Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Memorial Day


A good holiday to all of you and many thanks to our soldiers serving abroad and at home. And of course the veterans. The freedom is much appreciated.

Special shout out to my dad, who served in the U.S. Navy.

I got sucked into this really cool article about worldwide Wi-fi.

International Herald Tribune- At the moment, there are just 830,000 registered Foneros around the world, and only 340,000 active Wi-Fi hotspots run FON software. Because it's built upon the concept of sharing Wi-Fi access, FON works well only if there are Foneros everywhere.

And as he struggles to expand the FON network, Varsavsky faces particular hurdles now that the Internet's commercial side has reached a crossroads. Born a few decades ago as an anarchic, digital version of a barn-raising, the wireless Internet is now a battleground between two giant technology consortiums seeking to rein in the Web's chaotic openness in favor of creating uniform, global access built upon wireless data networks.

The two camps, known as WiMax and LTE, for "long-term evolution," are both top-down, highly structured approaches that will cost billions of dollars to build and may close a door on some of the architectural openness that led to the rapid growth of the Internet.

But their potential advantage is that closed standards can encourage the kind of growth that offers more access to mainstream consumers and business users, as occurred when Microsoft imposed a measure of conformity on software development.

For his part, Varsavsky hopes that FON can offer a middle ground — deploying the original, bottom-up strengths of the early Internet movement and at the same time wedding them to a more formal, corporate approach to expansion.

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