Archive for May 2008
Maybe I’m slow on the uptake but until today I didn’t know that it was possible to build a home network via your electricity sockets. I was browsing through PCWorld just this afternoon and happened upon Netgear’s Powerline range. I was skeptical by the claim on the box stating that one could "Turn electrical outlets into an Internet & Network connection" but I was suitably curious enough to drop the best part of 100notes on a XE103 85Mbps well-plugged ethernet bridgeand a XE104 wall-plugged switch
and my god … they just work. I’m sitting here with an ethernet cable running from my laptop to the mains socket happily browsing the internet. I’m amazed.
Is this news to anyone else or have I been living in a bubble?
For those of you that don’t have access to Mesh (and that give a crap), I thought you might appreciate a quick taster of one part of it. Here is a screenshot of my contact page, everyone on the Mesh has one.
I only actually discovered this myself for the first time just this morning and I’ve been using Mesh for a few weeks now so its definitely hidden away. There’s some interesting things to note here.
Firstly, the profile information that you see comes from my Live Spaces profile. Does that mean that everyone that uses Live Mesh is expected to go and fill in their information at Live Spaces? I hope not, that doesn’t seem like a good way of winning public opinion to me given that Live Spaces’ reputation aint exactly the greatest. Another question; if Microsoft allow us to login to Mesh using OpenID as I postulated on Tuesday (and the answer given to my question about OpenID in the Live Mesh forum doesn’t make me think that they won’t) where are they going to get the profile information from? Well the answer to that should be another burgeoning technology that I am passionate about, FOAF (go and read about it).
Aside from that there’s not too much to write home about here. Its got the now ubiquitous newsfeed, it aggregates a list of shared folders that you are a member of and well…that’s about it. Mesh is only as good as the applications that run on it though and right now there aren’t any other than file sync. There’s going to be a lot of value in the newsfeed once we are running applications on Mesh, I’m sure it won’t be long before I start seeing everything from my Twitter feed appear on here for example.
Keep coming back for future posts. I’ll have a lot more to say about Mesh.
Microsoft’s core revenue is derived from Windows and Office, and the future doesn’t look <http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/04/11/gartner-says-vista-will-collapse-and-thats-why-the-yahoo-deal-must-happen/> to be very bright for desktop software sales. Google’s revenues, currently at $20 billion a year, could someday surpass Microsoft’s (Microsoft is currently at about $50 billion/year in revenue) if nothing is done to change the game.
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I had a couple of Zune ideas today which I posted to the Zune Social forums and thought I’d put them up here as well to see what others think of them.
A while ago I suggested displaying xRank info on an artist’s Zune page (e.g. Here is John Lennon’s xRank: http://search.live.com/xrank/results.aspx?q=John+Lennon) That hasn’t happened yet but I hope it will do soon.
Now here’s an extra idea. Wouldn’t it be cool if up-to-date xRank info were synced to our Zune device? e.g. I’m listening to a John Lennon song on my Zune and I have the option to see the information from his xRank as it was last time I synced.
[Originally posted here]
Now that every album can have user reviews wouldn’t it be cool if those reviews appeared on our device whenever we started listening to an album.
This would be even more compelling for those people that use a Zune pass. It would be even more compelling still if we’re using a Zune pass to sync our friends’ playlists (that’s a new feature in Zune 2.5). That way, not only can we listen to whatever our friends are listening to but we can see what other people thought of those songs/albums as well. Might help us make a decision whether to buy it or not.
[Originally posted here]
What do you think? If you like the ideas hit the links above and add your comments. And add them as a comment to this blog entry as well.
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Remember back in February when I had my idea for Zunervision? Here it is again:
One of the coolest mashups I saw last year was TwitterVision. That’s where various Tweets from around the world are displayed on a map and you can actually watch the world is saying.
Would’t it be cool if you could do the same thing with "the last song that someone listened to on their Zune" or "the last podcast someone listened to on their Zune" or "the last video that someone watched on their Zune"? Throw that stuff onto a map along with wherever that person happens to be located and watch what people around the world are listening to or watching.
[I posted this idea to the Zune forum as well and it created quite a discussion]
Well anyway, with the recent Zune 2.5 release the Zune team went a long way to enabling Zunervision, they now let us record our location. Observe:
Hence, my location is now exposed on my Zune profile.
So, now that the Zune team know what we’re listening to and they know where we are I would expect Zunervision to become a reality very very soon.