Disclosure: I am an employee of MuleSource and speaker at OSBC.
Youth-oriented mobile carrier Helio announced Wednesday that it has launched a bar and restaurant search site through a partnership with Buzzd, which also powers the mobile sites for local events and entertainment services like TimeOut New York, and Flavorpill.
Helio's new service, which is ad-supported, lets people in major U.S. cities search on the mobile Web site--linked from the home page of the carrier's browser--for bars, clubs, and restaurants. Most of the data will be pulled from Buzzd partners like Flavorpill, TimeOut, and the IAC-owned Citysearch. Added on, however, will be "event feeds" with specific … Read more
Evite added mobile capabilities yesterday to speed up the party-planning process. Its QuickVite features let you send invitations in one step from an e-mail account or mobile phone, and handle RSVPs the same way. Of course, you can also juggle the details at Evite.com.
This could help to make managing a party less exhausting. Even picking a design for an online invitation can waste time, especially for a last-minute get together. For instance, Evite offers 57 templates for cocktail parties alone, not to mention options for dozens of events from anniversaries to weddings.
The painless sign-up process requires adding … Read more
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the vast waste of materials at the gargantuan Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Mobile phones frozen into buffet ice sculptures just scratch the surface of the showcase of an industry that thrives on planned obsolescence.
Three years ago, I'd asked the planners of CES about its waste management, receiving befuddled looks in return. But then I stopped worrying and learned to love my free CES vinyl laptop bag, stuffed with plasticky swag that will outlast the bones of any great-grandchildren I may ever have.
Sure, there were e-waste recycling awards back … Read more
Urban events site Going.com, which targets party-friendly 20-somethings with a hipster slant, announced earlier this week that it has expanded into local event ticketing. This means that promoters and event hosts on Going can now sell tickets for their concerts, benefits, parties, and other social get-togethers through the site.
The structure is much like a standard ticket site's "will-call" option; no paper tickets are mailed. "You go to the venue or the place of the event," Going CEO Evan Schumacher explained in an interview with CNET News.com, "and we tell (you) to … Read more
The first part of this posting on dealing with software crashes covered preventing the leakage of personal information, portable applications, and controlling the programs that run automatically when Windows starts up. Here we look at dumps, event logs, and disk checking, but first, we pick up on the topic of drivers.
In Windows, the term "driver" refers to software used by the operating system to control the hardware in the computer. Each piece of hardware (sound, video, printer) has an associated driver program.
The last topic in the previous posting was an airplane analogy to illustrate … Read more
This week I'll be at two Bay Area Web 2.0-ish conferences run by friends.
First up, on Wednesday, November 14, NewTeeVee Live, a GigaOm production. This conference is about online video, which means it's really about the future of television. Webware readers in the area can get a 15 percent discount for conference admission.
Then on Thursday, November 15, I'll be at the Under the Radar: Mobility conference. As with other UTR events, it will be an orgy of startups. I'll be moderating two morning sessions. In the first, four mobile search companies will be … Read more
I am on a breakfast panel on November 14 down in Mountain View at the Orrick offices down in Menlo Park. Being that I get back from Japan the day before with the requisite jetlag I should be in rare form.Here are just a few of the exciting topics: What does "commercial open source" mean and how is it different from "open source"? What benefits can I expect from releasing my product as open source? What are the costs? Does my choice of open source license matter? What do VCs think of the open source … Read more
Here's a good, reasonably comprehensive list of open source events in 2008. It's missing some (like OSCON) but is intended to get better through community input. So, if you don't see your favorite conference there (Ubuntu Live, anyone?), let the site author know.
By the way, if you're a commercial open-source company, you may have already discovered what Alfresco has discovered: the open source events aren't very useful as lead generation tools. People don't go to Linuxworld looking for a content management system, for example.… Read more