Adam Bosworth: "My mother never complains that she needs a better client for Amazon. Instead, her interest is in better community tools, better book lists, easier ways to see the book lists, more trust in the reviewers, librarian discussions since she is a librarian, and so on."
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Well, it's been a while since my last post. Things have been pretty heads down working on the next release of the Emerging Technologies Toolkit (scheduled for release sometime this winter). We're making a number of additional infrastructure changes building on the migration to the WebSphere platform we did last release. Once I get through a few more line items, I promise to start posting a bit more often.
In any case, Jon Udell has posted yet another must read article over at InfoWorld. "Making old technologies new". A key quote, "There's no shortage of foundation technologies, and latent within many of them are unanticipated uses. Discovering new ways to use existing technologies is arguably as important as inventing new ones.". [Emphasis added]. One of the most important aspects of Emerging Technology development is the analysis of existing stuff. Invention is not always necessary. Innovation is. Imagination is. Creativity is. The goal of any Emerging Technologies effort should be solutions, not specifications.[Read More]