AlwaysOn Innovation Summit Gleanings

by Mark Finnern

Related link: http://ao2003.com



Often the most interesting things at a conference are the side remarks given
by the speakers or by the people asking the questions. Here are the ones that
I picked up from the AlwaysOn Innovation Summit.


Tony
Perkins
: "The total amount I paid for the software we use to run our
AlwaysOn site was $145".
Wow, how many minutes of a developer can you pay for this? To be fair he added:
"Well, services, that is another thing. But I felt so guilty, that I donated
some money to an open source organization." Clearly the business model
of giving away the software and making it up with services.


When people explain open source software licensing you often hear the terms
"free as in beer"
or "free as in speech". I think it was Chris
Stone from Novell
that referred to it with: "Free as in puppy".
It made me smile, because it nailed one of the aspects of open source software:
It's oh so cute and you take it, not realizing what a commitment it can be.


A very Bay Area experience was the performance of the ultra
gypsy belly dancers
in front of the Rodin's
Gate to Hell
. If you are ever at Stanford don't miss the Rodin Garden especially
the Gate
to Hell
, with all the little demons and devils it is a great piece of art. To
have tattooed belly dancers with fire and swords perform in front of it was
just magnificent.


A picture named L-Plate.gifHaving
an AOL email account is like putting a learner plate on the back of your car,
or still having training wheels on your bicycle and your mom told you: "Drive
only on the sidewalk of this block and be home when it's getting dark."
Interesting side note: Child safety is one of the top five requests of AOL users,
but 97% of the parents don't even use the provided features.


Jonathan Miller CEO of AOL presented some of the interesting features of their
9.0 release. There will be blogs, called AOL Journal (Here Dan
Gillmor
is testing it by posting his first AOL
blog/journal entry
). People were intrigued, and someone asked will they
offer me my own email/web address (anything but @aol.com). Jonathan said something
like "Yes, they are thinking about it, but no not yet [or not really]."


In the same week AOL
dropped the Netscape/Mozilla
development team from their payroll with a
fig leaf of 2
million dollars
to enable them to make it on their own.


Will I sign up for AOL, after seeing the presentation? Yes, I was thinking
about it, but not yet, or not really.