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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Some folks in Chicago have pulled together crime data and maps and offer a very slick website, regularly updated, of reported crimes in that city. Clicking on a beat with the lowest and highest rates shows a map. Clicking a single day shows crimes on a map for that day. Clicking on type of location “sidewalk” shows just those.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/18 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

 

I supposed this is a follow up to my “ads on the floor” post from last week. Reactrix produces projected ads either onto the floor, or in one case, the tables of a Vegas restaurant. But they are interactive. In a Toys R Us application, kids chase a star, and when they stomp on it, it changes into the store’s mascot. The Vegas restaurant encouraged patrons to dance with the images. Yes, this is cool. I could not count how many times Rose and Arthur (my niece and nephew) played “virtual volleyball” at the Museum of Science a few years back. To their credit, they were very good about taking turns with other groups.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/18 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

According to a poll at Computer Economics, it’s the price, but independence of vendors. Of particular interest is this suggestion on how proprietary vendors can best “fight” open source:

 

“How can proprietary software vendors address this concern of buyers?  Simply fighting open source on the basis of price cuts, or by spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt about open source will not work.  For software vendors, the best path is to adhere to open standards and develop web services that promote interoperability of their products with those of other vendors and with open source products as well. Ironically, the best way for software vendors to preserve and gain market share today is by giving buyers the freedom to abandon the vendor’s own product. Don’t lock-in buyers and buyers won’t be as likely to leave.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/18 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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