Mashup 神話的盡頭

今天,天氣變了。

有人(Om Malik)說,這是 Web 2.0 天真無知時代的結束(“Web 2.0: End of Innocence");有人(David Galbraith)說是 Web 2.0 已死(“The Day Web 2.0 Dies")。

這個今天是指 2007 年 4 月 5 日。Google 推出了讓「連原始人都覺得使用起來很簡單的」MyMaps 地圖服務(“Map Making So Easy, Even Caveman Could Do It")。Mashable.com 的一則重要新聞:“Google Launches MyMaps – Platial Gets Screwed"。文章的最後一段這樣寫著:

But in another sense, it’s a shame that Google would launch such a product: startups like Platial and Frappr, not to mention thousands of smaller sites, have built businesses around social maps (provided by Google Maps, Yahoo Maps or both). By providing its own service, Google has instantly killed off at least a few hundred of those mashed-up tools.

相信大多數讀到的人瞬間都有同樣的感受。在列舉了那些受傷慘重的新創公司之後,“Google MyMaps Smashes Mash-ups"冷靜地說:

Google’s announcement shows that social mapping and geo-tagging are now a big enough opportunity for the company to take seriously. It also points to a larger trend – location-based services and how they are increasingly becoming part of information aggregation and sorting technologies.

Google, like its peers, is realizing that in the future when digital content explodes exponentially, context will become more important. Especially, when it comes to local search. MyMaps are a quick way to provide some context. It will only be a matter of time before these Google-hosted map mash-ups start showing up next to local search results.

對於真正有想法要認真實做的人們來說,可能必須要仔細思考一下與這些巨型公司、或者任何張開雙手歡迎你的人們之間的關係了。這裡總是存在著真實的、沒有想像空間的交換關係。無論你技術多麼創新、介面多麼跟隨流行、想法多麼先進。

而我,是在找跟 Web 2.0 有關的笑話時,讀到 “Web 2.0’s Cruel Machiavellian Joke" 才開始思考天氣變了。黑色笑話,總是會真實發生的。

Feeds as media? 清單媒體?

Scobleizer 的 twitter 說,他熱愛閱讀 RSS feeds。我像是突然被棒子敲到頭一樣,赫然發現這些資訊清單的驚人意義:清單媒體(feed media)。

撰寫《玫瑰的名字》與一系列小說的義大利符號學家 Umberto Eco 說,如果有一天他被流放(讓人想到《暴風雨》的普羅斯比羅公爵)或者飛機失事(不是 LOST 一大家子人、而是 Cast Away 的情節)、獨自逃生到荒島上,倉皇中他只能帶出一本書的話,他會選擇世界上最能讓人充滿想像、永遠不會無聊的書….不是聖經,而是電話簿。什麼是電話簿?電話簿就是清單媒體。一個名字代表一個(尚未說出來、無窮無盡的)故事。看著名字,你就可以靠著椰子樹樹幹,開始想像著他/她的生活….

我還記得幾年前突然看見眾人的部落格,透過 RSS 的整合第一次聯播的時刻。我們戲稱它是火車時刻表,glob 斜體資訊中心….blog 正體資訊中心。你看到誰在 murmur,誰在反省古典音樂與新移民的權益問題。我最不想做的事情是 blog on blog(討論什麼是部落格、什麼又不是部落格)。寫中文與寫英文,總是一個痛苦的掙扎:掌握中文,但是很少人知道我在寫什麼、英文讀者(可以找到足夠多的特定小眾)熟稔我關切的議題,但是我的英文能力又沒有辦法充分表達自己的迂迴思緒。

Scoble 的那句話(I love reading feeds.),一下子就把故事說完了。(噴,我竟然想到梁實秋…不要打我)

Twitter 時代出現的不僅僅是一句話的敘事方式,更清楚展現出來的是「一句話媒體」的時代:這句話可以銜接、連結、回應、標示時空、下達指令;往前溯源、往後牽連,生命無止無盡。我好奇的是文學理論該怎麼看待 twitter 的時代?傳播理論又能夠如何去描述此時作者讀者之間的動態生命交織的面貌?當有成千上萬的人都遭逢到如此表面、輕微的改變,他們的世界輕盈地向某個方向偏移數公釐,彷彿不再在意追尋與否那清單後面的訊息時,如此輕微的搖晃,在知識上可否有任何人感應?

What’s wrong with svchost.exe? 解決 svchost.exe 問題

Wake up and smell the coffee 寫了一篇寶貴的文章:〈吃掉所有CPU資源的 svchost.exe〉。我們除了不是過年後回到家之外,其他情節幾乎一模一樣。

過年回到家後發現,家裡的 PC 和老媽的 Notebook ,莫名其妙的都會被 svchost.exe 佔用掉所有的 CPU 資源(難怪老媽一直跟我抱怨新買的 Notebook 總是跑的很慢 XD)。一看到這個情況,腦中馬上浮現「不會是中毒了吧」的念頭,於是在 CPU 使用率總是停在100%的狀態下,花了半天的時間才把兩台電腦做掃毒、掃木馬以及Windows Update。結果當然,事情不是憨人想的那麼簡單,好幾個小時換來的代價就是,連個子兒都沒掃到,神秘的svchost.exe仍舊霸道地侵佔我的 CPU。無可耐何之下只好求助Google大神,試了好多種解法都禺用,不過總算是皇天不負苦心人,最後還是讓我找到了解決的方法。

我們就按照網頁上的指示,一步步做完之後,解決了媽媽筆記型電腦的問題。如果你也碰到這個問題的話,不妨試試看 🙂

I wrote this article to memorize what we had tried to solve my mother’s laptop’s problem: svchost.exe. A very helpful blog (which documented a similar scenario like us) listed the necessary steps to get rid of certain issue.

3pointD.com: future-looking dialogues

Reading Unmediated (long time no see….): “3pointD Turns 1: On The Metaverse Ahead".

The display of information will take on three dimensions where useful, and we’ll find ways to make 3D models and worlds useful in more and more areas
Edward Tufte produced one of the most compelling illustrations of how powerful the visual display of quantitive information can be. Adding a third dimension to the display of many datasets will be more powerful still (as well as a fourth: time, in the form of animations). Phear the 3D PowerPoint presentation! (3PowerPointD?) But it won’t stop there. We’ll also see interactable virtual 3D models of physical objects, of people, of buildings, of cities, etc., models we’ll be able to inhabit it avatar form. And from within this virtual cosmos — from the virtual objects, the virtual worlds, the mirror worlds, and from the worlds that are all at once — we’ll be able to extract a range of valuable information I can’t even begin to describe here, about how those things and places work, about how we interact with them, about how we interact with each other, etc., etc.

And this one:

Lifelogging, geospatial technologies and the heightened expressive power of virtual worlds will make possible deeper communication between people
You didn’t realize MySpace was a Kurzweilian technology, did you? MySpace is generally referred to as a social networking site, but I think of it as more of an identity-creation site; it’s a place where people have begun uploading their personalities to computers. This is the lifelogging piece: We’re now able to quantify and store more and more information about ourselves, and the under-18 generation is more and more interested in doing so. We may not always be interested in publishing this information broadly, but we’ll definitely start to take advantage of new ways to store it locally and to use it to extract new information about ourselves, and to tailor our interactions with the rest of the world. We’ll take advantage of geospatial and mobile technologies (as well as the augmented reality mentioned above) to better connect, much as Dodgeball and some uses of Twitter are beginning to let us. And “presence” — the ability to simulate being in the same place, whether in a 3D world or on a 2D page via an app like me.dium (which lets you “follow” friends from Web page to Web page and chat with them) — will enhance the ways we communicate online, giving us new modes of expression that aren’t generally available to us unless we’re in the same physical place.

Mashup 3pointD
What lies at the intersection of all these things?

Here’s an example. On Twitter earlier this evening, IBM metaverse evangelist and rock star Ian Hughes asked me, “@markwallace another 1 year anniversary, what are we going to be twittering (or next big thing) next year?” My answer: “@epredator: 3D CMS + social site integrator to fluidly present all ur info/content on flat page &/or own-hosted, interoperable 3D space?”

Basic Principles of Citizen Journalism

While reading Dan Gilmor’s new project, announced in the end of March: Principles of Citizen Journalism, focusing on

“the key principles that we believe are at the basis of journalistic work for professionals and non-professionals alike."

It’s nice to follow their basic principles for young participants to learn “journalism", no matter “citizen" or not. And it’s also good to learn that from the net side instead of the traditional journalistic side. It would bring out more qualitive writings if people would like to listen to them.

But at the same time I am thinking, in Taiwan, we are really short of certain kind of focus and devotion toward such new media topics. We really need certain focused works, projects, books, conferences, dialogues to facilitate the trend moving on. The society operates in a formalistic way, so we kept losing part of the energy from every serious actor in the game. Young, passionate zealots plays the roles of guru but lacks of support from the traditional sector of society. I got the same feeling reading Sunlight Foundation, and also Dan’s citizen journalism effort.

I wish I am too pessimistic to see the blue side of it.

All Day with (Sunny) Data 充滿陽光的一整天

I had been fighting with data all day long. For writing an article in RDEC agency of Taiwanese government, I experienced the latest political technologies and data of Sunlight Labs and Sunlight Foundation. The level of details of MapLight(their 6 minutes tour is strongly recommended!) and Metavid (read their papers! Michael Dale’s & aphid’s) are breathtaking for me.

Ethan and Dan Gilmor had the stories (Local online organizing at the Sunlight Foundation meeting, & Political Watchdogging of Sunlight Foundation and Berkman Center’s January conference, when I am busying helping Dr. Chuang with Creative Commons Taiwan‘s Open & Free Workshop.

I really enjoy reading Sunlight Foundationa & Labs’ blogs, where people are concern about similar things just start to take off here. So I follow Carl’s steps to visit MashupCamp3… their website. The Dapp is so cool. People in Elixus (Taiwanese hacker community) is doing that kind of thing back in 2001, but with web 2.0 wrap-up, the whole using process is pretty enjoyable.

The whole day’s fighting give me a lot of ideas to fight with local data. National digital archives program has a huge digital repository, and when we have chance to connect with governmental data, there are much more waiting to see the sunlight. I believe such initiative, just like Hans Rosling’s Gapminder.org, would be very important initiatives to bring in new scenarios of the future politics & our everyday social life. Very practically.