When I first heard that the Future Salon was hosting the author of The Alphabet and The Goddess, I thought of Saturday Night Live and Nora Dunnâ€™s sketch â€œWomen Good, Men Badâ€. The sketch boiled down a whole genre of books describing men as jerks. I got e-mail from friends who wanted to know if I was going to this monthâ€™s EstroFest and Lillith Fair. I went and it wasnâ€™t that way at all.
Continue reading Feb. 23, 2007 Future Salon Leonard Schlain
Thursday February 22, 2007 at the Techmart Network Meeting Center in Santa Clara,
the STC Silicon Valley Chapter hosted Daniel Doornbos to talk about globalization, internationalization, localization, and translation. Continue reading Feb. 22, 2007 STC Daniel Doornbos
On February 2, 2007 at the San Jose Convention Center, the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network hosted Former Vice-President Al Gore, Venture Capitalist John Doerr, and Sunpower CEO T.J. Rodgers. They spoke about the Valleyâ€™s potential to solve problems associated with climate change.
Continue reading Feb. 2, 2007 JVSVN: Al Gore
On January 9, 2007 at the SDForum headquarters in San Jose, volunteers were recognized for their service to the organization. I was given an award for contributions to their publications. Over the years, I have written over 30 articles on emerging technology from biotech to venture capital for SDForum.
SDForum is a vital independent business and technology community in Silicon Valley that has global reach. For twenty years, it is the place to go if you want to see an idea become a successful company or even a new industry. They say history is written by the winners. I write for SDForum.
Continue reading Jan. 9, 2007 SDF Award to DJ Cline
Sometimes you go after one story and come back with quite another. Continue reading 38th Parallel Processing
On Tuesday, January 16 2007, SDForumâ€™s Business Intelligence SIG hosted Mark Tsimelzon, President, CTO, and Founder of Coral8, to talk about Complex Event Processing (CEP).
Continue reading Jan. 16, 2007 SDF Mark Tsimelson on CEP
Donâ€™t read this at work. Stop right now. Iâ€™ll wait. Okay, are you home? Good. Now you can click on the rest of the review.
Continue reading Jan. 19, 2007 Future Salon Joe Quirk
The Wireless Communications Association International (WCA) had its thirteenth annual event at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose last week. Itâ€™s an odd mix of cable companies, telecoms, start-ups and government types all trying to understand one another. My impression is that the wireless market will explode if they can all get out of each otherâ€™s way. Continue reading Jan. 17, 2007 WCA
This animated film noir spy thriller is adapted from Rin Tin Tinâ€™s unpublished autobiography, All Good Dogs Go To Berlin. George Clooney plays the hero of a WWII canine unit who tries to reconnect with a dachshund played by Cate Blanchett, who turns out to be a real female dog. Meanwhile Matt Damon plays a terrier trying to trap terrorists under the guidance of Robert DeNiro as a basset hound. In the end Angelina Jolie adopts them all. At last, a serious discussion of moral ambiguity interspersed with happy songs the whole family can enjoy.
I am kidding. I just needed a laugh after seeing some of the grimmest movies of the year.
You have to admit, it would be funny.
Copyright 2006 DJ Cline All rights reserved.
On November 16, 2006 at the Santa Clara Marriot, Commonwealth Club hosted Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak. Guy Kawasaki interviewed him about his new book, iWoz.
You can hear the podcast on commonwealthclub.org/podcast.
The big news out of Woz was that he is planning another US Festival in September 2007 at Moffet Field so start hydrating now.
I’ve already read and reviewed Wozniakâ€™s book and recommend it. He is trying to undo years of myths and misquotes about him and Apple Computer. He is also trying to explain his philosophies on life and technology.
Guy Kawasaki tried to point out the ethical issues of building blue boxes that made free phone calls and then selling them. Considering all the luminaries in Silicon Valley currently under investigation for far worse offenses, it seemed trivial.
Wozniak has an penchant for pranks. If you want to pull off the prank of the century, Woz is the guy to talk to. He is always pushing the boundaries in a way most professional comedians only dream of.
That attitude carries over to technical challenges and Wozniak thought himself lucky to be broke and struggling, because it allowed him to do more with less. This austerity in design resulted in flawless code and graceful design of the first Apple computers. He believes that Apple will do best adapting its technology to human behavior rather than the other way around.
Copyright 2006 DJ Cline All rights reserved.
Today is World Usability Day
Feeling used? Lots of people do.
Continue reading Nov. 14, 2006 STC World Usability Day
On October 29, 2006 The Cybersalon in Berkeley quizzed Newsweek technology reporter Steven Levy about his new book, The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness.
Continue reading Oct. 29, 2006 Cybersalon Steve Levy On iPods
On October 26, 2006, the Silicon Valley Chapter of STC hosted author and videoblogger Stephanie Bryant. Bryant briefed a growing audience on the terms tool and techniques of Web 2.0.
Continue reading Oct. 26, 2006 STC Web 2.0
On October 6, 2006 at SAP in Palo Alto, Bruce Cahan addressed the Bay Area Future Salon on how fixing finance might save a planet.
Continue reading Oct. 6, 2006 Future Salon Bruce Cahan
Ruby SIG: How To Design a Domain Specific Language (DSL)
On October 5, 2006 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, The SDForumâ€™s Ruby SIG asked David Pollack to talk about designing a Domain Specific Language (DSL).
Continue reading Oct. 5, 2006 SDF David Pollack