Feb. 22, 2007 SVEC Hall of Fame Awards

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On February 22, 2007 at the Hyatt Santa Clara, the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) held its engineering Hall of Fame Awards. The SVEC is an umbrella organization of every local engineering group imaginable. Every year they raise money for scholarships to encourage the next generation of technical professionals by honoring the last. It is an extraordinary moment where the past meets the future. Continue reading Feb. 22, 2007 SVEC Hall of Fame Awards

Feb. 22, 2007 SDF Global Emerging Markets

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On February 22, 2007 at Morgan Lewis in Palo Alto, SDForum and the Women’s Technology Cluster presented the Global Emerging Technologies Conference. Panels of experts discussed disruptive emerging technologies and markets. There are opportunities from synthetic biology to pattern technology and from Shanghai to Sao Paolo. The second part of the conference dealt with emerging markets. Continue reading Feb. 22, 2007 SDF Global Emerging Markets

Feb. 22, 2007 SDF Global Emerging Technology

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On February 22, 2007 at Morgan Lewis in Palo Alto, SDForum and the Women’s Technology Cluster presented the Global Emerging Technologies Conference. Panels of experts discussed disruptive emerging technologies and markets. There are opportunities from synthetic biology to pattern technology and from Shanghai to Sao Paolo. The first part of the conference dealt with emerging technologies. Continue reading Feb. 22, 2007 SDF Global Emerging Technology

Feb. 23, 2007 Future Salon Leonard Schlain

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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 Dunn’s sketch “Women Good, Men Bad”. 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 month’s EstroFest and Lillith Fair. I went and it wasn’t that way at all.

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Jan. 9, 2007 SDF Award to DJ Cline

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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.

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Jan. 17, 2007 WCA

The Wireless Communications Association International (WCA) had its thirteenth annual event at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose last week. It’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 other’s way. Continue reading Jan. 17, 2007 WCA

Jan. 10, 2007 SDF Semantic Web

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On January 10, 2007 at Cubberly Community College in Palo Alto, SDForum’s Emerging Technology SIG’s AJ Chen and Peter Hallinan presented ‘Shrinking The Meaningless Web for 2007’. Peter Rip of Crosslink Capital moderated a panel including Lew Tucker of Radar Networks, Giovanni Tummarello of Dbin, Alain Rappaport of Medstory, and Ramana Rao, founder of Inxight Software.

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The Good German Shepherd Review

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This animated film noir spy thriller is adapted from Rin Tin Tin’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.

Nov. 16, 2006 Commonwealth Club Steve Wozniak

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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 Wozniak’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.

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Sept. 12, 2006 SDF Search Analytics

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On Tuesday September 12, 2006, the SDForum Search SIG was held at AOL’s Mountain View headquarters. Dave McClure of SimplyHired.com moderated a panel consisting of Don Loeb of Feedburner, Scott Rafer of MyBlogLog, LeeAnn Prescott of Hitwise and Jeff Gillis of Google Analytics. They discussed the tools and techniques they use to analyze traffic to and from websites and blogs.
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