Danny Ayers is looking for a business model to fund his life of RDF and personal knowledge management research.

Danny has a range of interests very similar to mine. (He even has some software that really wants to be SdiDesk 😉 And which was written long before I got started.)

At the same time, some of his intuitions are diametrically opposite to my own. I would never have written SdiDesk in Java, and I’m pretty sceptical about the Semantic Web as a whole.

Nevertheless, good luck to Danny on this. It’s always inspiring to see people chasing their dreams, particularly of a life of independent software R&D. And I look forward to seeing what he comes up with.

LifeHacker has a story that speaks to one of my fantasies.

Now we’re getting cheap digital cameras and camera-phones, I’d like some really good software which could let me take photos of diagrams, scrawled on a piece of paper, and turn them into something useful. I want something really smart. Which can figure out the basic topology of a diagram viewed from any angle, and would then allow the user to quickly hint it into shape.