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April 30, 2007


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Doug Toombs

Great post ...

I go both ways on the air connectivity. I do enjoy my quiet time - but on a trip to Milan on Lufthansa last year, it was actually handy to do a bit of advanced research on the company we were going to visit, right on the plane. I guess the limiting factor, which could be a good thing, is that the ol' laptop battery only lasts about 2 hours ... so the rest of the time I have to do something else.

I don't think the barriers to adoption necessarily have to do with "sync" or "offline web apps" ... but more to the point you raised - all your data are belong to them! I wrote about this a couple months back - http://dougtoombs.com/2007/03/22/why-large-enterprises-arent-joining-the-web20-love-fest/ - and personally I know my employer would never agree to having our sensitive corporate data on external servers, outside of our control. I don't think the Web2.0 crowd quite gets that point yet ... the self-congratulatory love-fest just feels too good, I guess!


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Kevin Beckford

Well, "sync" is not a corporate thing really. It is a thing for people who don't have access to banks of servers. All the points are correct, but there are people, such as myself who want to run an experiment:

Can I be part of a co-operative instead of a corporation?

I'm canadian, so I've still got network neutrality.
My apps can scale with the big boy's cause i've got EC2 and S3.
My "Development Team" is the lazyweb, there's enough code out there and being developed to satisfy me.
My "office" is wherever i can get signal and coffee.

And now i'm getting access to a reasonable, distributed office suite and apps online, where i can _collaborate_ freely with whomever.

Look at the privacy issues today: Your data is not safe anywhere. All over the world they sniff your traffic, can search your house, and of course can just take that precious laptop. By the Hammer man, if you show up to a library in Arkansas asking about say, maps to oil refineries or something or take out one too many books on a "verboten" topic then you go on a list. We can't even talk to much about this because the no-fly list is pretty random.

P2P sharing is the way, I'm in total agreement, so much so that I'm actually posting here... for everything. That's how you cut out a large part of influence by companies over your data.

I have the same view about my quiet, non computer time as i do about Python:

I have discipline. My tools do not enforce it upon me. I enforce it upon them. If i need quiet time, i'll take it, connected or no. Why would it be any other way? Just because someone is shouting does not mean that I have to answer. Let me check.... Nope, I still have no king.

Alain Chiasson

I think some form of open sync would be excellent. I have many online service that I think would benefit from this. For me the biggest issue is the trust that the company and MY data will be there.

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