yesterday's technology tomorrow

Monday, September 15, 2003

Old before your time
Today I got a document about items to be discussed with a 3rd party tomorrow morning. The 1st item on the agenda is a service I built probably 3 years ago. In other industries or maybe even in some sectors of the IT industry, one could hold up, as a shining light, "world's first" work done 3 years ago as being a great example of what we could do now.

In this sector and in this industry I feel dread at the prospect of having this brought up as the first item of conversation. I can see it now "Ben why don't you give xyz and overview of our WAP Music service?"....the old, I'll pretend to open the conversation up to you while backing you into a corner trick certain people are very prone to. I'll start given an overview to xyz, all the while thinking I should be saying..."This is what we did 3 years ago. As you know, technology has changed, and what we did 3 years ago really doesn't show any level of expertise in the current environment; and I'd be embarrassed for you and me if it was decided to go forward with something similar."

As I read somewhere recently...what was cool bleeding edge tech 12 months ago is boring COBOL like stuff today.

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neuronwave is the personal site of Ben Hosken. I am the founder of Flink Labs, a data visualisation studio based in Melbourne. Previously I founded AgentArts, where I developed a recommendations system that we ultimately sold to MSFT.I have two patents, one in Recommendation Systems and one for a datamining algorithm I invented. I have a strong interest in physical computing, emergence, self organising systems, immersive games, bluetooth ad hoc networks and other fun things.
A while ago I built and ran Blog Change Bot - an AOL IM Bot which notified you when blogs you like are updated. I also built IcyPole, a bluetooth based P2P mobile phone app in 2004. With Suzette, I've built Playground Finder - a community contributed site for parents to find playgrounds nearby and while traveling for their kids to play in. Its a "playground" for my social, location, community and mobile interests.
I live in Melbourne with my wife Suzette, son Oskar Tex and my little girl Jasmine

Random Pile of Ben
Bodypump, Flink Labs, autumn weather, balance.

Downloads etc
The Best Bagel Recipe ever
iTunes XML structure
Photo of some of my best Panetones

Neuron EcoSystem
Flink Labs
oskartex.comOskar Tex
JasmineJasmine Aurora
Playground Finder


ben at neuronwave dot com