Hey kids – get off of my lawn

Hey kids – get off of my lawn

A very interesting conversation on the merits of top-down vs bottom-up standardization ”on the web”. Somehow IETF is considered big and slow and in the way. And a Microsoft employee argues the IETF route wanting to ban ”standards” produced by ”Google emplyees in their spare time”.

Steve’s post only hints at what and why and how is at stake, please listen to his Gillmor gang conversation for the lowdown on how OAuth, OpenSocial and other useful standards make it or don’t make it into widespred and accepted use by large and small web entities. What’s your take on this Paf?

/peter

MultiOS home


How Dropbox ended my search for seamless sync on Linux

I use a Macbook as my main machine. Also have a Mac in the basement to to heavy lifting of photo editing. And the kitchen-computer is a Mac. But there is also a Vista box down there in the basement that still holds many years of windows formatted data. And an Ubuntu laptop. And my son’s got a Linux box with Tuxpaint, too.

Most of these computers don’t move around much but the Macbook occasionally (daily!) travells to work. And sometimes I need to share files in smaller contexts, such as when working with Teldok20 or with my choir. Or when visiting my folks to patch their computer.

Nothing large, no enterprise requirements. Simple file sharing. In some of these scenarios, some of the time, it would be swell to have seamless cloud storage. It seems, according to Ars, that dropbox delivers. I am going to try. Macbook and Linux laptop are up, and an invitation is sent out to one trusted sceptical friend. Would he rather that we use  ‘da drupal’? Ars has an answer to why Dropbox might be a better alternative. I don’ know yet.

Floss with Simon Phipps

The TWiT Netcast Network with Leo Laporte

Wow. So many take-aways from the interview with this gentleman who is in charge of open source and open standards at Sun.

”How did it happen that we got proprietary software in the first place? It was an unintended consequence. IBM had to start witholding source code in order to comply with the court’s consent decree.” (Anti-trust suit brought in 1969, verdict in 1983.)

”When you create a system, you inevitably create the game that plays it.”

”How do you monetize in the open source world? You charge at the point where the user finds value, rather than at the promise of value, which is the old proprietary model.” (For this particular quote, 28 minutes into the 70 minutes long interview.)

But mostly Simon, Leo and Randall talk on the issues of transparency, privacy, secrecy and the inevitalble coming of communities around Open Source.

I will edit this post, or follow up with more posts on this tremendously important topic, as soon as I’ve found time to dig deeper into Sinom’s writings and doings.

/peter

The Future of Microblogging | A Stubborn Mules Perspective

The Future of Microblogging | A Stubborn Mules Perspective

Ok, many before me pointed to this post. It’s exiting to observe in real time as important architectural decisions are made. Shall Microbloggin (Twitter, Jaiku and the others) be island communities much like the IM systems (Google Talk, MSN Messanger etc) or will we see standard based interoperability such as it emerged in the email world?

Free the Airwaves: Whitespace campaign Lessig Blog

Free the Airwaves: Whitespace campaign Lessig Blog

Regulating the airwaves – Older Lessig blog post

I veckan ska jag börja läsa ”Effektivare signaler”, ett betänkande av frekvensutredningen. Allt för att bygga en bas inför ett eventuellt kommande seminarium på ”Någonting i luften”-tema i Teldok2.0-regi. Vad tror, tycker ni? Är frekvenspolitik uppabstraherat ett eller ett par nivåer en tillräckligt brinnande aktuell och stormande viktig fråga för samhällsutveckingen för att vi ska köra ett seminarium därom, tentativt i v. 46? Kommentera gärna, samt tipsa oss om bakgrundsmaterial vi bör studera in för att kunna begränsa opch specificera frågeställningen korrent. Kommentera här, eller delicious.com-tagga med etp2 (för Ekonomi, teknik, politik, seminarie 2).

Larry Lessig argumenterar från amerikansk horisont för att fler och större bitar spektruk ska lämnas helt fria. Vi såg alla hur WLAN-utvecklingen sköt fart i slutet av 90-talet trots allt som företrädare för ”ordning och reda bland vågorna” varnade för. Såja, jag ska inte skriva förrän jag läst på. Återkommer.

Too much data ruins the investigation, every time.

Cory Doctorow: Big Brother is not watching | Technology | guardian.co.uk
Too much data ruins the investigation, every time.

Yep. Så är det. Medan hela världen ”jag har inget att dölja” rusar vidare på väg ned i det svarta hålet. 

Vitt? Svart? Grått! Balans. Lagom. Kontroll. Transparens. Ge polisen och den militära underrättelsetjänsten bättre resurser att göra riktigt grävande arbete där det är motiverat istället för att fylla alla databaser from here to hell med mer och mer brus.