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OSAF design notes

Mitch Kapor has posted some design notes on OSAF. Cool.

My design for spaces takes a similar tack, although I've chosen to start with an interface that feels more familiar, while gently easing the user into seeing the information more as connected data rather than disparate pieces. The data structures feel more familiar too even though in the background spaces is making all those connections between data items. Additionally, it seems that OSAF won't have the equivalent of the concept of a "space," which is an abstraction that defines an additional level of correlation between information, something that users clearly see but that might not be obvious for the program, simply by looking at the interconnections between the data. Again, the idea of a space is an evolution of the concept of a folder, but the space will become less and less relevant as more connections are formed ... so eventually it won't be necessary at all (something that can be seen in spaces when using the "Search Space", which provides free-form (for now) and eventually data-graph searching on the data.

It's great that these issues have finally surfaced in the popular consciousness. ;-)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 24, 2002 at 10:31 PM

no comment linked

The following article on weblogs for Telepolis links to //no comment under the International Weblogs section (on the right). Gracias!.

Related to that, weblogs haven't made a huge dent in Latin America, although they are making waves in Spain. In the case of Latin America, people have more immediate worries: poverty, unemployment, and such. It's a difficult and unstable time for the subcontinent, and cool technologies are not, shall we say, top priority (even though the improved communication they bring might help solve some of the problems).

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on October 24, 2002 at 8:16 PM

The publish/subscribe Internet

A Jon Udell article:

Remember when GUI programming came along, with its notion of an event loop that didn't really control anything but reacted to everything? Programming in a world of distributed Web services is going to be a lot like that.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 24, 2002 at 7:33 PM

decentralize!

From News.com:

What's the connection between Wi-Fi wireless networks, Weblogs and Web services? They are among the few technologies thriving amid the industrywide downturn. What's more, they are examples of the trend toward decentralization.

So true. One of my goals with spaces is to decentralize groupware in a sense, move it from the server into people's desks, make it resilient and transparent. Of course, along the way the basic infrastructure had to be done first, which I think is that is keeping self-organizing concepts from getting into everything faster: things have to be designed from the ground up to support it, or they don't fit.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 24, 2002 at 6:20 PM

unsafe at any speed

A Salon interview with the author of a book on SUVs and the problems they have, and their rise in popularity in the US. Highlight:

There's another advantage for the full-size SUVs. If you get a vehicle that weighs more than 6,000 pounds when fully loaded, then it is subject to more lenient environmental rules and it can be written off against your taxes. It's a big loophole in the American tax code. If you're a realtor and you buy a luxury car, you can only write off the first $17,500 of its value against your taxes and only over five years. That's a pretty limited deduction if you're buying a $50,000 car. If you buy a $50,000 or $75,000 luxury SUV that's over 6,000 gross vehicle weight, you write off the whole thing. It's a rule written for farmers to write off farm equipment, but any light truck qualifies and all these SUVs do. It's an example of how the federal government, with lots of lobbying from the auto industry, has tilted the playing field against cars and in favor of less safe, less efficient, more polluting vehicles like the SUV.
Jeez...

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on October 24, 2002 at 5:56 PM

Dave on open source and OSAF

Dave's comments con the OSAF and competition discussion, which I think is important for various reasons, and it affects me personally in more ways than one.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 24, 2002 at 2:12 PM

first blog entry on spaces :-)

Dylan has commented on the announcement of spaces. Thanks Dylan!

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 24, 2002 at 8:36 AM

spaces is here... almost

I am close to releasing the first alpha version of spaces, and as a result the dynamicobjects homepage suddenly underwent a radical transformation at 12:00 am Zulu Time... :-)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 24, 2002 at 12:07 AM

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