a good article about how online communities have endured despite the shortage of service offerings.
some good quotes:
"For every story about Internet addiction leading victims to ignore their families and become withdrawn, anti-social, and depressed, there is a countervailing example of a person who has found a support group, employment prospects, or a community of like-minded topical enthusiasts through the 'net."
"If broadcast, run by large entertainment companies, takes back some of the mindshare that had been gained by interactive media, we risk a tilting of our focus back towards the mindless television watching that threatens to turn our brains to sauerkraut."
"Yahoo! Geocities is another supposed manifestation of community, but is mainly just a platform for people without design skills to put up a personal web site quickly. The citizenship aspect of Geocities was always exaggerated…"
"Budding authors have joined with self-publishing venues such as Themestream. Volunteer editors have signed up with the Open Directory Project and Zeal.com to maintain directories of topical resources."
From: Online Communities Endure as Platforms Come and Go – Traffick.com Article
a slashdot thread and o'reilly article on my.netscape.com removal of the RSS 0.91 DTD, which broke many sites validating the XML of RSS feeds.
What is VNC? … it looks like a multi-platform light-weight and free version of pcAnywhere, but don't take my word for it …
"VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. It is, in essence, a remote display system which allows you to view a computing 'desktop' environment not only on the machine where it is running, but from anywhere on the Internet and from a wide variety of machine architectures."
From: VNC – Virtual Network Computing from AT&T Laboratories Cambridge [thanks john]
one of the local new jersey papers just did a story about us and boy do i love miss-quotes, "Peloso says his product is better than Excel" (where did that come from?)
find out today @ 11 am [PDT] during a live webcast when Sun's Bill Joy and John Gage unveil the P2P philosophy and vision of Project JXTA.
from what i've read, "Jxta will offer features such as the ability to create communities, monitoring of the network, fast polling of nodes, and encryption"
A: Project JXTA started as a research project incubated at Sun Microsystems under the guidance of Bill Joy and Mike Clary. Its goal is to explore a vision of distributed computing using peer-to-peer topology, and to develop basic building blocks and services that would enable innovative applications for peer groups. Recognizing this effort would benefit from expert coders outside of Sun (Joys Law: Innovation Happens Elsewhere), the project has posted a draft of a specification and some prototype code to a web site, www.jxta.org under the Apache Software License, encouraging others to join in our efforts. The project now is evolving daily.
[quoted from the JXTA FAQ]
"Wall Street's interest in P2P comes after a decade of struggling to make so-called client-server networks handle the massive data-crunching jobs necessary to calculate changes in billions of transactions and millions of client portfolios."
"Peer-to-Peer software companies are beginning to roll out new trading, collaboration and content management applications as the technology looks to prove itself in the world of business-to-business computing. "
"P2P software vendors and users are also looking at knowledge management, or making content more accessible. It's one area in which analysts have praised the technology."
From: Peer-to-Peer seeks B2B niche
ted sent me this: Are cable access fees headed up?
"After remaining virtually unchanged for the past several years, the cost of monthly Internet access via high-speed cable modems could be headed higher. Millions of cable-based Internet customers have grown accustomed to paying about $40 monthly for access. But that fee could become just a fond memory for two recent developments: Leading provider Excite@Home is under extreme pressure to raise cash, and the competition from the DSL (digital subscriber line) industry has already started to raise prices."
this is actually sweet… "BadBlue provides searching, sharing, peer-to-peer (P2P) and customizability in a tiny footprint. Live sharing of Excel and Word data is supported. In addition, PE is perfect for web application development and deployment with its full-featured support of tools like CGI, ISAPI and PHP."
"The architecture of P2P Content Networking mirrors the architecture of most businesses, namely one that is decentralized and distributed. Because of this, businesses are using it to cut costs, make employees more effective and improve customer service." [thanks per]
From: Will P2P work in the enterprise?
"TWO MAJOR emerging technology trends will converge this week when a number of startup companies move to link peer-to-peer computing architectures with evolving Web services platforms from companies such as Sun Microsystems and Microsoft."
From: Peer-to-peer boosts Web services
I wish I knew about this when I broke my collarbone! Duke Orthopedic Surgeon Develops Surgical Approach For Broken Collarbones
"Within two weeks of surgery, he was out surfing, and eight weeks later, he placed second in an international judo competition."
I was off my bike for months! [thanks brian]
wow, this sux … "Winstar on Wednesday said it has filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection and filed a lawsuit claiming Lucent Technologies breached a partnership agreement."
From: Winstar files for bankruptcy, sues Lucent – Tech News – CNET.com