I found these yesterday while looking through my notes for something else. Lightly edited.-- dc
Feb. 11, 2009:
- The present is functionally obsolete.
- For planning purposes, the short-term future IS the present.
- Planning for the short-term is not a strategy. It's like navigating solely by what you can see.
- There is no map, and the future is not predictable. Consequently, shoot for standard formats (XML, RDF, etc.) and build products and systems to be adaptable and inter-operable.
- Don't build your future on a rock. Build your future on a surfboard. We're not on dry land anymore.
- Proprietary systems are rocks. Open Source systems are surfboards.
- Own your data.
- Think databases, not documents.
- Unstructured data has a value that approaches zero as it ages.
- Structured data is too formal to describe the messy world around us.
- Semi-structured data looks like the Goldilocks Zone for news media.
- The One With The Best Tools Wins.
- Web 1.0 is to the Web as rotary phones are to telecommunication: Rotary phones still work, but they're irrelevant to what comes next.
- The challenge is: Build tools that give humans superhuman abilities.
- Technology is just evolution by non-biological means.