Collanos

A colleague from Novell moved to Collanos – I looked at their products – and it’s interesting.

The Collanos Workplace seems to fill several of my needs for working with my team:

– document sharing and management
– team task lists
– discussions
– cross platform

Most importantly – the model is peer-to-peer. That means that none of my ‘corporate data’ ever lives on someone elses server. That was one of the major downsides to using something like Backpack or Basecamp. (Cool – but kinda interesting from a risk and security angle).

By having this ‘built’ and in the web it also means I don’t have to build an internal server, manage it, keep it safe, back it up – and also use VPN to get data in and out of it.

Feedback soon. I’ve sent the team the data – we should be running in a couple of days.

Pandora

Pandora is fantastic.

It’s far easier to hear and believe than read this – but:

– sign up
– select music you like – either an artist or a song
– Pandora plays ‘music like that’
– if you like it – say so
– if you don’t – say so
– download (iTunes) or buy (Amazon) things you like

Wow. This is going to cost me big. I’ve already found a few CDs that I really like.

Bill Gates on ‘Web 2.0’

I blogged a few days ago on Windows Live and the Web 2.0 trend.

Here is the link

Here is part of the memo:

Ten years ago this December, I wrote a memo entitled The Internet Tidal Wave which described how the internet was going to forever change the landscape of computing.

And more:

This next generation of the internet is being shaped by its “grassroots” adoption and popularization model, and the cost-effective “seamless experiences” delivered through the intentional fusion of services, software and sometimes hardware. We must reflect upon what and for whom we are building, how best to deliver new functionality given the internet services model, what kind of a platform in this new context might enable partners to build great profitable businesses, and how our applications might be reshaped to create service-enabled experiences uniquely compelling to both users and businesses alike.

Much like the call to action from 1995 – where Gates urged Microsoft to adopt internet capabilities in every aspect of their products – this sounds like a new call to drive and deliver next-generation software.

Will Microsoft ‘get it’ in time? Or is Google (or Yahoo, or anyone of a dozen small players) the one to watch?

Ruby On Rails

I was talking to a friend in Barcelona about application development (note – I’m not a hacker; “I don’t write code” TM).

He mentioned that Ruby on Rails was getting a few people inside Novell excited.

Since then I’ve stumbled across literally dozens of brand new, hot, useful web apps that are based on Ruby on Rails. All stemming from a few core projects from 37Signals.