Visualizing Time-Based Events
Pascal commons on the Timeline project from MIT, for the visualization of time-based events. He is interested in it for his work teaching history …
It naturally triggered my curiosity as an Historian and a teacher of History. Contrary to popular beliefs, there is of course a lot more to History, than chronology and dates: it is in essence an interpretative discipline. Timelines can nevertheless be a useful teaching tool, which I could use for my courses at the university, for instance to help raising student’s awareness of the historical context of phenomena they are attempting to interpret.
Jive Releases IM Server
Jive Software released Version 3.0 of Wildfire, its XMPP-based instant messaging server, available in an enterprise edition and an open source one. The enterprise edition offers reporting, archiving and client management capabilities not found in the open source one. A number of plug-in modules to support integration with other business applications are available too.
Wildfire is the award-winning, open alternative to proprietary instant messaging. It is remarkably simple to install, manage, customize, integrate with other applications, federate with other networks or even use as a platform for your own applications. Wildfire is available as Open Source under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Wildfire Enterprise is available under a commercial license agreement.
Wildfire is 100% Java, meaning that it offers cross-platform support across Windows, Unix/Linux and Mac OS X.
Interview with the CIO of AIG
Walaika interviewed Mark Popolano, the CIO of insurance giant AIG. Mark said that his top priorities were facilitating the agility of AIG, and creating a more mobile workforce through support of pervasive devices.
With respect to the emerging technology he sees as most important, he had this to say:
Pervasive and collaboration technologies are going to be critical. They are going to be the underpinning for transformation in the enterprise. A phone is no longer a phone. A PC is now simply a device that links into it. What we call search engines will be much different somewhere down the line, fostering a lot of the changes that will help transform companies and allow them to become more knowledge-sensitive.
How to Share MindManager Maps
Nick Duffill reports on a recent conversation with Eric Mack about sharing MindManager maps with other people on a team without using email to flick around the most recent edition all the time. The ideal is a single version of the truth that everyone can access. They discussed the use of folder synchronization in Groove Virtual Office to support this, but noted that it doesn’t sync the system file that MindManager creates to prevent co-editing.
But one of the challenges of folder synchronisation software, including Groove, is that system files are usually omitted from synchronisation. MindManager’s lock file, which prevents simultaneous edits of the same file, is a system file. So when you are sharing in Groove, you don’t know whether someone else is already editing the same file, because Groove does not synchronise the lock file that protects the map.
So to support our joint project, we have provided Eric with a copy of “LockShare”, a MindManager add-in from Gyronix that also creates a plain text lock file whenever a map is opened in MindManager. LockShare’s files are synchronised by Groove, so that when I open a MindManager map while Groove is running, other people in the same workspace are prevented from editing this document. When the map is closed again, the text lock file is also destroyed. Although there is a “window” from a few seconds to a few tens of seconds while Groove synchronises, it works well enough for everyday use. The worst case scenario is that you end up with two copies of the same file containing different edits. If two people do manage to edit the same file at the same time, you don’t lose one set of edits, but you do have a little bit of work to do to merge the maps again.
Scalix Embraces Open Source
Scalix announced plans to open source a good portion of the next release of its email platform, that is, it will turn its Community Edition into an open source project.
Scalix Community Edition Open Source will consist of the Scalix Server, a new web services API platform for application integration, the Scalix Installer, the Scalix Administration Console, Scalix Web Access Mobile and new search and indexing services, as well as Scalix Ready open source components. The open source project will be based on Scalix’s upcoming major release of their commercial enterprise product family, scheduled for community preview in August 2006. Phased release of open source components will continue through March 2007.
Scalix also announced an technology licensing agreement with HP to permit it to do so, given that the original code for Scalix came from the HP OpenMail product (hat tip to Richi for all his work on that product line!)
Problems in Palm Land
Access Co Ltd. is not keeping to the delivery milestones agreed with Palm, for the delivery of updated versions of the Palm operating system. Access acquired the Palm OS code from Palm.
Access unveiled its plans for the next generation of the software, which it calls the Access on Linux Platform, at the 3GSM World Congress in February. The software, based on the open-source Linux operating system, will be able to run applications designed for Palm OS, it said then …. If it is unable to negotiate this with PalmSource, then the development and distribution of products running future versions of the software may suffer, the company said. However, Palm will continue to release new products running the current version of Palm OS, it said.
TimeBridge on Federated Free/Busy
Drew from TimeBridge demonstrated the TimeBridge solution at a recent Open Group conference. TimeBridge provides a more human-oriented way of finding the next available time for a group of people to meet, and it works across different calendaring systems to boot.
TimeBridge put together a public free/busy server that allows users to publish their free/busy data, making accessible to other systems. In our demo, we used the TimeBridge Toolbar for Outlook to pull the free/busy time of users across organizations while scheduling a meeting. Using our service, it will be super easy to publish your free/busy data to a public server, where it will be available to the people you trust.
At TimeBridge, we believe that federated free/busy information is an important first step. It provides an initial rough cut at a possible meeting times. On its own, it is incomplete, but it becomes really powerful when combined with a system that allows organizers to propose multiple times, quickly collect preferences from attendees, and close on a time that works for everyone.
The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium explains more about the event.
NewsGator Released RSS Plug-In for Yahoo Messenger
NewsGator announced a plug-in for Yahoo Messenger for access to RSS feeds through an IM interface.
NewsGator for Yahoo! Messenger with Voice (referred to as “Podcasts & Buzz” on the Yahoo! Messenger Web site) allows users to check out the “Editor’s Choice” podcasts selected by NewsGator editors, or browse through podcasts and news content from different categories including entertainment, sports and technology. Users can also personalize their experience by creating a free NewsGator Online account to select and organize their own feeds, which are then delivered through their NewsGator IM plug-in.
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