from the music world – we’ll probably start paying for Napster in June. I think it’s good news because I have never been able to reconcile the fact that although I love Napster’s service, I also make money doing freelance work for which I expect to be paid – quite like musicians do. That hasn’t stopped me from using Napster, but I did draw a line in the sand (and I realize that it’s a BS line I drew, but anyhow) and never downloaded whole albums to burn, for example. With hope the rate will be affordable enough to be accepted by the masses of Napster users.
that Dan Gallagher died yesterday. I don’t have such personal memories of him and his work, but I remember that particular heyday of Canadian music well (the late 80s-early 90s, back when John “JD” Roberts from CBS was a VJ) and he was a real standup guy for friends of mine in bands (as I recall).
a party I was at in the paper: “…a dear friend of mine threw a martini-drenched surprise B-day bash for his (biological) girlfriend just last weekend. Now, I knew all the mainly straight partygoers there quite well, of course (a few number among my most fabulous friends and drinking buddies), a cast of this city’s finest dancers, musicians, journalists and divine rogues, including the owners of two of the hottest and hippest nightspots in the city.”
I guess I’m a divine rogue, which suits me just fine.
article about peer to peer network applications in eCompany Now [via Scripting News]. I don’t know what SETI@home has to do with p2p, however. It’s a classic client-server app, no? A central server collates the results of the work of a distributed network of machines that send it processed data. The only difference is the relationship between the machines doing the crunching and the server. Maybe I’ve missed something?
P2P is something else entirely – it’s all about eliminating (or minimizing) the central server’s position in the mix. That’s its power – and its disadvantage. It is hard to see where the profits lie in deploying P2P schemes. No harder, though, than divining the profit-potential of the internet as a whole – and that certainly didn’t hinder its development.
For me, the power of P2P is more fundamental than whether or not anyone has figured out the business model to make it work. Think of something like the old Firefly music-suggestion site (which was very cool for its day, and anticipated a lot of stuff people are looking at now). Imagine if people had the option of running Firefly within their net-aware MP3 player. And think if you could make “buddies” lists (like in an IM program) and integrate their preferences to help suggest what you might like. Say you could tell the software, “give 100% weight to my preferences, 80% confidence to my buddies list, and 60% to people one degree away from my own buddies.” Etc.
The trick with p2p isn’t to hold off until the profitable way comes along, just as that wasn’t the case with the net as a whole. The trick is to recognize that it’s there, and that people love it. That’s the world – now people have to figure out how to live in it, commercially or no.