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   RE: [xml-dev] Is Web 2.0 the new XML?

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There are lots of ways to take that.  But everytime 
someone says the web is the new operating system, 
I cringe a bit.  MARCA put Netscape on the ropes 
with that approach.  Web 2.0 smells of that same 
hype.  The web is what it has always been: computers 
sending each other email a bit more conveniently 
than the old message boards did.

The horse-drawn carriage ran at a speed that was 
suitable for the roads and the driving habits of 
the day.  As horseless carriages were becoming 
automobiles (a branding game), the real requirements 
for safety and maintainability were just being 
realized.   The efforts to get infrastructure in 
place varied by locale for understandable reasons.

Some take a lot of credit for the web.  Some seldom 
accept any blame because... personally, they don't care, 
so it becomes someone else's job to fix the mistakes 
and build a safer infrastructure.  

Autos didn't make Henry Ford a king; they made him rich, 
and in America, that's a lot more power.  But it took 
Adolph Hitler and Dwight D. Eisenhower to get us an 
interstate system.


From: Didier PH Martin [mailto:martind@netfolder.com]

Hello len,

Len said:
As I noted to O'Reilly, web 2.0 is to web 1.0 as 
the horseless carriage was to the automobile:  none 
of the reliability of the horse and all of the discomfort 
of the carriage.

Didier replies:
Do you say this because of the low interactivity of some web site? What
about the new ones using more the power of the clients?


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