Idea: up-to-date business card
Matthew S. Hamrick
mhamrick at cryptonomicon.net
Thu Mar 15 08:05:13 CET 2007
Yeah... it's easy to sound snarky on mailing lists. I too was not
trying to be sarcastic, but rereading my post, it looks like I was
trying to dis Plaxo. Nothing of the sort. I too have friends who use
it and love it. But for the reasons I listed, it's not really for me.
There's absolutely no reason why there shouldn't be a Meishi client
for WinCE, Symbian or even J2ME/iTron.
Or even some way to import/export to/from Plaxo/Exchange/Mac Address
With respect to the vCard bursting... yeah... but it's got to start
somewhere. I was planning on releasing my code and specs as open
source, so I would think that if enough people thought it was a good
idea, some of the major handset vendors would start integrating it.
On Mar 14, 2007, at 1:30 PM, Jonathon Suggs wrote:
> Matthew S. Hamrick wrote:
>> Yes... if you have a Blackberry, Treo or HTC phone, run Windows
>> and don't mind keeping your data on Plaxo's servers, Plaxo is
>> indeed a good solution.
>> Still... I'm fairly certain that most GSM phones can't make the
>> data call to the Plaxo servers _while_ they are on a voice call
>> with someone else.
>> The "vCard bursting" concept moves data directly from one phone to
>> another without third party involvement. And it does is as part of
>> the "session" created when you're talking with someone else. i.e.
>> - you don't have to hang up the phone to receive burst vCards.
> Couple of thoughts. First, this is an open platform for you to
> create whatever you want. So go ahead and knock yourself out
> making this (actually not mean to be as sarcastic as it sounds).
> Second, this is an open platform so you can either port the
> Blackberry, Treo, WinMo app to OpenMoko.
> I don't use Plaxo, but I know people who do and like it (thought/
> thinking about trying it). For ideas/apps that are a closed loop
> between you and your data feel free to come up with brand new
> protocols for the communication. However, don't expect it to have
> wide adoption. Even if OpenMoko takes off, it isn't going to
> become prevalent overnight. So to have the ability to interoperate
> with Blackberrys, Tres, WinMo PPCs (which make up a decent
> percentage of the [smart]phone population) you are going to have to
> be able to speak a common language. vCards are pretty standard, so
> the idea does have some merit (not that my blessing is a
> requirement). But unless most people are able to support "vCard
> Bursting" then you target audience is only as large as the OpenMoko
> install base. I for one am not really interested in using a
> protocol with such a limited user base, although it is an
> interesting concept.
> Plaxo does what it does well. I *somewhat* understand your not
> wanting your personal data to be stored on someone elses servers,
> but creating new protocols for data transmission is probably not
> the best way to go about obtaining privacy/whatever.
> This isn't meant to be a derogatory post, but I would prefer to be
> able to communicate with a broad range of people running a broad
> range of devices.
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