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What is HTML5?

Earlier this weekend, Christopher Blizzard wrote about how there’s not one easy answer as to what HTML5 actually is. While I don’t agree with placing all of the blame on Google, I certainly agree that there needs to be a simple answer as to what, “support HTML5!” means. Not just for browser vendors, but for website owners as well.

via davidrecordon.com

This needs to accompany the giant “WTF is HTML” chart and commentary I posted last week. However, this is written by an expert, a very knowledgable person, David Recordon.

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Random Numbers in Java

This post is about alternatives to the java.util.Random class, the most commonly used method to generate random numbers in Java.

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Open Data Standards

My response to Rhiza Labs CEO Josh Knauer:  On open government data, Tim Berners-Lee is almost rightI just watched the Gov 2.0 Expo video (May 27, 2010 in London, UK) featuring Tim Berners-Lee advocating government data standards, and your response [Rhiza Labs’ Mr. Josh Knauer, see link to site above] that followed. I am a working practitioner of data standardization and transparency in data policy, and wanted to express my agreement with your commentary.

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Green Computing of the Future

Google’s massive computing facilities use 12V auto batteries as back-up power source! Is it true? Yes, per David Kanter, editor-in-chief of Real World Technologies.

Google, much like Amazon, Yahoo! or Facebook relies on aggregate computing processing power. Cost remains an issue, despite increased hardware affordability and performance advantages from better systems architecture. This might be old news at Slashdot, as it was based on events of perhaps mid-year 2009. It was new to me though.

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Capturing the Zeitgeist

The Social Collider has arrived. I haven’t heard news of any updates, although it was introduced about a year ago.

The Social Collider is a Google Chrome experiment. Its functional design objective is to reveal cross-connections between conversations on the Twitter platform. The actual intent of the application is quite a bit more interesting. As data is collected and accrues, the application’s designers hope to uncover multiple layers of person-place-location-event relationships which can be fully comprehended best when viewed with the additional perspective of time history.

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Social Web Pathology Part 1

I’ve been pondering the theme of “Social Web 2.0 Pathology: Are We Connected Yet?”, and will introduce it with this mild example. Today’s post will then assess recent developments in our vanishing degrees of separation.

The date of this graphic was April 16, 2010 thus it does not contain the very consequence-laden “Like” button. Facebook announced the release of the Like button to the World Wide Web domains-at-large at the F8 conference on April 22.

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Thoughts about Emotional Data in Wiredset Blog

The title of the article Data Driven Experiences: Emotional Data, by Mark Ghuneim is fascinating, however, I’m concerned about address-level sharing of geo-spatial information as part of social networks.

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Death comes to Second Life, again

Some sad Second Life news has floated by as I idle away my unemployed days.

Farewell, Pathfinder Linden!

I enjoyed happy hours rummaging through your bookshelves, playing your harpsichord, dredging through the copy-mod transferable sheet music, peeking at your personal real life family photos, and perusing the CD cases you thoughtfully left strewn about on the floor of your in-world office.

Although rumored to be aloof, Pathfinder a.k.a. John Lester was an effective advocate of educational applications for Second Life, and a contributor in the healthcare field. I wish Linden Lab kept him on staff, rather than eliminating his job.