Princeton Was So Cold

Our meeting in Princeton, NJ went very well. It was so cold though, about 15F at night; ice on the roads, not fun. I'm glad that I live in an area where I can drive a few hours to visit snow, but never need to shovel it. B)

No wifi at EWR, at least not in the Continental area. Actually, my wireless configurator did see an wireless access point, COwlan; but it required a certificate to logon, and the counter folk didn't know anything about it. /sigh

But we're back in sunny California, and even here on the San Mateo Coastside, it is bright and sunny today.

First Blog for the Year

Sorry all for not blogging. Yes, I'm back from my trip to Melbourne. But, I am in New Jersey right now. I am sure I will get to blog about my Australia trip to satisfy the requests out there. Hopefully, I'll get to do that when I get back from this New Jersey trip.

It is a cold night here in Princeton, New Jersey. Snow is in the ground. We arrived late at the hotel, almost midnight. The flight was very delayed.

Anyway, it is early morn here and I promise to find time to blog again. &#59;D

On the Way to Princeton

Clarise and I are at SFO on our way, via EWR to conduct a roundtable discussion in Princeton, NJ. We have a fair WiFi connection in the Continental terminal - out in the hallway. It might be better when we move closer to the gate.

I understand that it's snowing in New York. Our flight has moved from being delayed 10 minutes to being delayed one hour and 15 minutes. /sigh

One of these days, I have to remember to buy gloves, other than ski gloves - too cumberson for driving. I dread getting in that rental car and grabbing that ice cold steering wheel. |-| /brrrr!

OracAlumni Event: Terry Garnett of Ingres Open Source

Clarise and I attended the Oracle Alumni event, held at SAP tonight. The speaker was Terry Garnett, the CEO of the new Ingres - the corporation spun off by Computer Associate in conjunction with their releasing the source code for the Ingres database, 2005 November 07. In addition to listening to Terry's talk (not a presentation - no slides, just a conversation with a room full of fellow ex-Oracle folk), we also got to talk with Terry privately as well as with other Ingres attendees: Dave Dargo - CTO, Andy Allbritten - Senior Vice President of Support and Services and Shelley Keefe - Recruitment.

All of this is actually quite new. The company Ingres took possession of the asset Ingres from Computer Associate only two months ago, and they are still formulating many of their strategies. Terry does have an interesting perspective. He feels that the next step for the Open Sorce movement is to become business open source. Just as the PC moved from a hobbyist movement to an ubiquitous technology with multiple, focused business models, Terry sees open source moving from DIY to ubiquitous technologies with multiple, focused business models.

Look for the upcoming podcast of this session. We'll provide a link to it, when it's available.

There will be a podcast of the event a week or so afterwards,
thanks to the sponsorship of John Houghton and MobilecastMedia.end quotation
-- email from Dennis Moore, Founder of the Oracle Alumni Group

OSBI Squidoo Lens

Clarise and I have created a "Lens" on Squidoo as yet another tool to help support our Open Source Business Intelligence book project. A "lens" is basically a Web2.0 tool to aggregate content about a topic. There has been some controversy about Squidoo, in that it can be used as a feed scrape.

I wondered about that when looking at Squidoo, which in the words of John Battelle, “is either brilliant, or an AdSense honeypot scheme, or both.” I admit, it makes me shudder! In the case of say Yahoo RSS, Google RSS reader or Bloglines, the difference is that readers are making a choice, and deciding well, they want my feed. In the process, the middle men are making money, but its good, because I get readers. In straight up scraping, I get nothing out of it.end quotation
-- Om Malik in "Why Bloggers Need Google’s Help?"

Spam type feed scrapers take and publish full content from RSS/RDF/Atom feeds, without attribution or links back to the content creator, and make money off the backs of content creators from this content, usually by ad placement on their pages. Probably not much money. I can sort-of see the concern, though Squidoo provides full attribution and links to the source. One positive and interesting part of the Squidoo business model, is that whatever monies it generates, through ads, Amazon sales, etc, are shared with charities and with the lensmasters, but not with any content creators whose full feeds might be on Squidoo.

One way in which we hope to avoid any semblance of scraping, is by having only our own feeds on the lens, and only providing excerpts, even then. We may ask others if we might provide their feeds on the lens, but will only do so with their permission, and only providing linked headlines or excerpts.

We think that there is an advantage that the lens concept might have as a good resource for us. If we tried to maintain a linkblog for everything related to our subject, like standards (e.g. XMLA for OLAP), tools (e.g. Java Portlets), definitions, other blogs, the companies and communities around a project, etc, it would be huge. The lens might be a better place for it. An OPML list might be good, as well. At any rate, it might make for a good interplay with the blog and wiki and drive traffic to us.

Please visit the OSBI Lens and let us know what you think.

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