|When the network becomes as fast as the processor, the computer hollows out and spreads across the network.
Eric Schmidt, 1993
Mr. Schmidt worked for Sun when he wrote that — now he works at Google.
|The desktop is dead. Welcome to the Internet cloud, where massive facilities across the globe will store all the data you’ll ever use.
George Gilder, The Information Factories
According to the Wall Street Journal:
Google is preparing a service that would let users store on its computers essentially all of the files they might keep on their personal-computer hard drives — such as word-processing documents, digital music, video clips and images, say people familiar with the matter. The service could let users access their files via the Internet from different computers and mobile devices when they sign on with a password, and share them online with friends. It could be released as early as a few months from now.
Now you can forget to back up stuff on your gDrive too.
|Google is going to put serious pressure on the wireless communications industry to change their business models from subscription based survival to active air time marketing based on their numbers of subscribers.
Gary E. Sattler, Android: Google’s answer to open source mobile
Note to self: Need to find out more about “active air time marketing” and what the business model will look like.
|Facebook isn’t threatened — for now. Application developers are going to go to where the heat is, and that heat is red hot at Facebook.|
Used to be that Facebook was a place where you poked people and threw sheep or chickens at them. Since Google opened it up, there are new applications being launched every day. Widgets, move over. It won’t be long till those social apps jump out of Facebook and land on a web site near you. Right now Facebook is the wild wild west. If you haven’t visited lately and looked around at the business groups, you’re missing out on the next revolution.
|One of the things I personally am really interested in is the move over to SSD (solid-state drives) disks. I’m a huge believer in reducing latency, and some of the better SSDs are changing the whole game when it comes to access latency, which in turn has potentially big impacts on the kernel — and while they are currently expensive enough to be a pretty minor player, that is certainly looking to change in 2008 and later.
Linus Torvalds, Torvalds on where Linux is headed in 2008 (article by Charles Babcock)
|Now when another application such as App A comes along and looks at App B’s data it can reference App B’s ontology to see for itself what was intended by the “has team” link — it can see exactly what that link implies and what can be inferred by it. It understands how to use App B’s data set, and how to correctly make new links using that data set which are consistent with the meaning of the links it contains.
Nova Spivack, Defining the Semantic Graph — What is it Really?
This is the real point of the Semantic Web open standards — RDF enables data to be represented in a database independent manner, and OWL enables the semantic of that data to be defined in an open machine-understandable way so that other applications can use that data without having to first be programmed to do so. As long as they speak RDF/OWL, applications can use any data they find and lookup the meaning of any data they need to use so they can use the data appropriately.
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This seems very surreal…but it’s real. The future is now.
|I’ve tried to narrow down why I think it will fail to once sentence: It solves problems that don’t really exist.|
At first I agreed with Ed Kohler, but after shopping for books this weekend on Amazon, I’m not so sure. The problem Kindle solves is instant access. With Kindle you can think of a book, order it and start reading it within three minutes. Doesn’t get much better than that.
|Known as Beacon, the feature was one of several money-making ideas Facebook launched this month to try to turn its users’ actions – such as their online purchases and their stated preferences for certain brands – into recommendations that might influence the buying habits of their friends.
Richard Waters Privacy fears over Facebook feature
Facebook rejected the claims [of violating privacy] and said that its users are given two chances to opt out of sending a Beacon alert to their friends. It claimed, “Information is shared with a small selection of a user’s trusted network of friends, not publicly on the Web or with all Facebook users They also are given multiple ways to choose not to share information from a participating site, both on that site and on Facebook.”
|Consumer and corporate use of the Internet could overload the current capacity and lead to brown-outs in two years unless backbone providers invest billions of dollars in new infrastructure according to a study by Nemertes Research Group, an independent analysis firm.|
Internet users will create 161 exabytes of new data this year, and this exaflood is a positive development for Internet users and businesses. An exabyte is 1 quintillion bytes or about 1.1 billion gigabytes. One exabyte is the equivalent of about 50,000 years of DVD quality video.