The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

3 quick lessons to keep you up to play with Enterprise 2.0

Basic
A great list of "Web 2.0" definitions from Miraz that we people that live on the Web use all the time but may confuse and intimidate those that don't know. As Miraz ably demonstrates, most of the words are actually very easy to understand once someone takes the time to explain them:
The Internet is abuzz with a whole new vocabulary: memes and tags, posts and mashups, LOLcats, tweets and RSS. Friends, characters, flag, subscribe and interesting have a whole new meaning. This article helps you find your way in the new Web 2.0 world.


My particular favourites are:
LOLcats - pictures of cats, with humorous captions, written to a certain style. LOL is short for ‘Lots of Laughs’. Example: www.lolcats.com/view/55.

tags - Words that help describe something. A photo might be titled ‘Solace in the wind’, but have tags such as: wellington, waterfront, sculpture, statue, and so on.

Web 2.0 - Websites and services that make it easy for people to connect with one another by rating items, marking favourites, sharing, commenting and so on.


Read the complete list - and add more in the comments if you think something's missing

Intermediate
Google Apps (applications) - what is it and what can you do with it/them. Watch this 2 minute video from Google*



Advanced
Microformats University: 100+ Articles and Resources by Jessica Hupp is a brilliant set of links to learn all about microformats and prepare for the soon to explode "semantic web". As Jessica explains:

Microformats are small formatting pieces designed to make your data easier to read by both users and software. Although their use is not widespread, it’s important that every web developer becomes familiar with them, as they’re sure to be an integral part of the web’s future. Because of this, there are a number of articles and resources out there devoted to microformats. We’ve compiled more than 100 of the best here.

Includes links for:
  • Introduction
  • Implementation
  • Articles & Presentations
  • Tools
  • Tutorials
  • Cheat Sheets
  • Code
  • Information Sources


Further reading about microformats and the "semantic web":


* for some great Microsoft Office 2007 advert placement

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