Michael Herman (Parallelspace) BLOG
Friday, August 30, 2002
Re: Volker Weber's comments: "[Groove's] building architecture. But they're positioning it like an application and I don't think Groove will be successful if they do that."
Checkout Crossing the Chasm (or was it Information Rules). One of the very best ways to sneak in a new platform into an Enterprise customer is in fact to have it masquarade as an application and have it "come in through the front". This is something Groove Networks is starting to do well (as long as they don't try trample over their Business Partners).
Will Groove become the universal desktop?
We think so.
Groove Networks's shared space analysis also suggests 25% of Groove users are using Groove shared spaces to organize their personal information (aka Personal Spaces) in addition to using Shared Spaces for multi-person group collaboration:
What's next? Personal Spaces <-> Shared Group Spaces <-> Shared Corporate Knowledge Spaces
Tuesday, August 27, 2002
I've just figured out not to type a BR tag and then press Enter to start a new line (at least where I edit my blog on http://www.blogger.com). This was the cause of all those double blank lines I have in my blog.
Quote of the Day
"It may well be that Groove is going to force me off my brand new G4 Powerbook."
Prospective Parallelspace Customer
Monday, August 26, 2002
Re: Do Groove shared spaces paces ever get smaller?
It's more of a patch than a fix but one solution you can use in a jam is to use Duplicate Space in My Spaces.
...unfortunately, you have to re-invite everyone to the new copy of the space.
Sunday, August 25, 2002
I use it but I don't really "get it"
What the difference between a weblog and an ordinary web page I that use MS FrontPage to add these types of diary entries to?
For example, here's a FrontPage version of this blog page: http://www.parallelspace.net/bloggraphics/blogbackup.htm
Saturday, August 24, 2002
Friday, August 23, 2002
A great tag line:
...except it was shoe ad on the side of a Toronto Transit bus for http://www.aldoshoes.com/main.htm.
Check it out on Blogger TV (see below). Note: The Flash component causes an HTTP request to be made to a web statistics service and as a result and when run in an IFRAME causes a dummy screen to appear ...another feature of Blogger TV.
Blogger TV ON
Blogger TV OFF
Results of searching for "Farsite" on the Microsoft Research site:
Some cool server-less distributed file system work going on at Microsoft Research:
Better Security Through Logic Puzzles
Article Source:PC Magazine
By Cade Metz
The PC down the hall may be on the verge of breakdown or may belong to someone you can't trust, but it can still store your most important files securely. Microsoft Research has developed a way to store communal data across a network of PCs, even when many of them are faulty or untrustworthy. This distributed file system, Farsite, is so reliable and inexpensive it could herald the end of the old centralized model. "We've proven that you can build a file system without setting up a server," says Rick Rashid, director of Microsoft Research.
Currently if you build a multiuser file system to give several thousand PCs access to the same collection of files, you have to set up a server. The server holds all the files and retains complete control over them. To create new files, access old ones, or change the directory structure, a client must get permission from the server.
With Farsite, you can create a file system by spreading files across the client PCs. This eliminates the need for a server, which obviously saves money. And, remarkably, you don't have to give up security or reliability in exchange.
To set up a Farsite system, you install a software client on each PC. The clients maintain a single directory structure by keeping in constant communication, sending messages back and forth every time someone changes the directory. The files are safe from snoops and system crashes, because Farsite encrypts each file and sends copies to several different machines.
"By making enough replicas, you can make the probability of losing files smaller than the probability of a central file server having a hardware or software fault," says Bill Bolosky, a Microsoft researcher who oversees the project.
Inspired by a classic math puzzle called the Byzantine Generals Problem, Bolosky and his team have ensured the data is safe even when a third of the systems conspire to bring down the file directory. The puzzle asks whether a group of generals can conspire to attack a given city at a specific time by sending messages to each other via horseback riders. The rub is that a third of the generals are turncoats bent on foiling the plans, sending messages that aren't true.
The solution to this puzzle can be used to prevent infected computers from bringing down a Farsite system. Like a Byzantine general, each client, after sending a message, waits to receive all the responses before sending out its next message. Although Farsite puts files on not one but thousands of potentially faulty or untrustworthy systems, it's actually more reliable and secure than a file server. Such a paradox could turn the computer industry upside down.
End of Article
Wednesday, August 21, 2002
[BROKEN: MS Producer presentations won't run inside an IFRAME] Another daring Blogger TV advance... a PPT presentation with a real voice-over ...
[Will try this again when I have time]
Another test that I'm calling "Blogger TV" ...almost totally annoying ...click Open when asked and then click cancel a few times. If you're in a rush, click Cancel instead of Open.
Blogger TV ON
Blogger TV OFF
This is an IFRAME test.
I write to this blog "almost" like I would write to a diary ...except I then go back and edit it to remove the stuff that should only appear in a personal diary. For example, the question: why are the Groove Networkers starting to spell email with a capital "M" as in Parallelspace eMail(tm) ...mmm :-)
I write to this blog "almost" like I would write to a diary ...because I have no idea if anyone besides myself reads this stuff. ...except for today. I received a Groove IM from Carlos, a Groove Business Partner in Brazil, mentioning that a great colleague and a great Dutch Groove Business Partner, Jeroen, had quoted my posting from yesterday. Thanks Jeroen! ...like (or unlike) the Apollo Space Mission, blogs aren't being faked. :-) Groove Workspace is providing the direct and indirect notification service. BTW, for those who have asked about eMail 2.0, it is still being baked, is looking awesome, expect it this fall.
I write to this blog "almost" like I would write to a diary ...except right about now I paste all of this into MS Word to spell check it. Sure wished http://www.blogger.com (and Groove) had a spelling and grammar checker. :-)
Future Topic Ideas: Is Distributed Business Collaboration the Killer Business Application for Microsoft SQL Server?
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
First, let me say I'll try to post to my blog more frequently about Layered Collaboration.