The internet atmosphere is the infrastructure that makes the cloud possible.
Doc Searls wrote an interesting article entitled “Saving the Net” in Linux Journal. While he does present a dystopia in which the net is controlled by large corporation that understand how to use regulations as a weapon, I beg to differ on his vision of the future. My personal suspicion is that the net community will route around the problem once enough people become aware of what is going on. The rise of Linux as an alternative to deeply entrenched Windows is showing that something new is happening here. While SCO has started menacing litigation over intellectual property and Linux, the message from big companies is that they are not changing their strategy. What is important here is not the fact that companies are adopting Linux but the fact that companies are starting to look at the OS as a commodity, one that can easily be replaced at a later time. This is an important development because it lowers the potential for control. In order to fully control what consumers have access to, you need to be able to control the environment. With operating systems becoming a commodity, that control erodes. Control of the operating system is one of the…Read More
Brighthand reports about a new piece of software that allows to make calls using a Pocket PC and a Wi-Fi card. This is an interesting development that could turn Wi-Fi into a very disruptive technology for the mobile phone industry and may explain why companies like T-mobile are placing bets on the phenomenon, covering themselves in case other revenues (from regular mobile phones) were to evaporate. At $30/month, Wi-Fi service can currently be seen as an expensive toy for the mobile worker. But if you consider the possibility to make phone calls for the same price, the price seems low. Compared to most cellular phone programs that offer a few hundred or thousand minutes every month for roughly the same price, the idea of unmetered service could represent a huge growth opportunity for anyone offering a hotspot. However, the issue will then become one of available bandwidth. As more and more hotspots are added, the pervasiveness of Wi-Fi makes the possibility to bypass the phone network more real. The next step in that evolution would be for the Wi-Fi protocol to include some kind of mechanism to check the strength of signal. If you think of the cellular phone system,…Read More