DEMO day 2


Yesterday was the second day of DEMO. My favorite of Day 2? Actually a couple of the enterprise products caught my attention. Virtual Iron, for instance, was showing an app that enables an enterprise to dynamically provision multiple servers as load issues change. No idea how the program works in a real deployment, but it would be interesting to try. Blazent was also showcasing their latest license and asset tracking system–pulling together disparate information from HR, discovered resources, and the like. A short while ago I helped out in a start up working on similar problems and many of the issues I recognized.

Bubbler FiveAcross grabbed my attention on the blogging side. Their product is marketed as a no-click blogging tool. It appears like it brings IM-like, instant note publishing to blogs. It would be great with a Tablet, because entering one line at a time via the TIP is a great match. The downside? From what I understand it only works with their closed system and doesn’t support existing blogging tools such as TypePad or MSN Spaces.

A couple other highlights:

* Homestead had the most memorable demo. Not because of their product, but because of their demo: they sang most of it. You have to check out the video on

* Onfolio looks to be a great blogging tool. I picked up a CD and have yet to install it. I’d really like to see how their notion of archiving content compares to OneNotes’. Unfortunately, like OneNote, it doesn’t appear that I can programmatically access the “database” like I want. I’d like to create some speciallized Tablet PC-biased archiving tools and I’ve yet to find a way to leverage these “archiving” systems.

* Convoq presented a free web conferencing system. Free sounds like a great price. I need to check it out. The product includes audio, video, PowerPoint, screen and file sharing, and chat. No ink though.

Hmm. There were lots more than this, but that’s all I recall for now.


  1. Hi Loren,

    I’m a developer at Onfolio- just wanted to chime in that although you are right that we don’t have an API for interacting with our storage system, we do include a utility for exporting collection data to XML. Its a pretty flexible command line tool called Cfs2Xml that might enable you to do what you’d like with the collected data.