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PubSub.com Doing Its Job

PubSub.com's sidebar turned up a random post in reply to Justin Kirby's podcast. I figured I should share it since he's not on the planet and may just be talking into a void. The post can be found at http://www.pikolint.org/blog/index.php/tiennou.

Aunt Tillie

I just listened to Justin Kirby's podcast on the unimportance of Aunt Tille. I agree and disagree with his conclusion that Aunt Tillie is completely unimportant. Aunt Tillie is not important for the Jabber community, not directly at least. We can net her indirectly through other means, namely by enterprise adoption of Jabber and the real-time Internet.

Trends point towards email being decreasingly used. Peter Saint-André recently made a post giving some actual figures for the death of email, and another post that referred to how much kids use IM. The later was easily evidenced when I was going to the library to check my email when I didn't have Internet access this past month. There were usually kids in there chatting. Usually through MSN Messenger since it was available and the computers were locked down, but there was also one occasion when there were a couple of kids who probably just learned how to read that were using the Internet. I couldn't help but wonder what this five year old sitting next to me was doing on the Internet. So I would look over occasionally, and it looked like she was chatting on some website for kids.

Using kids as our indicators of the future, they point towards the use of messaging/chat over email.

That has implications on the business world. Enterprises will increasingly be faced with young employees demanding instant-messaging. An area that Justin mentioned that Jabber is doing quite strongly. They will also be faced with customers who demand to communicate through instant-messaging. Sure they may use email, but it won't be their preference. If Jabber is already the platform that a business is using for IM and customers prefer to communicate over IM, then it will most likely be the case that the business' customers will have to use Jabber.

That is the first way to net Aunt Tillie indirectly. By having businesses that have invested in Jabber publicizing some JIDs and the fact that they use Jabber, they will be able to leverage the big IM players into switching over to Jabber. This is something that Apple is at the fore-front, because they recognize that Jabber/XMPP is the future IM standard. Reality will catch up with the big IM players in the near future, just like it did with email, the web, and actual Internet access did in the early 1990s to the online services.

We can also net Aunt Tillie with the real-time Internet. In this case it won't be a typical IM application that she'll be using. It'll be something that hides the fact that she is even using Jabber. Something like a news reader, her 100% Internet enabled TiVo, her Wifi/Jabber enabled universal remote and appliances, or some other Aunt Tillie ready product that needs to send structured data, XML, from point A to point B.

In this case she won't even know she's using Jabber, akin to using HTTP. She'll be on the Jabber network, and may even be able to receive messages from other people, but Aunt Tillie will not know or care how it works. It'll just work, and she'll be happy. She'll be happy to know what song is playing from her remote and no longer has to deal with remote hell. She'll be happy that her refrigerator has ordered more milk and it just got delivered. She'll also be happy that she can bring up a map that'll get her to where Uncle Billy is enjoying a cup of coffee.

It'll surely be better than the good ole days when things were slower.

Those are the two ways we'll get Aunt Tillie. We won't get her by focusing all of our initial efforts at her. A few will and they may succeed, but for the majority of us it will be employing our time using Jabber in enterprises and building things with Jabber that have not been seen before. Both of which will fall under the moniker: the real-time Internet.

MUC+

I just sent my modifications to JEP-0045 to the JSF's editor (PSA). It's a pretty hefty edit, but should be more powerful. I have it up at http://www.semanticgap.com/jeps/muc+.html. This is what I'm going to implement as Psi's MUC support. For the user interface I was wanting to do JEP-0045 was just to limited. It also incorporates some ideas that were on the standards-jig list recently and eliminates some inconsistencies that got introduced into 0045 as it aged.

(Yeah, this is just a copy of the two emails I sent to the ejabberd and mu-conference mailing lists.)

Merry Christmas

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It's Christmas! I hope everyone has a merry one. Mine has been so far. If anyone missed Old St. Nick and had to stuff stockings themselves, I have him roped up in my closet awaiting a $10 billion ransom. You elves better pay up!

Objectivism and Common Sense

I just finished Nathaniel Branden's The Objectivist Ethics in an Information Age Economy. He ended with:

However, should the Objectivist ethics ever gain widespread social acceptance, you may be sure of one thing-it will not be called "the Objectivist ethics." It will be called, "Well, of course. It's obvious. Wake up, man, don't you realize this is the twenty-first century? What we're talking about-it's only common sense."

He is right. Part of the reason why I like Objectivism is that it is common sense. I didn't have to read all of Leonard Peikoff's Objectivism to grasp where it was going. I pretty much already knew it. Though my public education taught me about most of the topics, no teacher ever said "this is right".

Take capitalism for example. It was covered in my economics class, but my teacher didn't say "capitalism is right" though there was some condemnation of communism. He taught how the US's economy was a mixed economy, but did not denounce it. He should have since it is a compromise with socialism, or communism, which basically equates to the US economy being socialistic. He merely taught it as a fact without judgement. A judgement that I would have at least stressed had I been teaching.

I would have to do a deeper historical and sociological study to determine what is and was common sense. I am willing to say that Objectivism may actually be on track to being renamed as common sense as Branden concludes, at least here in America.

I'll Be 46 When My Asteroid Arrives

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This was on Slashdot.org. It talked about an asteroid that is going be pretty damn close to Earth on April 13th, 2029. It happens to be the day after I turn 46. If their prediction is right in that it won't hit, I won't be getting the big rock I want on my 46th. I suppose I can wait.

XML Digital Signatures in a Nutshell

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I came across XML Digital Signatures in a Nutshell and just read it. It was rather sparse on details, but I did learn that XML digital signatures aren't just signing a stanza. From what the article described, an XML document or fragment can be sent through a series of transformations before it is signed. I need to make my way over to W3.org and give the spec a read sometime, because that article needed some examples to satisfy my appetite.

Winter Wonderland (I'm BLOGGING!)

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When I got up yesterday there was only a few inches of snow on the ground. It was actually pretty nice. I got a few laughs from watching my dog run around in it. He'd start putting is nose in it and would paw around for something. He'd look up with snow all over his face.

But it had to keep snowing. I went to the library and signed up with an ISP so I could be online at home. I got home and signed right on, and I've been online pretty much ever since.

I did go out after nine o'clock and shoveled some snow. I thought I would make a path to the garage, but that was in vain. I went out a couple of hours later to find that the sky and ground blended into one white mass colored a darkened orange, and my path was completely gone.

Since then it has snowed non-stop. There's now at least a foot of snow on the ground. I guess a weatherman some where predicted this. I sure didn't expect over a foot of snow to get dumped from the sky with two to three foot snow drifts.

I didn't realize the snow was that deep until I went to start my mom's car for her. The front door wouldn't open so I had to go out the back and walk through a two foot high snow drift in the drive way. I got her car started and went to get the snow shovel to clear off the porch so the door would open. Good thing the porch is covered, because that wasn't to hard. I then treked back through the snow drift to the garage to put the shovel back.

I let my dog out, and shoveled a little area by the back door. I decided to smoke a cigerate to celebrate my mild victory over nature in the hope of catching my breath. I decided to celebrate even more since I was feeling some pressure in my bladder. So I wrote my name in the snow as best I could.

I stubbed out the cigarrette when it was nearly at the filter in an ash tray in the garage that desperately needs to be emptied. I slammed the garage door shut, and headed towards the back door. My dog always dashes to the back door faster than I do and nearly slid into it. I came in and made myself a cup of coffee at six in the morning after being up all night. I hope that when I do go asleep and wake up that more snow has not fallen.

Nation founded on reason, not biblical principles

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Published in the Dec. 14th edition of the Daily Journal.

In the Nov. 26 edition of the Daily Journal, Paul Hammons wrote a letter to the editor that touched on quite a few things. He touched on the election, evolution and the founding of this country.

I will correct him on his statement that this country was founded on biblical principles because it’s an attempt to rewrite our history.

The governments of the Dark Ages were founded on Biblical principles. Those centuries were dark times that only saw meager progress. Hence why we call them the Dark Ages. The meager progress was directly related to the power of the Church, because the Church suppressed ideas and people who were critical of it, effectively keeping the majority of the people ignorant.

Whereas the United States was founded on the concepts of reason and individuality along with the three principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. None of which are Biblical, and none of which are detrimental to a strong society. In fact those principles are the sole reason we do have a strong society, because men are free to exchange ideas and live their lives as they see fit.

An Editorial Series to be Remembered

I sent a letter to the editor that got published in the December 14th edition of the Daily Journal. The letter that it is in response to may or not be online. There's no link to it on DJ's site. It got mixed in with a nice series of editorials which needs to be mentioned because I enjoyed it:

  • Dec. 13th

    Because God is mentioned in our Declaration of Independence, a California junior high school principal has removed this precious document from her school.

  • Dec. 14th (mine is at the bottom)

    Whereas the United States was founded on the concepts of reason and individuality along with the three principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. None of which are Biblical, and none of which are detrimental to a strong society. In fact those principles are the sole reason we do have a strong society, because men are free to exchange ideas and live their lives as they see fit.
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  • Dec. 16th

    I’m starting to feel like Don Quixote here, but I suppose someone needs to keep tilting at those windmills. So, my latest letter is in response to Jack Downs’ Dec. 13 letter to the editor titled “Nation’s Christian origins evident in Declaration.”

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