March 30, 2006

Internet, the web and digital media

Internet is a public accessible worldwide system of connected devices presenting information via digital media. In other words Internet is not restricted to just web browsers, Internet comprises over all digital media connected to the worldwide network like cell phones, PDA's, digital TV, desktop applications, gaming consoles etc.

The web, World Wide Web or WWW is a hypertextsystem that is used on the Internet. People tend to use the word 'web' and 'Internet' as an equal mening, but there is a difference. What do we mean by the web, what is the definition really, should it be reconsidered?

The web like the Internet is not restricted to just present information via web browsers on computers. The web is a way of presenting information defined by certain standards and rules through digital media.

So the digital media becomes the big issue really. What are the channels through which we communicate to one another and with systems?
There is a layer of information/data and there is a presentation layer. The digital media is used to connect these two layers and it comes to all of us to define standards for the presentation towards the consumer. How do we want the information presented in whatever media we discuss? The way that information is presented through web browsers via standard computers today is a very good way for this media. If we are discussing cell phones, then the presentation should be slighlty changed to fit this media but using the same standards and guidelines.

So the meaning and definition of the web changes as new techniques are embraced by the communicating communities. The presentation is the most important thing but it has to be considered in relation to the digital media through which it is presented.

March 27, 2006

Skip your javascripts - Do CSS

Many of the things that you formerly had to do with JavaScript, like menus, is now possible with css. Hardly any breaking news, but here's a good site anyway -> CSS PLAY

Different startpage!

Here's a different and interesting startpage, a swedish marketing bureau called Farfar. I like it! ->

March 25, 2006

Låna musik på webben

Nu är det lagligt att ladda ned musik (170000 låtar) från biblioteks webbplatser berättar
-> Musikwebb

Använder wma drm-format, men det går väl att konvertera vid behov?

March 24, 2006

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - 250 year anniversary

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgand Amadeus Mozart lived between 1756 - 1991 and was 35 years of age at the time of his death. This means that this year (2006) it was 250 years since he was born. He was a musical genius and here's some links about Mozart to give him acknowledgment for his fabulous work.

- the Mozart Project
- Mozart 24/7 - webradio from
- Mozart in Wikipedia
- Google Book Search - search for Mozart
- Classical Music Archives

Webbdagarna - day 2

Yes! Day 2 was a success!!!
Much of what I asked for yesterday came up today and I feel full of inspiration. Good work Internetworld on the choice of subjects and speakers today. Download all presentations from the event here.

A very short review:
The two main subjects for today were marketing and Search Engine Optimizing (SEO).
- Mikael Zackrisson brought up some trends and gave the audience tips of useful sites.
- Kenneth Danielsson from Isobar spoke about the digital perspective and strategies with the message "Think web first!".
- A representative from Farfar (don't remember her name) held an interesting lecture about succesful web campaigns.
- The vice president from, Frank Ericson, was talking about behaviour marketing (how a group of consumers act in different medium.
- Two speakers Hans Sandblom from SEO and Sara Andersson from Global Strategies were talking about search engine optimization with lots of useful tips.

Next year make the first day less selling and more interesting for everybody and keep and improve day 2.

March 23, 2006

Auction - lowest bid wins

Sounds strange, doesn't it? Actually it is a really smart business idea. The one who place a unique lowest bid on an item wins it and it will cost you a fixed fee for placing the bid plus the amount of the lowest bid.
When I place a bid I will instantly know if it is unique and if it is the lowest, but it will always cost me the fixed fee. If it is unique and the lowest I can choose to stay and hope noone else will place a lower unique bid. I can also choose to place another one. This way I can in theory call in a plasma television 42'' for something like 50 SEK, that's about 6 US£.
Here's the swedish

How does IBM Workplace, WPS and WAS work together?

For those of you trying to figure out what IBM Workplace really is about and how it works with Websphere Portal Server and Websphere Application Server I have read a really good article about it. It gave me a good starting point and knowledge that helped me further on in the process of understanding. If you're interested in this, read Bob Balabans article 'Under the hood of IBM Workplace Collaboration Services'.

When done with that you might start thinking about things like what backend-applications to connect to the framework and how to make portlets to present in your portal, what information they should present and so on. How many portal sites do we need? one for internet? one for intranet and one for extranets? or one for all. How do we implement Single Sign-On (SSO) (read these three great articles: part1 and part2 and a contrarian view) and where should our users be stored, in which LDAP? Which tools do we use for development and web content management.

Folks, you're looking at an advanced portal framework with all it's components!


Today I attended an event called 'Webbdagarna', held by IDG's Internetworld. Its translation is something like 'the web days'. It's a two day event intended to tell us all about what's happening on the web with news, new technology, innovation, future, products... at least that's what I expected... Instead it turned out to be an event intended for leaders, sales managers and marketing personel with a mission to find a web publishing tool like a ECM, WCM or an e-commerce system. Since I'm a developer I would expect to hear something about Web 2.0, AJAX, XHTML, more on how to develop using XML and XSL, portal issues, how the web is considered as a platform etc. The list is long and I found the event to be a bit 1.0 actually. Before I critize it anymore I will give it another chance tomorrow for the second day of the event. The agenda says marketing and search engine optimization. Hopefully the name web will live up to its promises.

March 22, 2006

Lotusphere comes to you

I attended the 'Lotusphere comes to you' event held in Kista in Sweden march 8th. Ed Brill was there and it was worth going there just to see him and listen to what he had to say. Take a look at Ed Brills blog. Another blogger was there and has given a nice resumé of the day (in swedish).


Check out dominoblogs. People with blogs solely dedicated to Lotus Notes/Domino can register their blogs at this site.

LotusPhere 2006

I attended LotusPhere 2006 in Orlando this year. LotusPhere is a yearly conference nowadays held only in Orlando. IBM is hosting it and the product family Lotus is the purpose of the conference. The main subjects discussed and presented are Lotus Notes/Domino, Sametime, Workplace and WebSphere.

I was the only representative from the company where I work with a mission to find out news, tips, future hints, new products etc. for our strategy, competence and knowledge. It turned out to be a very pleasant stay. The conference began in januari 22nd and ended in january 26th. Above is the dolphin building. To the right in the picture (not visible) is the Swan building. Both were the residence daytime for about 6000 attendes from all over the world.

The temperature was around 25 C in daytime and around 12-15 C in the evening. The humidity was high though and according to the news there were warmer than usual this time of the year.

I would like to upload the presentations, but that would take up to much space. I will instead get back to the outcome of this from my point of view in later postings.

Windows messenger running in background

A while ago I decided to exchange my hotmail account to a Gmail account. In doing that I got a new email address and I also registered for a new MSN Messenger account with my new mail address.
Although I'm using MSN Messenger and not the ugly Windows Messenger I suddenly came to realize that Windows Messenger always starts in the background not showing any signs of this other than in the task manager. I noticed this when people started telling me I was logged on with my both accounts. I tried to open windows messenger from the start menu but that only tended to start another instance of Windows Messenger (msmsgs.exe).

So how is this fixed?
Check services, that is Start->Run (services.msc)
Is Messenger service running and is it on automated start? Look at the properties. In that case stop the service and set it as manual or disabled instead.

If this was not the issue, if it already is disabled, then what? Well simply open another instance of Windows messenger. Choose tools -> Options -> Preferences and uncheck the option saying that Windows Messenger starts when Windows starts. Restart the computer and try again.

Or, I haven't tried this myself, delete the following registration key:

Web 2.0 description

Web 2.0 is really exciting! There are so many new features and applications showing up on web pages all over the world. I've been digging down into understanding what it is all about. I have tried to put together a small document about what Web 2.0 is all about, so here you go:

WEB 2.0
Web 2.0 is our generation's It is not a technique, a product or a service. It is a concept, an established term that seeks to describe the latest and most progressive in web techniques. If a company of today starts calling itself something with "Web 2.0" for example 'Foto Web 2.0' it will instantly become more valuable. A web page or a web application being Web 2.0 means that it has one or several special properties. See more below for explanation, comparison and examples.

The term "Web 2.0" was introduced in october 2004 by O'Reilly at a conference in San Fransisco. Within weeks "Web 2.0" was an established term to describe the latest and most progressive in web techniques today.

According to O'Reilly's definition a web service should have the following properties to fit in as Web2:0

  1. The user should be able to contribute with data and mix and match information from different services.
  2. The user should have control over his/her information
  3. The design should look like ordinary desktop applications
This means that the owner of the webpage or the web application partly must give up control and ownership of information to the benefit of the users.

To try to describe what Web 2.0 is, O'Reilly have with examples described differences between what we had or have toda
y (web 1.0) and what now is coming more and more (web 2.0). Look at the table below:

10 commandments have been
defined to describe Web 2.0:
  1. The web as a platform

  2. Services, not packaged software
  3. The perceptual beta
  4. The live web
  5. The long tail of the Internet
  6. Folksonomy
  7. Viral marketing & Syndication
  8. Hackable technologies & open API's
  9. Architecture of participation
  10. Rich Internet Applications
Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices; Web 2.0 applications are those that make the most of the intrinsic advantages of that platform: delivering software as a continually-updated service that gets better the more people use it, consuming and remixing data from multiple sources, including individual users, while providing their own data and services in a form that allows remixing by others, creating network effects through an "architecture of participation," and going beyond the page metaphor of Web 1.0 to deliver rich user experiences.



Some examples:
Link collections:

My first blog, my first post


This is my first post on my first public blog.
I will use this blog not only as a place for me to store my ideas, thougths and bookmarks but also for people who might be interested in what I will write about.

/ nick