This week, the group discusses a variety of topics, including some related to conferences attended by Scott and Ben. Scott reviews two conferences held in conjunction with the Digital Life Conference in September. One dealt with the topic of "Millennials", people born between 1982 and 2000, while the other involved "Tweens", children between seven and twelve. Scott talks about how these young people have a completely different attitude towards technology and online activities. They are also being examined closely for clues as to how they relate to advertising. The group assess a couple of websites that are good examples of how young people are being targeted by advertisers.
Ben also reviews his visit to Norway to attend Javazone 2007. He talks about the status of flash-based applications compared to Ajax. The group discusses how the browser has become an old concept and that online applications are now considered part of the total computer experience. Scott also reviews Adobe AIR and how it can be used to build internet desktop applications.
Scott C. Lemon is CTO of MediaForge - a next generation viral marketing and web enhancement company - and founder of HumanXtensions - an Internet R&D company. Scott's recent history in the computer industry include several small start-ups, along with being Chief Technologist at SCO, Chief Strategist at Vultus, and holding numerous positions during his four tours of duty at Novell. Scott's expertise ranges from computer and wireless hardware technologies, to networking and distributed software applications. As a futurist studying the patterns of evolution, his past experiences in operating systems - CP/M, DOS, Windows, OS/2, NetWare, UNIX, Linux and others - is allowing him to explore the new levels of abstractions provided by the Internet.
Ben Galbraith is the CEO of Feature50, a consulting company dedicated to creating compelling user experiences in software. He has delivered hundreds of technical presentations world-wide, produced several technical conferences, and co-authored over a half-dozen books. Ben has long juggled interests in both business and tech, having written his first computer program at six years old, started his first business at ten, and entered the IT workforce at twelve. Prior to Feature50, Ben co-founded and served as CEO of Ajaxian.com, CTO of Amirsys, Inc., and software architect to a variety of organizations.
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