Monthly Archives: April 2008

Dogear Nation guest spot

I was able to join the two Michaels (Rowe and Martine) on Friday’s recording of Dogear Nation[1]… Matt Simpson was unfortunately absent, but we still had a good talk around a bunch of topics including last week’s Technical Leadership Exchange, Twitter, social networks for conferences, file sharing, Congressional hearings on Second Life, and Guitar Hero. I think this was the third time I’ve been on the show and it’s always a pleasure. I blame my memory dropouts and umming and erring on latent jet-lag, though.

Check out the new Dogear Nation website and grab the episode direct, or do what I do and subscribe in iTunes!

[1] a weekly technology and innovation podcast, bringing you your dose of cutting-edge tagged websites 🙂

On Flickr and Video

I just renewed my Flickr Pro subscription and spotted that Flickr has introduced the ability to upload video.

In some quarters there has been uproar.


I was thinking about this. It doesn’t make sense in the grander scheme of video sharing (YouTube, Viddler etc.). I guess that was my first reaction, anyway. However, reading the FAQ and trying to understand what Flickr are going for here in the way that they have implemented it, I’m prepared to give it a try. The idea is described as “long photos” limited to 90 seconds, and it kind of works. I’ll have to watch and see how the site changes.

An experiment in social authoring

A little while ago my colleague Frank Jania posted a crazy thought on his internal IBM blog. The idea was that since Dogear (our internal social bookmarking system, and also part of Lotus Connections) has an API based on the Atom Publishing Protocol, and that just uses HTTP POST, it should be pretty simple to come up with a range of different ways to add bookmarks to Dogear using different technologies.

The gauntlet was thrown down, so a number of us started to contribute to Frank’s wiki page, coming up with our own code examples. I added some examples using a shell script, AppleScript (which sort of depends on some command line as well), and Groovy. A bunch of other folks submitted other samples ranging from Java to Python to ESQL.

The result is Fifty ways to leave your bookmark. We didn’t get to quite as many as 50, in fact, but it was a fun way of learning more about Atom Publishing Protocol.

I’m on the inside, too

In case you’re an IBMer discovering my blog for the first time as a result of one of the little cards I handed out at TLE in Orlando, you might want to check out my internal blog too. There’s a Twitter hashtag going on (follow the user hashtags and then tag your tweets with #tle08), too.

Oh, and the cards? They are made by a very cool UK company called MOO.

Technical Leadership Exchange 08

I’m sitting in a session at the IBM Technical Leadership Exchange in Orlando at the moment. The first time I’ve attended the event, and the first session I’ve had a chance to get into, given that we arrived fairly late last night. Very good coverage of 3D Internet topics. The agenda is amazing, there must be three or four talks in each slot that I’m interested in, so I can tell there is going to be a lot of compromise later in the week.

Staying at the Rosen Centre, which is OK and very close to the conference centre, but it has a few issues – not the finest room by any means, and a lack of safe which means I’m lugging my valuables with me all day. My first time in Orlando too… not sure how much of the area I will get to explore, though.

Looking forward to making some more real-world connections with a lot of the colleagues I’ve come across through both internal and external blogs and social networks. If you’re at the TLE then please come up to me and introduce yourself!