31 Dec

Remaking the Peer-to-Peer Meme “This

Remaking the Peer-to-Peer Meme
"This essay is an excerpt from the forth-coming book Peer-to-Peer: Harnessing the Disruptive Potential of Collaborative Networking. It presents the goals that drive the developers of the best-known peer-to-peer systems, the problems they’ve faced, and the technical solutions they’ve found. The book will be available at the O’Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference in February and in bookstores in March."

31 Dec

Mappa.Mundi Site Rescue Through June

Mappa.Mundi Site Rescue
Through June 1999 to June 2000, Mappa.Mundi Magazine examined how we see and use the Internet via an eclectic mix of articles about technology, history, and the future of cyberspace. After a six month hiatus, Mappa.Mundi Magazine has been restored to the Internet in an archival state by media.org as part of our digital conservation campaign. The site will continue to evolve in the spirit the original creators intended, and will be used as a platform to support causes that we believe in.

30 Dec

Falling Prices at Amazon “Amazon.com

Falling Prices at Amazon
"Amazon.com Outlet is officially launched. Absent the physical distance afforded to traditional retailers in separating their full price and cut rate branded stores, Amazon has to be a one-stop, catchall shop. The fact that the company is going beyond its own stale inventory to stock the new store with cutouts and closeouts is interesting. Actually, it might be the catalyst to propel margins to acceptable levels if it affords the online giant the opportunity to raise prices elsewhere."
After the recent introduction of prominent used-books listings, Amazon is now trying this.

29 Dec

Second and Foremost

Context Mag:

"Obviously, we have to make sure both the individual store and Wal-Mart.com are appropriately compensated for sales through the kiosks. But that isn’t turning out to be a big problem. At the beginning, most felt that individual store managers were the most likely people inside Wal-Mart to feel threatened. In fact, we received an overwhelmingly positive response from store managers. We believe that we can clearly show how store managers can increase sales in their stores through a deep relationship with Wal-Mart.com."

29 Dec

Peer Pressure


"Stutz has been acting as Microsoft’s liaison to the nascent Internet P2P community, and has already met with several P2P companies. "We’re now going to start talking to people who are developing peer-to-peer applications to find out what they need," he said."

As I speculated earlier, Groove and Microsoft have a relationship, at least through technical meetings.
03/20/01 update: Ray Ozzie was at the Hailstorm launch.
03/10/05 update: Microsoft to buy Groove Networks.

28 Dec

MUOTD My Userland On The

My Userland On The Desktop looks like a promising (if ill-named) way to post to several blogs/meta categories at the same time (how about "metacats" for my last Y2K attempt at jargon fame?) From what I understand it will also preload the channels you subscribe to. It’s true Newsblogger would be even more useful if it pre-fetched stories before you clicked on their titles.