So this friend of mine wants to tell me about his new company, new product. But he's suave, he doesn't just email me, "Hey, Mr. Ur-So-Kool Press Bigshot, write me up." Instead he invites to me to connect to him on LinkedIn. Very subtle. He knows I'll backtrack his email address. I do. I find his company Web site. Product's still in the oven. Hmmm. But I also find it's listed on the
The betas are sliced and diced several ways -- the "Most Anticipated List" is one way to look at them, but there's also "Recently" for new additions, "By Invitation" for betas open only by invitation, and "Special: Alpha" for, that's right, alphas. The "Hot 100" list ranks betas by the number of bookmarks they've gotten in the last week on del.icio.us, while the "Top 100" ranks them by total del.icio.us bookmarks. The least useful list of all may be "Flickr.icio.us" -- it ranks the top 100 sites with names inspired by "Flickr."
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.