Web 2.0 is
Sharecropping

              Jesse Vincent
          jesse@fsck.com
(That’s bad)
This is a rant.
The bad old days:
Pic of sharecroppers
You farmed land you
    didn’t own...
...with tools you
couldn’t really afford.
You paid for it with
part of your harvest...
A pretty sweet deal...
...until things got bad.
(Things always got bad.)
In a bad year, you got
  further in debt to
   the land owner.
The (more recent)
  bad old days:
pic of mainframes
Things got a little
     better:
Pic of PCs
Things weren’t all rosy:
Pic of BSOD
Sometimes new
versions of software
  killed features...
...so you were locked in
     to old versions.
pic of win 31?
Things got ‘better’:
rms
che
Now, things are getting
   worse again...
What happens when
your favorite service
    goes down?
pic of twitter being
        down
...or stops accepting
     new signups?
...or gives all your data
  to the secret police?
Pic of yahoo.cn
You don’t own the
 services you use.
When the service
provider cuts you off,
that’s it. No recourse.
Not so secret shame:
I’m a really bad zealot.
My calendar lives at
   google.com.
I make a web 2.0
tasklist service called
  Hiveminder.com
pic of hiveminder
Using hosted apps is
 going to hurt you.
Data access is
 important.
APIs are great.
...but easy access to a
  service just makes it
easier to get locked in.
What about Google
Gears, Adobe Air, etc?
Great. now you can use
 your word processer
  while you’re offline!
Pic of wordperfect
Real offline apps
shouldn’t need servers.
Real offline apps
should sync like you do.
I’ve been hacking on an
 open source database
    called “Prophet”.
It has an API like
Amazon SimpleDB or
Google App Engine’s...
It’s designed for
“team-scale” apps.
It’s built for P2P
  replication and
disconnected use.
App #1 is the canonical
 “offline bug tracker”.
App #2 will probably
be a BBS you can sync
  over sneakernet.
bestpractical.com/prophet
Make sure nobody can
take away your right to
  use your software.

       Thanks!
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  1. 1. Web 2.0 is Sharecropping Jesse Vincent jesse@fsck.com
  2. 2. (That’s bad)
  3. 3. This is a rant.
  4. 4. The bad old days:
  5. 5. Pic of sharecroppers
  6. 6. You farmed land you didn’t own...
  7. 7. ...with tools you couldn’t really afford.
  8. 8. You paid for it with part of your harvest...
  9. 9. A pretty sweet deal...
  10. 10. ...until things got bad.
  11. 11. (Things always got bad.)
  12. 12. In a bad year, you got further in debt to the land owner.
  13. 13. The (more recent) bad old days:
  14. 14. pic of mainframes
  15. 15. Things got a little better:
  16. 16. Pic of PCs
  17. 17. Things weren’t all rosy:
  18. 18. Pic of BSOD
  19. 19. Sometimes new versions of software killed features...
  20. 20. ...so you were locked in to old versions.
  21. 21. pic of win 31?
  22. 22. Things got ‘better’:
  23. 23. rms che
  24. 24. Now, things are getting worse again...
  25. 25. What happens when your favorite service goes down?
  26. 26. pic of twitter being down
  27. 27. ...or stops accepting new signups?
  28. 28. ...or gives all your data to the secret police?
  29. 29. Pic of yahoo.cn
  30. 30. You don’t own the services you use.
  31. 31. When the service provider cuts you off, that’s it. No recourse.
  32. 32. Not so secret shame: I’m a really bad zealot.
  33. 33. My calendar lives at google.com.
  34. 34. I make a web 2.0 tasklist service called Hiveminder.com
  35. 35. pic of hiveminder
  36. 36. Using hosted apps is going to hurt you.
  37. 37. Data access is important.
  38. 38. APIs are great.
  39. 39. ...but easy access to a service just makes it easier to get locked in.
  40. 40. What about Google Gears, Adobe Air, etc?
  41. 41. Great. now you can use your word processer while you’re offline!
  42. 42. Pic of wordperfect
  43. 43. Real offline apps shouldn’t need servers.
  44. 44. Real offline apps should sync like you do.
  45. 45. I’ve been hacking on an open source database called “Prophet”.
  46. 46. It has an API like Amazon SimpleDB or Google App Engine’s...
  47. 47. It’s designed for “team-scale” apps.
  48. 48. It’s built for P2P replication and disconnected use.
  49. 49. App #1 is the canonical “offline bug tracker”.
  50. 50. App #2 will probably be a BBS you can sync over sneakernet.
  51. 51. bestpractical.com/prophet
  52. 52. Make sure nobody can take away your right to use your software. Thanks!

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