And across the street…

There is a Lewis Black bit where he predicts the end of the world has already come because there is a Starbucks across the street from a Starbucks. I was walking down Harvard Ave over by Coolidge Corner and noticed another CVS just down the street from the giant CVS on the corner. How is this possible? I know CVS is all over the place and Coolidge Corner is a happening place but no one needs that many pharmacies by them. If I was expecting this unfortunate event from any store I was expecting it from Dunkin Donuts, a Boston based chain which just so happens to be on every corner.

You got to love Boston but it’s still fun to poke at little inconsistencies.

Coolidge Corner with 2 CVSes

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Slide and Web 3.0

Kottke recently went on a tirade about Web 3.0 or the WebOS. A kind of blurring of the line between desk application and web content. Currently there are a lot of desktop applications that leverage the web and, in a simplistic explanation, WebOS is seems to be the opposite. An application that can be managed locally on your computer (online or not) but can be accessed world wide. Kottke points out a number of web 2.0 applications like Flickr and Gmail that only need some additional feature to reach WebOS status. Mainly Gmail needs to cache mail locally for when you are offline and Flickr needs to let you store your photo collection offline seamlessly with the online version. Kottke put a large emphasis on being off line and I don’t quit grasp why but I do see how storing and managing files on your computer is much more powerfully then having to manually upload them.

Is Slide web 3.0? Well probably not but it’s ridiculously close as far as I am concerned. A large part of Web 3.0 is turning the individual in to the provider. Instead of loading your pictures to the Flickr server you host the pictures on your computer just like a mini web server. That is how Slide works. Slide takes content on your computer and broadcasts it to any one who also have Slide and subscribes to you. Slide turns you in to the provider. As you ad pictures, music, or videos to the folder on your computer your subscribers are notified. The notification is done by visibly scrolling the content across your screen when Slide is running. Not only is this a great way on instant updates it does not require a place to upload the files. Slide does not need to worry about people uploading massive files that will choke their servers.

While I’m in love with the idea I think Slide misses the base on a couple of things. The first is what keeps it from truly being web 3.0. You need to have the program to get any updates to the people you are subscribe too. This keeps the service from being accessible world wide. As smooth and pretty as the interface is it would have been nice to access updates online.

Slide allows people to include all sorts of media files like pictures, movie and music. They even made a mention of del.icio.us links streaming though I have not figured out how to do that one. How they can let people stream their entire music collection to the world is beyond me but more power to them.

As more of a general annoyance Slide does not allow sub folder to be included in the stream. This kept me clicking through the interface for what seemed like forever to include all my sub folders. Easy fixed but it still drove me insane.

The Beta goes live tomorrow, thanks to Johnnie Manzari for the early invite, and hopefully it will take off. Either way Slide is a view of the future in personal hosting and publication. No longer will you have to run Apache to serve document online. From now on they will come with a built in server.

Slide, WebOS, web3.0, review

Falling all over the green line

I’m not really from NY but if I had to pick a city that I considered mine it would be NY. This is mostly because all my local channels were out of NY and not Philly. In NY, and possibly other cities, There is a stigma if you can’t stay standing on the subway. All the local laugh at the out of towners as they try and stay standing. It’s amazing to watch some one who takes the subway all the time. Some people can stand and read with out holding on to a single thing.

On my trips in the sub way I was fairly skilled. I didn’t need to always hold on though every once in a while I would lose my balance and reading while not holding on was out of the question. I was definitely not from NY. Boston has a public transportation system called the T and if not now, I will soon have ridden the T more then the subway in NY. The great things about the T is that everybody falls down. Way out on the green line the T is above ground and lurches through stoplights and attempts not to hit people running across the tracks. It’s impossible to not need to hold on while riding the above ground T.

It so nice being in a place where it’s hard to tell the seasoned professionals from the newcomers.

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Podcast reviews at the Bostonist

For any interested I’m going to be doing a series of Boston podcast reviews over at the Bostonist. After moving up to boston and being O so bored for the first week or so I feel confident that I am a podcast expert. With podcasting being so new there is a real lack of reviews. While ranking systems at Podcast Alley, iTunes, and our lovable friends over at Odeo help they can’t be the only way to find good new content.

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Ask Jeeves

Blogs of big business has always interested me. Google was the first to jump out at me as they do a good job of not being boring. Not being boring really is key and something tells me that General Motor would not try to make their blog anything more then a car commercial. One of the blogs that not as many jumped on was Ask Jeeves. Bloglines said Ask Jeeves only has 435 while Google has 10,500 subscribers. As much as Ask Jeeves isn’t dominating the market I find their blog much more interesting then Google’s. I could never pinpoint why, it was just a general sense that they were having more fun and were just a bit zany.

Today i think I really found why I was so attracted to their blog and it turn out that their deep sarcasm is close to my own. Ask Jeeves just announced Virtual Neptune which makes fun of Virtual Earth by name and Google maps by interface. By their own promise, “Virtual Neptune utilizes powerful satellite imagery, and will soon be combined with mapping and local search to put Neptune’s geographic information at your fingertips.” I can’t tell you how much I look forward to local search and how much I love the barley tampered with clouds photoshop filter.

While I don’t really use ask Jeeves that much beyond Bloglines they sure are having fun and I hope they find ways to best google beyond biting sarcasm.

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