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17 October 2008

Trying tiny tiny rss as an on-line RSS reader

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As an avid RSS feeds user, I have been using Liferea on my desktop for quite a few years, but have always been frustrated that I couldn’t synchronize seamlessly its state (i.e. the feeds I have read or not, the feeds I have subscribed on unsubscribed to) across my computers, and even less so to my mobile phone.

Of course, I could have been using an on-line RSS reader and then have had the state preserved on the server-side, but I had always refrained from doing so for two main reasons:

16 October 2008

Open/Proprietary/Standards in the Mobile Web industry – part 2

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(this is a second part of the write up of my talk on Open/Proprietary/Standards in the Mobile Web industry, which was presented with a set of slides)

The conclusion of my first part was that the Mobile Web industry, as the rest of the IT industry, is heading toward more openness.

But this whole question of being open vs closed shouldn’t hide the real challenge: what matters at the end of the day is the user, and while the user is certainly going to be more happy (in most cases) if she can get the amount of control she desires, what she really wants is that her bl**dy tool (be it a phone or computer) work!

Open/Proprietary/Standards in the Mobile Web industry – part 1

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A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to present at Mobile Web Europe 2008 in London, and was asked to give my thoughts on where the Mobile Web industry was headed with regard to open vs proprietary approaches, and the roles that standards would play there.

My slides are available on-line, but I thought I would redeem myself of posting so rarely anymore in this blog by giving a more useful outline of the talk I made.

First, by looking at recent announcements of projects and initiatives in the Mobile Web industry, it seems pretty clear that “openness” is very hype:

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Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux (dom@w3.org) is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.