Saving digital work after death…

Dave Winer is up early here in Paris too and is wondering how to make sure that our work sticks around long after we do.

I’d love for there to be an Amazon S3 or a Microsoft or Google service that we could pay for to keep our stuff around for 100 years. It’d have to be a company like that because not many companies would have a chance to stick around that long.

Actually, thinking of it, a bank or an insurance company would make more sense, especially ones that have stuck around for a few hundred years already.

Our work online is really a digital asset and one that SHOULD be saved for future generations. Even if it’s just our kids who want to troll through it later in life it’d be valuable for that.

Seattle blogging pioneer dies

Damn #2 this week.

We just learned that Seattle blogging pioneer and a friend of ours Anita Rowland has died after a long battle with cancer. Bill Humpries, who works in Silicon Valley and is another guy I know and like a lot, met her through her other love: Science Fiction.

This one hurts. Anita was one of those people who gave, and gave, and gave, even while cancer was taking and taking. You can already see that in the comments on her memorial page that Jack put up. She came to several of the parties we threw at our house and always had something nice to say, and always stayed and helped out. She never asked for anything in return.

Those of you who came to geek or blogger dinners at the Crossroads in Bellevue will remember her or her trips to the Northern Voice conference (here’s a picture that Chris Pirillo made at one of those blogging dinners with Anita holding court. Jack and grandson Riley are in the background). The last time we saw her we gave her a ride home from Northern Voice and we’ll always treasure that memory of her. Her husband worked as a software developer at Microsoft and a variety of other places.

She was one of those people who would always show up with a smile. Even after she had to do treatments for cancer she’d keep showing up, always with a great attitude.

She was dedicated to grandson Riley, who went everywhere with her and Jack. They were taking care of him because his mom wasn’t able to care for her, which is a tragedy of its own but not one I’ll document here. My thoughts are with Riley this morning. Some of us just win lots of life’s lotteries and this kid just isn’t winning many of them.

This week is turning out to be pretty sucky. Anita is one of my heroes and someone who I try to pattern my life after. I hope I face life’s challenges with the same smile and attitude she did.

Microsoft brings collaboration to Office

Today Microsoft is announcing a beta of Office Live Workspaces (you have to sign up to get access to the beta), which brings a lot of the advantages of Zoho or Google Docs/Spreadsheets to the Office Suite most of us use. Here’s a video where they explain the new service to me.

This is very impressive and takes Office Live a LOT closer to the online office suite that we all are hoping Microsoft brings us. It also demonstrates that Microsoft is going to defend its Office cash cow from newcomers like Zoho and Google Docs/Spreadsheets.

What do you think? Are you as impressed as I was?

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Kindle goes to Europe…

I’ve been showing around my Kindle at tons of places to tons of people. Last night I showed it off at a small dinner of great people (Dave Sifry has some great photos). In London I showed it off at the geek dinner.

Reaction has been the same: poor design, interesting idea, weird/crappy look. Very few people tell me they are interested enough in buying one.

Me? I do love the process of reading on it after you ignore the design. It is awkward to hold and it hasn’t gotten less awkward over time, even after reading a ton on it.

Interesting that this doesn’t get people asking me about it the way the iPhone did. No one has stopped me in the train asking about it.

One other thing? The cheap white plastic is getting dirty after being handed around so much.

Oh, and on the Kindle topic I see that Joe Wikert, an executive with Wiley, one of the largest and oldest book publishers around, has started a blog to specifically talk about the Kindle. Subscribed!

We’re all off to see the Louvre. See ya soon.

Google's new My Location feature

Google’s Mobile Maps with My Location Saved my a** in London. We’re about to go out in Paris. It works great here too.

This is, by far, the coolest thing I’ve put on my cell phone recently. Why is consumer software sexy? You have to look no further than this. I don’t know how I survived without it.

What is it? You hit “0″ on your phone and it shows you where you are. Plus it can tell you how to get back to your hotel after you’ve gotten all lost walking around a city you don’t know well.