TBL… Timberlake, I mean Tim Berners-Lee recently wrote a great essay about why TLDs SUCK. I have (initially) titled my WIP thesis the “Mobile Information Appliance”, and TBL eloquently puts that today’s mobile, might be tomorrow’s kitchen wall fixture. Each word of the title of my thesis has problems:
- Ok, I’ll eventually define mobile as small handheld wireless computing device.
- Information. Oh no… Is the web information? No…
- Appliance? Hip term or what? Reasoning behind it is that mobiles are difficult to upgrade/maintain, unlike a machine. So it needs to replaced like a toaster. Hence appliance. Although that too might change in the future. The reason why it is difficult to update say a Nokia phone I have been told is because new version of the Symbian operating system would mean porting all the quirky drivers, which is expensive. Any other views?
Back to TBL! He will be here in Finland to collect his 1 million euro prize. Great, I would like to attend the ceremony and perhaps listen to the other interesting bits and pieces at this technology conference. After all, I am a technologist. However