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Hello, I am Robert G. Male. Welcome to TechStop™. Here you will find links that I think are of interest. Furthermore these are links that I want to keep track of because they have given me either ideas or some other form of inspiration for my writing. Links are listed in order lowest to highest both in the date they are given and the order in which they appear (meaning: read them from the bottom up for a certain day's list). Some of these sites may require you to sign up for free. Without further ado, the links...

October 2008.

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October 30, 2008

3) Video games feature ads for Obama's campaign
  • Real world politics comes to the world of video games. It was only a matter of time. What will be interesting is the results of this. Trying to communicate directly to a target audience. It's pretty innovative though perhaps only because this is the first time. What will it mean as time goes on?
  • Tags: associate, communication, demonstration, dissemination, gamers, influence, innovation, politics, result.


  • 2) Myth-busting and the Yahoo!-Google agreement
    • In the world of search engines, as well as publishing, public relations and other related jobs relevancy is of great importance. A factor called coverage depth comes into it. Poor results lead to little depth and leaves people wanting. To combat this merging results and putting two different markets together to fill more needs can help. Yahoo and Google are doing that. There is also talk about a concept called backfilling, which requires some thought about its importance.
  • Tags: backfilling, coverage depth, implementation, implications, markets, priorities, public relations, relevancy, search engine.


  • 1) Diary of a Web nerd: The Wii as a social platform
    • The last part of this article touches upon an idea that is very appealing both from the point of view of what it will mean when these next-gen applications come to fruition regardless of the platform(s) that they appear on. It involves the fruits of the semantic web to enable cyber-agents to help us to communicate what we want to whom we wants. It would give us a level of apparency while controlling the dissemination of our information. It seems frivolous that avatars like Mii people would tweet game scores. The implication though points to something deeper like letting the right people know where you are like stuck in traffic, held up at the office, delayed at an appointment. It's all about the exploration of what would be most useful.
  • Tags: apparency, application, avatar, communication, cyber-agents, details, dissemination, implications, information, next-gen, semantic web, social network.



  • October 23, 2008

    3) Linked Data Design Issues
    • Sir Tim Berners-Lee sets out rules in the meaning of expectations of behavior in the technical meaning that the project goes forward, the value is derived from following the rules. It talks about technical aspects of the semantic web, delving into bits about the ontologies, the language, and the push/pull of privacy versus apparency that are a part of the makeup the semantic web needs to have. It harks back to several entries here at TechStop™ some of which sadly are not annotated like this, in particular a lengthy look at the wide or 'over'view of how to let the people who need to know things about you to know it while at the same time protecting your maximum non-obsctructive privacy.
  • Tags: apparency, data, derivation, distribution, FOAF, hierarchy, Internet, ontology, privacy, relational database, search, semantic web, signatures, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, social network.


  • 2) Welcome to the Data Cloud?
    • This seems like a starter article, an introduction to cloud computing, and certainly serves as a good refresher but then it takes a turn for the complicated. It asks questions, points to places, and puts forward some concepts that are anything but easy. Interesting how it turns to a discussion about turning data into a commodity, but at the same time is about how that can be unimportant and the connections to be derived from such datasets is where the actual money is at, because that is where the importance is.
  • Tags: aggregation, cloud, commodity, data, derivation, discourse, dissemination, distribution, knowledge, metadata, semantic web.


  • 1) Why The Big Fuss Over Microblogs?
    • I use Twitter, its a good quick form of communication, another information stream, a quick, easy way to keep on top of the things that are important, at least important as defined by popular determination. Some people use it to broadcast its update (like me) others use it as a part of their life blogging. This article asks after the value it might have in the corporate space. The chain of adoption from users to the IT department also trickles back down to a wider user base which wasn't really a thought putforward buy the article's author.
  • Tags: apparency, application, automation, discourse, dissemination, follow, information, life blogging, micro-blogging, popular determination, productivity, social capital, social network, Twitter.



  • October 16, 2008

    3) Panasonic Lifewall Is the All-Knowing Gesture-Controlled TV of the Future
    • Ignoring the outrageous title this article looks at something very exciting, the lifewall concept. They are looking at the nearly here use, life-like video conferencing, veiwing capability anywhere the technology is in place, even on the move within that space, facial recognition for user identification and tailoring, and gestures computing (a step up from touch computing). This meeting of technologies dovetails nicely with the OLED screen below, as well as the semantic web and cyber-agent concept below that.
  • Tags: advancement, communication, education, facial recognition, gesture computing, interactions, lifewall, sensors, technology, touch computing, ubiquitous.


  • 2) Sony flaunts sexy .3mm-thick flexible 11-inch OLED display
    • Sure this bit of wizardry is a little bit off, but only a little. Everyone is all gaga over the whole Minority Report thing, but even that is still tied down. When you can cart off with a video screen in an easy to carry package, roll it out, roll out part of it, put it back easy, now you're talking. It starts here. Others are working on e-paper, this is going to take it where it needs to go, full colour, clarity, etc, is all going to come from something like this if not this itself.
  • Tags: advancement, demonstration, HUD, innovation, lifewall, maturation, Minority Report (movie), OLED, technology, ubiquitous.


  • 1) Washington Times amongst newspapers putting semantic technologies to work with help from Inform Technologies
    • Semantic web technologies are just starting to take off. This is a good start. As it says rather than staff aggregating the constellation of related materials, links, and associated content, software cyber-agents will do the work. They just need to be taught how to tie the right things together and be easily adaptable, even if that adaption comes from some programmer tweaking the learning learning formula and/or making priority suggestions. Tie in suggestions from real people via social network type popularity determination to drive meanings home to the software and away it goes.
  • Tags: aggregation, associate, blogging, collate, cyber-agents, filtering, implementation, information, interactions, news, organisation, semantic web, social network.



  • October 09, 2008

    3) Emails show journalist rigged Wikipedia's naked shorts
    • This funny title has to do with one of the problems that contributed to the current US financial crisis. What it maybe more importantly illustrates for my purposes is the ways (and ease) of creating, disseminating, and continuing propaganda even outside of the direct political arena. Most important is how the propaganda then affects those outside of its creation, how the 'innocent' then become the pawns of the propagandists.
  • Tags: authoring, blogging, dissemination, distribution, filtering, government, intimidation, intrigue, law, misinformation, news, propaganda.


  • 2) Web Science: The next academic hot spot
    • The sum is greater than its parts, they say about many things. The same is true of the web obviously. This is a bit of a look at it as the author tries to get at what will the study of Web Sciences as the Universities and such begin to roll out not only course on it, but of course actually begin to research it as is own area of knowledge.
  • Tags: education, empower, future, information, innovation, interactions, Internet, knowledge, learning, network, science, semantic web.


  • 1) Global security: is study restricted?
    • Big Brother lives. While the awareness part of this equation is good its always the clumsiness and ineptitude of what is done with that knowledge that is most disturbing, not because of the rights trampled or the freedom lost, but because indeed it all so inept. What real threats are being missed while inane things like this go on. Talk about tipping your hand moving in at such a nascent time. Or is it all a ruse, getting those who would do harm to let down their guard thinking they are so much smarter than the authorities? You decide.
  • Tags: abuse, civilian, hindsight, ideals, infringement, knowledge, law, learning, military, privacy, security, war.




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