Interesting finds this week

March 3, 2006

I would like to share some stuff with you that I came upon recently which struck me as being interesting.

Research stuff

Google research papers

There is a lot of cool (academic) stuff over here about the way Google is structured and a lot of other expiremental gigs the guys over at Google have going. Don’t forget to click the “more papers by Googlers” link on the bottom of the page.

Microsoft’s technologies available for licencing

I found this one through Don Dodge (one of my favourite bloggers). It’s a list of technologies Microsoft has up for licensing for start-ups.

Peer 2 peer

I am a big fan of Channel9. I found one gem recently that made me go ‘wow’. It’s a video talking about some of the new stuff that is arriving around the Windows Vista timeframe focuses particularly on the collaboration technologies.

So you might think “peer 2 peer, big deal… people have been doing this on a very large scale since the old Napster days”. Well have a look at this video and you’ll see that Microsoft is really pushing the concept of peer 2 peer to the next level. At one hand easing the pain that users have with the big diversity of p2p-enabled applications out these (creating an integrated experience) and at the other hand providing developers with an easy to use communications stack to create peer 2 peer applications without having to write all the plumbing.
They have invested heavliy in concepts like “Serverless DNS” and “People near me”. Just watch the video. The windows peer 2 peer group also has a websites with more information.


There was a workshop recently somewhere in the UK titled “the future of webapps”. The line-up was interesting with names like Joshua Schachter (Delicious), David Heinemeier Hansson (Ruby on Rails), and more. The guys organizing this workshop have put the talks online as downloadable mp3’s. I haven’t listened to them yet but the content sounds interesting.


In the category weblogs I found Noam Wasserman’s Founder Frustrations blog. If you have the entrepeneurial ticckle or just are interested in these kind of things have a look.

Not really a weblog but nevertheless a lot of interesting stuff over at John Seely Brown’s website. Don’t know who he is? His bio sais “Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).” (those are the guys that gave us the mouse and the Graphical User Interface).
That should keep you busy for the weekend :-) Enjoy.


One Response to “Interesting finds this week”

  1. Thanks for posting the links to the podcasts. I hope you get to listen to the audio soon there are some great talks in there.

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