Matthew Mullenweg seems to steer me to a lot of interesting stuff (largely because default installs of WordPress have links to the blogs of its development team). The latest is a project called Parakey by Blake Ross, Firefox founder:
In explaining Parakey, Ross cuts to the chase. “We all know people…who have all this content that they are not publishing stored on their computers,” he says. “We’re trying to persuade them to live their lives online.” Why? Because online is how the world, like it or not, increasingly talks. If Ross’s mom can’t do something as basic as share her recipes or photos with her future grandchildren online, then she gets left behind. In the 21st century, this sort of information isn’t passed on at the Thanksgiving table anymore. It’s communicated through the Internet. So without something like Parakey, there’s a chance it’s not going to outlive the baby-boom generation.
Parakey will apparently be a sort of swiss army content slinger that runs inside a web browser – a universal interface to slice and dice media and also to share it one an instance by instance basis using a key system. It will run locally on computers, allowing Parakey coders to do things within Parakey that you can’t do via a web site like interacting with hardware and local media files. Through the miracle of force-feedback, Matt was visited by Blake who clarified that (contrary to the article) Parakey will be open source. I’d like to see Parakey meet up with Croquet.
Over/under on the time until this is bought (or done) by Google? I’ll take May 2006.
About the photo: The photo is titled Lapland George’s Door and the photographer bastish explains “I spent last summer living on a farm in Sweden. Next door to the house I lived in was an old man, a very smart man with tremendous vision. It terms of worldly possessions, he was a very rich man, simply because he found value in every piece of, what most people would call ” trash”, that he collected….” Read the rest of this story.
(I thought this post didn’t really have anything to do with the photo, but now I see that it did after all)