Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Twitter and a new King in #Amsterdam

Measure levels of tweets from Dam where a new King is being Crown in Amsterdam

Use the tool below to read tweets coming from the area, great way to learn what is happening and see pictures.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Fujitsu makes the future

The author of this blog works for Fujitsu in the UK.  Theses opinions are his own.

I work for Fujitsu, so I generally avoid discussing anything to do with Fujitsu in my blog.  But this innovation is so amazing I want to share it.

I have not seen this system myself.  But the demo show what I think is the future of interface.  The core problem with the Internet is that it is 'boxed'.  Traditionally the Internet was tied to a PC, generally in a specific room in the house of office.  The laptop and wifi improved this, but it was the iPhone that increased mobility, but even with an iPad the problem with mobility is size.  I get a tiny surface to contact the world wide web.

What is need in the web interface is the core concept of the Internet: that it is wide.  That is is world wide.  Inside you iPhone is a connection to a data store which contains information about every object in the world, all the world's knowledge is there.  Why should you contact with this knowledge be limited to a palm sized device?  Image a museum in a shoe box?  That is the current state of the Internet.

Fujitsu is showing the potential future here.  There work combines nicely with Microsoft's Kinet work. And I think the next big thing is going to be device-less contact with the web.

The video before opens some ideas about the future of UX and UI.

Learn PHP or Python, but don't waste time on node.js

I am not really a programmer as much as a maker. I make things with computers, sometimes I write code, sometimes XML, sometimes content, sometimes graphics and movies. So PHP is my personal favourite, and I use JavaScript to get things done on the page. Actually I love PHP, because it is so simply and quick. I am trained as a developer to some degree, having taken courses staring in high school in Basic and Visual Basic, Pascal, Lisp and Java. I have developed in ASP, ASP.NET, ColdFusion, JavaScript, JPS, VB and C# and written SQL queries. I have used SQL Server and SharePoint along with Drupal, though I am no one's idea of a guru. But when I personally starting working in PHP it opened a world of rapid development and collaboration. I can get someone else to write plumbing then I go in a do my analysis, someone else makes the JQuery interface. Life is easy.

Friday, 19 April 2013

#Watertown tweets man hunt

Lots of tweets coming from East Watertown as a major manhunt takes place

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Touchscreen interface for seamless data transfer between the real and vi...

Pretty cool use of the Internet of smart things.

Meetup has arranged over 100,000,000 RSVPs

I find Meetup to be the most amazing of Web 3.0 tools, it connects what the web is good at: forming communities around interests, with what the real world is good at: getting to know people.

Now meetup has seen more than 100 million RSVPs, showing how the Internet is not just isolating people. The internet is starting to enable face to face contacts more and more, turning what was a suburbs of cyberspace in to a social system intimately connected with the growth of cities.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Massive tweets from #Boston Marathon explosions

Massive activity in twitter is coming from Boston near the sight of what might have been a terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon.
Right after reports of the attacking tweeting from the area explosed.

 This tool before shows the tweets coming from the area.

Monday, 8 April 2013

#Thatcher death sets off tweets

This app shows the real time tweets coming from near the UK Parliament and Whitehall, where the political class lives. It shows that even in death Thatcher can make people talk, or in this case tweet.