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Sun To Offer Alternative Online Digital Identity -- Finally, someone besides Microsoft steps up to the plate in recognizing that all electronic transactions revolve around accurately identifying the parties to the transaction. All the noise about directory services (LDAP) still comes down to a common way to accurately identify the "who" component of electronic business and commerce. The Internet community ought to have more than just 2 choices (Microsoft's Passport and the new Sun offering) for credential management service providers. Any other takers out there?
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InfoWorld published this excellent brief overview video on cloud computing. Worth a look if you're in the dark about the cloud!
One Laptop Per Child - Poor Use of Funds? A digg post links to a blog posting by a representative of European think tank Globalisation Institute who believes that the OLPC initiative is a waste of money and that its organizers and backers should "leave computers to the market economy." Interestingly enough, it's because of OLPC that "the market economy" is finally recognizing the opportunity emerging among developing nations. Just last week Microsoft announced a $3 software bundle for developing economies. "Microsoft and others needed to begin reaching out to the developing world through existing, lower-cost technologies such as cell phones and television to provide basic computing and educational opportunities, according to Gates." While cell phones will undoubtedly permeate emerging economies more quickly than traditional PCs, they fall far short of delivering the educational value of devices like OLPC . Governments around the world are re
Planet PDF - PDF Collaboration In Action - WebDAV -- Adobe is leading the collaboration charge on WebDAV in much the same way that Userland/Dave Winer are doing so for SOAP and XML-RPC.
I've been struggling to define an architectural view that clarifies the complementary nature of WebDAV and SOAP/XML-RPC ; both are promising collaboration platforms, each takes a different approach to collaboration.
There's no question that people and systems will continue to use and manage digital files in the traditional (e.g., file system-based) way that WebDAV supports, but these two technologies certainly begin to blur the lines, as both virtualize file location & movement in ways that previous network protocols & implementations have not.
We may ultimately find that WebDAV just provides the industry with a stepping stone to a more flexible "file-sharing" environment based on SOAP, but once adopted WebDAV may be difficult to unseat. I guess we just have to wait