A Dataflow Web?

Facebook released a plugin for Quartz Composer which lets you design interactive mobile apps.

That’s interesting. I don’t really know anything about Quartz. But I believe it’s like Max/MSP or PureData. A “dataflow” design system. Dataflow makes a lot of sense for plumbing together multiple services. And I’ve long believed it could / should be applied to orchestrating web-scale systems. For a while I hoped that Yahoo Pipes would go in this direction.

So will this be successful? On first glance, it looks like they’re trying to work at a very low level with the diagrams. In Max/MSP and PD, this is actually more fiddly than writing code. It’s the larger scale where diagrams shine. Still, it may well take off with a certain audience. Interesting move. I wonder if someone will try to copy it in Max or PD.

Project ThoughtStorms Wikish Plugin Update

There’s a quick update to the wikish plugin for Project ThoughtStorms (that’s the plugin type that offers UseMode / SdiDesk style wiki markup for the Smallest Federated Wiki). I’ve now added the double-comma defined tables.
So

oranges,, apples,, pears
43,, 55,, 22

Now becomes

oranges apples pears
43 55 22

Although not nearly as elegant. The simple CSS styling I was trying to use seems to clash with SFW’s style sheet in a way I haven’t debugged yet. So I’ve stuck with good old-fashioned table borders. (Ouch!)
Given the SFW’s narrow columns, I wasn’t originally going to support tables. But I have a couple of things for which it makes sense. So if you’re using Project ThoughtStorms, the repo is already updated. ThoughtStorms itself I haven’t updated to the most recent SFW codebase. That’s coming ASAP.

Innovation after Moore's Law

Fascinating video about the plausible next wave of computing, where increases in speed come from embedding specialized processing elements (Neural networks, FPGAs, DSPs, Dataflow elements) on silicon wafers, alongside general CPUs. And the challenges of inventing programming languages to
exploit this.

This looks good too : programming FPGAs with spreadsheets 🙂

SFW is now node's Wiki

Ah, I see Ward Cunningham has spun off the node.js / express version of the Smallest Federated Wiki into a separate repository. It looks like it’s now part of the standard node repository and just called “wiki”.
That’s a good thing in many ways, but I hope it doesn’t mean that they’ve given up on the idea that node/express should be as much a reference version of SFW as the Ruby one.

Episode IV : A New Home

Welcome to the new Smart Disorganized Individuals. This blog is the same as it ever was … wiki, blogs, Smart Disorganized Philosophy, productivity software, programming languages, filoFax etc. …  You’ll still find news and discussion of my projects like Mind Traffic Control, GeekWeaver, Project ThoughtStorms, OWL, (BTW: Some big changes / developments planned for some of these soon.)
But it’s now migrated to WordPress running on my own server / domain : http://sdi.thoughtstorms.info/
Welcome to the Next Phase.