Open-source software has won the argument. Now a new threat to openness looms with the advent of “Cloud computing” — the delivery of software as a service (SaaS). Moving from one service provider to another could be even more difficult than switching between software packages in the old days. For a foretaste of this problem, try moving your Orkut profile to Facebook without manually retyping everything. The obvious answer is to establish agreed standards for moving data between clouds.
Read the article: Unlocking the cloud
Google Wave is a new model for communication and collaboration on the web, coming later this year. Although slightly more complicated that using simple email, it is really simplistic for what it does. Email, chats, blog posts and comments, photos – all in one place.
Google Wave Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009 video:
A sneek peak:
Official Website: About Google Wave
“Smart meters installed at homes can unleash data about the fluctuating price of electricity throughout the day, enabling consumers that have energy management tools to shift energy consumption to the time of day when power is cheapest. The utility-focused tools use smart meter info to provide a deeper dive into energy analysis and can even control smart appliances for utilities to implement demand response events.” – earth2tech.com
My picks: Google PowerMeter and Green Energy Options. (Both pictured above)
Read the article: 10 Monitoring Tools Bringing Smart Energy Home
“Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.” (via Fast Company)
Read the article: The Brand Called You