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Robert Scoble
I'm looking at buying a mountain bike. For $1,000 to $1,500 what would you recommend? Answer on friendfeed so I can link to the results, link here:
I have a Cannondale that I love (though I'm lame and put road tires on it so I can take it to the post office!). http://www.cannondale.com/bikes... - Marina Martin
It depends on what you want to do/what sort of riding your going to be doing. Do you want a hard tail(just front suspension) or dual suspension? - Michael Gross
I've owned several Trek's and have been very happy with all of them. - Jeff P. Henderson
Michael: dual suspension. I'm getting old and the softer ride is worth it (I've already tested that out). - Robert Scoble
Michael: I'll be on mostly flat trails, though, but who knows? Even then, though, the dual suspension is something I felt on just street riding and like a lot. - Robert Scoble
I like my Diamondback - a bit heavier than most, but more solid - Jason
Vikrum: are there any Santa Cruz in my price range, though? - Robert Scoble
cannondale is a good bike, Trek also makes some mean mid range bikes, i use this site for info http://www.mtbr.com/ - Adam B
A professional rider today told me that in my price range Specialized and Trek are good to consider. - Robert Scoble
Giant Trance X2. High quality yet affordable. By all means check out Mountain Bike Review (http://www.mtbr.com) for user reviews, trail ratings, discussions, etc. And then sign up so I can say I was on mtbr.com before you. - Sue Radd
Cannondale all the way. Depending on how "mountain" you want. You may want to look at a hybrid. Road tires are so much easier to push. - Hans
Hans: I'm going to be mostly on dirt, but doubt I'll go out in the mud very often, so hybrid might be OK. I like the traction I get with knobby tires, though. - Robert Scoble
I have had a Specialized for almost twenty years. no shox or special suspension but worked great on bumpy Volcano dirt trails near Bend Oregon last summer. - Dave Blockhus
7 pages of them on Craigslist - http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search... - John Rubier
Specialized has always been my favorite bike brand - Jesse Stay
I also vote for canondale I have one that is 15+years old and I am a heavy rider (270) in total time owned other then tune ups 2 repairs shifter and BB axle. AWESOME AMERICAN BIKE CO. - zac_in_ak
I do have to say that friendfeed is demonstrating something very killer here: real time product feedback. I'm writing a blog post about this. - Robert Scoble
Yo Dawg, I heard you're looking for a bike. Get a Kona Dawg. http://www.konaworld.com/09_dawg... So you can ride while you ride. Seriously great bikes though. - Andrew Smith
Sorry, but I have to lobby for the Trance, 'cause that's what I ride. (modded earlier model to add disc brakes and a better Fox fork.) :-) http://tinyurl.com/cl4moa - Sue Radd
Chris: so now I have to decide whether to go Cannondale or Trek or Specialized. You all are no help! :-) - Robert Scoble
I would go with the bike that you feel most comfortable on. It is all a matter of preference. Every rider has a different riding style, body type, etc. I own a trek fuel ex8...good all around bike! I've also have two Kona hardtails, which are bomb proof! Visit your local bike shop and let them know your budget, and the type of riding you will be doing. Try as many as you can...once you sit on the bike, you will know in the first 5min. Like an interview! Ha! - nilo ayson
Can't go wrong with Specialized and Trek. Heck, go with Trek to feel some solidarity with Lance! - Troy Malone
I'd recommend a Trek. I've beaten the heck out of those things on the trails, and they just last and ask for more. Seems the 6 series are in your price range http://www.trekbikes.com/us... - Al
It really depends what you want to do. Where do you want to ride? With friends and family around some trails or do you want to do some more serious cross-country or downhill mountain biking. Either way resist getting something with dual suspention in that price range - it's slow & heavy and junky. Kona's a better value and you might want to look at the speedy street/trail friendly DR DEW http://www.konaworld.com/09_drde... or the more KULA http://www.konaworld.com/09_kula... - PS) Live to ride! - Adam Horne
I just bought a new Trek 4300. Its a nice cost-for-value solution - they are good for not-yet-professionals, yet hold up nicely even for heavy-set riders (me :)) - Yariv Zur
Victor: why? My friends are here. They aren't on hunch. I trust the people here on friendfeed and Twitter a lot more than on Hunch. - Robert Scoble
Other than Kona, I'd also recommend Rocky Mountain Bikes. Both brands huge here in Whistler. Maybe look at this one http://www.bikes.com/main+en... - Andrew Smith
you said great, now you have to pick between a cannondale, a trek, and a specialized mountain bike. That's not a problem, I actually test road all 3 at the sea otter on thursday and they are all great bike companies. The answer to chose between the three is easy. Go to your local friendly neighborhood bike shop and see which one of the three they carry. - Ilya Rivkin
Look for a Cross Country frame for light trail riding. They're usually lighter and position your body better for longer distances. Dual Suspension often have more aggressive downhill frame geometries. - timmann
You know, given that every single good MTB is going to have some mix of Shimano and SRAM parts, have suspension from a small group of companies, is made in a small selection of factories in Taiwan, etc. I think it's mostly about which one happens to be available at a nice place with non-asshole salesfolk and happens to fit you the best. - Wirehead
Oh, and unless you are in the mud, knobby tire traction is an illusion. I've gone through all sorts of bay area mountain biking trails and not once have I said "Gee, the knob between my legs isn't enough. I need a bunch of knobs on my tires!" But, given that most Hybrids are intended to be riden a maximum of 500 miles before being thrown out, you might just want to get a nice MTB and then change the tires out afterwards. - Wirehead
Ryan: here's th thing about friendfeed, though. If you ask a question and I "like" it, it goes to the same people who would see my own question. So, do you need 90,000 followers or only one follower? - Robert Scoble
Pretty interesting to see how this worked--asking for feedback. I ride a Trek Fuel EX7--probably above the range you set but not by much. My wife bought it for me asking all her mtb friends. She does XTERRA races. She was told and I agree, it was well worth the extra money to step up from the EX 5.5. And as someone said, Lance rides Treks. He road a Top Fuel at last years Leadville 100. - Bob McAllaster
I'd go with either Santa Cruz or Scott, they offer real pro bikes in wide range of levels. Oh, and Robert, I'm so waiting for the video of Scoble Doing Downhill. - Nir Ben Yona
Nir: in the $1,500 level? Trek seems better at that level than the others. - Robert Scoble
Robert: I was riding pro for many years. With bikes, you can put 5 people in a room and hear 10 different opinions. My first advice would be to go and test each one of the models for yourself. Second, is to get the exact size that fits your body (very important). Third, buy the right accessories. Fourth, join a group at your level. Finally, Trek are good, no doubt, but IMHO Scott are better, but yet again, go and ask for a test ride. - Nir Ben Yona
One more thing: if you're planning a trail ride, dual suspension won't be good. Make sure you can lock the rear suspension, otherwise it would take extra energy from you. - Nir Ben Yona
Nir: but it's a lot more comfortable. I tried that out already. - Robert Scoble
Robert: It is ! but if you ride 20 miles of flat trail, the rear suspension will force you to put more effort, that's why you should buy dual suspension with locking option. As for the gears, you won't need XTR, i think that XT will be enough at this point. - Nir Ben Yona
Robert, I took this Giant Anthem 1, some crazy places in the European Alps over 2500km and all I got was one flat. http://is.gd/tpjL http://is.gd/tplp. If you are after a smooth rolling dual suspension with propedal rear shock for 'widish' forest tracks and 'smoothish' single track I think this would be ideal. - Jan Zimak
Robert; a hard question to answer without substantially more information. Generally if you stick with the top brands you will get a good bike but, to get one that is best suited to your riding style and terrain the best approach would be to contact your local mountain bike club and ask which are the most reputable bike shops. the go to 2-3 of them to get their advice/recommendation. Word of warning: unless the sales person wants to know a lot about you, your interests and where/how you ride. walk away. - Wayne Blackshaw
Robert, you definitely want a hard-tail (i.e front suspension only) for flat trail riding. If comfort is an issue, replace the stock saddle with a really good foam-gel-filled model that has a cutaway to reduce pressure on the crotch. Also, padded short/pant liner for added cushioning. Also, I would suggest you get a model with click gear shifters, rather than the twist variety. In my experience, shifting on the fly is much smoother and easier with the click variety. - Phil Essing
Phil: I'll take another look, but I dramatically liked the ones with dual suspension better. - Robert Scoble
Robert: well, then, definitely follow the advice of those who suggest a model with a lockable rear-suspension. My advice on saddle replacement and padded short/pant liners stands. For longer duration riding, rear suspension will do nothing to ease the comfort in the crotch and seat-bone areas. - Phil Essing
Phil: cool. the trail I'll be on most has some up and down, some ruts, 30% asphalt, 70% dirt/gravel. I doubt I'd be riding more than an hour very often. I'm not that kind of guy. Someday, if I really get into it, maybe, but I'm at least two years away from that and probably never. Got two kids, so getting more than an hour for exercise is going to be very tough until they are older. - Robert Scoble
Robert: Sounds like the terrain mix that I mostly ride. One last bit of advice: never ride without an emergency kit. Get a strap on tire pump, and a saddle bag that you can stuff with a multi-tool, two or three tire levers, spare inner-tube, and a pair of latex gloves. Why the gloves? For that inevitable moment when, while shifting, your chain derails. With the gloves, you can quickly get that chain back in place without getting your hands all messed-up with grease. - Phil Essing
Oh, and if you're the DIY type, here's a site you're going to definitely want to bookmark: http://bicycletutor.com/ Lots of great video tutorials on how to maintain and care for your new trusty steed. - Phil Essing
+1 for the tips Phil, I second every word. Another good place to find relevant stuff is here: http://forums.mtbr.com - Nir Ben Yona
Nir Ben Yona: Been lurking on those forums for quite some time. Definitely, another great source of info for the MTB'er. - Phil Essing
Get a double bike trailer and take your two lovelies along for the ride. - Ken Oatman
Love my Gary Fisher. Have had it for 15 years. Indestructible. - Jeff
My top picks are Sta Cruz Blur XC or Giant Trance. You should also look at 29ers (29" wheels instead of 26"). They are all the rage and make riding over obstacles even easier. - Craig Villamor
You have a lot of good feedback so far. I bought a Trek 4300 (hardtail) 5 years ago and love it. Have upgraded almost all the components, but the lightweight aluminum frame is durable and pretty light. If I was in the market for a new full suspension, I'd look at the Trek FuelEX or Gary Fisher full suspension. You might rethink your hardtail/FS decision. You'll get better components for your $ with a hardtail, and less maintenance. If you go FS you may want to up your budget to $1500 to $2000. - Charles Hanskat
I'm a mountain biker, go check out http://pinkbike.com + http://jehlebikes.com + http://www.chainreactioncycles.com ... I would recommend Scott, Santa Cruz, Specialized. - Apostolos Papadopoulos
oh, and i want to see photos on flickr pls :D heh - Apostolos Papadopoulos
Many good choices from Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, etc. The key is getting the proper fit. Go to a decent (not high end) independent bike shop like Valencia Cyclery in SF (valenciacyclery.com). If you join the SF Bike Coalition (sfbike.com), most SF bike shops will give you a discount, too. You can often find a great deal on last year's models, too. Bike to Work Day is May 14th, so now is the time.... - Tony Wasserman
Salcano Bike is good. - N.Onur ATAHAN
Yep...don't even bother with anything other than Santa Cruz. It's what my friend Chris uses and he does 24 hour mountain bike races. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Robert: I'm in San Mateo and ride Purisima Creek Road (starting from the Skyline Side) pretty frequently. Lots of good riding in MPROSD preserves. DM me if you ever want to ride. I'm slow and non-threatening, I promise. - Sue Radd
What do you want to ride? Bike path, singletrack, doubletrack, downhill, etc... - Chris Greene
Robert, looked at your description of trails and riding conditions above and here's my most sage advice. BUY THE BIKE THAT FITS! - Don - Chris Greene
't listen to anyone that's telling you a model. Go ride some Treks, Specialized, Cannondale whatever features you like and settle on something that fits you and i comfortable. - Chris Greene
I wouldn't go fancy with suspension (front fork will do). And no need for exotic materials until you start racing (stay away from carbon fiber). If you start to pound singletrack the mainline brands (Trek, Spec, Cannon) will all fall apart on you. Buy something with a good kit (Shimano LX, XT), and again be comfortable and nice fitting. You can only decide this by test riding bikes. Don't mistake mountain biking with a mountain bike. - Chris Greene
If you are only going to ride the coastal roads in HMB or bike paths, a mountain bike is not the right way to go. - Chris Greene
- peace out - Chris Greene
Chris: except I have mountain trails all around me. - Robert Scoble
I've never had a bad experience with a Gary Fisher bike. - Tsali - A dude man
Robert: I know you do. The question is do you really ride them? If yes, then I think a god hardtail THAT FITS with a nice fork is a good choice for you. If you don't ride them and think you might, I would suggest you start off with something better suited to the stuff you do ride. The range of stuff in HMB can go from easy climbs and bike paths to super gnarly stuff on Montara Mtn. that's the kind of things I've ridden with a 50LB dual suspension bike with 10" of travel. - Chris Greene
Robert: ....my first mtn bike was a aluminum hardtail and was great for a couple of years. When I obsessed about it I upgraded. If I had never gone down the pro road I would have been fine with that simple bike for the rest of my days. The problem was that you can never "make" an expensive or simple bike fit you and it will not be fun. - Chris Greene
I had a Cannondale. Nearly took my eye out mountainbiking and falling over a cactus, so I stopped. - Francine Hardaway
Just got a new Trek! Love Trek and Giant. - Corey Marthaller from Nambu
forget the mountain bike, buy a euro style bike like the following and ride in normal clothes every day somewhere! Far better to do 1-10km every day than 50km on a sat or sun, I do 10km a day on my swiss bike and am in the best shape ever: http://usa.batavus.com/ http://www.civiacycles.com/civiaco... text me if you need further euro bike buying advice :-) ! …Roland +1 604 729 7924 - Roland Tanglao
Speak to your local bike shop. The support they will provide when things go wrong or you want to upgrade is worthwhile. You can also try the bike which is important. The larger manufacturers can probably get you a better set of components for the money but it will be less unique. Trek, Marin, Specialized are all good in my opinion. How you feel on the bike and the dealer support are more important to a new biker in my opinion, assuming you are fairly new to this? - Andrew Edwards
Robert: Andrew Edwards comment just above is great advice: find a shop you like and trust, the best result will come from that. Also key, and already said: get a bike that fits, from a shop that understands fit. There aren't many bad bikes made anymore, especially in the $1000 and up price range. That said, I work at Specialized, and follow you on twitter, so DM me if you want to talk more. @matthewscd - matthewscd
fookinner - Robert Scoble
Robert: Specialized Stump Jumper. http://tinyurl.com/owcdfw I have bought this bike 2x ( the first one was stolen out of my garage) It is way more than I will ever use as I like to ride around SF and to the North Bay, but have taken it down nutty trail rides in Tahoe as well. It certainly has the "you know your bikes" quality as whenever I take it to get tunes up the gearheads always... more... - Kevin Murray
Well, did you get one??? My advice is similar to a couple others. Work with a local bike shop who works with you to FIT you on a bike. More than anything else, finding a bike and tuning it to your body and riding style will go farther than anything to make it an enjoyable sport. - Dave Ploch
What type of riding do you want to do? XC or downhill. There's a significant difference in bike design and tech between the two. I'm an XC rider myself and rode a Santa Cruz superlight before switching to a KHS 904r. Both are dual suspension. I would highly recommend dual over a hardtail. Superior handling, climbing and comfort on those 100km rides. - Troy Forster
Wow Building 43 really is as big as Area 51! - Jan Simmonds
Cannondale Bay Boy Ultra is what I have. comes with nice road rims and front shock is in the head tube and can be turned on and off and has disc brakes. I bought a separate set of mountain bike rims and they swap on and off easily. Two bikes for the price of 1.5 - Dave Evans
Robert, I spend my whole life thinking about questions like this. The correct answer for you is "Gary Fisher HiFi." And also you need to start reading my blog: fatcyclist.com. - Elden Nelson
$799 Montague Paratrooper used by the Army. http://www.montagueco.com/bikes... - Francis Estrada
so will Cannondale sponsor the discussion? And if they do, won't that undermine the nature and quality of the discussion - andrewkeen
good luck everyone - andrewkeen
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Robert Scoble
I promise not to talk about friendfeed or Twitter for a week, but you need to help. Click here and tell me the most underhyped tech:
The most underhyped tech is the emerging social web - and the tools that make it possible. Lijit, Feedjit, JS-Kit, AddThis, ShareThis - these widgets will turn sites/blogs into the distributed social web - Chris Saad
Twitter plays a part - it's the status updates, FriendFeed does too, it's the Facebook news Feed - they are not the same thing though and one does not replace the other - Chris Saad
Good luck...that's impossible. - Mark Krynsky
My favorite underhyped site would be TheSixtyOne http://www.thesixtyone.com/ ( Last.fm + Digg like features ) - arjo
I'm developing the most under hyped tech... cos no one knows what it is yet. Watch this space ;) - Justin Vincent
Java is the most underhyped tech because most people are using it to actually get things done - Peter Kelley
I think Geni is underhyped. - Mike Doeff
My favorite underhyped company is GupShup, which stands for "chit chat" in India. They got to 20 million users in two years. Twitter took more time to reach that many users. http://www.smsgupshup.com/ CEO is Beerud Sheth. Why haven't you heard of them? Because they built SMS systems for India that many are calling the Twitter of India (they use SMS, because that's what most people in the Indian market use, most aren't on the Web). - Robert Scoble
Mike, that's funny, because I had dinner with David Sacks, CEO of Geni tonight. - Robert Scoble
Change your word for 'goal': 'goal' has 70% success rate, so use "promise", which has 98%. ~ Bill Bartmann - Özgür Yüksel
Not truly underhyped, but can't believe they are cutting jobs at flickr. Sharing photos; beauty, humor, creativity, via inspiring imagery in a social network is a more valuable resource than ever at a time when we are spending more and more time reading zillions of words online! ;-) - Elizabeth Good
Elizabeth: Flickr never figured out how to make money or bring more users into the Yahoo family. That's what happens. - Robert Scoble
Mike: Agree about Geni - it is really a great site - Peter Kelley
Robert, wow - that's a coincidence. Did he mention anything about a Geni iPhone app? They really need one. - Mike Doeff
Maybe online multiplayer games in browsers? People go crazy about the "live web" with FF etc, but some of these games have 100,000's of users playing at once, in browsers. - Nick Lothian
Mike: I'll ask him tomorrow. - Robert Scoble
Thanks Robert. - Mike Doeff
Sad, I still hope flickr gets it right, but I don't know about the economic (or tech) end of nuttin;! Just a happy tweeter. Thanks for all your good work! - Elizabeth Good
Um... I would like to know about printing services. Everything from Apple's iPhoto book printing and Blurb to corporate printing services and Moo cards. - Johnny
I knew it would be hard for all of us to think about things that aren't Twitter or friendfeed. :-) - Robert Scoble
Well I did. Do I get a prize? - Elizabeth Good
Diego: I think you are the first person in history to actually try to claim that the iPhone is underhyped. :-) - Robert Scoble
In what language? :-) Now seriously, I am interested in technology fostering real-time collaboration - beyond real-time sharing. Or simply framing the ff and tw platforms for such. I am also interested in social marketplaces. Any talk, thoughts, interviews, discoveries about these would be interesting to hear about. - Jose Arocha
Nokia e71: Great Phone, it just works - Peter Kelley
Online storage for Podcasting and file hosting... From the point of two guys doing it with practically no budget. Maybe a profile on Leo's TWiT Cottage? - Johnny
Jay: my first interview at PodTech was with Printing for Less. Did you know the founder there was my mom's car mechanic? True story. - Robert Scoble
Peter: it's been awhile since I hyped up a Nokia phone. I like the N79 I have, but I'm really waiting for the N98. - Robert Scoble
PeopleBrowsr. - Gregg Scott
lol!. Ah yes, that underhyped iPhone...now where did I hear of that? I think I knew someone once? - Elizabeth Good
I think FreeBSD and VB.NET. Both awesome technologies (though on different spectrums) and both don't get nearly enough attention. - Anthony Papillion
How about the tools the next generation are using eg my 11yr old who spends the entire day on stardoll.com 30 million+ members, blogging, forums, commerce, social network? - David Eedle
Robert, you're at the bleeding edge... instead of trying to hype up something that's just not there yet, why not speculate for us what you see in the future as web 3.0 or even what you see as web 2.5? Perhaps you could tell us based on what you've seen, what you feel is missing and should be created to move us to the next level? - Chris Aldrich
What about Ning? - Bob McAllaster
There are lots of Facebook apps, and Connect apps out there - Jesse Stay
Mail, and the mail address, is seriously underhyped. It is an amazingingly well design foundation, that's still a big part of all new services. Wherever you sign up, you always need at least email. Unique identifier in a box, and a lot of possibilities to come from that. I would like to know how many mails are sent every day from services like your favourites - or Facebook for that matter. - Joakim Jardenberg
medicine - rob
Anything having to do with "contact aggregation". chi.mp, for example, is sort of heading in the right direction, but isn't there yet. Plaxo could be well positioned to do it, but isn't for some reason. And if there are any other players out there I don't know about, they're most likely underhyped. - Grey Drane
How about checking the Israeli scene in the meantime? http://www.go2web20.net/#tag:is... - Orli Yakuel
foldier - of course - my startup. RSS reader meets social networking, meets microblogging. http://www.foldier.com - Michele Ursino
@scobleizer as a suggessition, here's a challenge :) don't hype up friendfeed or twitter, but tell us (/hype us) about the "ways" in which people are using these two technologies to change their lives / businesses / morals / etc... - simran
oh yeah... and of course, do tell more about virtual worlds... and what IBM is doing with them... and whatever happened to SecondLife hype... me thinks there is gold in there somewhere... - simran
Umap, kartoo, any analytical tool - Estelle Metayer
Windows Mobile 6.5 & 7. And the possibility of Microsoft and Verizon working together on an iPhone killer. - Chris Charabaruk
Android. It's got its growing pains, but I think its distribution in the next couple of years will surprise a lot of people. I suspect that Android will be most people's first smartphone OS. - Stefan Moluf
At last! Robert Scoble decides to take a break away from this :p... how about a week of ShareThis? - Sardar Mohkim Khan
deep brain stimulation seems underhyped to me http://www.iplant.eu/implant... - Christopher Harris
Most underhyped tech would be "context sensitive conversation" Anybody successful at that would see his enterprise surviving for the next 30 years. - ThinkEzy
Take a look at the sleek and cool socialect.com. I bet you are going to like the Geo-tagging features. Being pilot-tested in tiny Kathmandu, Nepal right now :-) - Freddie Benjamin
i rekon this is one of the best question scoble's asked... prompted his "smart user base" to point out numerous other things... :) btw, i think biotech is underhyped too... oh, and take a look at some bleeding edge technologies, such as "the real time virtual earth"... wave your hand outside your window, and see it in real time on google earth... possible? should be (hint: webcams all over the place?)... surely someone is looking at stuff like that too... - simran
This week it's definitely www.xero.com - takes the world's most boring and arcane practice (bookkeeping & accounting) and makes it useable, sexy and simple for small businesses. - Brian MacSweeney
I think innovid is totally underhyped. This company is the future of video content, allowing Integration of brand advertising into video, transforming it into an interactive experience for viewers to engage with. http://www.innovid.com/ - Nir Ben Yona
Visual Basic .NET - Zian Choy
The most under hyped topic having the most impact for the US tech industry and all of the US media industry is discussed in a FreindFeed room. http://friendfeed.com/rooms... . It's called the National Broadband Plan and is underconstruction now at the FCC. - Debi Jones
Pen & Paper.. still rocks... - Sebastiaan van den Akker
Semantic Web apps - William Mougayar
Apple Products :) - AlpB.
Seesmic Desktop for Twitter - Ryan Gerritsen
FF needs to begin to apply a formula to comments much like they do the regular feed so i can read the most RELEVANT, CONTEXTUAL, and INTELLIGENT comments, instead of all 66 - stanleyyork
The semantic web and apps like Ubiquity. - Martha
Inductive chargers for all (y)our gadgets like the eCoupled charger for the iPhone or Wildcharge for several cell phones. No wires! - Gaby K. Slezák
Green desktops. For example, the cherry pal was a great way for beginners to purchase a small sized desktop with a Linux distribution already installed and working. While incremental, the technology does not get much attention. Go green :) - LPH™ and his dog P™
Deep Packet Inspection. The network really can watch everything you do. Sometimes it is for Good (watching for malware), sometimes definitely evil (looking for violations of government censorship , or for reasons to charge you more money), and sometimes just invisible (watching for clues to better target ads to you). - DGentry
stuff on code.google.com such as their chart API's and stuff... the stuff that powers the stuff that powers many web apps - simran
I second the nokia E71 comment... own it and love it, awesome phone. Robert you mean Nokia N97 right ? - Kashif Khan
It's time to hype micropayments again. A lot has changed since the last hype cycle. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Skitch.com :) - Cris Pearson
Thank the gods, I was going to have to unfollow you if there kept being 30 Likes daily about yet another twittool. I'd say IPV6 or HTML5, since they touch a lot of things but aren't hyped anywhere beyond fairly small circles so far. That, or email clients: where in the world is a desktop email client that is simultaneously powerful, but also truly user-friendly? Email runs the world, but clients are still typically poor UI (compared to browsers). - Shane Curcuru
Robert, can you ask David Sacks when GEDCOM imports will be added? No way I am re-typing years of research that my family has developed. - Lee
Lee: I'll try to find him today. Hopefully he's still here. - Robert Scoble
The mobile platform called Symbian... - Kasper Sorensen
Zee has some links to the World Superhero Registry. Obviously you should go undercover. http://friendfeed.com/zee... - Kevin Kuphal
pixelpipe, mybloglog, backtype - Bryan R. Adams
VB.Net? Seriously? I must say, real .NET programmers use C# :-) - andy brudtkuhl
me, I'm the most underhyped tech and have been since '88. After you of course. - D Lets
semantic web - mike "glemak" dunn
The JASEzone! http://www.jasezone.com - Keith
http://www.scorple.com is fantastic. seriously. - chrisofspades
How about EVERY web provider/server in the USA would /have to/ carry a code, leading to the top of the government /agency/ies/, and when the very major disaster or emergency strikes, these webpods would become functional and spring on EVERY screen in the country? ..maybe location aware for lesser events .... http://friendfeed.com/alerts24 ----upd---- because if there is an earthquake in my town, i want web application that would shake my monitor and chair BEFORE the REAL shaking starts :] - pb:
Watching you on Strategy Room's Gadget and Games right now and you talked about FF so...you broke your promise. But I'm glad you did because that's how I found out about FF just now. Awesome interview. Learned more about the Flip Ultra HD Cam from your insights too. - Joe M.
Augmented reality as seen in this GE site are pretty cool. http://ge.ecomagination.com/smartgr... - Andrew Smith
Also wondering if smart home technology has moved any further than the x10 stuff from a while ago. - Andrew Smith
I agree with Shane @TheASF, HTML5 doesn't seem to be getting much hype. But also have to thank @jworthington for opening the printing door. - Rick Bucich
HTML5, 3D rendering, high performance JS, and how the browser -- behind the scenes -- is turning into a very different and more useful thing than it was 5 years ago. - Daniel Dulitz
Urban Informatics and Biomapping. - Eric Rice
Robert, you are exposed to a lot of technology and innovations that the rest of us aren't and you surround yourself with the movers and shakers of tech when the rest of us don't have that opportunity. You've got a unique perspective on where it's all headed. So my challenge to you is to chronicle what a day in the life of an "early adopter" is going to look like in 2 years, or 5... more... - Lindsay
feedly - you know about them already but they are doing great things.. - Riaz Kanani
Google App Engine, PhoneGap. I am not sure that they are under hyped but they have big growth potential. When the Palm Pre is out, I think that there is an opportunity for someone like you to drive the IPhone SDK 3 vs Palm Pre SDK and see if the open web approach taken by Palm can stack up against the native approach taken by Apple - a kind of Channel 9 for these technologies. - Edwin Khodabakchian
Can anyone calculate the ratio of people who responded with a technology/tech movement vs. specific software apps? I'm too lazy to do it, plus I think it would be an interesting dataset. - Eric Rice
Augmented Reality and what it means for everyday life, learning and future gaming. Geo-tagging photos/media crossed with social media. 3D printing/manufacturing. - JoEllen
+10 Dave. - Nir Ben Yona
@Lindsay what kind of hardware will we carry around in 2 years?.my take: 4-8 inch display. all else will be in the cloud around us. .... 10 years? - nothing. ..... images, information will be directly fed into our brains, into our eyes, senses ... WE will be in the cloud/s :] ..... high upthere - pb:
saw a Ted talk on Ushahidi, a mashup created by Kenyan for Africans, worth hyping - Kim Landwehr
Chairs are a very underhyped technology. The difference between a great office chair and an average one is huge. Spread the word! The same goes for multiple huge monitors. - Kevin
Gravity. It's awesome. Whoever invented it must be rich! - Simon T Small
dial2do - Eric Standlee
Brain Machine Interface, BMI technology. Its the future and its here. I wrote a sci-fi around it, you can preview it for free at https://www.createspace.com/pub... - I have no shame.;D - Monique
StumbleUpon. Yeah ti's established, but it's awesome and people don't talk about it much. Surprising but personalized on demand content delivery. - Ryan Dadey
Nokia n810 tethered to an unlimited cellphone web connection via bluetooth or the europe only skype cellphone. - Matthew Sauer
Are you in a head to head dual with @LeoLaporte . . . . prodded by John C D. ? - Matthew Sauer
Believe it or not, the dentist chair. I was in one for a cleaning when the damn thing went haywire with a deep grinding noise, horrible vibrations, sounding like a jet getting ready to take off. They had to kill the power at the breaker box. Was later told they had to replace the motherboard on the chair. Who knew? - Jim Espinoza
I know you had a family run-in with the Lindens, but Second Life still has a lot of participants, including a growing number of schools. And if you are looking for challenge and discovery, Second Life is not simply under-hyped, no, it's *regularly trashed* by The People Who Know Better. http://bit.ly/149JqH Are you one of 'em? Virtual worlds have so much potential ... - Walter Neary
underhypped tech. http://www.vooices.us I suppose, but I am slightly biased. - Paul Kinlan
clean water - tagami
Robert - Hey no fair holding back on FF and twitter... what's up with that ? Is Arrington threatening "intervention" blog posts again ;) - Susan Beebe
Rochester NY twitter peeps kept Time Warner from implementing greedy plan to implement "caps" on broadband usage with tiered billing structure which would have tripled most heavy users' monthly bills. NY Schumer and Rep Massa both defended our city. Time Warner backed off! Yeah for the power of Twitter and the people who use it!! :) Follow @JeffTWC - PR dude for Time Warner and @StopTWC as well - Susan Beebe
PANDORA - I still love Pandora, love discovering music via Pandora. Last.fm is good too. - Susan Beebe
@TweetStack - new iPhone app that effectively imported all my TweetDeck groups and provided rich powerful twitter client on my iPhone... amazing to have tweetdeck like features on the go now! - Susan Beebe
@Techrigy SM2 - Reputation Management software (Radian6 is competitor). Techrigy is a small startup here in Rochester, NY that recently got TechCrunched when their product was noticed for tracking over 1 billion conversations online (actually now up to 1.5 billion). Techrigy's SM2 product is like Google Alerts on steriods - go get a freemium account and try it...awesome! @aaronnewman is owner and one of my co-Founders for the Social Media Club - Rochester NY. Also, @cbensen is community mgr / conf. speaker - Susan Beebe
Focus on the B2B social apps, SEE THIS SLIDESHOW http://www.web-strategist.com/blog... - Jeremiah Owyang
Because we (as humans) tend to overestimate short term technological change while under-estimating the long term, I think you'll find that today's underhyped tech is often that which was overhyped in the past. For example, Linux-on-the-desktop. - Michael R. Bernstein
+1 Michael. The Linux-based desktop, in the age of Ubuntu and Android, is definitely going to make a big splash in the near future. Sure, there have been people saying that Windows netbooks are currently being preferred to Linux netbooks, but I think the tide will turn in the near future. - James Rishabh Mishra
The limitation of 3 apps on Windows7 based netbooks is going to drive that. - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
Search engines for sports, Broadway and concert tickets ;) - fansnap
Second Life. Yes, really! Come back. All is forgiven! Think of it as another channel where you can store stuff. The groups are cool too. - Prokofy Neva
OnLive - SaaS fits gaming even more than it fits enterprise. OnLive lets you play heavy games on a weak computer, it only requires a 6 mb connection - Kirill Bolgarov
Robert, how do you manage to read and reply to all these comments? - Kirill Bolgarov
Kirill: I have an iPhone and I type fast on it. :-) - Robert Scoble
I am in Safeway now getting milk for the baby! - Robert Scoble
pay per view blog posts - Lisa Schwartz
@scobleizer How about 12seconds.tv? They are extremely fun and addictive. It's like Twitter but with video - Shawn Hickman
Shawn: funny I was there today. Great team! - Robert Scoble
I'm impressed with BlogTalkRadio's Cinch. I think there's potential there. - Jesse Stay
How about Wolfram|Alpha [ http://friendfeed.com/leolapo... ]. Its not underhyped but you could add some of your own unique perspective - Arvind
Disqus? Cross-site deep social links/discussions would be nice. I'd hoped Disqus was doing this. - Jason Nunnelley
Wordpress! Love it so much as a cms - carson mehl
Robert, this was the last drop, the previous one was my tiny paper-thin sony ericsson w880i fallen apart=) I'm getting the bloody iphone - Kirill Bolgarov
from the really underhyped: Rejaw (Pownce Real Time derivation) now closing.. i mean, what is more underhyped than that? :P - Avatar X
One technology that I feel doesn't get enough love is xmpp. Why is it that aol/msn/yahoo instant message networks still remain isolated silos which do not intercommunicate; we solved this with email over 30 years ago. If they implement xmpp, they can finally open up and offer a federated network. - Jon
I though I understood AIM to be XMPP aware? (and um...skype should be in your list there! but there is a gateway for Skype: kakarta) - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
oh yeah, definitely Skype as well. They could implement Jingle and interoperate with Google Talk as well - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Jon
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