TagCamp this weekend

TagCamp (a BarCamp-like event focused on tagging and other types of user-generated content & structure) is happening in Palo Alto this weekend. Rashmi is going (though she apparently hasn’t decided what she’ll be presenting yet ;->). If you’re into tagging, this would be a good event to check out. The vibe at these “camps” (FooCamp, BarCamp, MindCamp, TechCrunchBBQ) is very high-energy, very DIY, much the way I imagine the early computer hobbyist meetings were in the 70s. In other words, A LOT cooler than a corporate conference, and free to boot! They are a lot of fun, and excellent places to meet like-minded individuals.
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Blackjack Spreadsheet

I’m going to Vegas this weekend. Not really my favorite place, but this time I’m determined to actually try to have a good time. Therefore I will have to gamble. Blackjack seems fun, and at least has an element of skill, so I’m deep in study mode. The amount of preparation required is modest: three spreadsheets must be committed to memory. Fun! I feel like I’m back in third grade, learning my times tables again.

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Mullet Layout on Blogger.com?

Hojuin is trying to get a mullet layout working on blogger.com. (The mullet layout is explained in greater detail here , along with a movable type implementation). Lots more mullet articles are available for the curious. It’s basically an easy way to display radically more content on the front page of a blog.
I unfortunately know nothing about blogger.com templates, so I’m not in a position to help. If there’s anyone out there who knows how to hack on blogger.com, please give this guy a hand. The blogosphere will thank you for it!

ZDNet snafu: top 25 on-demand providers

Yesterday, I found an article on zdnet called “Top 25 on-demand providers”. The article did not live up to it’s title: in fact, it was remarkably content-free! A little digging turned up the backstory : after ZDNet published the story, the analysts that created the list asked ZDNet to remove the content.
Now ZDNet really shouldn’t be publishing content that they don’t have a license to. But they shouldn’t edit stories beyond recognition, either. If an articles main content must be removed, the best thing to do would be remove the article entirely, not castrate it beyond recognition. Thankfully, for those interested in the on-demand software space, there’s a google cache still available with the complete list. The list is also below. Enjoy! [via ken novak]

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Megatrend alert: Rich Clients, Web Services, and On Demand Software

The major trends in IT today reinforce each other in a powerful way. The two technology trends (Web Services and Rich Clients) are tailor-made for the new business-model trend (On Demand Software). The two technology trends also reinforce each each other, creating a self-reinforcing web of interactions that will accelerate once it gains momentum, and may not stop until it has absorbed most of the software world as we know it!
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