Martin’s Musings: Emergence

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Uniting under Groove
Roland Tanglao’s Weblog: “(SOURCE: Scripting News )- Still processing this. Is the hype justified? Guess I need to break down and put Groove on a Windows box and use web services to interact with it from the non Windows world! Eines Tages!
Is Groove the stealth killer app of the early 21st century that companies are using to quietly gain a competitive advantage like the CIA many other organizations quietly used NeXT to build their internal killer apps? I doubt it, but you never know! Malsehen!
Groove founder Ray Ozzie and his teams have always pretended to build application software. But what they have actually delivered are the operating systems of the future – years ahead of schedule. The XML business Web is only now achieving the architecture that Lotus Notes laid down 15 years ago: message-oriented exchange of semistructured documents. As today’s operating systems catch up with that paradigm, Ozzie is tackling the next set of challenges in Groove: drop-dead simple, secure collaboration, presence management, coordination of user and device identities, and ad-hoc group formation. To make an omelet, you have to break eggs, and what Groove broke was compatibility with the e-mail infrastructure that serves (poorly) as our medium for team communication and as our distributed storage system. Groove also broke compatibility with the Web. Documents and messages in Groove’s shared spaces had what looked like URLs, but those URLs didn’t mean anything outside of Groove; they couldn’t be bookmarked, shared, nor posted to the Web. Finally, Groove planted deep roots in Win32/COM, all but foreclosing non-Windows platform options. They were hard choices with serious consequences, but there was no other way to make the omelet. What the Groove Workspace has delivered since Version 1.0, and steadily refined through Version 2.5 released last week, is a seamless and comprehensive environment for collaboration. It defines what Microsoft and Apple will be lucky to achieve by 2006. When they get there, of course, they’ll bring along everything Groove had to jettison in order to sprint to the finish line. Meanwhile, Groove’s challenge is to reel in what was thrown overboard. The 2.5 release confronts that challenge.


February 15, 2003 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment


California Label Takes Humanitarian Approach to Wine: “Giving to a good cause is something for which the wine industry is known, but a new label named Humanitas hopes to take charity a step further by donating all of its net profits to organizations fighting hunger, homelessness and illiteracy…. In Wine News

Wines rich in flavonoids best for your health: “Red wine’s ability to benefit your health has just been, well, refined. Not just any red wine will do, it seems…. In Wine News

Grapes ‘may prevent cancer scarring’: “Grapes could help women to avoid the painful scarring often associated with breast cancer treatment. Doctors at The Institute of Cancer Research in London believe the antioxidants in grapes may protect against radiation fibrosis…. In Wine News

WA white wins wine show honour: “A Western Australian white wine has taken out the top award at the Sydney Royal Wine Show. Ferngrove Vineyards Cossack Riesling 2002 from the Frankland River in the state’s Great Southern region has beaten more than 2,000 wines to win the Best Wine of the Show…. In Wine News

India: Woman & Wine: “What strikes you most about Daniele Raulet-Reynaud is her absolute passion for wine. For her, wine is much beyond being just a drink. “Wine is inimitable like haute couture, it’s like a good perfume – just a little is enough. It is a reflection of season, of environment… it’s a memory…,” she goes on…. In Wine News

Join Wine Spectator for 2003 Bordeaux Marathon: “Wine Spectator will be formally participating in the Médoc Marathon with a team of its own. We are inviting Wine Spectator readers who are distance runners to join our team…. In Wine News

U.S. lawmakers suggest banning French water & wine: “Some members of Congress are suggesting the United States impose trade sanctions on France and withdraw U.S. troops from Germany to retaliate for opposition to U.S. policies on Iraq, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has told associates he would like to target bottled French mineral water and wine, the paper said… In Wine News

Sports deals hurt Foster’s: “Troubling wine market conditions and over-blown beer sponsorships at major Australia sporting venues blew the froth from diversified beverage maker Foster’s half-year results yesterday…. In Wine News

New Zealand wines produce vivid flavors: “If, like many people, you are stuck in the same old rut of drinking Chardonnay, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, maybe you should follow the current trend and try a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc…. In Wine News

Good Food & Wine Show Raises Glass To Wine Industry: “An entire exhibition hall of Cape Town’s Good Hope Centre will be allocated to South Africa’s world-class wine industry when the 6th annual Good Food & Wine Show throws its spotlight on local wines from 22-25 May…. In Wine News

Sharpshooter eggs found in Napa: “The glassy-winged sharpshooter, scourge of California vineyards, has been found in Napa County for the first time in nearly two years…. In Wine News

Burgundy Or Bust: “Faced with a growing surplus of regional wines, Burgundy’s producers are divided on the extent to which the problem may be solved by what’s on ñ rather than in ñ the bottle…. In Wine News

French Court Ruling Leaves Bad Taste in Wine Critics’ Mouths: “By fining a French magazine more than U.S.$375,000 for using a scatological reference to describe Beaujolais wines, a French court has created a test case for freedom of speech in the country…. In Wine News

Have Fun While Learning About German Wines: “If it’s German wines that you’re interested in, you’re in luck. The German Wine Academy is not a regular ‘school,’ but a guided wine region tour, traveling throughout several of Germany’s famous wine growing regions, where you can visit world-renowned wineries and estates, and, of course, taste a vast array of German wines, many times with the wine makers themselves…. In Wine News

Sweet white wine for Nelson Mandela: “Thirteen years ago, Nelson Mandela walked to freedom through the security gates of Paarl’s Victor Verster Prison. The former president plans to mark the occasion quietly, with a glass of sweet white wine and the company of close associates and friends at his Bishopscourt residence in Cape Town…. In Wine News

From IT to wine bar: “After more than 20 years of working on big business systems in Australia and Britain, applications development specialist Kal Phull decided six months ago that the time was ripe to try something different. Wine Down, with a Tuscan decor in the heart of trendy High Street, Armadale, in east Melbourne, is a bar with a difference. …. In Wine News

Popularity of wine collections good for cellars and buyers: “The price of wine is down, and Harvard Medical School says a couple of glasses a day can keep your blood pressure low, too. Now could be the time to invest in a wine collection of your own. But how should you store it to protect your investment?… In Wine News

Wine Bars Are New Rage in Argentina: “While the history of Argentine winemaking dates back centuries, the wine bar is something new in a country whose bountiful grape harvest has long languished in the shadows of fabled vineyards abroad, even though this vast South American nation has long been the world’s fifth-largest wine-producing country…. In Wine News

February 15, 2003 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment


bLOGical: “The latest iPod clone .
ba1000_big.jpg The iPod clones keep coming. The latest is the BA1000 from Bantam Interactive, which comes with a built-in MP3 recorder, so you can record directly from a CD player or turntable without having to use a PC. Comes in a 5GB and a 2GB version, has a built-in FM tuner (that you can record from as well!), and uses USB 2.0 for file transfer.
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bLOGical: “The Mini-PC .
226Hand.jpg A new half-size laptop that weighs less than a pound and is just one inch thick from Vulcan, a company owned by that other Microsoft billionaire, Paul Allen. The Mini-PC will run Windows XP, and have integrated WiFi, a 5.8-inch screen, a 20GB hard drive, and a built-in mini-keyboard.
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bLOGical: “On looks alone .
clie_nz90.jpg New flagship CLIE handheld from Sony. The PEG-NZ90 has a 320×480 pixel screen, built-in 2-megapixel camera with flash, Bluetooth, and an expansion slot for 802.11b. Ok, so the NZ90 looks great, and is well-designed, but the cost? $800?! For that kind of money you may as well buy a top-of-the-line Pocket PC, which will almost certainly come with integrated 802.11b, a heck of a lot more memory, and use something other than Sony’s horrid Memory Stick for extra storage. At most this should cost $400. Sometimes you can’t get by on looks alone.
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February 8, 2003 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment


Onion, garlic, red wine keep heart forever young: “Treat your heart – healthy or ailing – to onions, garlic, grapes or red wine and you will never have to visit a cardiologist. This healthy heart tip came from a team of US-based doctors visiting PGI to attend a conference on cardiology and to install pacemakers in five patients, free of cost…. In Wine News

New Zealand: Wine festival promises to be a great party: “Organisers are expecting a sophisticated day at tomorrow’s BMW Wine Marlborough festival, but emphasise that it is wine appreciation, not snobbery, that has seen the festival change over the years. In Wine News

‘Passionate About Pinot’: “Are you passionate about Pinot Noir? Does your mouth start to water just thinking of this supple and sexy wine? The true Pinot Noir enthusiast has reason to take note and celebrate. Sonoma Coast Villa Inn & Spa is offering the ultimate Pinot Noir lover’s experience as it hosts a Passion and Pinot Weekend April 4-6, 2003…. In Wine News

Australia: Wine industry unfazed by domestic sales fall: “A drop in domestic sales of Australian produced wine is not concerning Western Australia’s wine industry. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says $36 million of Australian wine was sold domestically last December, a 4.4 per cent drop from the same period last year…. In Wine News

For 2 bucks, go with the Merlot: “If you’re Fred Franzia, owner of Bronco Wine Company, you buy a lot of bulk wine, blend them together and release four cork-finished varietal wines under the Charles Shaw Winery label. And you sell them at Trader Joe’s for $1.99…. In Wine News

It’s here, it’s queer, start drinking it: “Out of Rome comes Rosso Gayardo, the first wine celebrating gay culture …. In Wine News

Villagers rebel against sale of vineyard to Depardieu: “They are not toasting the health of Gérard Depardieu in the small southern French village of Aniane, where local wine producers claim the movie star and multimillionaire wine buff has done them out of a vineyard that should rightfully be theirs…. In Wine News

Tough markets to curb Australian winemaker profits: “Australia’s major wine and beer producers face a sobering profit-reporting season, with earnings growth limited by tough conditions in key domestic and international markets…. In Wine News

Sauternes: spinning rotten grapes into gold: “The “oohs” and “aahs” were audible as professional connoisseurs gargled and spat vintages spanning nearly a century, all from the same chateau in Sauternes…. In Wine News

In Vino Veritas: When is a Chablis not a Chablis?: “French wine makers from Bourgogne — or Burgundy — do not agree that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Show them a California vintage with “Chablis” on the label and they are far more likely to cry foul than take it as a compliment…. In Wine News

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about wine: “At the height of Hong Kong’s dizzying economic success, a bottle of 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild sold for as much as HK$18,000 a pop. Since then, the price for this sought-after trophy wine has dropped to…. In Wine News

Winery Owner to Donate All Profits to Charity: “A new winery founded by industry veteran Judd Wallenbrock brings a new business plan to a very traditional industry. Wallenbrock’s winery, aptly named “Humanitas,” (Latin for “Philanthropy, kindness and human nature”) is dedicated to giving all profits to charities working on issues of hunger, sheltering and illiteracy…. In Wine News

Red-Wine Extract Extends Shelf Life of Fruit: “Apples that turn mushy a few days after being purchased from your local grocery may one day become a thing of the past — thanks to a natural preservative found in grapes. Researchers in Spain have found that dipping fruit in trans-resveratrol, a chemical compound in red wine, keeps it fresh longer…. In Wine News

Winegrower says ‘Balls’ to spy base spending: “Winston Oliver’s Big Balls wine is about communication, goodwill and fun. Pleiades vineyard has been a neighbour of the huge white spheres of the Waihopai, 20km west of Blenheim, spy base for more than a decade now…. In Wine News

Lacoste refuses to be made ward of court: “Lily Lacoste, the 96-year-old former owner of Château Pétrus in Pomerol, last week resisted efforts to place her under the legal guardianship of the local court of protection…. In Wine News

New Zealand Wine Hits Trendy Suburb: “A trendy offshore suburb of Auckland held its first wine festival last weekend, making it the latest beneficiary of New Zealand’s ongoing wine boom…. In Wine News

Wine from Italy, label from Malta: “The European Union does not allow wine, which has been bottled in Malta but is made from Italian grapes, to be marketed and labelled as a quality wine…. In Wine News

Trouble in Aust’s wine industry: “Premium Australian wine has been selling at bargain prices for months now as the top wine makers compete aggressively for market share. But the days of the cheap drop may be numbered following the sacking of Southcorp’s Chief Executive, Keith Lambert…. In Wine News

Australia: Torbreck back in business: “Torbreck winery, whose wines have been described by Robert Parker as ‘some of the most exciting on planet earth’ is back in business after winning financial backing from fast-food businessman Jack Cowin. The company was forced into receivership in October when winemaker David Powell’s marriage to co-owner Christine Powell collapsed…. In Wine News

Cabernet Franc now charging ahead as its own varietal: “Cabernet Franc is known primarily as a grape to blend with one of the four other Bordeaux red varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Now Cabernet Franc is making a bid in California to become a significant stand-alone varietal wine…. In Wine News

New Zealand: Food industry ready to grow: “Hawke’s Bay’s reputation for fine wine should pave the way for the development of the region’s food industry, the newly appointed manager of Food Hawke’s Bay says…. In Wine News

Taste The Great Wines Of South Africa: “Cape Wineland Tours is pleased to announce its partnership with Great Wines International, a leading U.S. importer of South African wine, to present a simply delightful, behind-the-scenes wine and gourmet journey to South Africa!… In Wine News

Wine firm offers help in Super Bowl bet: “An online wine company has offered to make good on a Super Bowl bet between Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and California Gov. Gray Davis that got stymied by Florida alcoholic beverage laws…. In Wine News

French Scientists Develop White Wine That Acts Like a Red: “Finally, a promising innovation for those who don’t drink red wine. A team of French scientists has developed a Chardonnay that, at least as indicated in tests on diabetic rats, could have the same health benefits associated with red wine…. In Wine News

The many pleasures, and history, of champagne: “Like many of life’s seductive pleasures, champagne and its “foaming whirls as white as Cleopatra’s melted pearls” is an accident of geography. In Wine News

Wining and Dining, the Bordeaux Way: “The wise old men of Bordeaux, whoever they were 60 or 70 years ago, made a remarkable discovery: the press. Not the kind that crushes grapes; the Romans knew about those presses. I mean the press that tells the world about Bordeaux wine. It is not too much of an exaggeration to say that few business groups anywhere are as astute as the Bordelais when it comes to presenting their image to the rest of the world. In Wine News

Wine festival’s auction raises $5.14M for local charities: “Hold a glass of 1961 Latour up to the sun, and it glitters like a jewel. But that’s not why Retta Singer paid $180,000 for it. The real jewel, Singer said, was the help that money would funnel into local children’s charities. In Wine News

Baja wine industry aims to showcase its ‘Grape Corridor’: “California has the Napa Valley, and France its Bordeaux region. Now, Baja California wants to create a “Grape Corridor” to showcase its growing wine industry. In Wine News

Humanitas Winery Bottles a Business Plan Based on Giving: “A new winery founded by industry veteran Judd Wallenbrock brings a new business plan to a very traditional industry. Wallenbrock’s winery, aptly named “Humanitas,” (Latin for “Philanthropy, kindness and human nature”) is dedicated to giving all profits to charities working on issues of hunger, sheltering and illiteracy. In Wine News

Champagne is made in Champagne: “The winemakers in Champagne are trying to educate people about the difference between sparkling wine and authentic champagne, made in the region about 90 miles east of Paris…. In Wine News

February 8, 2003 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment