Weblog:   All Software Should Be Network Aware
Subject:   Personal Server and the cell phone
Date:   2003-07-03 03:03:21
From:   jannenet
There was a really great article in Business 2.0 about the future of the cell phones. The idea that in the future cell phone will be more like a web server than just a phone was really interesting. If cell phones will be "personal servers" in a couple of years, they really need to follow standards.

Nowadays the cell phone business doesn't actually follow the standards. As a finnish I'm more than happy to see that there are still people who are interested about our country and Nokia. But if one uses some other phones than Nokia phones in Finland, it's just a nightmare. Nothing works. As a Mac user I bought SonyEricsson T-68i. The phone is really good, but I can't use all of it's capacities, because everything is measured by Nokia measures.

So, there's a really big lesson to learn in the cell phone business. I really like to see that in the future I can buy all my hardware and not to think: "Does this work with everything else?".

Digital convergency is still a dream.

BTW. That article in Business 2.0 can be found at:


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  • Personal Server and the cell phone
    2003-07-04 18:48:35  anonymous2 [View]

    Close ... it's the per-app server that'll be important.

    The Chandler folks are close, but falling into the same mistake that the mozilla folks made: attempting to build the monolithic app-that-does-everything. A corrolary is one of Zawinski's laws: every app will grow until it can read email.

    I'd wish people would stop doing this, and focus on things that are imporant: the interfaces and contracts between useful, not-currently-existing components. Each app should have an http server, and be able to be an http client. Each app should provide and utilize RESTful, HTTP-based interfaces. With platform-specific ways for applications to register with a common server, Chandler would only need to create a platform which existing applications [mail, RSS, IM, &c.] could GET/PUT/POST/DELETE against.

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