The Next Big Thing
Posts about next generation technologies and their effect on business.

Is WebOS just another little OS or something quite different???

new palms.pngThere are numerous pundits and analysts that are looking at WebOS the way they have thought of mobile lobotomized operating systems they may have used and asked:  “What is the WebOS, anyway?

 

I view WebOS as a foundation for a different interaction with computing than what we’ve seen from operating systems in the past. To think of it as an “Operating System” may be a bit too limited. HP has already demonstrated the movement of work activities between devices running WebOS, where you may start something on your work computer and move it to your phone for your commute and then move it to your home computer when you get home. Visionary business folks mental gears begin to churn when they see this.

 

HP has also committed to having it running on printers, mobile devices and in some way on PCs. It may be in a different manner than what we’re familiar with for an “operating system”. Unfortunately, our perspective of the future is many times limited by what we’re familiar with. When the installed base of WebOS moves to millions of machines across multiple platforms but with common software platform capabilities, the creativity of the developer can make the old OS view of the future – obsolete. Developers take notice of numbers like that.

 

I am not saying that it will be everything to all people on all platforms. I can just imagine it enabling a quite different view of what’s possible than we’re comfortable with – especially for the enterprise class organizations/consumers. Fortunately, that comfort level can be addressed profoundly and effectively, since HP understands enterprise class clients. We’ll need to wait and see as it comes to light.

 

By the way, I was on an AA flight when I wrote and posted this, HP was for flyers to access free-WiFi on the flight. Blogging in the air – what a concept.  Fortunately, the guy in front of me didn’t put his seat back too far.

The EDS Next Big Thing blog is on the move, again...

It has finally happened. We’ve moved the blog from its old location inside EDS’ infrastructure over to a “normal” place for blogs within HP. HP has a long tradition of blogging internally and publically, so it will be nice to settle into the new digs.


The www.eds.com/tnbt link should still work (at least for a while), but the new address is:


http://www.communities.hp.com/online/blogs/nextbigthingeds/default.aspx


and a shortened version www.hp.com/go/tnbt


and the RSS feed is:


http://www.communities.hp.com/online/blogs/nextbigthingeds/rss.aspx


I noticed that all the old blog entries no longer show up in Technorati or Google blog search, so we’ll have to dig into why that’s happening.


The history definitely transferred over so searches should still work.

Is blogging an ideal means of expression for introverts?

I was in a discussion the other day with Kristie Wells of BrainJams. We were both at the Society for New Communications Research meeting. She is working on creating the Social Media Club, a way for people to interact face-to-face as well as use social media. The topic came up that some of the bloggers behavior in person was radically different than their on-line personae.

 

We wondered what the ratio of introverts is in the blogging community vs. that same ratio for the normal population. I know I tend to be introverted when in group settings (INTJ).

 

It made me wonder if there is something about the activity of blogging that allows people who tend to be introverted to express themselves in a way they feel more comfortable. At the least, the introvert can take their time and state it the way the want, without being interrupted.

 

Anyway if the ratio is different for bloggers, the kind of interaction needed at the Social Networking Club will need to be adjusted as well. The normal social meeting techniques will have the extroverts take over the meeting and the introverts will never come back again.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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