Who cares about conference Wifi anymore?

Ethan Kaplan does. He complains about spending $3,500 to attend a conference without being able to get good Wifi.

Damn dude. If you can afford $3,500 for a conference then spend $80 a month on Verizon Wireless like I do. You won’t care anymore about conference Wifi. My Verizon wireless worked just fine the whole conference.

So, what should we care about? Access to power outlets! 🙂

It’s my favorite feature too

Ed Bott says that his favorite feature is the new rewritten audio engine in Windows Vista (although he focuses on the visual interface). That was done by Steve Ball’s team (which Larry Osterman, one of my favorite developers I met while at Microsoft, is on).

Second favorite feature? The rewritten networking stack. You’ll never see a good review of it, but the networking performance is a lot better. All that plumbing work will pay off bigtime when we all start throwing HD video files around our networks at home.

Third favorite feature? The security enhancements. I hope never to hear that something bad happened cause Windows’ security isn’t up to par.

What’s your favorite feature?

Nothing new at Web 2.0 Summit?

I too sensed the malaise at the Web 2.0 Summit. I guess the fact that I’m at home in Half Moon Bay right now trying to catch up on editing and email tasks gives you a good hint about what I thought.

Personally I’m tired of events. I want NO MORE EVENTS. I want to sit on the beach with a handful of good friends and have a good bottle of wine.

Or, leave me alone to catch up on my email.


That said, I’ll be back at the Web 2.0 Summit tomorrow morning with my video camera. We’re filming a LunchMeet there at noon. Drop by and say hi!

Jeremy Toeman says Riya is marketing to wrong group

Interesting point on Jeremy’s blog. Hey, Jeremy, you must have missed my video interview with Munjal Shah. He just came back from a press tour where he talked with tons of fashion and consumer magazine editors (he told me that he’ll have tons of great PR in that world coming soon).

Jeremy’s right. Riya needs to focus Like.com to fashion and clothes buyers (although I think he underestimates just how much men do play a role here). One thing, though. Most guys I know have women in their lives. Like me.

I might never use Like.com again. But I definitely told Maryam about it. I bet she uses it (although she doesn’t like buying things on the Internet, she told me, and would rather go into a store).

So, by hitting all these geeky male-oriented blogs I bet that Riya sees quite a bit of passalong and hits today from women.

Also, there’s another effect that’s good. We (the audience) just beta tested and stress tested Like.com. Now we’ll move onto the next cool thing to come up TechMeme. That’ll leave those 250 servers waiting for the PR from all those fashion and consumer blogs and magazines. They typically are a bit slower, so now the site is tested out, the engineers can tweak things based on the load we all threw at it this morning playing around, and it’ll be ready for business.

It’s a brilliant marketing strategy if you ask me. Not to mention that now we are doing a second wave of conversation about whether or not the strategy itself is brilliant or just totally lame.

Well played Munjal!

A “Sphereiment” — what do you think?

Hmmm, the Sphere/Automattic guys are doing a little experiment on my blog (with my permission). I’m not getting paid for this and I’m not seeing any advertising revenue for this. I just wanted to try it out, and see what my readers think. If you all hate it, we’ll remove it. If you like it, we’ll see if we can improve it. It has a link to FM Media, which is cool. They are a great advertising distribution network. But if they stay, I will change that to a PodTech sponsor link.

Anyway, check out the little Sphere links underneath each post.

What do you think?

UPDATE: so far I’m not very impressed. On the Riya story, for instance, that got tons of links and other things to and from it doesn’t pull up anything relevant. Hopefully that can be fixed over time and these will get more useful. I’ll leave these up for at least a week to see if they get more utility over time. If they don’t, they are gonna be gone anyway. I don’t like visual clutter that doesn’t add real utility.

First day of post-Microsoft sadness

I was just reading feeds for my link blog.

Aside: there’s TONS of stuff about Windows Vista shipping that I DID NOT put on my linkblog. Why? It’s all the same. Vista shipped. Vista shipped. Vista shipped. Why do I do my link blog? So that I can filter out all the duplicates for my readers. Only the best posts get shared on my link blog.

Anyway, this is the first day I’ve been sad about not being at Microsoft. I remember the day when I was an MVP about four years ago (before I was an employee) where they showed off some Macromedia Director movies about what Longhorn (the code-name for Windows Vista) would do.

The UI doesn’t look as cool. There isn’t any .NET code in Vista, which is a complete shift from what I saw back then. It took two years longer than I thought it would (taught me a lesson that software at this scale isn’t easy and you should never even think about a potential release date if the developers won’t let you play with the product).

Lots of people are underestimating Windows Vista. It’s gotten that kind of tarnish that comes from being a little too public with the sausage-making process.

I learned a lot from watching Vista be built close up. I learned that it’s better to spend an extra two years and possibly billions of dollars to do something right. Many people told me “no one will care in the end that it’s late, if it’s good.”

Someone told me that they’ll never load Windows Vista. I said I’m going to load it on the first day that it’s available. He seemed amazed by that.

I said “it’s way better than Windows XP.” I also acknowledged that there’s probably going to be things that drive me absolutely bonkers. Lots of blog posts to come on those, I’m sure (said with no irony that I’m fighting with Apple’s Final Cut Pro running on a different OS while I type this blog).

Anyway, I’m rambling.

The Vista team, under Jim Allchin, suprised me. They shipped it on time. With a lot better quality than I was expecting.

Kudos to the team. My hat is off to you and can’t wait to get the final bits and start using them. I’m sad I can’t be there.