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

We Have All Been Let Down By Those That Know Better

The Internet was designed peer-to-peer BUT it doesn't run like that for the vast majority of people (we are clients logging onto servers). I so wish it did run in a true peer-to-peer manner and we all had had the support, focus and software from the complete computer industry to make that happen. We didn't (thank you Microsoft) and are unlikely to in the forseeable future.

What I mean by "support, focus and software" is that the IT industry had spent time allowing my wife to run her own infrastructure that would, as she wanted, connect out to her mates infrastructure. Of course, with the design genius of, say Apple, the technical expertise of Microsoft and software from local suppliers this could've generated a world where the word "infrastructure" isn't needed.

Peer-to-peer has never taken off because the focus has remained with the techies.
It was never focussed on my wife but on geek dreams.
Facebook is MASSIVE because it focuses on my wife.
Apple is WORSHIPED because it is driven by my wife's emotions.
Google is ALL ENCOMPASSING because they only deliver what my wife wants.

Maybe we were bamboozled in the early days by Microsoft and their cohorts, maybe.
I also know that we were let down by those that know better and still are unable to understand why my wife uses Gmail and doesn't run her own mail server*

Watch the whole video; my point is highlighted from 38min+

* I am bound to say that local voice Don Christie and his company, Catalyst, is an example of NOT being let down. Thank you guys & gals.


  1. I haven't watched the video yet, but I'm interested to see if it makes sense of what you're saying. I don't understand what you mean by peer-to-peer? You seem to be let down by the fact that Microsoft "and it's cohorts" prevented peer-to-peer from taking off. With regards to your wife's Gmail account, who specifically are you talking about when you say: "I also know that we were let down by those that know better and still are unable to understand why my wife uses Gmail and doesn't run her own mail server*"


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