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The Missing Piece

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

The first time I heard about the need for a disconnected web was from Vint Cerf, the father of the internet in a talk he gave at Fidelity back around 2000. You can see an updated version of the presentation he gave by clicking here (sample included below)

Although he was talking about the challenge on an interplanetary level, it made me think about how the disconnected web was an issue for us normal earth bound beings as well. So with the announcement today of google documents with the optional google gears install, I can now have the satisfaction of riding the train where there is no internet connection and still work on my document in the browser and not be concerned with it re-synchronizing the next time I use it from a different computer. I will post an update once I have had a chance to try it out.

So if I recieve a message from someone on another planet, will it include any sounds from the space it traveled through like these?

Wireless Trends

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

With all the big names starting to go wireless with their newest devices (iPhone, gPhone, Skype phone)  and the shift in how people are using their computing devices no longer at the desk but with handheld devices; I thought it rather interesting that the new Mac air has no ethernet port.  Seeing how Steve Jobs always likes to minimize his computers and push the envelope with the new technologies I thought it rather fitting he now wants to have us all go wireless with our networking.  There will still be a slight transition before everything is wireless, in the meantime I can see a market for a complete kit like this one.

I was considering Guy’s comments on his new Mac Air and how it is still inconvenient to go totally wireless.  It reminds me a lot of the change to no longer include a floppy drive in the Macs several years back.  I think I would miss the DVD drive more since I like to watch my own movies while flying or on the train.  Yet this option makes for a much larger and heavier machine so I am not surprised it was left out.  As for the solid state drive, this has been a long time coming and I feel it is about time we began to move away from disk drives.