Archive for the ‘Wireless’ Category

Live Streaming at Web 2.0 Expo (Does this Help or Hurt Conferences?)


The modern Boyscout
Mario Sundar took a picture of me Live Streaming the Conference (pic via Mario Sundar)

The modern Boyscout
5 Foot tripod and 2 inch camera (pic via Mario Sundar)

I asked in the chat room during the live stream if hurt or helped Tim O’Reilly by me streaming the conference. For a lot of folks, paying $1500 is certainly expensive to attend (I think that’s the cost, I’m not sure) when you add in airfare and hotel and other travel bills, going to conferences can sure add up.

There were 30-50 people that were on the live cast at any given time, and I’m sure it will be more tommorow. Folks recorded it and put it on Google Video in near-real time, so the event was casted live. For those folks that were not able to attend, did this help or hurt the conference organizers?

I say help, the buzz and reach that the speakers and sessions got from this live streaming helped to carry it farther.

If anyone thinks it hurts, it sure is disruptive, because the whole setup is about 200 bucks (100 for camera, 100 for Wireless 3G card, but future laptops will have these built right in.

Web Usage: 1/3rd of Internet Users in US use Wireless


Pew Reports that the ubiquity of the Internet continues to grow as Internet users continue to adopt wireless access:

“34% of internet users have logged on with a wireless internet connection either at home, at work, or someplace else.”

Of those above, the report indicates that most usage is checking news, and using email. The trust or adoption of accesing the internet not just at home (the coffee shop perhaps?) increases:

“27% of adult internet users have logged onto the internet using a wireless device at some place other than their home or place of employment.”

As this continues forward, more individuals will not be bound by physical boundaries or cables at home or work to access information about weather, traffic, stocks, email. All sorts of interesting targeted information will continue to be focused to pinpoint and triangulate information for individuals.

For the web strategist, one must consider the value of developing for WAP vs mobile that can handle more data, as well as starting to think about contextual, location based advertising or marketing. I’ve been getting some reports in via email and word-of-mouth of several companies working on just this.

To read the full report access Pew’s Internet Access Report (PDF).

Mobile Phones in Japan


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Japan is frequently several years ahead of the states when it comes to mobile infrastructure and devices. I’ve taken some pictures of a few phones at a mobile phone store in Okayama last night.

My cousin (he lives here) has friends with phones that have 5 megapixel onboard cameras, my puny brand new mobile phone from US has only 1.3, and that forces me to take my Canon Camera around, hopefully in a few years, convergence will let me only take one device: Phone, MP3, and Mobile Communicator

These were ‘demo’ devices, but if you bought it you would get the real authentic one. As I mentioned earlier, mobile technology is still very strong here in Japan.





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Wireless Internet Access still strong in Japan


I’m in Okayama Japan, (edit: a cool website that shows some of the highlights of Okayama, or see wikitravel) the sister city of San Jose! It’s more of a suburb with a population close to SF. It’s not as dense but it’s a great place to view and visit japan in easy to swallow doses.

Just about everywhere we go, I see individuals on wireless or portable media devices (PSPs seem popular). I see folks using cell phones to do a lot of texting, to use to take pictures and videos for instant publishing.

Many folks use mobile based email to communicate, more so than Instant Messaging, my cousin tells me. There are numerous wifi hotspots as there is little infrastructure for a wired network. My cousin ‘borrows’ other wifi signals in his building sometimes their a little spotty he says.

Considering we’re taking the train and public transport quite a bit, (and I see many folks are on the trains) having access to information from wherever you’re at makes sense.

This research from Ipsos indicates that Japan has the highest adoption rate (95% of all households own a mobile devices) of all countires for wireless devices, and it has a high percentage rate that use the web (40% in 2005 browse the web for news). Ipsos also indicates in this report that next to China, Japan has the longest weekly duration of users online, (13.9 hours a week).

I stumbled upon this blog and research site that focuses on the Japan Mobile Revolution, Wireless Watch Japan, if you’re into this amazing usage trend, I would check out this site/blog.

I was supposed to meet Coach Wei at the Ajax conference in San Jose (I covered the keynote only, due to time restrictions) he’s been watching the Web 2.0 space in Japan. Perhaps I’ll meet up with him at a future conference.

Wiki Showdown at Web SIG


I’m blogging live from Hurricane Electric, a web hosting company in Fremont CA who is hosting this Oct meeting of Web SIG. There are four wiki companies here; JotSpot, Socialtext, Atlassian, and Wetpaint. I was very happy to finally run into Zoli, I’ve admired his thoughts and viewpoints from his blog for quite some time.

Moderated by Peter Theony and Structuredwikis LLC

  • Audience Poll
  • 80% are using wikipedia
  • 50% are wiki editors
  • Ward Cunningham was founder
  • A wiki is always in motion
  • Wikis have been around since 1995

Ben Elowitz from WetPaint
Rich user experience, niche communities, aimed at consumer space.
Many of the wikis encourage embedding of images, and code snippets to YouTube and other video sites

Jon Silvers: Atlassian Software Software
First: The Ending

  • Sharepoint is the leading indicator
  • Believes that open source will continue to grow
  • Real time collaboration
  • Consumer social networking
  • Evolve or perish

Why is everyone talking about Wikis?

  • Thousands of organizations now use them
  • Before Web 2.0 there were wikis
  • Traditional enterprise software models are broken
  • Killer App

Primary Product is called Confluence

  • 18000 customers (correction: 1,800 customers)
  • IBM Developerworks runs on confluence, SAP Network, Accenture
  • Growing at 20%

Dr. Jonas M Luster: SocialText

  • Downloaded model to download from sourceforge.
  • Gave kudos to the other wikis on the panel
  • Metaphor of Cars and Wikis. Like cars, wikis help to power movement and transportation.
  • Social text is trying to be the car, the middle ground of really good collaboration.

Scott Johnston: JotSpot

  • Purchased by Mercury Interactive (Update: This is out context, Scott’s previous company was acquired by Mercury, thanks Scott for the comment)
  • How to make a mainstream wiki
  • The core principle is the edit button!
  • Office 2.0 = Collaboration
  • Has page types/templates
  • Has a family template (I’ll have to check that out)

*Panel Discussion*

Discussing Challenges: Wikis in the past, a shared workspace

Ben: Consumer Space challenges: Awareness is an issue, which is the foundation for adoption

Jon: Workplace issues: the challenge of getting wikis adopted at the workplace is key as you may need privacy and permissions. They discourage folks from segregating information as it’s not natural to the whole purpose.

Barriers is that IT must install it. Now with this bottom up install approach, is that anyone can get involved and start it.

Jonas: Discusses how awareness has arose from etech article. Relates to linux strategy.

Where are we on the hype curve for wiki adoption?
Most folks in this room are wiki savvy. By general business users awareness is low. Where there are self claimed wiki experts suggests hype.

What are the reasons for wiki consolidation?
When wikis are small it’s easy to garden them. As wikis grows moderations will be needed.

What challenges can wikis fix?
Email is an awful way to perform collaboration. Version control is a standard feature., tracking makes it easy. The next evolution will be putting workflow into wikis

Case study for wikis are used to replace wikis

What about wikis for the intranet?

Wikis enable anyone to contribute value without being a developer or coder. It can self regulate

What kind of challenges need to be solved in the future

Awareness is now an issue but websites now can change. Great experiences need to happen.

Question and Answer

1) Discussion about legal usage of changing webpage.
2) how many wikis vendors will survive? It’s unknown.
3) Outdated information is out on the web, and overflow of information.
4) Group participation to define a “Wiki”. The best answer, as voted by the 4 panelists was the answer involving “by the people, for the people”. My answer would have been “Community Knowledge

Event Format
I would love to see the next web Sig have more focus on web presentations with a richer and deeper involvement with the vendors.


Scott Johnston

Google Wireless in Mountain View


Yesterday, at the Mountain View Art and Wine Festival, I ran into the Google Wireless booth. For those that don’t know, Google is providing ‘free’ wireless to all of the city of Mountain View. They’ fixed routers around lamppoles all over the city. Below you can see the repeaters you can buy that will boost your signal inside your house.

Of course, I tested it out on their laptop and accessed with rapid speed. To me, this makes living or working in Mountain View more desirable.

More details:

Google Booth
Google Booth

Wireless Gear
Wireless Gear

Home Repeater
Home Repeater