Digital Raven (digitalraven) wrote,
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Internet Stuff

Internet site at work is down again, so it's time to improvise.

A few things on my mind, in the way that concepts can be until I either forget them or end up using them for something. I need a better memory.

Anyway. First thing is that Nokia have ported Apache to Symbian Series 60. This is interesting mostly from a "what happens next" viewpoint. Nokia don't want to make cellphones, they want to make "next-generation high-end devices" — in English, they're making portable PC-alikes with cellular radios that just happen to do voice if you ask them nicely. They've got just about everything you need for a modern web experience now working on their operating system. Ignoring the OS underpinnings that the article looks at[0], think about it. How long until people host their own sites on their own "internet enabler" (phones are so passe, darling)? A customised version of Apache that creates Python CGI scripts and uses some funky frontend magic (that we've been needing for years) to allow anyone to create a full website with no thought but the content. Maybe just go the whole hog and couple the Apache install with MT or Blogger, with the catch that only the personal-internet-device is able to author posts.

This brings up interesting points. Large hosting companies are hosed in favour of people running their sites on jumped-up smartphones; phonebooks conflate with LiveJournal like flists; a friend's URL becomes as important as her phone number, and so on.

All of which hearks back to the "The intarnets will be ubiquitous in 6mo." dribble we heard during the Web 1.0 bubble. We know that this isn't the way things go — the future's never as bright as we hope — but likewise a fair bit survived the original bubble, which makes me wonder what will survive this bubble, and if the concept of ubiquitous computing is any closer than before. It's firing around as something more important than a background point to a story, for certain. What to do with it is, as yet, beyond me.

Other thing, possibly related: I've been playing around with TiddlyWiki. Anyone seen/used it before? I do like the idea of a wiki/other collaborative CMS as a single HTML page, because ultimately, it's simple. You deal with one page. Everything's internal. What it needs is a much better styling interface, and a better "publish this online" interface, but that's all possible. Add those in, and you've got a proper... And there's my problem. I can't name it. It's not a web frontend to another protocol, like webmail or DejaGoogle. It's not a webapp unless you want to host it or use the "publish to web" thing, but it's an app that runs inside a browser using HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, and is entirely contained in the page.

It's getting the same resonance as the above, I know that much.

Looks like my brain wants to write a Web 2.0 story of some kind. Dare I utter the words "Internet noir"?

[0]: Because the article looks at them, and I don't want to repeat it.
Tags: liquor and wordcount, netstuff
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