The Science of Journalism
If I Had My Way
To: Dave Winer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: Doc Searls - email@example.com
From: Doug Skoglund - firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 21 Aug 2015 08:00 am CDT
Subject: 2015026 - Brilliant -- Absolutely Brilliant!!
That got me thinking. What would it take to fully develop Slack as an open platform, even beyond where it is now. The answer came to me right away. If Slack is the IBM PC, what we need is the Compaq. Or if Slack is Netscape, we need MSIE (the early versions of course, not the malware-infested wasteland that MSIE turned into).
I was there too -- and I would modify that last paragraph. Those near-clones joined the Compact running PCDOS (AKA: MSDOS) and they all grew along with the IBM PC. And, as a matter of fact, I am still using Northgate and Gateway keyboards, running my modified Windows NT/2000 application (AKA: PDMSB) on two separate computers running Windows 7.
The point is that the platform that you were so happy about is still there, under that malware-infested wasteland that you refer to. We don't need some other company to provide a platform -- we simply need Microsoft to concentrate some attention to the basic platform it now has.
One thing Microsoft could do would be to acquire my PDMSB and release it as a new "middleware" product -- thus solving all the problems created by the dominance of the "browser" as middleware.
IMHO, the browser is a deeply flawed product -- it is an interpreter that is programming the user's computer (I don't want anybody programming my computer without my permission -- but that is a whole 'nother story). In addition, it is inefficient since the content, in my tests, runs about 20% of the byte count transferred as web pages. If you want a secure, efficient computer -- the browser has to go!!
Obviously, there is a lot more to be discussed -- if you will stop being a "gate-keeper." You may not like that term; however, you are "gate-keeping" if you control another persons access to the web -- whether it be linking or blocking.
To be continued (of course)
Doug Skoglund email@example.com
I don't provide for comments since that is a system designed to control the communication process -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention).
BTW, I am working on a replacement system -- and I sure could use some help.
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