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2/11/2002 5:18:59 PM, "Simon St.Laurent" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Maybe it's time to start looking harder for that luxury, instead of
>putting up with the received wisdom of "if we build a huge centralized
>system, everything will work better."
I can definitely agree with THAT! I'm reminded with Computerworld's interview
with Clay Shirky
"To most people, Napster meant kids stealing music. But to application designers,
what it did was build a five 9s [99.999% uptime] service on fantastically
unreliable hardware. At its height, Napster had 70 million unpaid system
administrators, each operating a tiny, unreliable server. But if you needed a
Britney Spears song at 3 a.m., it was there, period."
>The mainstream will be the mainstream until enough people (and
>organizations) leave it. Risk is scary, but change doesn't happen
And that [somehow!] reminds me of my favorite link for today:
"?Invention is a flower, innovation is a weed? (TR November/December 1999). That
is, an original idea can be brilliant, profound and compelling?but what ultimately
gives it power and influence is that it spreads. Great ideas aren?t enough; they
have to be adoptable and adaptable. They have to thrive outside the nurturing
greenhouse and the loving gardener?s care."
While the WS-I are cultivating the flowerbeds, we here on xml-dev do our duty
blowing on the dandelion puffs to disperse the weeds. :~)