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Thomas Amberg
Facilitating the Integration and Interaction of Real-World Services for the Web of Things (PDF) -
AutoWoT offers a generic way of modeling Web resources and automatically builds web server components which expose the functionality of such digitally augmented devices. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
There’s a lot of talk about the Outerweb right now. It’s a great term and way of looking at what augmented reality, or “AR” might mean but I think it goes beyond this and the clever people at TrendOne have encapsulated this as “the explosion of the internet into the real world.” - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Symbian: A Lesson on the Wrong Way to Use Open Source -
Open source can be used to inspire and complement successful products. It can accelerate momentum. What it can’t do is resurrect dying technology products. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
A New York teen with a passion for electronics and serious initiative got tired of waiting for white iPhone 4s. So he skipped Apple and ordered the necessary parts from Foxconn. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
The Underlying Technology of Messages | Facebook -
The current Messages infrastructure handles over 350 million users sending over 15 billion person-to-person messages per month. Our chat service supports over 300 million users who send over 120 billion messages per month - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Researchers at EPFL and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics announced the discovery of a method for coupling photons and mechanical vibrations that could have numerous applications in telecommunications and quantum information technologies. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
There is one simple reason that I'm leaving academia: I simply love work I'm doing at Google. I get to hack all day, working on problems that are orders of magnitude larger and more interesting than I can work on at any university - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Meet the New Enterprise Customer -
In the old days (before the Internet), no technology products were free, because distribution costs made it impossible to offer anything without some commitment from the end customer. As a result, new technology adoption generally started with the deepest pockets (the military) and worked its way down to the shallowest pockets (the consumer). Since the introduction of the Internet, many technology products can be distributed for free, and therefore have some free or free trial version. Interestingly, the order of adoption now follows decision-making speed rather than deep pockets. That is, consumers who can decide very quickly adopt first and the military—which has a notoriously complex decision making process—adopts last. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg Human Stories from Prison -
snail-mail-to-blogs transcription service for prisoners - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Where the semantic web stumbled, linked data will succeed - O'Reilly Radar -
Facebook's OpenGraph Protocol is neither open nor a protocol. It is, however, an extremely straightforward and applicable standard for document metadata. From a strictly semantic viewpoint, OpenGraph is considered hardly worthy of comment: it is a frankenstandard, a mishmash of microformats and loosely-typed entities, lobbed casually into the semantic web world with hardly a backward glance. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Code Monkeyism: Scala is Unfit for Serious Development -
Odersky: I am about to take a leave from university and found a startup to do commercial Scala support. I am taking some of the key Scala developers with me. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Java, MySQL, Oracle and Apple -
Nobody in their right mind would tie themselves to the mast of Larry Ellison's boat when creating a new major software ecosystem (say, for the "web of things" or machine to machine applications). - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Automatically Slice Your 3D Model for Lasercutting « Ponoko – Blog -
Slicer3 is a handy, free plugin for Google SketchUp that does pretty much what it sounds like. It will take any solid 3D model and turn it into slices that follow the contours of the form. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Gmail creator Paul Buchheit leaves Facebook for Y Combinator | VentureBeat -
Death blow for FriendFeed? - Thomas Amberg
Paul Buchheit
Y Combinator announces two new partners, Paul Buchheit and Harj Taggar -
"We're delighted to announce that Y Combinator is getting two new partners, the first we've added since we started YC in 2005. In case anyone doesn't already know who he is, Paul Buchheit was responsible for three of the best things Google has done: he wrote GMail, built the original prototype of AdSense, and came up with the phrase "Don't be evil." After leaving Google he started FriendFeed, which last year became Facebook's largest acquisition to date. He's a good friend as well as one of the world's best hackers; for years we've considered him an honorary YC partner. We hired Harj Taggar earlier this year to work advising startups alongside me. He wasn't technically a partner, but we quickly realized that he was one de facto—that among us his opinion carried as much weight as any of ours—and that it would be mean of us to delay recognizing this officially. Harj's arrival significantly improved how well YC operated. He's a large part of the reason we were able to fund 36 startups in the summer 2010 cycle." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Congratulations, Paul! - Ross Miller
Cheers Paul. Awesome partnership. - Christopher Galtenberg
Congratulations, Paul!!! - AJ Batac
Would love if you guys devised a new concept: 2nd-shift startup. Many of us are working jobs we need and/or love, but are trying to build a new thing in the background. Having a bit of money, support, and networking would make all the difference. We're completely alone until we make the big leap. And many with families and bills can't think about leaping into Paul G's YC experience. - Christopher Galtenberg
Congrats, Paul! - Andrew Terry
Congrats! - Barbara R. S.
Congrats Paul. Are you going to do that *and* stay at Facebook? And have time for the family? - Joe Beda
You have to stay at Facebook at least long enough to get that damn search fixed! - Gabe
No, I'll be leaving Facebook to join YC. - Paul Buchheit
Also, I made some search changes a few days ago so it should be working a little better now. - Paul Buchheit
Congrats and best of luck to you at YC. Sorry to hear you won't be able to make further FF tweaks in the future, though! - Stephen Mack
Paul, was one of the changes preventing people who aren't logged in from searching? I can't believe that would have as much of an effect on search as it may have been. - Akiva
Congratulations! - Eric Florenzano
Wow. So much for our hope of Buchheit/Taylor running FB! - Christopher Galtenberg
YC to acquire FB, circa 2013. - Stephen Mack
Congrats - Rodfather
This is fantastic news. You're in the right place, Paul. - Louis Gray from Android
Congrats Paul! - DJ Stevie Steve
congrats paul - testbeta
Congratulations Paul! - Atul Arora
Wow, congrats, but I didn't realize you're leaving Facebook. Wow. - Robert Scoble
Congratulations! - Anne Bouey
It's interesting. I remember seeing you shortly after you sold FriendFeed and hearing you advise a startup on what they should do. I thought you were great at that, and I guess that is a real passion. YCombinator is an amazing organization, can't wait to see what you do there. - Robert Scoble
Congrats! - John (bird whisperer)
Right on, Robert. - Bruce Lewis
Congratulations on following your heart! - Kevin Fox
I'm also wondering if this has any impact on FriendFeed. Certainly there's one fewer voice inside FriendFeed protecting the service. I wonder if Paul can tell the community now what he expects to happen to the service. Already a good chunk of the FriendFeed team has left. - Robert Scoble
Paul: I doubt you can answer this one, either, but I'd love to know what it is about Facebook that is already pushing away entrepreneurial types. It looks like it's becoming a big company, with all the politics and such. I was expecting you to make a much bigger impact there long term than it looks like you've been able to make. Want to come on camera to explain why things didn't work out? - Robert Scoble
I second that, I'd like it if he could talk. \o, - Zu from AOD
Congrats! But who will be looking after the Friendfeed servers now? *sorry to be so selfish* - Eric - ill subliminal
Robert, it has less to do with Facebook and more to do with me. I'm just more excited about helping new entrepreneurs create the next Facebook or Google. I'd be glad to chat sometime. - Paul Buchheit
Great news on one hand since you could do so much to help others but, sad news on the other since I felt you were a very positive force in Facebook's continuing development. - AJ Kohn
Awesomeness!!! Congrats Paul!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Now you can create the next Friendfeed. - CristianConti
Fantastic Paul - Y Combinator is becoming a bigger force. Congrats to you. - Hutch Carpenter
good luck! :) - salaros
This seems like the perfect job for you - have fun! (and thanks for fixing the search ... I thought that might have been Ben G. ... make sure he knows how to do it mmmkay??) - Laura Norvig
Congratulations Paul - Shakeel Mahate
congratulations, this is huge! :) - Oguz Serdar
Excellent! Nicely done. - Jim: meatvalve.
Paul, once we get cottages up, we'd love to house start-up guys for free from time to time as part of our artist in residence program. - SAM
Congratulations, Paul! - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Best news of the day! - Bo Stern
Paul, congratulations! The excitement is palpable - we're happy for you that your desire and opportunity can be so well matched. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I'm ready for the cool. - Eric - ill subliminal
Congratulation and good luck, tell us something about FriendFeed.... - @zaps
congratulations - kang
What will this mean for FF? Just curious - LANjackal
Obi-Ben Kenolub is now our only hope. - Josh Haley
Not sure LAN, that was my first worry. It's a Facebook property though, so I don't know if Paul can do anything with it now. Not sure. - Eric - ill subliminal from iPhone
Paul, now I need to share with you my next world-changing idea (seriously). Congrats! (is this the butterfly? ;-) ) - Jesse Stay
Congrats Paul! Right move. You are going to the right place. - vivekian
Surprise move, nice move. - Lizunlong
Congrats Paul - hope it goes well for you - Martha
Congrats Paul! - imabonehead
Good on you Paul. - Daniel Collins
Cheers.,. - OT
Thomas Amberg
SIAT Body Interface Showcase at IDMAa 2010 - Fashioning Technology -
Parasite is a wearable electronic garment that explores the idea of symbiotic relationships with technology. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Novartis' Pill Microchip Enables Remote Monitoring of Drug Dosage and Efficacy -
the Ingestible Event Marker (IEM), a specialized microchip which the company plans to add to pills. When a patient ingests an IEM-enhanced pill, their stomach acids activate the microchip, which then sends data such as heart rate, temperature, and body movements to a dermal patch via Bluetooth connectivity. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Whitepaper at Public Knowledge - MakerBot Industries -
The guys over at have just released a new white paper covering current legal intellectual properties issues and discussing how they relate to developments in 3D printing and DIY tech:1 - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
The Spinneret Web Server is an Ethernet based development board for the Propeller microcontroller. Web page content, files, and logs can be stored on a MicroSD card. The serial EEPROM has 32 KB for storing a Propeller program and 32 KB for non-volatile data storage, independent of the MicroSD card. There is a real-time clock controller for time stamping files and events and a backup capacitor that will keep the clock running through extended power outages. There is a serial programming header and two auxiliary I/O connections, one for level-shifted open collector communications over a three-pin data/power/ground cable, and a the second is a 12-pin socket for direct 3.3 volt I/O connections. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Open Kinect driver(s) released -
less than a week after the bounty for developing an open source driver for Microsoft's Kinect controller was announced, it is claimed. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Arduino And Flash Tutorials -
introducing Arduino as the Physical counterpart of that high-level, client-friendly, closed-source, wonderful software which is Adobe Flash. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Scratch Team Blog: Scratch on the iPhone -
We're disappointed that Apple decided not to allow a Scratch player on the iPhone or iPad (as part of Apple's policy against apps that interpret or execute code). As we see it, there is nothing more important than empowering the next generation of kids to design, create, and express themselves with new media technologies. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
investigate, define, develop, and demonstrate the core architectures and frameworks for future ambient systems. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
VoodooIO adopts a vision of the physical interface as a malleable material that can be shaped and adapted, rather than a device with a predetermined form or prescribed use. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Equator, now successfully concluded, was a six-year Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC), supported by the EPSRC, which focussed on the integration of physical and digital interaction. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Casensa - Assisted Living by Bell Labs -
Casensa - Assisted Living by Bell Labs
The Casensa Assisted Living prototype that was trialed with Elderly in November 2009 shows how non-technical users can "program" their environment. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Making Coffee with the Pachube Power Controller Demo | -
switching on a kettle remotely is often used as the basic demo for machine-to-machine systems -- and we wanted to show how Pachube can do this far more usefully (while helping to save energy) by taking into account the context data (which is in many senses the most valuable part of any feed). Briefly, what our system does is calculate an 'aggregate desire for tea' based on multiple inputs, and only on the basis of that switches on the kettle. Pachube enables more than just one-to-one control systems -- it enables complex, but sustainable and scalable, adaptive systems. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
A New Abode for Node « Joyeur -
We believe Node.js is a foundational technology that will enable developers to build the next generation of apps that will finally usher in the Internet of Things era. - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
Underground Hiphop Show "Search" on Radio LoRa (Real Audio, 20101107) -
Classic Edition - Thomas Amberg
Thomas Amberg
shows the number of Google hits you get when you search for the name of the person who owns it. - Thomas Amberg
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