Fighting The Empire Striking Back With Web Servers In Pocket
Par Julien le mardi 18 mars 2008, 12:04 - Lien permanent
As I wrote before, we have been witnessing since the beginning of WWW a
tacit fight between two philosophical camps in the computing microcosm:
In the left corner sit the promoters of "cloud" computing, the same that tried to sell the Network Is The Computer propaganda ten years ago.
As I explained before, "cloud" is just a more cloudy term to refer to mainframe computing, the popular architecture of the...sixties!!!
The few have computers and the many have screens and keyboards to tap in these huge and shared computing resources.
In this model, you are depending on the big guys for the right to do what you want with THEIR computers.
The main forces in this Empire are the biggest on WWW such as Google, that built the biggest mainframe ever with hundreds of thousands computers, and the makers of servers like Sun and Oracle.
In the right corner sit the more hidden promoters of "even more personal"
computing, building on the shoulders of computing democratizers of the 70s,
especially with Peer 2 Peer (P2P) computing.
As I explained before, "P2P" is just a fancy term to refer to the next step of personal computing, where more and more is done by a person's computer, sucking the control from the mainframes.
The main forces among these Jedis are the biggest makers of personal computers, from Nokia to Apple.
The latest interesting nascent trend from the Jedis is the idea of Pocket
This was started by Nokia with their Web Server for s60.
This has been worked by the iJetty project, targeting the Android stack from Google.
This SHOULD be the most important feature to add to Firefox to make it a real competitor to the Facebooks of the world.
A Web Server in the Pocket could make person to person communications much
simpler by enabling a direct and standardized HTTP messages between
What's lacking for this?
Number 1, the collaboration of carriers to allow then optimize incoming requests to handsets on their network.
Number 2, a more spread will of persons to buy, thus own their name on WWW to be fully independent from service providers.
I can thus dream of the day where I may have Julienboyreau.com on my iPhone,
letting who I want GET FROM it and POST TO it in real time, punching back all
the Twitters and Facebooks of the world.
In the short term, 4 key companies may have to choose a camp :
Google may have to choose between Adwords (The Empire side) and Adsense (The Jedi side).
Intel may have to choose between Xeon (The Empire side) and Atom (The Jedi side).
Nokia may have to choose between Ovi (The Empire side) and Web Server, s60, NSeries (The Jedi side).
Microsoft may have to choose between Live (The Empire side) and Windows (The Jedi side).