Thursday, April 28, 2005
Picasa - beginning of a metamorphosis
in the spirit of release, i have begun to create a picasa digital engine, which i will share with sergey and larry at google, with the hope that this could be fully integrated with picasa as a prototype googlie product bridging google tools and dataperfect. if that is possible - eg through forms and scripts that would enable seamless exchange bewtween the digital engine and google tools. and thus could serve as a prototype for the engine of the open gates operating system
i have already created initial panels for pictures, folders and albums - in a newly-created PICASA digital engine. and am preparing to cut and paste a dates page from one of the other digital engines
i also realize it would make sense plan to add panels for friends, and places, and it has dawned on me that several additional panels would make sense - beginning with those that could be seamlessy updated by other google tools - eg blogger, hello, google groups, gmail ... and serving as a central repository for all digital transactions with google tools - blog postings, uploaded and emailed pictures from hello or picasa, and that the friends panel - with related place panels: city, county, state/province, country, region and continent - even the water body & land body panels - so it could evolve into a central address directory
as i have been writing this, i have experienced a remarkable opening - which was to see picasa morph into micasa - spanish for my house - a home for all of one's information - a personal information habitat, housed one on one's own pc, and evolving into the central engine of open gates.
so i immediately went to godaddy to see if micasa.net was available, which of cource it was not, nor mi-casa - nor ma-maison
my next thought - inspired by the saying "an englishman's home is his castle - was to try my-castle.net - again meeting with failure.
what next - well what came to me was my palace - and sure enough my-palace.net - so that has become the name - representing the vast size and number of rooms where we live and travel in the infinite space of a knowledge-based universe, virtually free from the scarcity in the material world dictated by the laws of conservation of mass and energy - information having zero mass and zero physical size.
about 2,500 years ago, lao tsu wrote, in the tao te ching:
"without going outside, i can see the whole world"
thanks to the wonders of the internet, and to the power of google, these words have gained another dimension of meaning
meanwhile, i just received a call from larry neuton - following up on discussion we had had at the dataperfect conference last september, when he had agreed to let me use some disk space on his server for experimental work with dataperfect, and in the course of the conversation, he set up an account for me and gave me the necessary dns numbers so i can set up dataperfect.info on the server.
the timing could not have been more perfect