When i initially "started" this blog i was kinda swamped with my creating the reports for my previous fiscal year, so the promised post didn't show up. And after finishing that i've been sick and had to catch up a bit on other work. Regardless of that, here's my second post.
24hour business camp has passed (yeah it passed when i wrote the first post) and i gotta say that it intrigued me in several ways.
Partly as someone else already commented it did remind me of the demoparties i used to attend, people comming together and grinding out something before some arbitary deadline. Many people (i'm a prime example myself) tend to have this idea about doing stuff really well and forgetting that stuff needs to be out to be relevant at all. The counter argument is usually that you might end up with other headaches such as supporting buggy behaviour,scaling and such, but before you release you really don't know what those problems are going to be.
As for the sites people released at the event i gotta say that it was quite a mixed bag in my opinion. It wasn't that exciting to see a bunch of me-too that were some of the first ones i spotted. The other thing that saddened me was that some people were just there to get publicity for rather generic sites.
On the upside there was a bunch of really cool ideas and some sites that weren't original but certainly filled a niche that given time, exposure and luck oughta be profitable. I've actually forgot what ones i voted for but 2 of them were tampongdax and barnamun simply because i think they should be able to turn a profit big enough to sustain themselves. I think i missed the point of 90sec when voting earlier but i would definetly say that it goes within that same category.
I think Voicly was the truly most unconventional idea of the entire camp and somehow i wasn't surprised that one of the authors was Fredrik Berglund that also was in on the initial idea of Squace. As cool as the idea is i don't think it'd ever be truly successful, but i for one would be glad to be proven wrong as Fredrik is a cool guy.
Of all entries for 24hbc my definite favourite idea was SiteGuard. I don't know if it tells more about me or the crowd voting at the 24hbc site that SiteGuard was actually in the absolute bottom.
Malware and spam on the net isn't going to decrease, on the contrary at the same rate as more customized software(webapps and sites) is deployed on the net there are going to be exploits targeting those. Already today spamming and malware scripts targets most login sites and sites protected with captchas, providing us with a situation where you will end up with nasty things on your pages regardless of the measures you put in. Also as a developer you always don't get exactly the view of your site that your customers do most of the time, it's quite common to find problems with sites during off-hours just because you're in a more "common" environment when surfing from home for example.
Because of these reasons i feel that SiteGuard has the potential to protect the site that your customers see, saving both manual effort required to remove things and embarassment when you do miss things that your customers get exposed to simply because they work as an external resource. The main problem of SiteGuard is that the site doesn't work(?), the site is also very light on information about what malware is detected and finally there seems to be a total lack of customization for your own site. F.ex. it would be a good idea to be able to provide a sample-login for the scanner to be able to access the "inner" site. Regardless of all this, the idea is brilliant.
PS: I'm at full speed working on my first public product, i'm hoping to release more information and a beta soon.