The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

Facebook (M$) Wants The Keys To YOUR Web Experience

Facebook Connect Will Be Game-Changing...and Dangerous
With the news coming out of F8 this week, it was hard to not get caught up in the enthusiasm for Facebook Connect, the new authentication methodology which will allow you to login to third-party web sites using your Facebook ID and port your friend graph from Facebook with you. On the one hand, you have to admit this is revolutionary. The web will be transformed from the still (somewhat) closed system it is today, to a massively social experience - it's the "always logged-in internet." On the other hand, the company bringing this web to us is Facebook, the same people who had to be told by their users why Beacon was a huge mistake. Do you trust Facebook to control the next iteration of the web?

My comment:
Hmm, seems someone wants to own the keys to the Internet ... dodgy stuff I'd say.

And already we're seeing web developers being sucked into the thought patter that it's "easier for my users to register with my site" without a thought for those users.

Facebook is a closed, walled environment into which you have to come and play and not the other way around. Not the Internet I want.
In fact isn't this the vision of AOL in its prime, Microsoft Network and all the other "privately owned estates" with walls, guards and rules. This might go a storm in America but it's not how the rest of the world lives [/sweeping statement]


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