggerviewNuno LeitãoBloggerSocial SoftwareAppleMacBookPro

BloggerView #1: Rui Carmo

I couldn’t have a better start. My first BloggerView is with one of the most read Portuguese bloggers. His name is Rui Carmo, author of the blikiThe tao of Mac” (http://the.taoofmac.com/space/), where he talks about technology, with several nice tips, always in english. It’s not a easy task to follow him, but I can ensure you that if you want to follow the news on technology this is a blog that you can’t miss.

1.When did you start blogging? What were the main reasons that take you start blogging?
Rui Carmo (RC):
Way back in 2001 or so. It all started because a friend invited me to write online for http://na-cama.com (which was completely different back then). I started out doing small chronicles and a the odd bit of creative writing (in Portuguese), but I eventually got tired of "blogging" – despite the creative writing bit, it quickly became about writing my own content management software and creating a sort of online notebook.
Then one day (on September 2002) I decided the best way to get my act together was by customizing a Wiki to such an extent that it both looked as a regular site but also worked as a scrapbook, and that was pretty much it.
I don’t really thing of myself as a "blogger" – I simply take notes of what I find interesting or do as a hobby, and I’m still amazed at the amount of people who find that interesting enough – and, in fact, the site’s evolution was very much driven by my readers, who pretty much forced me to add comments, set up archive pages, commented upon the layout, etc.

2. What were your reasons to christen your blog as you did?
RC:
Ah, that. Well, the short version can be found in the site FAQ, but the longer one is a bit more interesting.
The site was originally called Mac.against.org, since I hadn’t yet picked a domain name for myself and it was, well… catchy. People still remember it, and some even complained when I changed it.
Somehow, Mac users (especially Switchers) are still perceived as people that want to "cut against the grain" of mainstream computing and suchlike nonsense, and that name pretty much pinned those ideas down.
To add some fun to the situation that name was in complete contrast with what I thought about using a Mac (I am no platform zealot, and use whatever is handy), so it was interesting to kick off the site under that name.
One day, however, we had some DNS issues and I thought it was time to change things a bit – so I fired up a graphics program and started playing around with words and logo layouts.
Now, I’ve always been keen on using words as logos, since an interesting aspect is that the words become the logo – i.e., you get a very strong vehicle for your "brand", as it were, if you can hit the right balance between simple, memorable, powerful words and lettering layout.
As it happens, I’ve always been partial to Eastern philosophy, and Taoism was the closest thing I could find to using a Mac – once you’re used to it, the computer vanishes to become what you do, and you can stop trying to fight the operating system to get what you want done.
At least that’s what happened to me. So after fiddling around with the lettering a bit, I settled on "The Tao of Mac" for a name and dropped the "The" for the site logo – and you’ll notice that it actually emphasises the Tao bit.

3. Do you have any specific goals or objectives you want to achieve with your blog? What are they?
RC:
Well, the site’s tagline tries to summarize as much of a goal as anyone can possibly have with a web site… Actually, I have a lot of trouble thinking of web sites as having "goals", because personal objectives are something I’d rather pursue in real life.
But besides keeping track of the stuff that interests me and sharing some of the code and ideas I have, there’s not really any goal, more an underlying theme of sorts.
And that’s where the tagline comes in. "Tech Made Simple" pretty much summarizes that I strive to do when I write – besides the news and commentary, there is an underlying attempt at demystifying technology and making things as plain as possible.
You’ll notice, for instance, that I only publish small, understandable pieces of code, or that when I write a HOWTO of some sort I strive to write it in a way that is as simple to follow as possible and yet leave some margin for people to explore a bit better.
It all boils down to ease of reading – extensive detail isn’t the best way to teach things when people have so little time to spare, and if people get lost or make a mistake when following what you write, they’ll try to find a clearer explanation.
Technology isn’t complex, people are – and they often fail to understand technology not just due to their own preconceptions regarding it, but also due to other people snubbing them and not explaining things properly.

4. In your opinion, what role could blogs play in the future, for instance at companies or at schools?
RC:
I have a very dim view of the role of "blogs" in the future. Despite using the term myself, I don’t care much for "personal journals" (except when they’re about creative writing, which is where I started at), since people tend to go on and on about all sorts of personal issues that often have no place in a public site.
Anonymity was the usual mechanism to cope with that, but I think anonymity is pretty much extinct these days – and that people should learn (or, more likely, be educated by friends and family) to establish a clear distinction between whatever they feel like writing about (even if publicly) and their own personal life – otherwise, you don’t even have a personal life, and that’s just sad.
That said, I do like to read some blogs. Mostly developer and industry commentary blogs, which are more interesting to while away what little free time I have these days.
I have mostly steered away from corporate blogs, since they all read like plastic, cloned PR writing "downgraded" to what passes for "informality" these days. And "downgraded" and "informal" is precisely what I heard a PR person who writes one say about her work once, so you can imagine how blogging is actually becoming just another marketing vehicle for companies (mostly small and medium-sized ones, who see it as a neat and "trendy" way to hawk their wares).
As to schools and inside companies, I think it depends a lot on the particular setting. I honestly don’t think school blogs are of general interest (although they are interesting when a student uses them to get feedback on his/her work on a specific topic), and see companies as being able to make much better use of Wikis and other Web-based collaborative tools than blogs.
So, in a nutshell, I think that the "personal scrapbook" (a Wiki in all but name) will be much more useful (and popular) than the "personal journal", regardless of whether it’s on a personal or company scale.

5. What do you think will be the future of blogs over the next couple of years?
RC:
I think that the Bliki concept will win over the standard blog format.
People have shown, time and again, that they don’t just want to write in a linear sequence – they want to write, sure (and the common "personal journal" format is very useful as a baseline) but they want to annotate and cross-link what they write, add media in context, etc.
I see Flickr and other web-based tools as ways for people to explore what else they will eventually want in their site, although they are still at a very early stage. One day Flickr itself will become the secondary way to look at photos, and you’ll be able to integrate most of it in your own site in a relatively seamless way.
That will raise some branding issues, of course, but Web services are here to stay, and companies who sell (or give away, or rent) web services will surely find a way to get around that.

6. How many feeds do you have on your news aggregator? What news aggregator do you use? Why?
RC:
Well, this one of those times when I have to go for the "Tech Made Simple" approach… Besides 96 "full" feeds, I have a rather complex setup of filtered feeds that I only see when a script matches some keywords in posts and sends those items to me.
All told, I have 184 feeds that I track as I write this (maybe a few less when this is published, since it is high time that I cleaned up some of them, and I just removed a couple during the count…).
As to the aggregator, I’ve long given up on using specific software to read RSS feeds, since I can be using a Mac today, a Windows Machine tomorrow, plus three or four mobile phones during the week, etc. – so keeping track of which feeds I read where was impossible without centralizing and organizing things quite a bit.
Most people are used to reading feeds on a specific application, but these days I only do it for testing or to keep track of, say, a CVS commit log or something like that.
So I read all my news as e-mail, via newspipe. Newspipe is a program that parses feeds and converts them to e-mail, and I have two instances of it running – one with all my "full" feeds and a simple Web interface I can access via any mobile phone or PDA (in case I’m traveling, commuting, etc.), and another instance with a set of custom scripts that gather, parse and filter the other feeds.
These other ones are mostly Technorati or Google queries for specific keywords, such as "802.11 and standard", etc., and I only read them at home – they’re not about current news or stuff that I actively track, so to all intents and purposes they’re sort of a weekend supplement for my news reading (and with all the filtering, I get something like seventy, eighty new items a week from those, one tenth of what I get all day).
The big advantage of this setup is that there is, for all intents and purposes, one mailbox to hold all my news, and only one place (an IMAP mailbox, accessible from anywhere in the world) to keep track of things, regardless of which device I use to access the mailbox. I can easily keep track of read/unread items, file things away in folders (complete with images and full formatting) for archival, etc.
Newspipe can also make digests of feed contents (instead of filling your inbox with many short items, you get a nice digest with everything in one message, and it can be configured to pick up and send me national news in the morning, industry news throughout the day and more in-depth tech stuff just before dinner.
So I can start the day reading news on my PSP or PDA  over breakfast (and believe me, that will be the first thing to be replaced by a decent eBook reader when I get a cheap one with Wi-Fi), skim my news on a cab and flag something to forward to my colleagues when I get to the office, etc.

7. What do you think about RSS? What role do you think RSS can play in future, for instance in the relation between government and citizens?
RC:
I really don’t think it will be of any consequence for government or the average Joe – not while the vast majority of people are unaware of what an RSS feed is.
I also don’t see the Portuguese government (for instance) publishing RSS feeds of its edicts, especially considering that there have been ten years of intense lobbying from universities and research institutes for the government to get their act together on much more fundamental bits of technology, and we all know how far that got to.
As to commercial ventures, I’ve been noticing a very steady decrease in overall quality (both in terms of content and of writing) of most "news blogs" – and the recent trend for including utterly obnoxious advertising in RSS feeds has pretty much convinced me that the "serious" media, if they ever take up RSS in any serious way, will pare it down to summaries in order to force people to visit their sites.
And outside the media, there doesn’t seem to be much point. You can subscribe to a bug report or event calendar from a specific site, sure, but it’s much better to get the bug feedback by e-mail and the calendar via iCalendar.
So I think that RSS will largely become a "teaser" item to drive traffic to sites, with the odd content-related use (such as podcasting,  electronic program guides, etc.).
Obviously, other people will disagree, but I think that aside from a few creative uses that nobody has envisioned yet, this will be the broad picture.

8. What do you think is the most important thing happening in the Web, now? Why?
RC:
I’d pick three things, not just one.
The first is video downloads, because it’s by far the most interesting content out there – people like to watch video, it’s a monetizable service, and there is obviously a lot of demand for what I like to call "the personal TV channel" – stuff that you want to see, when you want to see it (although not necessarily in the way or format that you’d like to see it in).
It’s too bandwidth-demanding for us here in Portugal right now (I can’t even watch movie trailers from the Apple web site, and I’m supposed to be on a broadband connection with the same effective throughput as my friends in England), but it’s definitely where the money is going.
The second is IM/VoIP convergence. I won’t go much into that for professional reasons, but I think that despite it not making much headlines, the way in which IM has made it possible for people to keep in touch over the past few years and the way in which it has changed the way people work and live is vastly more important than, say, blogs.
I’m personally skeptical about the VoIP portion of the equation, but it is a necessary ingredient to boost its popularity right now. No, the main thing about the new IM models isn’t just voice or video, it’s the way in which both presence and the choice of communication media is available. You can discuss work issues without swapping e-mail, you can chat away quietly in the evening with friends, or you can open a voice or video link (however flaky and noisy) to another office, a distant relative, etc.
And you know, instantly, if people can take your "call" or not. Presence is the key here, and integrated presence across several media is the one thing that I think will change the way we communicate.
But since neither of those are really "the web" as I see it, I would say that the new trend towards simple, easy to use web-based applications (such as Google’s many offerings or 37Signal’s brilliant web-based tools) is the most important .

9. Beside blogs, do use other social software, like Flickr, Del.icio.us, Diigo, LinkedIn, or any other?
RC:
I pretty much gave up on Flickr, since I don’t like the idea of my media being at someone else’s whim. I used Del.icio.us a lot until the Yahoo! acquisition, but am now looking at alternatives (just in case), and I’m somewhere in LinkedIn, but I don’t really care for any sort of social networking – again, due to my belief in establishing a very clear separation between my personal life and what I put on the Web.

10. What do you think about the new Macs using Intel Microprocessors? What do you think will be the most important advantages to the final users?
RC:
I think that the most important benefit for end users will be faster, more power-efficient Machines (especially on the laptop front).
Anyone with a relatively modern Mac will know that they are already pretty quiet, fast and efficient, but with the shift towards laptop purchases, Apple will want to ensure they can do well in that market (and no, I won’t go into the "media center" rumors, no matter how cute the Mini looks besides a TV).
Apple has pulled this sort of stunt before (they made the transition from 680×0 processors to PowerPC in the past) and changed very little about either their pricing strategy or market positioning, so I expect the Intel transition to work out about the same way.
Although I’m not a typical Mac user (I think of it as much along the lines of a very flexible and smooth UNIX workstation than as a pretty GUI with cool apps), I don’t think there will be a sweeping change or major advantage, because in the end, you don’t buy a Mac for the hardware alone – you buy it for the whole experience (both hardware and software).
And as far as the OS is concerned, there is ample evidence on the web of Mac OS X running perfectly on Intel (or as perfectly as possible considering what was changed to make it run on off-the-shelf Machines), so I don’t expect any surprises there.
I do expect future versions of the OS to be very tightly coupled to the new hardware (to avoid it being run on generic Machines), and have a feeling that Steve has something up his sleeve as far as overall design and form factors are concerned… But I’ve learned to stop trying to predict what they’ll do.
The bottom line is that whatever they put out, it will be a Mac regardless of the chips inside.
Of more interest to me is what people will do when the marketing message gets across, and considering that in two years my office has gone from two Mac users to twelve (and those are just the ones I know personally), I’m very curious to see how that will pan out.
I have no illusions where it regards overall market share, but an Intel-based Mac with VMware (or similar) opens up a lot of possibilities…

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Melhor Blog Português

No último dia de 2005, o João Pedro Pereira do Engrenagem publicou um post intulado “Os Melhores de 2005”, no qual apresenta os “Prémios Engrenagem para os Melhores de 2005 na área de Media e Tecnologia”, com as seguintes categorias “Melhor Software”, “Melhor Tecnologia”, "Melhor Blog", "Melhor Blog Português", "Melhor Site Noticioso", "Melhor Site Noticioso Português" e "Maior Flop".

Acedi a este post, através do post “Gentilezas” publicado no Indústrias-Culturais que agradecia o facto de ter sido classificado com uma menção honrosa na categoria de "Melhor Blog Português". Curioso em saber quem teria sido vencedor, foi com espanto que percebi que o vencedor foi este blog, depois de uma escolha muito difícil.

Se um por um lado, fiquei contente por este reconhecimento, que agradeço gentilmente, e pelo João Pedro Pereira ter percebido completamente a “linha editorial” deste blog, a relação entre novas tecnologias, comunicação e pessoas/público, a verdade é que não sinto que este seja um prémio justo para diversos blogs portugueses de enorme qualidade, como o “Ponto Media” ou o “Atrium”, qualquer um destes justíssimos vencedores desta categoria.João Pedro PereiraEngrenagem2005Melhores de 2005AtriumPonto MediaIndústrias Culturais