Happy New Year, everyone!
Tim O'Reilly on Apple's Rendezvous & Cooperation. One of the things I'm most excited about is Apple's new Rendezvous technology, which allows applications and devices to automatically find each other when in local or logical proximity. This is an idea that a lot of people have been working on for four or five years. As usual, Sun Microsystems was way ahead of the curve. Bill Joy, who's one of the real visionaries of the industry, saw the need pretty early on. The whole JINI project was about this idea of devices being able to find each other and just work together.
But like a lot of first implementations, I think JINI had too much baggage with it. Sun's continued to work at it, with JXTA being the latest incarnation. There's also been a lot of innovation in the P2P file-sharing space in the last couple of years that is very relevant. A lot of it didn't quite go anywhere, but some of the ideas became mainstream. Microsoft and Intel are also working on something called Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). What's very nice about Rendezvous, though, is that it is so simple. It leverages a lot of the existing Internet infrastructure and provides an elegant solution for the question, “How do you get devices and programs to seamlessly find and see each other?” It's simple enough that I expect an awful lot of hackers to pick up on it. The fundamental idea of Rendezvous is that you shouldn't have to configure computers to work together. It's part of a paradigm shift that I've been talking about a lot lately. We're moving from assuming that a computer is a stand-alone device to assuming that it's a network citizen.
The Internet has been at the forefront of the industry's efforts for the past decade, but from a paradigmatic point of view, it was largely framed as an add-on to a personal computer. But now a personal computer is becoming part of a larger mesh of computers and devices that come and go, with a mesh of services that come and go, and application design is starting to reflect that realization. With Rendezvous, Apple has come up with a very, very simple architecture that I can see a lot of people leveraging. [Smart Mobs]
Store 80 Gigs on Your Network With a No-Fuss File Server. One of the main reasons for creating a home network is to share files among computers. But when those files are super-size – containing digital movies, for example – they can overwhelm the humble PC that is designated as the server. To ease the strain, Linksys has introduced a high-capacity file server that offers home users shared storage and several easily configured network options, including a file transfer protocol server, printer sharing and remote Web-based file retrieval. By Glenn Fleishman. [New York Times: Technology]
Had a great Christmas with friends. Talked to family by phone. Time to enjoy the quiet a bit.
Quite the blizzard outside. Glad to have made it home safely.
Off to visit friends for the holiday. No snow here yet . . .
My friend and super consultant Jon Oltsik has a new site built with Radio. The weblog is in process as are the links to the free reports he will post to his site. This shows how you can easily publish a standard site with Radio and comingle it with a weblog. More later as Dann helps him move this forward. If I was a consultant or an analyst (again), the first thing I would do would be to build a marketing site in Radio and publish it to my domain via FTP. The next thing I would do is start to publish a weblog on the topics I consult on (to start to capture the keywords in Google for that topic) and gain credibility with prospective customers. Many consultants get this, most don't. Frankly, if your brain isn't online, where is it? [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
The Perpetual War Portfolio. “The Perpetual War Portfolio is an evenly weighted basket of five stocks poised to succeed in the age of perpetual war. The stocks were selected on the basis of popular product lines, strong political connections and lobbying efforts, and paid-for access to key Congressional decision makers.” The PWP is up 3.25% since its inception on 12/2/02, compared to a 4.68% drop in the S&P 500. [kottke.org]