Re: ~e; need for a particular kind of program
brian carroll <email@example.com>
Fri, 5 Mar 2004 10:11:34 -0600
Hi Hans, hope you are doing well post-flood there and
have safe travels. Thanks for your sharing this link. I
found something for the Mac OSX and it has some
of the things I was thinking about. Reminds me very
much of the BBS (bulletin board systems) that, to me,
were an effective means of communicating information
prior to the take-off of the internet, in that there was a
variety to functionality. I do not know much about the
advance of the wiki-webs yet it seems to be another
format for delivering content. There is a small program
called VoodooPad Lite for the Mac OSX which has a
built-in wiki option. I am thinking more in terms of an
entire website with a wide variety of content/structure.
There is something I read recently about why cable-
modems and dsl possibly, allow smaller upstream
connections (so people do not web-serve their own
content) and it reminds me of the gap between the
needs of information sharing versus corporations
who own the operating systems, webhosts and the
rest. PHP and mySQL, while obviously helpful to
most people, could also be a complex issue if one
is to migrate a site and the same technologies are
not supported. Or, one cannot view content on their
own home computer. It makes me wonder about a
possible hardware strategy that, should 'servers'
become easier to use for the consumer market, it
would be great if these became a main computing
device in which to build online sites (locally) and
to serve these, archive these, change content on
these, possibly without some of today's security
and other hazards (lost data). In that same sense
it may be possible to make the 'desktop' the 'web'
in that the online server is the home computer,
though probably segmented out/quarantined, yet
it would change the online landscape, potentially,
with addressing and mailserving and the rest. If,
a consumer-friendly server is even possible today.
Not sure such an application (desktop to web, though
still in HTML/XML) is possible, in an integrated sense.
It would be like having 'office' applications for the web.
Thanks for writing Hans, I will keep looking into this.
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