MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference

Funny anecdote: I was waiting backstage to go on stage for my TR35 elevator pitch on Drupal at MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference, scheduled to be directly after Craig Mundie's keynote presentation. (Craig is one of the two people that replace Bill Gates now he is retired.) When he walked off the stage, he stopped and jokingly said "Good luck, I warmed up the audience for you.". He probably didn't know that I was going to talk about Open Source software. ;-)

Either way, it is a great testament for all of us who work on Drupal that MIT recognizes Drupal as an important emerging technology, and that we are now on the radar of even more great technology leaders. Rock on!

Cloud computing panel
From left to right: Dan Farber (Editor in Chief, CNET), David P. Anderson (Professor, University of Berkeley, SETI@home), Matthew Glotzbach (Product Management Director, Google), Parker Harris (Executive Vice President Technology, Salesforce.com), Mendel Rosenblum, (Chief Scientist and Cofounder, VMware), and Werner Vogels (Chief Technology Officer, Amazon).
Future of mobile panel
From left to right: Erika Jonietz (Senior Editor, Technology Review), Elizabeth Altman (Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Motorola Mobile Devices), Kevin Lynch (Chief Technology Officer, Adobe Systems), Masaaki Maeda (President and CEO, DoCoMo), and Rich Miner (Group Manager, Mobile Platforms and Android, Google).
Craig Mundie
Craig Mundie, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer.
Tr35
MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Mollom for Radiant

Frank Louwers of Openminds (my favorite hosting company), wrote a Mollom extension for the comment extension of Radiant, an Open Source CMS developed in Ruby. The extension is available from Gitub. Thanks Frank!

Mollom out of beta

I'm very proud to announce we've just taken the "beta" label of Mollom, the startup Benjamin Schrauwen and I began to help keep your website free of spam, and that we made our first commercial product available. In the six months we've been beta-testing Mollom, we've blocked almost 9 million spam messages on thousands of sites. Starting today, we intend to block many, many more.

As promised, our most basic service is still free. We make Mollom Free available for free because we think that making spam protection available to as many sites as possible is the right thing to do. While Mollom Free is a great fit for the vast majority of our install base, it is limited to 100 legitimate posts or comments it can process per day. For larger sites, our Mollom Plus service is a great solution, providing protection against post and comment spam for about 1 euro per day. Supporting a volume of 10,000 legitimate posts per day, and backed-up by multiple Mollom servers in data centers around the world, Mollom Plus is designed for the needs of large community sites, web businesses and enterprise sites. For the largest sites -- or for customers who have many sites to protect -- we're also rolling out volume licensing. More details regarding Mollom Plus, Mollom Free, and other service plan options are available on the Mollom pricing page and in the Mollom FAQ.

Even if you don't have a large site and you hate spam as much as we do and believe that Mollom's services have reduced the amount of time you're spending policing your content, consider a Mollom Plus subscription to help support our efforts to fight spam. Thanks!

CMIS

In the spring of 2007, I first heard rumors about IBM and Microsoft working together on a specification that could change the content management landscape. Last week, EMC, IBM and Microsoft (with support from Oracle, SAP, Alfresco and OpenText) announced that they will be collaborating on CMIS, a standard to enable interoperability among content management systems. CMIS stands for Content Management Interoperability Services and promises improved content unification, better content aggregation and mashups, cross-silo federation, and better integration with desktop publishing.

Various people blogged about CMIS, including John Newton (CTO Alfresco), Craig Randall (software architect for EMC), Kas Thomas (analyst for CMSWatch), Brian Huff, Andrew Chapman (Senior Director EMC) and more. If you want to learn more, you can also check http://community.emc.com/community/labs/cmis for video presentations and additional technical materials.

It will probably take years before this becomes an actual standard and before it gets widely adopted, but it is interesting for at least two reasons:

  1. CMIS can use Atom in its REST model. This makes me want to push even harder for adding Atom as one of the default output formats for Drupal nodes (see also refactor node rendering and pluggable renders for JSON, XML, etc). Looks like Drupal was already heading in similar directions, so we might as well keep an eye on CMIS.
  2. The specification solves a real problem and the big boys are backing it. If EMC, IBM and Microsoft put code behind their words, CMIS might become part of Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Documentum, FileNet, etc. I'd love to see Microsoft Office users to be able to save documents into Drupal. Pushing for standards is always a good thing.

New Zealand government using Drupal

The New Zealand government is using Drupal at http://beehive.govt.nz. The site features information about all their ministers, their speeches, press releases, ministerial briefings, major government initiatives and more. (Hat tip: Bevan Rudge)

Beehive govt nz

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