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Archive for January 9th, 2008

The iPhone of Home Phones?

Posted by Bob Warfield on January 9, 2008

I like this John Sculley idea that I found on engadget:

iPhone of Home Phones

It does seem a bit reminiscent of an iPhone.  What I like is the iPhone aesthetic, but more importantly, the idea of having a web browser in the kitchen that doesn’t take more space.  It doesn’t take more space because I already have a phone and answering machine in there.  Now there’s some fine tuning we could do to make it particularly nifty.  Here’s what I’d like to see:

-  A model with a little bigger screen, or maybe just iPhone-like zooming and panning.  I want to be able to see a recipe on this thing!

-  Pursuant to being able to see the recipes, it would be awesome if the touchscreen was removable so I can carry that recipe over to where I’m cooking.

-  I’d love to have an optional gizmo to extend WiFi from this phone.  Turns out the kitchen would be an ideal place at my house for another WiFi hub.  It’s close to the family room and it’s close to our deck in back–both places laptops are often seen.

I’ll bet we see a rash of the iPhone’s clever ideas and aesthetics applied to other devices.  Cool beans!

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Facebook Following My Data Portability Strategy in Wake of Scoblegate

Posted by Bob Warfield on January 9, 2008

Facebook is following the only viable strategy open to them, and one I immediately had suggested on reading about Scoblegate.  What I said in my original post was this:

These folks as well as Facebook users couldn’t hope for a better poster child (than Scoble) to help unlock Facebook, and that means Facebook is stuck.  At best they could agree to restore Scoble if he (and others) agree never to do it again.  They will come off looking like lame lock-in artists if they pursue that path.  The smarter move would be to announce they’re working on their own portal for downloading your social graph, restore Scoble, and warn that you will be suspended if you try illicit means to get at your data, but that eventually it will be made available to you via official channels. 

And so, as many bloggers are reporting, Facebook, Google, and Plaxo have announced they’re sending representatives to the Data Portability WorkgroupScoble’s response?

Oh, I guess that means we’ll soon be able to import Facebook’s contacts into other systems like Gmail and Outlook?

Will they guarantee not to kick people off who are trying to make their data truly “portable?”

Interesting!

There’s still a long road ahead and some serious lock-in while this group decides what Data Portability should mean.  Microsoft, and others, are famous for joining these things and then not really following through.  At least 3 of the major combatants have joined, making it harder to play the “competing standards bodies” delay tactic.

If you care about the issue, make sure Facebook knows it has to follow through!

Related Articles

David Recordon sounds skeptical about whether Facebook will follow through…

LinkedIn, SixApart, and FlickR People follow suit by joining the Data Portability Workgroup.  LinkedIn was a big missing piece, so I’m glad to see them joining.  Hey, it’s working!

Dare Obasanjo:  Principles are nice but working code is even better.

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