This is cool. You upload an image and then MapLib lets you put a Google Map interface on it. Imagine a Google Map on top of a Ski Resort. Or any photo.
Or, say I have a blueprint or photo of our Seagate CES BlogHaus. I could put little pushpins on top of it. Like this test image has done.
More on the Google Maps Mania Blog.
I loved this post by Mike over on TechDirt where he details how Tim Berners-Lee corrected a Guardian article that quoted him. All on his blog.
Don’t know who Tim is and why he’s important to the little words you’re reading right now? You might want to learn how to use Wikipedia.
He invented the Web.
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!
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?
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!
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!