ETech 2006 has started and it's the one conference this year which people kept telling me I should be at (but oddly, no one offered to pay my airfare...). Oh well, luckily I have my finger on the blogosphere pulse and so I'm going to post updates of my virtual findings over the next few days.
The welcome: ("Attenuation is the next aggregator," predicted Dornfest. "I think there are some great businesses to be built on giving you less." -- this precisely fits my main techie theme this year: 2006 is The Year of the Filter...)-
- New APIs from Yahoo and browser-based authentication (Dan Farber has the details: "At Etech, Yahoo is announcing APIs that hook into Yahoo Photos, Calendar, MyWeb and Shopping, as well as browser-based authentication.")
- From Coder to Co-Founder (Marc Hedlund tells techies how to become entrepreneurs -- "Momentum builds on itself -- make a prototype. Build something. Get things rolling.")
- Musical Myware (co-founder of last.fm talks about musical myware and 'attention')
- Session transcriptions from O'Reilly Radar (nice work Nat)
- New Windows Live releases (some of the things I saw at Search Champs are being released now -- also note the news of Onfolio acquisition)
- Ambient Findability ("Morville wonders in a world of more and more and bigger and bigger haystacks, how are we going to make our needles bigger?" -- okaaaay...)