Online Communities Endure

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"For every story about Internet addiction leading victims to ignore their families and become withdrawn, anti-social, and depressed, there is a countervailing example of a person who has found a support group, employment prospects, or a community of like-minded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 to maintain directories of topical resources."

From: Online Communities Endure as Platforms Come and Go – Article

Virtual Network Computing

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]

Q: What is Project JXTA?

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, under the Apache Software License, encouraging others to join in our efforts. The project now is evolving daily.

[quoted from the JXTA FAQ]

P2P meets B2B

"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

more on cable modems

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."

Lo-Fi P2P

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."