Test Information Space

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Archive for November, 2009

Status Que

Posted by cadsmith on November 29, 2009


What is Wave?

Google Wave is in beta as a form of hosted communications. A topic can have ongoing entries from contacts who attach messages, pictures, videos, maps and files. Email-like search is enabled. It can reportedly be embedded into other web pages or blogs. There are extensions for conferencing and interfaces to social networks such as twitter.

It has been said that users have profiles and organizations have pages, at least as far as Facebook and LinkedIn are concerned. A difference from Twitter is that there does not yet seem to be public visibility which is also similar to web2.0 features of O’Reilly Safari books online.

Test Information Space has multiple components including profiles, bookmarks, Q&A, blogs, wiki, notes, files, multimedia and socnets.

Some measures might include:

How is usability?

Does it improve accessibility, e.g. realtime and mobile?

How can blips be categorized?

Does it handle feeds?

How can streams be filtered?

What mashups are useful?

How can dashboards be applied?

What level of discovery is there, e.g. for relevant contacts or recommendations?

What is support for analytics and datamining?

Is the perspective top-down, bottom-up, inside-out, all-at-once, or yet another mask?

Adding contact Bloggy, blog-wave@appspot.com, should publish. It was not activated on the preview version yet.

Reference: Getting Started with Google Wave Ferrate 2009.

Links: wave


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Posted by cadsmith on November 23, 2009


What is your opinion of this {idea, book, product, system, media, economy, year, decade, culture}? Any recommendations?

As trends 2.010 go, scifi is in hiatus. Party-goers are served irony and ice. Stereotypes trump sensibilities. Eastern projections edge UK, Orwellian that is. Yoda yields to literature and art, but gweilo/gaijin/gringo groundwork needs improvement. Sustainable sites seek alternative to ads.

In the meantime, can record recent changes in how one sees (or hears) along the route to a review. There are more permutations than only prof, PC, and professional society. Lessons learned from the trials of Test Information Space include how the gentle reader can comment and collaborate on CMS and socnets, and plan professional projects.

Can briefly consider Q&A in this context.

How do you write a review? Tweets tend to be punchy. Blogs have more beats per minute. Reports are arranged for defense. Point out:

  • the purpose,
  • how well it was achieved,
  • use cases,
  • tips,
  • constraints,
  • comparative approaches,
  • suggestions for improvement, and
  • constructive conclusions.

How has reading changed? Ebooks can be skimmed rapidly multiple times for gist and memorization. Search is selective. Metadata is maintainable. Notes are navigable. Socnets provide second opinions.

What are types of reviewers? Casual users provide a personal experience, experts extrapolate from datapoints and error bars, researchers rank and emphasize additional efforts, and paid reviewers repeat the party line.

How has consumption changed? May buy something to blog about, evaluate embargos, elect extradition, or bargain-hunt banned brands.

Where do you find good reviews? This is user-specific. List favorite feeds. Ask friends, e.g. Facebook. As always, desire access to original data.

Turns out that the ability to sense something implies that it has already been cognitively categorized so, if in doubt, one can always sleep on it. Otherwise just cast a keyword, e.g. whodunit.

Also see review.

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Where’s the pi?

Posted by cadsmith on November 12, 2009


The mobile market is more than a moving target. Its shape is a multiple derivative of other fields. Developments of social industry rise from the rubble of institutional distortion. Where’s the i? Place becomes space for work, learning, entertainment, performance, and studio, in addition to test.

A simple generative case is to prefix tags by the world “mobile”. For example, a mobile social mind map may be a topology of location-based ideas. Mobile web sites, social browsers and p2p become self-assembling talents that can meet challenges in realtime. If the web was like a database that made organizations smarter, then mobile is a counterpoint for a work-on-demand goto-grid. Comms reduce the need for travel. Implants disappear the devices. Software radio is no longer in sight.

Browse this domain for developments that expand the xy axis. Markup and scripting provide easy customization. Mesh dashboards meter distributed databases. Pictures are parsed to extract numbers and text, count objects and list scenic metadata. Search permeates the web/world barrier. Answers are always in hand. Carrying a truth detector puts one in mode of integrating intentions in addition to behaviors. Biometrics make diagnosis and prescription relevant to living outside the clinic. Similarly for security watchdogs seeking outlaw autopilots beyond airports. The phone is good for decoding, network switching, software development, project management, and scientific instrumentation.

As a broad brush, immediate phases build out the context via plug ins for calculation, office, web, 2.0, semantic, sensor, ebooks, media, translation, navigation, lifestream, augmented reality, virtualization, mining and mcommerce. Measurement is constructive.

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Historical Sitemap

Posted by cadsmith on November 2, 2009



Economies value what seems rare or in short supply. This was true for goods and services where innovations such as the light bulb and automobile resulted in utilities and industries for production and service.  A decade after the dot-com boom, boutique browsers offer an app for that, a time-shared tradition taken from Ebay, Amazon, Yahoo and Google who initiated growth in the sale of digital commodities and supporting infrastructure and are now being dittoed across the developing world.

A popular term for the digital economy is electronic commerce or e-commerce where marketplace has become market-space, unique selling position (USP) is the market niche, URLs are non-English, and e-business plans include ads for pay-per-click programs. Properties of content, process and intellect have new forms of substance and protection. Trade secrets is an open-source maxim. Users from anywhere place a new world order met by universal sourcing and distribution via cyber cash transactions. Noobs scramble for the next offering or spin-off, regional, specialized, or customized.

This can be disruptive for the powers that be who have invested their family or state’s wealth in physical assets and accountants. Since the scale defies most  known forms of manipulation, challengers earn immediate word-of-mouth street rep across the industry game and a brief ‘pinion din. Predictions for the new year are that mobile, socnets, web2.0 and semantic web will embrace the enterprise as they have grasped government. Usability is a predictive factor which correlates user experience, quality of service and popularity. TIS the season for surprises.

Also see wiki for link feed, documents and books.

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