Leveraging the address book as your social network

Think about it: your list of friends, family, colleagues and casual acquaintances is not on Facebook or Linkedin. It’s in your pocket, in your phone’s address book and your email address book. If you’re smart you keep them in sync, too. Your address book is your social network. [ad#banner in story] I’ve talked about this…

The good news is Google+ and there is the bad news too

Google seems to have done it right this time: Google+ looks like a credible implementation of a social strategy. Whatever that means, of course. Compared to the other half baked recent initiatives like Buzz or Wave, Google+ seems to have a much wider scope, it’s not just another product: it’s a foundation where all other…

The cloud of spies

Microsoft is not hiding the sad and cruel truth: you’re not safe from being spied when you put your data in the cloud. Any data which is housed, stored or processed by a company, which is a U.S. based company or is wholly owned by a U.S. parent company, is vulnerable to interception and inspection…

Bitcoin value bites the dust

I would have not put real dollars in Bitcoin before and I’m less interested in doing that now that Mt.Gox one of the most prominent Bitcoin exchanges was attacked. More than 60.000 accounts were stolen and with a series of trading operations the value of the virtual currency went from about $17.50 in worth to…

Things I said on 2011-06-26

Apple forces bad user experience on !Funambol (and teaches bad habits) http://is.gd/taTpbH # ♺ @oscon: know someone in open source who deserves to be recognized for their contribs? nominate them for an OS award http://bit.ly/lgnRhy # ♺ @nmar: Free speech at stake over iPhone anti-piracy camera blocker, internet activists say http://ow.ly/5miax @freepress # Smart move…

Pencil Project for GUI prototyping

I was looking for a GUI prototyping tool that I could use to draft a new skin for a website and also for an Android application. I knew of Balsamiq but I prefer not to use non-free software when possible. I found Pencil Project, an awesome open source prototyping tool built on top of Mozilla’s…

Awesome night at BALug presenting FreedomBox

Last night I was lucky enough to talk to great people at the Bay Area Linux User Group. The group meets in a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Good food, nice bar (I had a Campari with Soda, inspired by an Italian-American fellow GNU/Linux user) and great company. There were about 20 people so…

It’s all coming together: Open Source Architecture

For the professors in my alma mater, Università di Firenze, Architecture has always been “open source”. It’s good to see now the debate spreading on Domus and MIT’s Senseable City Lab debating on the notion of “open source architecture.”     via Open Source Architecture – Boing Boing.

Apple forces bad user experience on Funambol

I installed Funambol on an iOS device to test it and all went well… until I tried to sync the pictures. I was greeted with the request to allow Funambol to access my location, request that I promptly denied. Why on the planet would Funambol want to know where I am? Smelling that Apple may…

Things I said on 2011-06-19

.@glynmoody Doesn't an open standard needs wide adoption and a reference implementation? Isn't ASL more effective as reference+adoption? # The good old trick. http://lnkd.in/FwYdTA # Something to keep in mind: The Next Bubble – Don’t Get Fooled Again http://steveblank.com/2011/06/15/the-next-bubble-dont-get-fooled-again/ # Mozilla Marketing team is getting ready for Firefox 5 launch next week. Community briefing happening…