Saw a few things about Adobe’s AIR today, including a New York Times piece describing the “Webtop” play. In that NYT piece, a mention was made of Adobe’s own Buzzword “online word-processor.” Tried it out and, if it’s a sign of things to come, there might be some cool stuff happening for the webware enthusiast.
Buzzword has some niceties over other “online word processors” like Zoho Writer and Google Docs, especially in terms of interface. It does feel right, which makes for a more pleasant writing experience.
One thing I quite like about Buzzword is the list management. It seems more efficient that what is available in desktop word processors (most notably, in Microsoft Word). As a fan of outliners, I think this could even be a deal-maker for me.
I just wonder why it is that nobody’s integrating all of these cloud computing/webware/online productivity apps in an actual workflow. No, not AppleWorks-style “integrated software.” But some cool way to bring content from one online app to another.
Actually, they’re more like late September links, but still…
- History of the Internet
- ZERO SECONDE: Les 6 cultures d’Internet (par Martin Lessard)
- Military personnel (DARPA)
- Academics (universities, colleges)
- Programmers/Coders (Alpha Geeks)
- Virtual communities (BBS)
- Entrepreneurs (Web 1.0)
- “Web 2.0” (bloggers, social networking, user-generated content…).
- Of course, there’s a lot of overlap, some categories could be reshaped, and the term “culture” is applied somewhat loosely, but it’s an interesting perspective.
- It’s hard for me not to think of the specific cultural turn there as it seems that the West Coast of the United States has had a tremendous impact through this history. Still have to read the article but some people are making connections between “geek culture” (linked to the third step above), specialty coffee (Peet’s, Starbucks), and the “craft beer revolution.” The thlot pickens.
- Celebrity Chefs, Culinary Philosophy, Personality
- NewAcademic Journals Online
- Now online, CMoS: The Chicago Manual of Style Online
- As the printed manual is a bit bulky and costly, having an online version can be very useful.
- Academic Podcasting
- Editing structured texts
- My Wandering Wiki: MultiMarkdown
- From a simple email-like syntax to XHTML, LaTeX, PDF, RTF…
- We really need a new approach to editing and “word processing.” XML is likely to be a key in this respect.
- Canadian Politics: Stéphane Dion
- Stéphane Dion, candidat à la direction du PLC
- My own personal opinion: he does seem to be on a “charm” campaign but his ideas sound like a rather rigid application of Leviathan instead of a principled take on direct democratic representation.
- Jane Elliott’s discrimination experiment (1968 through 2006)
- Religious tolerance, atheism/secularism/agnosticism, multiculturalism, and peace
Is that Disparate enough for you? 😉