Until recently, the collaboration tools that I use to communicate with my crew have had one critical failing: none of the free screen sharing options on the market can be used with any kind of reliability.
Last week, the host that I’ve been using for our production server (ServerBeach) had a catastrophic failure that brought down their entire data center. Apparently, a power failure in Virginia caused the host to switch to battery backup. Battery backup powers the servers and networking equipment, but NOT the air conditioners. Then the switch to connect the data center to the backup generators failed to function. As the system ran without air conditioning, temperatures in the data center soared, quickly reaching the point where there was a danger of hardware failure.
Attention is a hot topic on the internets. Most of the metadata that is used in cataloging and searching the web is very labor-intensive to create.
Google made it’s first quadrillion by being the first to use the metadata inherent in hyperlinks to catalog the web. This was, of course, awesome. But the only people allowed to contribute metadata in a google-based world are web publishers.
This essay is adapated from a presentation I gave at the Oreilly / AJAX summit. The original powerpoint for the presentation is also available.
We need better metaphors to explain the value of rich clients to business decision makers. We need proof that richer user experiences make business sense.