I ran a story on the 10th anniversary of IBM’s alphaworks (aW). It was prompted by a post on Steve O’Grady’s blog, a post I read late at night on the day before the event. So I tried to put something togerher in less than an hour.
There were comments by Steve, his colleague James Governor, and Peter Coffee, a columnist — though that word doesn’t do him full justice — mentioned in the post. I hadn’t had time to properly quote his article as I had recently moved offices and hadn’t yet unpacked. It was good to hear from Peter, and the offer I made still stands: the offer was that I would arrange a visit to Research if he were in the area. I’m now in Somers but I still have friends at Research. And come to think of it, I’d be happy to meet with anyone in the area with an interest in the volunteers project.
Steve later wrote a post about the event. It had several keen insights. I’ll be writing about it shortly.
I made a few posts on TWITs, and got responses from Ken Coar. I assume everyone knows about Ken; if they don’t write a comment and I’ll tell you more about that “Rodent of Unusual Size.” By the way, that handle reveals the name of one of — if not THE — his favorite movies.
Chris Abbey has been a pal since the Jikes days. He worked for a time at developerWorks after Philippe and I stopped working on, then did much work on his own time, only stopping that role earlier this year. I’m officially the project admin now, though the project has remained dormant since Chris left. Chris also recruited Rob Eggers, someone you’ll probably be hearing about soon.
Chris and Ken offered to set up a site for the TWIT stuff. I almost got a URL early this morning, but there is no rush today. Our readership is still small, though it’s gone up to 70-80 reads/day.
We add new readers and project members to the blogroll. This week’s additons at Ken,Steve, and James. Chris gave the URL of our new project, and thanks for the offer, but I’ll put off adding that for a bit.
Steve asked about a study back in 2004. It was about commoditization (c13n). I spent a lot of time reading and thinking about this back then. Clayton’s work is especially insightful. But as it happens, c13n is the least of worries in the non-profit and gov’t space. How can s/w be a commidty if none exists?
Thanks for your comments, dave.
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