Monday, October 15, 2001

8/11/2006; 2:29:43 AM

A handheld Linux machine for point applications ...

This is a very good start on a whole new class of mobile and (potentially) wearable computers. It appears to be a Linux machine with a huge hard drive and some basic applications. It is also a MP3 player, and seems to have quite a bit of extensibility. I am determined to see if they have a booth at Comdex coming up in Las Vegas next month! I really want to take a look ...

Linux handheld device holds 10GB. A Singapore company unveils the Terapin Mine, a handheld device that stores up to 10GB of data and multimedia files. [CNET Tech News]

8/11/2006; 2:29:45 AM

The continuing evolution of Instant Messaging ... as people learn ...
This is a good article that outlines the continuation of the learning process about Instant Messaging. One of the things that I learned while working in this area of research is that there is considerable confusion about exactly what we are talking about when we say "Instant Messaging".

While working on the digitalme project at Novell, I had created a foundation framework for identity, community, and communications. Within this framework I quickly realized that it is not about "instant messaging", but instead we are seeing a number of human behaviors and interactions collapsed. There is being, community, identity, and communications ... and all of these are collapsed in our current conversations about "instant messaging."

Being ... that is who we are ... who we are being. We then create relationships ... which generates and creates community. Community then can give us identity ... indicating who we are being repeatedly in that community. We then can indicate who we are being at any point in time (presence), and allow for various forms of communications at any particular time.

So what we really have is a way to organize the communities that we are a part of, and the members of the communities that we communicate with. We can then "see" their status and who they are "being" at that moment (presence)... and then we can choose the way that we (and they) wish to communicate. The aspects of building our "buddy list" and the indication of "presence" are some of the most critical components, but tend to be lost in these articles.

The next wave of instant messaging. Who needs e-mail, or even the phone? New tech plans to take IM far beyond the simple text message. [CNET Tech News]

Sunday, October 07, 2001

8/11/2006; 2:29:37 AM

Open Source finding out about directories ...
This is a very interesting project since it begins to explore the uses of directories for valuable end-user solutions. I like the demo, and it begins to explore the storage of users, multiple address books, etc. Cool stuff.

Directories, IMHO, are fundamental to the digital identity of the future. They can provide the facilities to create powerful identity storage ... and this application starts to deal with some of these ideas and implications.

Rolodap 0.94 (Default). Multiuser contacts managment system based on LDAP and PHP. []