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The Idea Ether

Rich Kilmer's place to express the ideas that bounce around in his head.

Published: 2008-10-31T12:45:39-04:00


Striving for Civility in the Ruby and Rails Community


The Ruby community is something that I have been proud to be a part of for going well on eight years. I am one of those people that fell in love with Ruby by reading the first PickAxe book cover...

Ruby's Best Feature?


In my experience of building systems in Ruby over the last 7 years, I believe there is one main feature of Ruby that made these systems successful. Before I get to that unique feature of Ruby I want to describe...

First Facebook App (but not the last)


We have been working with Voxant over the last 6 months or so to move them over to a new infrastructure for their Web service TheNewsRoom. TheNewsRoom is a pretty cool service that allows you to find and embed 70+...

indi Beta 3 Profiles


With Beta 3 of indi and indi Channels we introduced the ability for you to create and share profiles. Your profiles are what you push to others on your Direct and Group channels. Your profiles they are never seen by...

indi Beta 3 is out!


We released indi Beta 3 yesterday. Whew, its been a huge effort to build a distributed sharing solution (using Amazon's S3) enabling real privacy (using encryption) for consumers (yes, your Mom can use it) that runs across OS X and...

The Web 3.0 parade has begun


There has been this flurry of posts on Web 3.0 now that Web 2.0 (whatever that was) has mainstreamed. Its always amused me to apply version numbers to something that is changing all the time with new services and sites...

Web 2.0 and back again


Something had been nagging at the back of my mind for some time now. As I read all these blogs about what Web 2.0 was, I kept remembering I had heard some quote somewhere that describes this...far back in the...

Fingerprint every US worker? NOT!


Slashdot just posted a piece that Bloomberg wants to build a database of every valid US worker to include DNA or fingerprints. This is completely insane, and more importantly its completely unnecessary. This is insane because centralization of data is...

indi Beta 2 Arrives


We have been busy. Digital Independence is getting closer. We have reached Beta 2 of indi and its been released into the wild. We have decided to invite everyone who signed up on the waiting list to get as broad...

A "Free" Market Economy


I was reading a recent post by Fred Wilson on his A VC blog about his favorite business model for Internet companies. Basically his summary was to give a service away for free then charge for a premium or value...