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Web Design is Like Building a House

guatemalahouse.jpegPeople often ask me to explain why there are different Web design roles and how they fit in creating a Web experience: “Martin,” they say, “can I just go find an artist somewhere to redesign the experience on the business-to-business section of the Web sites that I just inherited?”

Unfortunately, usually not. For anything complex, you probably need to have more talent on board than just the proverbial ‘artist with purple hair.’ Creating a Web site or even a section of one is a lot like building a house, where you need an architect, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, etc. who come on board during the life of the project as needed.

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Mixing Reality via Virtual Syndication

The Cisco virtual environment team gets asked to mix reality with virtual all the time. We also get asked to make it easier to participate and view the events we hold in virtual environments. So (drum roll please ;-) this month we are trying an experiment using the Second Life Cable Network to syndicate our TechChat on sensor networks taking place at 1200 PDT on Tuesday, April 22nd. What does this mean? It means for all of you who can’t join us in Second Life at the Cisco Bandwidth Stage you will be able to come to this blog entry and watch the virtual event streaming live via an embedded web page feed. For those of you who missed this live you can view the archive of the event below now.

Please let us know what you think of this new format by submitting a comment to this blog entry. This new format is a direct result of your feedback to make accessing the events held in virtual environments easier for all interested parties. So you see we really do value your feedback and would appreciate more of it!

Cisco’s Support Site Wins ASP Award

A couple of weeks after getting great reviews from the folks at Site IQ , The Cisco Support website made the Association of Support Professionals (ASP’s) Top Ten Support Sites again this year. We are honored and happy to see the value we are bringing to our user base being recognized by the industry professionals.

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The Internet of Things

Jean Philippe Vasseur, a Distinguished Engineer with the NSSTG Systems and Technology Architecture team, has a passion-¬Ěsomething he refers to as “The Internet of things.” The concept of a world where inanimate objects communicate with us and one another over the network via tiny intelligent object fascinates Vasseur.Slide3.JPGWhile sensor technology such as motion detecting lights have been around for quite some time now, not much has been done to enable your door to tell your light to turn on via a hand on the doorknob. Vasseur’s efforts could be a catalyst to change this, and rapidly so if he gets his wish. What does he see as an example of the proof of the power of sensor driven networks?“For example, you could have millions of sensors across any large city that could measure the air quality, pollution, and noise, connected together to improve the quality of life and save energy, and the number of examples involving Sensor Networks is endless (Connected home, Intelligent buildings, Smart Cities, …).” Vasseur explains. What does he see as a challenge to achieving this goal?“Right now, it’s a world of proprietary systems, and that’s one of the reasons it hasn’t taken off,” he says. “There are literally dozens of protocols coming from dozens of companies, and if you’re interested in applying sensor technology to a huge network, you’re going to face a number of interoperability challenges. Technology A won’t work with Technology B, and none of the technology will currently run over IP. This is why we truly believe in the use of IP for these networks.” To hear more about the ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Sensor Networks’ come out to the Cisco Second Life Bandwidth Stage next Tuesday, 22 April 2008 at 1200 PDT to hear John Philippe discuss the idea of the Internet of Things and ask your questions of him during a presentation followed by an interactive Q&A.

We’re a Webby Award Honoree

It’s nice to be recognized, and I’m proud to say that we’re a Webby Awards Honoree 5 times over this year. Read More »