Just Shelley

Frozen Custard

I’ve been interested in P2P technologies for a few years now. When I was at Skyfish, the former CTO — an Australian by the name of Michael — and I worked out the architecture for a services application that was based on a P2P cloud with absolutely no reliance on a static IP. I constantly preach chaos in the land of the standards. Time for me to spend some serious time on these subjects this week. I’m long overdue. Keep an eye peeled to the TechBlog if any of this interests you.

In the meantime, there’s this blog, which is for all things not technology. For instance…

The doctor said I was very brave today and Robbie said that since I was so good, I would get a treat. A cone of Ted Drewes Frozen Custard — a classic famous round the world. Creamy, subtle, but not too rich. A perfect frozen custard.

The fun part of traveling is finding the sights, scents, and tastes of each place visited. In San Francisco, there’s the crab at the outside vendors at Fisherman’s Wharf, the egg, tomato, and Cobb bacon sandwiches at Farmer’s Market, or the garlic ice cream at the Stinking Rose. In Portland, there’s the micro-brew sampler at McMenamin’s. In New York — hot pretzels from street vendors. Swank in Seattle at the famous Canlis restaurant. Fresh Haystack bread at the Cannon Beach Bakery. Corned Beef and Cabbage at the Black Rose in Boston.

The sinful taste of Boehm’s chocolate covered candied orange. To be accompanied by dark, rich espresso. Drunk out of a mug. A common, cheap, thick, white china mug.

Just Shelley

Hurt foot

Well, aren’t I deadly dull?

Due to a slight medical problem that has worsened because of my tripping all around the Arch yesterday, I won’t be able to travel for at least a few days while I get additional treatment. I won’t bore you with minute details other than I had an infection in my foot, which hasn’t improved. Well, okay, so I didn’t stay off it like I should — but that’s not the point!

Anyway, I’ll be in St. Louis for a bit longer than originally expected, and conversely, around to pester you all for a few more days before happy trails again.

This really has irritated me, too. Grrr.



A true P2P Cloud

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

A true P2P cloud does not have a core of iron. By this I mean that there can be no static IP or server providing the gateway or facilitating the communication between nodes within a distributed application.

You can argue this one with me for years and you won’t convince me otherwise. I know that Groove has an iron core cloud. I know that Userland is thinking of an iron core cloud that can move about the nodes. UDDI is based on the premise of a centralized source of information about services that just happens to get striped and mirrorer. Striped — chunked off. Mirrored — distributed to different servers. And don’t focus on the the distributed in the latter, keep your eye on the server.

Server == iron

iron == control

Freenet comes closest to being the truest form of a cloud but there is an assumption that the gateway to the cloud must be known in some way, a pre-known entrance. According to the Ian Clarke’s Freenet: A Distributed Anonymous Information Storage and Retrieval System, “A new node can join the network by discovering the address of one or more existing nodes through out-of-band means, then starting to send messages”.

Can we have P2P clouds without some touch of iron? Can we have transient gateways into P2P networks without relying on some form of pre-knowledge, such as a static IP?

Ask yourselves this — I’m looking for information about C#, specifically about the CLR (Common Language Runtime) and the Common Language Interface (CLI).

Keys are: C# CLR CLI

Go to Google, enter the words, click on I’m Feeling Lucky — and say hi to me in passing.

We don’t need P2P clouds with cores of iron; what we need is new ways of looking at existing technologies.

to be continued…