Trouble in IMland
Mon, 14 Jan 2002 21:44:43 -0600
"Stephen D. Williams" wrote:
> Remember, I was working on a hush-hush (Ha!) startup, had written all of
> Buddylist 1.X at AOL, and had created and built a project called Instant
> Images at AOL that was a high volume, scalable video conferencing add-on to
> IM. I did all this in 95-97, long before Yahoo's recent realtime imaging
> addon to IM.
Yup, them were the salad days. ;-) It's sometimes painful to contemplate how few
of our sky-high aspirations for this technology have been realized in 5-6 years,
> Firewalls and
> NAT routers block more or less anything but outgoing TCP connections for
> large segments of Internet users. Nobody liked the huge SIP standards docs
To the first point: yes, they were stupid. (Many of us were, some of us
learned. ;-) To the second: yes, horrifying.
> I'll find a way to play in the IM/Presence space, but now it's pure
> guerilla, open source, lean and mean.
Right on, brudda! :-)