Archive for January 27th, 2010

Exclusive: Mass GTUG an opportunity to experience Google technologies?

This is the last part (part 3) of the interview series with Mass GTUG Co-founder Monika Adamczyk. In the interview with Amvona, Monika highlighted her views on Google Wave, her involvement with Mass GTUG, CrisisCamp and MacoTech Inc. and she presented her views on the future of the web. For those interested Massachusetts Google Technology User Group (Mass GTUG) is open to anyone interested in Google Technologies. Like the name suggests it is a User group for Google technology enthusiasts.

Anyone can join the group, attend meetings and participate in discussions. Mass GTUG has a Google group and a site. They also have Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin pages.Talking about Google Wave and other similar platforms Monika commented that, “My personal opinion about Google Wave has been positive so far. I was present at the Google I/O 2009 when it was first demoed to the public and I immediately saw a lot of potential for it as real time collaboration and content delivery platform.” When asked if she thought that the Google Wave platform will change online communication Monika remarked that,”Absolutely. There is a growing demand for robust, flexible and real time communication tools and Google Wave is certainly filling that niche even in the current beta version.” In the interview Monika defined her role as the organizer and co-founder of the Mass GTUG. She manages the group, organizes monthly meetings and events, maintains the group website, posts announcements etc. In short she pretty much does everything ‘necessary to keep the group running’.

A couple of months ago we introduced our readers to Google Wave and described how Google was pushing this platform forward. Monika is an active Google Wave user and during the interview she described the time she has spent exploring Google Wave and the work she has done. She states that, “I have been an active user of the platform from the very beginning and done some Google Wave API development (robots, gadgets etc). I have also spent time investigating the Federation Protocol and open source version of Google Wave Federation Server that is available from http://www.waveprotocol.org/.I am also an active member of an a Federal Wave project whose primary goal is to develop an interagency, crowd sourced effort to promote Wave as an integrated platform for communication and collaboration within federal government agencies. We have presence on a number of social networks from Google Wave (Google Wave account required to access the wave), a few wikis (most of them closed to public except for https://defensemetawiki.cape.osd.mil/Gov2Gov that is open to both government employees and government contractors), Facebook, GovLoop and others.”

When discussing the future of the world wide web (www) Monika remarked that, “Web (as in WWW) is just a small part of modern communication platform and more and more often it merges its functionality with other technologies that are being used by public for daily activities and information exchange.It is certainly here to stay and continue evolving, utilizing the latest technologies as they get developed. There will certainly be continued growth of mobile systems accessible from cell phones, hand held devices allowing us to not only look up information but also perform a wide range of tasks (from e.g. paying daily fees such as parking car, vending machine purchases to receiving last minute notifications that may affect the decisions we make).”

We agree with Monika that the web is transforming. As new devices, gadgets and other technological innovations come into play the world of the web will keep on changing. We would like to thank Monika for taking out the time to answer our questions and for introducing us to Mass GTUG. Monika is also the owner and founder of Massachusetts based tech company Maco tech Inc. This boutique firm specializes in software design and development, provides a business analysis and project management services.

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Apple iPad – It’s Official!!!

Yes, Jobs unveiled the new product. All the speculations were right it is an Apple Tablet and is called the iPad. He claims that it is better than any other laptop + mobile device out there.  It has features of an e-reader but the best part is it’s colored. You can flip it around. Job says that it is so much more capable than a laptop and a phone. It allows you to have music on it and even watch Youtube. You can stream videos, have tv channels and much more.

The device looks amazing and is incredibly hi-res.  You can flick through emails and photos just like iPhone. In many ways it is a giant iPhone but with many more features. It even has Google Maps on it.

Update: The Apple iPad is for $499 only.

http://www.youtube.com/v/yU6isGR3PaM&hl=en_US&fs=1&

images from Gizmodo

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More from the Apple Event

Speculations have started whether or not Bob Dylan is going to make an appearance at the event. Engadget has revealed that they are playing the electric version of ‘Baby Let Me Follow You Down’. Twit Pic lost their video for a few minutes but the live podcast is still on. Apparently, the WiFi at the Apple store has also gone down.

4 more minutes. Stay tune!!!

image from Engadget.com

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Apple Launch Live on Twit TV

For those of us who couldn’t be there for the infamous launch. Twit.tv is showing a live broadcast.  Blogs like Gizmodo and Engadget are covering the live launch and bringing minute to minute updates on their sites too.

If you are interested in watching the live launch tune in to Twit.tv here.

Update: 12 minutes to go.

images from Gizmodo.com

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The Apple Countdown begins – 30 mins till the launch of the ‘new product’

Yes, the most anticipated launch is about to happen. Will the Apple Tablet be revealed? Will it be as exciting as we think? or will it just be a disappointment? Rumors are that the ‘new product’ is based on iPhone developer platform and looks like a bigger iPhone. Engadget has just revealed a picture of the que outside Apple Stores in San Francisco. And ladies and gentlemen the countdown has begun.  In 30mins or less the world will see the new Apple product :).

Engadget reveals the following times for the launch:

“08:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
09:00PM – Moscow
03:00AM – Tokyo (January 28th)

image from Engadget.com

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Exclusive: Mass GTUG Co-founder talks to Amvona

This is part 2 of the Mass GTUG Exclusive series on Amvona. This interview with Mass GTUG’s co-founder Monika Adamczyk reflects Monika’s thoughts on the future of the web, Google Wave and it provides an overview of the Mass GTUG history, projects and much more.

The concept behind GTUG is fascinating – it opens up the Google world to the general public and allows them to experiment with the given developer technology. Tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Digg etc. all have developer groups. Developer groups can be termed as ‘common interest groups’ where people passionate about a certain cause or technology come together to work on new projects, discuss bugs in software, tell stories of new tech developments and basically review everything and anything related to that particular interest.  At Mass GTUG they explore many themes within the Google domain.

Monika provided us with a brief history of the group and said that, “Mass GTUG was formed during summer 2009. We are one of many GTUG groups that operate across the world. The origin and short history of GTUG can be found on Wikipedia. Our group was originally established as Boston GTUG but because we had participants from other parts of Massachusetts, we renamed it to Mass GTUG. We started small with just a few members, but since then we grew into relatively large group. The Google discussion group has over 100 participants. We also have groups established on LinkedIn and Facebook, have a number of followers on Twitter @massgtug and a public Wave on Preview Google Wave server (Google Wave account required to access the wave). Last, but not least we have a website http://massgtug.gtugs.org/ where meeting announcements and organizational details are posted on regular basis.”

When asked to describe projects and development of ideas at Mass GTUG, Monika replied, “Mass GTUG is a user group, whose primary purpose is ideas exchange and education in Google related technologies. Our group usually meets once a month for a technical talk given by either a member of the group or an invited speaker. So far we had presentations on Google Wave, GWT, Google App Engine etc.While most of the group members are developers who work on software projects (commercial and open source) that utilize Google technologies, at this point we do not have a group wide development effort. However, once in a while, we are going to be hosting hackathons whose primary purpose is collaborative computer programming. The first one was organized in November 2009 and devoted to Google Wave. We had about 50-60 participants with members of Google Wave API team (Pamela Fox and Brian Kenish) giving technical presentations on the topic. Google Cambridge office provided meeting space and sponsored food during the hackathon.”

Stay tune for more in Part 3.

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Twitter goes Local

Like Foursquare and Facebook, Twitter went local last night. If you were on Twitter yesterday or today you must have noticed the new local trends option on their site. The Twitter trends have been a common way for people to find out what’s going on Twitter at a given time. The trends also help analysts in determining what was most popular. And sites like twopular, klout and tweetmeme kind of depend on these trends. But from now onwards our beloved Twitter has gone local.

You must be wondering what that means and how does it affect you? Hold on! I am getting to that. Twitter has gained immense popularity in a very short span of time and the whole twitter mantra only works when a common group of people ‘tweet’ about a common issue or ‘retweet’ a post or a trend. It is a means of getting the latest, quickest and fastest news on the web. Sometimes this news can be overwhelming. Now with this new feature of ‘local trends’ you can choose to find out what’s hot in your current geographical location. And by following the local trends you can join in the conversation and be a part of the whole local twitter world. This is a means for you to connect with fellow Twitter followers.

In the past sites like Foursquare and Facebook have done this successfully. They have tried to bring together people in a common geographical location and grouped them based on their interests, cultural significance and activities. Let’s see if this new trend works for Twitter or makes it a little less popular.

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