Thursday, April 12, 2007

Tech Trends (2005) - still current!

Learning how to use Track Back -

Here's an article that is well worth the time to read - although it focuses on new technology and is two years old, it is still very up-to-date.

Top 10 Technology Trends (2005) from Free Range Librarian

Okay. The track back url =

Now, where do I put it? hmmm.

p.s. - From what I've read, there is a patch to make a trackback url for Blogger because one is not in the current configuration.

What is a track back? From what I understand, this allows the original writer (the source of my link above) to find out that someone has linked to his/her blog. From my informal blog, this is not a big deal especially, but if you were a business, you would want to know who and where your material is being used. This sound like a citation tracker to my researcher's mind.

1 comment:

Guy said...

Yes, but there are some changes in that too.

Some of them are starting to reflect the idea that a sufficient change in quantity creates a qualitative change as well. The change in the capacity of flash drives is becoming important. It changes both what can be done with them and how much they are used.

Then there are the qualitative changes in usage from convergence that are taking place as cell phones with cameras become smart phones with cameras. See for instance the series of posts on 3-D barcodes (readable by phones) in Bruce Sterling's Beyond the Beyond from March 23 and 24, 2007 (

The other change that is starting to affect these technologies is the rise of locative technologies. Many phones and cameras are now aware of their location. Pictures are being tagged with geographical coordinates. Phones are receiving targeted services based on their location. Children, pets, and criminals (an interesting juxtaposition) are all being tracked through a combination of GPS and cell technologies. GeoRSS has begun to emerge to make it easy to geographically tag blog postings in reference to their content. (Combine that with SLURLs, and a posting can be referenced with respect both to a map and to Second Life.) The simple addition of coordinates is starting to create a new set of uses and references.