I give Turpin the $M roadmap, was re: ***F*** removable media.
jbone at place.org
jbone at place.org
Sun Oct 26 22:29:46 PST 2003
To your first point: FreeNet. Now, granted, you might not regard
FreeNet as a total solution due to lack of market share, so to speak.
But regardless --- the tech is there, waiting for users. To the second
point: FreeNet. Cf. above. To the third point (a) you've got it,
80/20 and (b) the long-term solution requires Deepfile-2. (That's
Deepfile minus 2, the things we argued and designed in the conf. room
over the Baskin Robbins over three years ago --- problem being a
go-to-market problem / chicken-or-egg problem.) Cf. OceanStore, etc.
And numerous commercial plays, mostly science projects that despite
significant VC funding have blown up and will continue to blow up.
Rich unstructured-content metadata is slowly worming its way into the
enterprise. Unf., ultimately only Microsoft can deliver it as a
platform. (No more Netscape debacles in the filesystem arena, there
are some savvy M$ researchers --- starving for smart product managers.)
Bottom line is this: the forces are in play. It's (i.e., the ultimate
metadata / KM / platform capability) an inevitable consequence of the
technological forces that have come / interacted before. It is ---
like any good idea (e.g. Internet scale notification, presence, instant
messaging, etc.) just a matter of time. The key is whether the people
that understand and can solve this problem can be --- and continue to
be --- financially incented to do so while the market catches up.
Classic innovators dilemma.
If I were you, Turpin, I'd spend every waking hour working on "Peabody"
(tm --- Turpin) as an end-user tool --- in Python, leveraging RDF, with
emphasis on releasing to Windows, OS X, and Gnome in that order with
close attention to integrating under the hood w/ Friedman's Dashboard /
cluestreams. Not as an endpoint, but as a functionality-multiplier,
regardless of platform. You can't make $B on it, but you could easily
retire through licensing the efficient algorithmic engine --- or if
more eleemosynary, become the Linus of KM. If you wind the narrow way
through representation, retrieval, composition, and --- most important
--- coordination properly, it's within reach. Has been for several
That's likelier than anything to get us further down the path w/o the
hobbles of commercial / investment / profit motives. And a good
showing there early could make serious jack --- or at least move the
bar way, way up. How many hours a day are you spending hacking
Don't worry so much about the storage metaphor. Abstraction is your
friend --- find the sweet spot, hint it's namespaces, leverage REST and
RDF. Yeah, today is *FUNDAMENTALLY* broken. Work around it.
Solutions will come --- but not until there's a profit incentive or
somebody like you w/ the wherewithal to avoid the online committee
debacle and just sit down and *DO* an end-user implementation.
BTW --- RT --- you looking at the Documents / Tables / etc. unification
stuff coming out of Meijer? Smart kid. Read his stuff.
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