My going away present to Silicon valley

Submitted by marccanter on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 14:04.

Here's the Google Tech Talk I did last week.


In Silicon Valley all they care about is money and not what the power of software can bring.  They try and patent everything so in true alternative fashion I have 'open idea-ed' a tool design which I have been pitching for five years and which will probably take anotehr five years to build.

This was done in the auspices of a 'Google Tech Talk' which is a fairly prestigous lecture series that some get invited to do.  The Tech Talk went up on YouTube yesterday.

If you watch to the end you'll see how I tie this design into dashboards and our 'Digital City' project in NEO.


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Making it easy to

Making it easy to disseminate large amount of information easily is not necessarily a good thing.

One universal program was not acceptable at the onset and we know why it would have limited creativity. A lack of competition does that. So now it is about a universal interface.

The problem with that is speed, it is multitasking.

Here is my tilt on it; when I purchase a computing device it could have nearly nothing on it, when I plug it in then it could requests a user name and password. Then it would sync with my personal configuration. That configuration has a dashboard that includes universal password management and also licenses and account management. It also registers the devices and shows the devices that are loaded with my configuration. The devices are backups for the server. If I access remotely say a coffee house it shows that, either my laptop or a public computer at a library it would show an access log.

It could add portable devices, having a sync feature.

Then to access my accounts or personal configuration you would have to download it to a PC and then it would show up as a computer in the list.

I am not 100% on any of this, but there is a matter of processing speed and load sharing and ease of access. Then the lion in the room is security. Hard coded ID # on devices and then access logs.

That’s about a Universal API which is more or less an operating system. Managing it on the desktop then moving it into other locations, many of us loose something and often begin again. The alternative is a personal configuration on a server that is backed with a device, they sync.

That is very much like managing a web site, not everything on a web site is public and some things are editable and some things are not. You can work offline and then load it, to a server.

To me it is about running shit load of applications and requires a server that can support those and that is a matter of speed and efficiency. You cannot have a server that is all open, but it can have access control and then allow manipulation and configuration with GUI’s but that’s limited as to personalization.

I think having to be in so many places and then linking to so many places, not that many people are that active. The blogers are and seeking perpetual recognition and acknowledgment. Makes me think about new dissemination and then the flinging of crap as well.

Then I think about how much more value the internet had before AOL. It may sound like it is a matter of making it easier and in that is in some respects just dumbing it up. I am frustrated with people and the touting of rudimentary abilities that really require no skills what so ever. 

Open sourcing

Marc...dashboards, army knifes...this is a lot to digest, but very cool if NEO might make it happen.  I've got to watch this a couple more times.