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On the day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 12,000 for the first time since June 2008, it was impossible not to correlate the eloquence and optimism of President Obama's "State of the Union" speech on Tuesday night with the restoration of a sense of perspective and hope in the USA about the future. Obama grasped the nettle full-on. "We are poised for progress," he declared, adding: "Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing." As one blogger expressed it, though - and he is a former Goldman Sachs trader called Tyler Durden, so he ought to know wheref he speaks: "There was a massive pink elephant in the room called reality though." Durden's gripe is with what he deems to be the unreality of Obama's praising Google and Facebook so highly in an Ameri... (more)

'Does XML Matter?' Asks Its Co-Inventor

(March 20, 2002) - The co-inventor of XML, Tim Bray, has been stirring up a lively debate among Internet technologists. The reason? He thought it might be fun to make a public presentation in which XML - and indeed every other Internet technology of the past and present - was "ranked" according to the simple criterion: does it actually matter? Widely recognized as an expert in information search and retrieval from large databases, and former cofounder of the Open Text Corporation where he introduced one of the first commercial search engines, Bray tends to know whereof he speaks... (more)

The i-Technology Right Stuff

Related Links: Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?" Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not (yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do to vote is to go to the Further Details page... (more)

Real-World AJAX San Jose Conference Photo Album

Six of the Web's brightest and best minds - Google's Adam Bosworth (pictured here just before he shaved off his beard), Laszlo Systems founder David Temkin, coiner of the term 'AJAX' Jesse James Garrett, Paul Rademacher of HousingMaps.com and Google, Web 2.0 Journal editor-in-chief Dion Hinchcliffe and Microsoft MVP Sahil Malik - wrestled with a host of issues in the "AJAX Power Panel" that rounded off last night's sold-out "Real-World AJAX" One-Day Seminar event in San Jose, California. The following is the photo album of "Real-World AJAX" San Jose event, which took place on Mo... (more)

Dave Winer: "It's Time for Web 2.0 to Stop Being Exclusive"

(August 1, 2006) - A war of words has broken out in the world of Web 2.0 - between the software developer Dave Winer (pictured) - who created or was a lead contributor to several of the most popular XML dialects and APIs related to web publishing such as RSS 2.0, XML-RPC, OPML, and the MetaWeblog API - and the founder of O'Reilly Media - the newly self-proclaimed "technology transfer company." Winer's beef? "We need to get all hands involved in what we used to call Web 2.0," he laments. "It's time for it to stop being exclusive, and it's way past time for one company to be contr... (more)