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Matt McAdams has a clever blog up titled Up next: telesoftware! He discusses the rise of our favorite new buzzword (hint: it’s "Cloud Computing") and spends some time harkening back to its origin (hint: it’s the "Application Service Provider.")
I was around at the birth of the ASP as the co-chairman of one of the early ASPs (Interliant) which started out life in 1996 as a "web hosting company" (how passe) and evolved in 1997 into an Application Service Provider. I clearly remember the tech media latching onto the ASP label at the end of the 1990′s right alongside prefixing everything with a lowercase e and postfixing everything with ".com".
The cynics were simple minded – they simply referred to the ASPs as the return of mainframe – or even better – timesharing. Interliant enjoyed rapid growth and a brief period of what looked like success before being decimated during the collapse of the Internet bubble.
Platform-as-a-Service has emerged suddenly with a vengeance. IBM System/370 anyone? The S/370 had this nifty thing called "virtual memory", which evolved into VM, which lives on today as the great new "virtualization" trend.
Telesoftware? Nah – that sounds too much like Telemedicine (what ever happened to that one?) I think we are going to be talking about "planetary computing" once "cloud computing" runs its course since "Sun computing" has already come and mostly gone.
I have seen my lifetime supply of slides like the following:
My good friend Bruce Wyman – the Director of Technology at the Denver Art Museum – has a thoughtful post up this morning titled Simplification of Things, Part 1 of Some. In it, he shows us a better way to communicate what this slide doesn’t.
I have a handful of chronic grammar problems. I received the following email yesterday:
You seem like an intelligent guy. But you insist on referring to your friends as, "that." If you’re not just trying to fit in by using bad grammar (as everyone else seems to do), show everyone how smart you really are.
"To all my friends that are . . . ."
"Since they are the ones that . . . ."
"(Name) that is . . . ."
How about using the word, "who" instead of "that" when you refer to people? "My friend who will be . . . ." "To all my friends who are . . . ." "Since they are the ones who . . . ."
To which I responded:
I have 12 grammar problems. Then / than, who / whom, accept / except, …., and that / who! Thanks for calling me out on it – I’ll try harder but given that I’m 42 and can’t seem to get my brain wired for these few things, I’m probably screwed for life.
Thanks oh vigilant grammarians for keeping me on my toes.
While I’m usually amused by the copyright gaffes I see, I laughed out loud when I saw that Google News was still Copyright 2007 (thanks to dschwartz for the tip.)
Dear Mr. Google: It’s almost February 2008. Oh – and make the date a variable!
I guess I should be nice since I’m sure some of the companies I’ve funded haven’t fixed (or variable-ized) the copyright dates on their site.
I almost managed to not to write my annual "please update the copyright on your website" post. Matt Blumberg even called me out for being off my game this year. But this morning, after seeing the 5,323rd Copyright 2007 message of the year, I decided I could no longer resist the urge to shout at the top of my lungs: "It’s 2008 – update your copyright." Oh – by the way – you are a software or web company – there’s a way to do this so it gets automatically updated – it’s called "using a variable for the year."
This has now been a pet peeve of mine since 1980. Did you know that the use of the copyright notice has been optional since 1989 as a result of the 1988 Berne Convention Implementation Act? Think of what you could use all of those pixels for.