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October 2002 Archives

PalmOS 6 to be based on BeOS »

So Steve Sakoman pulled it off. $11mm in stock for Be Inc. was a good deal for Palm. Great news for BeOS fans, although most have already moved on. Too bad my Be Inc. stock options aren't worth anything though. :-) Good luck Steve!The Register USAPalmOS 6 details emerge By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco Posted: 10/30/2002 at 14:20 EST PalmSource has offered us a glimpse of the next milestone for PalmOS, version 6.0 due for release next year. Version 6.0 will be as dramatic a change for the platform as OS X was for Apple, or NT was for...

W-Fi Security? »

InfoWorldWiFi eyes better wireless LAN security By Stephen Lawson October 30, 2002 11:37 am PT THE WIRELESS ETHERNET Compatibility Alliance (WECA), which certifies IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN products with the WiFi label, on Thursday will announce a new set of mechanisms to combat the security problem that has plagued wireless LANs. A WECA official did not provide details of the mechanisms but said they are intended to replace the current security system based on WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol). WEP, which is built in to products that use the IEEE 802.11b and 802.11a standards, is easy for intruders to break into,...

Wi-Fi in Airport Lounges to be provided by T-Mobile »

You may have seen this, but this is great news. Yet ANOTHER service I have to sign up for. m.m.m.more... InfoWorldT-Mobile in Wi-Fi pact with United, American and Delta By Juan Carlos Perez October 30, 2002 1:10 pm PT MIAMI -- MIAMI (10/30/2002) - T-Mobile USA Inc. plans to add so-called Wi-Fi hot spots for high-speed wireless Internet connectivity in about 100 U.S. airport clubs and lounges over the next year through an agreement with Delta Air Lines Inc., United Air Lines Inc. and AMR Corp.'s American Airlines, the wireless carrier announced Wednesday....

The AOLing of blogspace »

Elizabeth Lane Lawley writes about her thoughts on the aoling of blogspace. What a scary thought. What a likely scenario.Looks like "reaching critical mass" is becoming synonymous with "succumbing to the great unwashed masses."...

the controllable regex mutilator »

We talked about spam filters earlier. I use TMDA which is based on whitelisting. The controllable regex multilator is a technical filtering technology. These technologies keep getting smarter. It sort of reminds me of the convolutions we used to go through at Infoseek to get rid of spam sites from our indexes. I remember that some site used to produced different pages to the infoseek search bot by looking at the id... Anyway, this "CRM114" looks interesting. CRM114 - the Controllable Regex MutilatorCRM-114 is a system to examine incoming e-mail, system log streams, data files or other data streams, and...

Drinks with Chris Goggans aka Erik Bloodaxe »

Chris Goggans posing next to the safe in my office. (The little Samurai thing is Jun's)

Mastodonte Blog Referrer Spamming Site »

A blog referrer spam site... from Veer And I thought blogs were going to be a solution to spam... http://referrer.mastodonte.com/Welcome to Mastodonte Referrer Advertising You are seeing this page probably because your found us among your weblog's referrers or because a blogger linked to us as a result of our ongoing referrer campain. We are doing referrer marketing: adding your URL as a referrer in the logs of thousands of weblogs. If you are seeing this page, referrer advertising worked with you. You might also see it as a PR tool for bloggers. Q: How many weblogs can you...

Lunch with Governor Domoto of Chiba »

Governor DomotoPosing in front of the prefectural headquarters elevator hall with my daikon

Audio Blogging »

Click play... you need flash......

Intel's digital media player »

Intel's digital media playerSaw this on Marc Canter's Blog.This reminds me of my SliMP3 that I wrote about earlier, but that doesn't have wireless or video. It also reminds me of my Sony Airboard which has 802.11, ethernet, dialup Internet, TV and a browser. The Airboard is less of a "hub" and more of an "all-in-one". I guess the key to the Intel thing will be low cost and open standards. If they can help orchestrate a bunch of devices without trying to make their device do everything, it might work. I still don't like the idea of "fat" home servers. I am hoping that, at least in my house, I can use everything I already have. My PC hard disk, my audio amp and speakers, my plasma display and my digital satellite dish... Having said that, there may be a market for small all-in-one's...

Eric Myer Photography Stereotypes »

Eric Myer Photography Stereotypes A very cool site that lets you build faces from a variety of stereotypes....

Anti-corruption legislator slain in front of his house »

Murder of politician known for anti-corruption reminds me of the corruption in Japan.

Peking Duck and Shanghai Crab »

All of the pictures of Shanghai Crab that I could find that were good were on people's diary's and I felt guilty "fair using" them so I decided to grab this kind of ad-like one from http://www.sannmei.co.jp/. I should have taken my camera...Today Mizuka and I had Peking Duck and Shanghai Crab for lunch. On the last trip to Beijing, Mizuka had Peking Duck and Shanghai Crab with Yanai-san. She discovered that in Beijing, they put minced garlic in the Peking Duck and it tasted great. Today, we asked for minced garlic in our Peking Duck and it did indeed...

Is Diet Coke bad for you? »

Is Diet Coke bad for you? A lot of people think so.

Will it be called blogging »

Barak said, "but let's not call it blogging..." and Frank said, "but they won't call it blogging." What is it about this word? I think we will call it blogging. I often say, "wait, I'm blogging" or "I just blogged that" or "did you see my blog entry about that?" It is an activity that is new and can't be called anything else easily ("wait, I am posting an item to my web page about this...?") and it is taking up a significant share of time and minds of people who are addicted. So, my bet is that we will...

Casio »

I'm at Casio right now trying to get them excited about blogs... Casio makes such great digital cameras and digital cameras are SOOO important for blogs... Pleeeze give me a blog-camera....

Reporters Without Borders is publishing the first worldwide press freedom index »

I can't believe Japan is #29. I think it should be lower... but I guess they don't kill reporters in Japan... they just co-opt them. I guess it depends on what you call "press freedom"...Reporters Without BordersReporters Without Borders is publishing the first worldwide press freedom index Reporters Without Borders is publishing for the first time a worldwide index of countries according to their respect for press freedom. It also shows that such freedom is under threat everywhere, with the 20 bottom-ranked countries drawn from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The situation in especially bad in Asia, which contains...

Band Can't Sell Own Music on EBay »

This is yet another example of where things are headed. Although this is a "mistake" on eBay's part, the natural direction of the copyright laws and technologies is to make it difficult or impossible for individuals or independants to share their content using the tools provided to us by corporations against public domain. This "chilling effect", I believe, will just drive artists and consumers further and further away from these channels. Hopefully, blogs and other non-mass media will help other forms of entertainment to become popular which have more liberal attitudes towards copyright. I hope that stuff like The Sims...

Disney and MSN Join Forces »

(AP Photo)A dark shadow passes over the land as the forces of evil group and unite in the war of the copyrightThe Associated PressMicrosoft, Disney Unveil Release of Upgraded MSN Internet Service Stocked With Disney Content...

It's a girl! Congratulations Utsumi-kun and Fujiko-san! »

Utsumi's wife Fujiko just had a baby girl! Congratulations! I got the blow-by-blow from Reiran via IM. ;-) Utsumi is one of my best friends and the CEO of Genec. He also made the Halloween JOI ITO WEB logo... IM with Reiranreirannihei: hi there Joi: Hi Reiran reirannihei: hi reirannihei: fujiko chan just began to feel labor pains this morning reirannihei: tanoshimi desu! Joi: Yes. Definitely! reirannihei: reirannihei: it's a girl !!!! reirannihei: ....ojama shimashita..... Joi: Wow! Great! Thanks for the news! reirannihei: you're welcome!...

RSS Discovery on Blogstreet »

Veer just added a RSS feed discovery feature on blogstreet. You can search for a blog and it gives you the RSS URL and shows the RSS feed. It's very cool. RSS feeds are really significant I think. They tie so many things together... They also make banner adds sort of irrelevant. ;-) Veer BothraRSS Discovery Launched today is a new feature on BlogStreet called RSS Discovery. It finds the RSS feed of a blog if its mentioned in the blog page and then parses the RSS to display it in HTML. This can serve two purposes. Many times for...

NBC Press Conference »

Today was the regular press conference of the New Business Conference. The New Buiness Conference is an organization affiliated with the small and medium sized company section of the government. I am a director and chairman of the New Business Forum Committee. I was called to the press conference to make a presentation about this year's forum. This year, the conference will be December 2 at the Tokyo International Forum. The Keynote is the Kawabuchi-san, the head of the Japan Soccer Association. A lot of my good friends such as Mikitani-san of Rakuten, Oki Matsumoto of Monex, Takeuchi-sensei of Hitotsubashi,...

Kenji Eno and Hiroko Moriguchi »

Eno-san and Moriguchi-san meet for the first time...

Second Blueprint for Japan 2020 Meeting »

Today was the second meeting of the WEF Blueprint for Japan 2020. Oki and I reported on our presentation in Geneva. Richard Koo, the chief economist of Nomura Research Institute talked about some of the macroeconomic issues regarding the Japanese economy which was really staggering to think about. 85% of the value of the land disappeared after the bubble. This is 3 years of GDP. That's huge when you consider that the great depression in the US was only 1 year of GDP drop in assets. The savings and loan problem in the US was only a 20% drop in...

BBC Reports on Hikikomori - Japanese Mental Health »

An article in the BBC News about hikikomori a common form of mental illness in Japan where kids lock themselves up in their room and don't come out. They say it is a unique Japanese phenomenon. I think we should look at the mental illness issue in Japan generally. As I keep writing here, suicides are among the top in the world as well. Many people have the misconception that just because Japanese sing karaoke and go drinking a lot, Japanese don't have stress. But it's the "don't worry... just try harder..." speech during these drinking sessions that drive people...

Open Source Interpersonal Information Manager »

This is totally amazing. An open source, P2P, email, IM, calendar... total personal information management system with "The Dream Team." Even Andy Hertzfeld is on the team. We've been talking about how cool something like this would be for years. Finally someone is doing this. Where do I sign up? This totally relates to blogs as well. Dan told me about it this weekend, but I waited until his article came out before I blogged it. The Web Site for the Open Source Applications Foudation has more information. Dan Gillmor Posted on Sun, Oct. 20, 2002 Software idea may be...

Goodbye Maine, Newark Here I Come! »

A statue from the days of the "Great Rebellion"An amazing certificate from 1910 welcoming Henry J. Cole as a companion of the Red Cross, Knight Templar and Knight of Malta of St. John of Jerusalem

More Blog Context Tools »

Veer of Blogstreet just IM'ed me and told me that they had added search to Blogstreet. He's blogged this. Blogstreet continues to enhance the idea of neighbourhoods and the context of how blogs are connected. I've been bugging Veer to work with blogrolling.com and so that your blogrolling.com blog rolls are also included in their database. Currently, your neighbourhood is defined only by crawlable links on your page... User Radioland now has an ExplorerTool that lets you browse other bloggers RSS feed subscriptions. This context is very interesting to me. This community space is what is the difference between blogs...

Poptech Live »

John Sculley on stage introducing the panel.Finally made it to Poptech. I'm here at the conference in the opera house in Camden. Of course there is 802.11. It's really great so far... I'll post stuff here. Right now Paul (He wrote "PopPuff the Magic Dragon") of Peter, Paul and Mary is on stage and he is playing a midi guitar connected to his computer using error messages on PC to make music. He calls it "Itza Jungle I/O There." It's really funny. There is a sample of Bill Gates talking about how how he hasn't wavered from his vision and...

Peaceworks »

Daniel Lubetzky of Peaceworks joined our session at the GLT summit, "Rebuilding Modern Politics: Can the System Fix Itself?" and talked about his project. Peaceworks is an amazing group working on empowering people and the "moderate" voices in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. They use Internet, newspapers, telephones and a variety of technologies to get the voice of the people, which is much more moderate than the extremists who currently control poltics. I think the strategy of Peaceworks of using technology to short circuit the legistlature which is so heavily influenced by extremists is a great idea that may even be relevant...

Trust and the Blogging Ethics Discussion »

I just posted the following in Doc Searls Weblog. I was talking to Veer of Blogstreet the other day in the context of blog rolls. I think it is about developing networks of trust. If disclaimers and disclosures help your readers trust you. Great. Do it. It is all part of building trust. If people understand what type of person you are and what your ehtics are through reading your blog, I think there is great value. If someone is doing it for fun and is VERY personal, I think that disclosures are less important. If you write in a...

New Wallace and Gromit available online »

found this on boing boing BBC Tuesday, 15 October, 2002, 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK Wallace and Gromit film premières Oscar-winning animated duo Wallace and Gromit have returned after a six-year absence in a series of short films - and BBC News Online has exclusive footage. Maker Aardman Animations has produced 10 one-minute movies featuring Wallace and his canny pet dog Gromit, entitled Cracking Contraptions. The films launched on Tuesday with the world exclusive première of the first short, Soccamatic, on BBC News Online. The film is downloadable and free to view. I love Wallace and Gromit. This is really...

Off to ECD and PopTech »

I'm off to Michigan to visit ECD. I haven't been in Michigan since I was still on the board of ECD. I'm excited to see all of the new science and technology that must have happened since I was there last. A tour of ECD is like nothing else on earth. It's really like a trip through the future. I'll also be seeing a lot of old friends as well as my father who still works at ECD... If I can get my connection working, I'll blog stuff about it from Michigan. Originally, it was just a trip to...

Microsoft Switch 1.0 »

VS I found this on David Farber's list. Aparently Microsoft tried to do a "switch" campaign like Apple did using "real people" to explain why they switched from Apple to Microsoft. Readers on Slashdot found the women in the ad in a catalog of stock photos and she is aparently not a "real person." Microsoft has since taken down their page, but Google has a cache....

Picture of PSINet Japan POP 1994 »

PSINet Japan's POP in my bathroom circa 1994

Charts »

Now I'm working on charts of things that change. I don't have anything fancy like SOAP or even php running so I have to use web services that take input through the URL and output an image to IMG SRC... but you can still do a lot....

Blogging with Cornelius »

Keigo pondering the notion of blogs...

What happens when you forget you're connected to the Net »

the service that delivered the joke...This is a bit old, but I HAD to share this. ;-p I found it on BoingBoing Wired NewsKiwi Symphony's Errant Scat Music By Kim Griggs 02:00 AM Oct. 11, 2002 PDT WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- They had been expecting Wagner; instead, they got "Wee on My Face." When subscribers to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra used Internet-based media players to listen to CDs sent to promote the orchestra's musical offerings next season, the playlist was not exactly classical music. "I have received a give-away CD from the (orchestra) a few days ago called Season...

IBM eliminates patent on who uses the toilet next »

Spotted on slashdot CNet IBM flushes restroom patent By Troy Wolverton Staff Writer, CNET News.com October 11, 2002, 2:28 PM PT IBM has quietly eliminated a patent it received on a method for determining who gets to use the bathroom next. The computing giant received a patent for a "system and method for providing reservations for restroom use" in December. But the company later decided to renounce all of its patent claims after a petition was made against it, according to documents released this week by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.Recently, I had been telling people that even though...

Australians trying to use phone number single identifier »

Spotted on David Farber's IP Australian ITPhone system could have your number Kate Mackenzie OCTOBER 07, 2002 A SINGLE telephone number doubling as an email address could soon be available in Australia despite fears the technology could become a de facto identification number. Under the ENUM system being analysed by the Australian Communications Authority, one number could track down a person via a home or mobile phone number, or an email or website address. This is SOOO bad. Where is my favorite Australian privacy expert Roger Clarke? In Japan the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications (who...

Expedia employees slugging it out - American version of 2ch »

Recently Cory blogged about his bad experience with Expedia. The discussion thread afterwards got pretty heated and soon a bunch of Expedia employees jumped in. What was interesting to me was that this anonymous discussion by employees about their own company in a public place is one of the things that fuel one of the most popular sites in Japan, 2ch. On 2ch anyone can start a thread and anyone can post as anyone. About 90% is noise, but there are occasionally interesting things. One of the interesting effects is that the threads about companies often end up being...

Photo Album »

I'm testing a photo album blog... Thanks for your help Justin and Hirata....

Free falling Nikkei »

I was talking to a fairly well known CEO of a securities firm. He told me that the Nikkei would hit the 8000 range last year. Today he said that he thought foreign investors were going to dump Japanese stocks and that it might hit 6000 in the next 3 months and that it would probably most definitely hit 7000. He said that the branch manager of a fairly large branch of Nomura Securities told him that 10 of his top 20 accounts recently liquidated ALL of their equity holdings. He also said that many of the major banks would...

Ray Ozzie on the Strength of Weak Ties, Blogs and Email »

Excellent! Ray Ozzie is talking about one of my favorite papers by a guy named Granovetter's called the "Strength of Weak Ties" which talks about how weak ties between distant nodes are more valuable than the strong ties within tight groups. I can go on for hours about this idea, but Ray also talk about another VERY important thing that I think we're all thinking about. Are blogs an extension of email and can blogs get rid of spam, most email, bulletin boards and all sorts of things in one huge P2P swoop! That WOULD be cool. Ray OzzieJon, your...

The Neoteny Blogging Team »

OK. We're getting serious now... ;-p We've just set up the Official Neoteny Blogging Team (as in the Jamaican Bobsled Team), the first blogging team in Japan that we know of. We're going to get serious about messing around with stuff like using mobile phones, recruiting interesting bloggers, trying to build a photo album/blog, integrating IM and lots of other cool things. If you know of or run a cool service like blogrolling.com that we can integrate, let me know. I'll be integrating stuff into my site as we get it going. Also, if you have have a cool blog...

"Neoteny" being used by HBS to talk about leadership »

When I first told Jun that "neoteny" meant the retention of childlike attributes in adulthood, he told me he thought it meant giant tadpoles. Iwrote an entry earlier about the meaning of Neoteny. Since then, the business press has been using the word to discuss leadership. There is a great piece from Harvard Business School about it. I'm glad I have www.neoteny.com. ;-) HBS Working KnowledgeAre Business Schools Really Important "Crucibles of Leadership?" HBSWK Pub. Date: Sep 30, 2002 by Jim Heskett The new book Geeks and Geezers by Warren Bennis and Robert Thomas, argues that all the leaders they...

Eldred v. Ashcroft »

Think... think...I was supposed to see Lawrence Lessig a few weeks ago, but he cancelled the meeting because he was busy preparing his argument for the U.S. Supreme Court. I forgive you Lawrence. ;-) This is a very important case for the future of copyright. As the digital world and all of our blogging and links show that copyright is less important when everything is live, the copyright manufacturers are trying to push the law in the other direction. All hands on deck to prevent a serious step backwards in the way we think about information. I am doing my...

Neoteny Venture Development established »

We will be announcing later today the establishment of Neoteny Venture Development Co., Ltd. which will be lead by Hidehiro Matsumoto as its CEO. Neoteny Venture Development is a spin-out of the consulting business of Neoteny Co., Ltd. which has been in development for a year. Neoteny Venture Development Co., Ltd. will be a subsidiary of Neoteny Co., Ltd. The team has delivered five consulting engagements to large Japanese companies. NVD will focus on corporate venture consulting, entrepreneurship support and corporate spin-out consulting. Neoteny Co., Ltd. will focus on venture investing in information technology businesses. Neoteny will update its web...

Life Insurance and Suicides »

Earlier I wrote about suicides in Japan. I also recently wrote about the relationship between life insurance and murders. I found an interesting article in the Mainichi covering all of these issues. This article is interesting because it points to life insurance as the cause of many suicides where life insurance is the only way to get out of debt. I guess the choice is either to kill yourself or someone else. ;-p They actually let you use your life insurance as collateral for home mortages in Japan.. MDN: WaiWai From kamikaze to hara-kiri, Japanese just can't stop topping themselves...

Support the EFF »

The EFF is one of the few organizations fighting on the issues of copyright and privacy in the US courts. They need our support more than ever. I just sent my contribution. If you care about the Net shouldn't you?...

Ubiquitous Justin »

ubiquitous adjective existing or found everywhere Had lunch with Justin and Jane. I met Jane for the first time and it was cool to be able to start talking about stuff right away since I read her blogs and she reads my blog. We were "synched" and ready to go. She was very cool and just like I imagined. And Justin... I was once called ubiquitous by someone and I remember looking it up in the dictionary. Justin is ubiquitous. Not only does everyone know Justin, everyone has just recently seen him. Another ubiquitous person I know is Gohsuke Takama....

Capital punishment, crime and interest rates »

The Japan Times MINISTRY SECRECY DRAWS SPOTLIGHT Even victimized divided on death penalty By KAHO SHIMIZU Staff writer Masaharu Harada was stunned when he found out that the man who murdered his younger brother had been executed on Dec. 27 in Nagoya. He wondered why authorities felt they had to kill such a remorseful man. Toshihiko Hasegawa was one of two convicts hanged in December. He was convicted of killing Harada's brother and two other people in a murder-for-insurance scheme between 1979 and 1983. His death sentence was finalized in 1993. Harada had petitioned the Justice Ministry on Hasegawa's behalf...

The Impact of Koizumi's Cabinet Reshuffle on Me »

I was a bit suprised when I read the morning paper and found that Koji Omi was replaced by Hiroyuki Hosoda as minister for Okinawa, Northern Territories and science and technology policy. I had been working closely with Mr. Omi on high tech ventures. I hope Hosoda-san turns out to be good. I don't know him personally. The head of science and technology policy is quite important in my view. Mr. Katayama, the minister of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications who I had been battling with on the National ID issue suprised me and retained his position....

30 Year Anniversary of Relations with China »

I was invited by Idei-san the Chairman of Sony to be on his panel the day after tomorrow in Beijing. It is one of two panel discussions that are part of an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of relations between Japan and China. The town-hall style panel will be held in a TV studio and broadcast nationwide in China. Idei-san is the moderator and there will be 3 Japanese and 3 Chinese. I'm going to talk about how Japan is still competitive in consumer electronics, but China will probably take over manufacturing. I think that Japan can add value in...

Being a Revolutionary »

We had a joint dinner tonight with Enjin01, a group of cultural leaders that I co-founded and the Cultural Design Forum, where many of the people from Enjin01 had defected from. We talked about possibly merging the groups back again. There was a basic disagreement. The Cultural Design Forum wanted to continue to have big annual meetings and basically talk about stuff to the public. Enjin01 has seminars, but Saigusa-san explained that we are pro-actively trying to pushing reform forward. I drove Saigusa-san home and I told him that it was time to be active, not just vocal. I remember...
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