Folksonomy: Unordered categorization

Posted in technology by Sumit Thomas on June 13, 2007

Recently I’ve been reading few articles on Folksonomy. It is interesting to note that user generated classification is as much effective as the traditional structured classification found in many websites. Infact it works much better and creates a social environment which can expand in dimension and depth. Tagging is a term usually associated with folksonomy based websites. Some popular sites which allow users to tag their content are Flickr, del.icio.us, Technorati and 43things.com. There are many more websites which fall under the Web 2.0 classification sprouting up with this concept.

I would be interested to know about your experience in developing Folksonomy based websites, the underlying database schema used etc. Share your thoughts.

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Microsoft Surface

Posted in Microsoft, technology by Sumit Thomas on June 5, 2007

Microsoft’s experiments with portable devices has been as successful as India in the recent World cup cricket. Take for instance Zune, the iPod killer. I think by claiming it as an iPod killer they are indirectly giving a free advertisement for iPod and growing list of Apple products. I sometimes feel that Microsoft should stick to software and try focusing on making bug free products. The fact that Vista holds some features that were available in OS X is kind of becoming an embarrasment for many Microsoft product users, like me. I don’t even want to talk about it.

With Surface, I think Microsoft has got its head right as to how future computing should look like. Its definetely mind-blowing and very exciting. I am not sure if I will be able to get my hands on this baby but I am excited with the way technology is progressing in terms of user iteraction and experience with computers. Surface will definetely be a killer app for sure.

Having said that, I remember seeing a Video on Jeff Han’s Multi-touch sensing, which works on a similar concept. It’s good to see Microsoft embrassing this technology. Surface looks more refined and the number of possibilities seems endless. Its good to see that one day we will move away from Click Start -> All Programs computing 😉

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Posted in AJAX, C#, technology by Sumit Thomas on August 18, 2006

I recently came across Nikhil Kothari’s blog and his pet project Script#. Nikhil is an architect at the Web platform and tools team in Microsoft. Check out his blog http://www.nikhilk.net/

Here is his video on Script#

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