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Chag Semeach – ya-all!

So here I am blogging in Charlotte, NC and we did a Seder last night – with some friends who came down from NYC.

I’ve been so pre-occupied with starting our new company – ThingFace – and moving down here – that I’m afraid I haven’t been blogging – too much. </excuse>


Snowden points out the similarities between Obama and Putin – I wonder if they’ll let Snowden stay in Russia?

I love it when the hiway glows…..

Here are two excellent articles on streaming music – one by PitchFork and the other one called “the Elephant in the Music Room.”

Red Hat has announced a marketplace, but they’re ignoring OpenStack. And there’s no mention of any source code – whatsoever.

Cortana vs Siri vs Google Now – excellent!

Congrats to a modern day Martyr – Weev. Now lets see what he does – next?

25 companies who only hire virtual workers. This is the kind of company I want to build.   Fuck overhead! Fuck commuting!  I’ve been working like this since the beginning.  It was only when the VCs came into my life – that I had to go “into the office.”  Done with that!

Digital City updates:

Guadalajara’s Digital City Opens Its Doors, Joining Elite Set of Global Cities

Digital Cities: The only way forward to sustainable future

Digital City Model to Support Complex Planning Scenarios

Prototyping for the Digital City

Customized cars in China

Building a ‘Digital City’ for libertarians

Siemens, Accenture form smart grid joint venture

Digital City celebrates 10 years growth – great success  story coming out of teh Tees Valley in the Midlands of England

Brazil inaugurates its 1st city totally wired with optical fiber

Thinking of my friend Tim Sylvester in Kansas City

IoT updates:

Electric Imp rocks!

Audio and sound rising

Apple iOS 7.1 Launches Major iBeacon Improvement

Hortonworks rising – keeping up with CloudEra

ThingFace related (I’ll tell yah about my new startup – l8r):

Writing Life Stories: How to Make Memories into Memoirs, Ideas into Essays and Life into Literature

Deliver service for your things

Elio lo-cost, hi-mileage, three wheeled vehicle

Wouldn’t it be awesome if Automattic actually did something new with their $100M?  Doesn’t WordPress seem old and stale – to you?  It does to me!

the secrets of Roman concrete

Silicon Valley doesn’t like it when outsiders come in and raise the ante.

The story of Jim Mason.. and the shipyards. Partied there through several generations of this history

Fred Wilson – this generation’s John Doerr.  But will he cry for his daughter’s future?

Taco Master, Actively Learn, Liberty.me,

Date: Friday, April 18th, 2014 | Time: 9:07 am
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Digital Life Aggregator is the current term for Digital Lifestyle Aggregator

Way back when I realized that instead of isolating functions into singular websites or apps – that what a user REALLY wanted was a website or App that brought everything together.  Sometimes these kind of interfaces were called “start pages” or “portals” – and this is where folks focused a LOT of attention and investment.

NetVibes was always a digital lifestyle aggregator (DLA) – starting off with just links, but branching into all aspects of one’s on-line life – and they’ve continued to evolve considerably since then.  Tariq Krimthe founder of NetVibes – has gone onto doing something called JoliCloud - and that’s a digital lifestyle aggregator – as well.

The general notion of this kind of thinking has been referred to as “digital lifestyle aggregation.”

Along the way – the word “style” has got lost.  Its now thought of as “digital life aggregators.”

So the purpose of this post is to connect my past term DLA – with the current day term – which I have NO links to – and have no current connection to.   Simple because of the loss of “style.”

Oh well I guess I have my own style.

There are a whole BUNCH of these kind of “digital life aggregators” nowadays.  They’re the modern day customizable “dashboard” – your OWN start page.  Mobile phone are by design – a customizable “launch page” or whatever each platform calls it.

And I just thought I should propound the basic principles under which I’ve been pitching DLAs for over 12+ years now:

- a DLA must integrate as many services, content and social networks – coupled to some sort of tool/util capabilities – all in ONE interface (the dashboard.)
- this interface must aggregate all sorts of content, people and services – into one place
- and the whole thing is highly customizable – so when decides WHAT stuff to integrate, WHAT stuff to aggregate, have it appear in exactly the form, state and aesthetics – as THEY choose – and have it work across of their “digital devices”, places, contexts, activities and experiences.

    Ideally – an open source platform will emerge – which every nation can utilize to deliver DLA “Citizen Dashboard” to each and every citizen of that sovereign nation.

    And each and every constituency, affinity group, club, team, groups of fans or any clustering of human beings – can EACH have their own DLA social networks.

    All of this software would work “together” – forming an international global distributed open meta-network.


    Date: Sunday, April 13th, 2014 | Time: 4:18 pm
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    Moving to Charlotte, NC blogging

    Digital Fitness was a $330M business in 2013.  Beniof and Dell do it.

    Pretty cool iPhone case that’s also a blood pressure monitor (and more)

    The birth of lighting-as-a-service – I wonder what my friends at Huawei will offer?

    141m Smart TVs per year – as of 2015.  That’s 55% of the market.

    Building the Digital City – from the conference of the same name

    LittleBits has got shoes….

    Cloudera is rebuilding machine learning for Hadoop with Oryx

    Google’s checklist for cities to qualify for Google Fiber

    Indeed – consumer trust is dropping – just when all these companies think that all this data is worth something – consumers will run to the hills – before ever trusting THOSE kind of companies!

    Facebook Paper all the rage = and the open source design tools “Origami” and “Tweaks”

    Alibaba wants to turn some of Hainan Island into a Digital City

    Citizen Services as Digital City infrastructure?

    Chris Rezendes (INEX advisers) doing a TEDxTalk

    Blackberry QNX rising

    Connected Car facility in Atlanta run by AT&T = Drive Studio

    Docker Releases Version 0.9 With Major Improvements

    I’m sorry I missed this IoT Festival @ MIT

    Moov, Origami, Jawbone UP 3.0, Oppia, Learning Accelerator,

    Date: Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 | Time: 11:17 pm
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    Been down to Charlotte and back – Feb 2014

    My wife has moved to Charlotte, NC – and we’re renting a house there starting on April 1st.  My daughters will finish up the school year here in Cleveland – while I continue to “commute” back and forth to SF.

    Details of the peering battles are revealed – Cogent is leading the fight against peering fees.

    NetFlix and COMCAST reach a peering agreement – but they’re not saying if this was because of fees getting paid – or what

    Buy Apple’s Hardware, Google’s services and Amazon’s Media – for a safe long term bet

    Facebook + WhatsApp means it’s time to double down on new investments

    Lev Gonick is upset that Google didn’t choose Cleveland – perhaps Lev needs to look at the requirements that Google clearly stated:

    - telephone poles have to be available

    - local policies must allow Google to do what they want to do

    - support of local government

    I don’t think Cleveland makes it – in any of those three criteria – sorry Lev!

    Udemy is gaining traction - one mega students have signed up

    Google expands Fiber out around the country – and they’re considering Charlotte.  This is what has pissed off Lev!

    List of most popular music software – FL Studio is the leader

    Here’s proof that Spotify IS working for some musicians – Ron Pope.  I never heard of him – but his fans in Sweden sure do!

    Fred Wilson points out that there’s always a different angle to take

    Ghost train stations of Paris

    Date: Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 | Time: 6:15 pm
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    Jimmy Fallon rocks

    Make sure to watch this historic episode – U2 on the 70th floor – rocking Manhattan:

    Episode #1 of the new Tonight Show – which returns to NYC after 42 years away…..

    Date: Friday, February 21st, 2014 | Time: 1:16 pm
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    Starting a new job – blogging

    No details yet – but I’ve found myself a rather plumb and awesome gig – which will help change the world.

    I’m digging on:

    - Samsung not being able to “keep up” with Apple and Google

    - Looks like Adobe is screwing developers – again. Maybe this is something they inherited from Macromedia?

    - Google Cast SDK

    - Call out to Laura!

    Date: Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 | Time: 3:48 am
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    Heading back to Cali blogging Jan. 2014

    Just in time for the worst drought – evah! Here’s to the legalized marijuana Bud Bowl – or shall I say – Reefer Bowl? Intel TV is officially dead – long live Verizon TV

    The future of TV – Microsoft and Apple tried but can’t – Google IS doing it – and now it looks like Verizon is going to do it, catching up to AT&T.

    Getting the right contracts, playing the content game, lining up the bandwidth, getting the hardware right – and ultimately signing up those reoccurring subscribers – it’s quite a journey. NetFlix, Hulu and Amazon are going about it a completely different way. Aero has an interesting twist. But I gotta say I like Google Fiber TV – the best. It completely redefines what TV is. There’s no difference between the Internet and TV with Google Fiber TV. Good luck to Verizon! Maybe FIOS does have some hope.

    Building in functionality so that musicians and artist can easily sell merchandise – is totally right on! Thank you Spotify!

    Anti-technology has been around – for a while Digital City Roadmap for Canada – not clear which city…..  Ottawa?

    Google Fiber going live in Provo, UT

    I hate it when they force me to take down my Naked Buddhas! Yo Polymer – A Whirlwind Tour Of Web Component Tooling

    Date: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 | Time: 2:16 am
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    3rd week of blogging 2014

    Working on the Program Guide to the Mac 30th event.  Its fun to be able to do everything myself.

    Indeed Amsterdam is a hella place for entrepreneurs, startups and the right kind of community – to build on

    Waag Society – 20 years Digital City

    Awesome animated gifs of manufacturing

    Michael Sippey – didn’t he work for Tecnorati?

    How Node.js Stays On Track

    French Digital City site

    The Rise and Fall and Eventual Rise Again of the ‘Smart City’- interview with Anthony Townsend – author of “Smart Cities”

    Sacramento Kings Fans Can Now Buy Tickets And Merchandise With Bitcoin Via BitPay

    In Underserved Communities, Small Numbers Can Add Up to Big Econ Dev Wins

    Date: Friday, January 17th, 2014 | Time: 5:36 pm
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    BDay blogging 2014

    I’m 57 years old – today

    Doc brings unique local perspective to Bridgegate – Close to home

    Angular fullstack scaffolding – user account and Passport

    I’ve been flogging the Macintosh 30th Anniversary event – that’s going to be held Jan. 25th at the Flint Center in Cupertino.  I’ll be on a panel – as well.

    Buy tickets here…..

    We’re dragging out many of the old carcasses…..

    Like Shatter….

    Date: Monday, January 13th, 2014 | Time: 4:07 pm
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    2nd week of January 2014

    Mark Ansboury out at Gigabit Squared.  We almost merged with them back in 2011. Phew!

    the Etymology of most Jewish surnames

    I’m heading back to NoCal and participating in the Mac 30th Anniversary party……

    Books on moving to and starting a business in 16 Asian Countries = Woodegg

    Steven Levy’s How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet

    15 years later than I thought they would – Sony finally announces their own TV System.  Nowadays its ‘Cloud based’, with PVR, on-demand pricing and an underlying subscription model.  All of these things were possible back in the 90′s – but we didn’t have the bandwidth.  Now that NetFlix, Hulu, HBO Go, Intel and Google have shown the way – Sony follows.  Microsoft has stumbled and bumbled around this – for years (MSNBC, Windows Media, etc.) – but with Sony finally jumping on board – I guess it all kind of feels right.

    Coolio – arbitration with two CEOs

    Been waiting for this inevitable feature to appear.

    Cynogen gets a vendor to build and sell their distro

    the Kauffman Foundation just dissed a whole lotta startup communities- by ignoring them

    Belkin puts Linksys back on track – de-Ciscos them…..

    Content is Queen: Keep it Brief

    Commercial spy satellites rising

    inAIR, Macromedia University, Contributoria,

    Date: Thursday, January 9th, 2014 | Time: 8:12 pm
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