Last Build Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:17:15 GMTCopyright: Copyright 1994-2017 Bob Frankston
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:53:12 GMTI've been reading reading papers about an "Internet of Things" but they tend to be old engineering approaches relabeled. What makes the Internet special is our ability to build on the big idea of "just works" or ambient connectivity and the ability to mix and match end points using this common facility.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:20:11 GMT5G sounds like the successor to 4G cellular telephony and indeed that is the intent. While the progression from 2G to 3G, to 4G and now 5G seems simple, the story is more nuanced and gives us a chance to better understand the what and, more important, the why of the Internet.
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:21:37 GMTSpectrum doubles down on the 5G as the future though it's relaly the past.
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:25:01 GMTOverview of the contrast between 5G and the Internet.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:11:50 GMTThe President is using a phone that makes it easy to tap into any conversation! Uh oh
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTMy talk from TEDx November 2016. Having grown up from when the technology was simple I see can see beyond the Internet and how it is so much more than just a network and just the web. It gives us the raw materials to create our own abundance.
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:36:16 GMTTalking about my experience as a co-founder.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:37:44 GMTAyyadurai's deep pocket fight over email continues to do collateral damage.
Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:04:17 GMTThe leap second creates many problems in return for essentially no benefit. It is a leftover from the days when computers used the same notation people did for writing dates. Now that computers separate the representation from the presentation it's time to move on.
Mon, 02 Jan 2017 08:29:51 GMTNormalizing Russian Cyberattacks is extremely dangerous. See also this and this follow up.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:32:45 GMTParking meter apps are tied to the car rather than just the location. Making implicit explicit requires adjustment.
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:27:28 GMTA link to my IGF 2016 video. There is also a live transcript of the session here.. I'm planning to do an associated essay.
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:18:15 GMTCulture vs. Facts
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:54:41 GMTExperiment in intelligent stoplights offers hope for APIs
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:13:51 GMTAI and applications like self-driving cars are exciting but we need to wary about treating them as if they think like we do. It is normal to see new technologies just replacing existing technologies or, in this case, human drivers. While there is some overlap in roles we get the most benefit by recognizing how they are different from us and not just replacements.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:58:12 GMTThe end-to-end argument is about being to ignore the network rather assuring a connection between end pointts.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:43:08 GMTTrump has a very simplistic view of money. [From Facebook]
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:34:37 GMTWhen we frame local computing as being at the edge of a network we lose the big ideas of connectivity by framing the Internet in terms of tele-communications.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:02:07 GMTConnected devices need a free-to-use infrastructure that allows for innovation beyond the needs of a provider or other intermediary. Also available on CircleID here
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:42:32 GMT
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:05:50 GMTData caps are tolerated because of false analogies.
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 11:04:59 GMTInterview with Kevin Savetz about the history of Atari and more ... You can go to YouTube for the video.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:03:33 GMTThe concept of software has evolved from the early days of programming when each minute step of had to be described in detail. Yet the challenges remain because, ultimately, software is about sharing our understandings with devices that will act as our agents. I learn a lot writing these columns. This one made me think about what software is and why automatic programming succeeded beyond anyone’s expectations yet has seems to have succeeded at all.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:19:24 GMTPanel at HOPE 2016 where I talk about infrastructure as an alternative framing to network neutrality.
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 01:39:20 GMTThe NSF is funding a new wireless effort that fails to address the need for ambient connectivity as infrastructure. It's just same-old albeit a little bit faster. Like a 600HP car in rush hour solving traffic problems in a city.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe popular view is that the Internet is just another network. It's not -- it's represents a very different approach to how we communicate. One that is resilient rather than dependent on carriers.
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 12:31:50 GMTThe Internet is our new infrastructure. It is a basic facility just as roads and sidewalks available as a basic elements of infrastructure. I use the term "infrastructure" rather than "utility" to distinguish it from metered utilities like gas and electricity that are provided only at a price. This is the talk I gave at FGV in Rio on April 29th 2016.
Sat, 21 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT"Internet addiction" is simply addiction that happens to manifest itself in a particular way. Saying that it is new or special trivializes real problems.
Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 GMTAnother reminder that security is about trust relationships and people. There isn't a magic fix.
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:20:29 GMTFCC should be addressing data caps rather than just focusing on the legacy set top box.
Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:19:23 GMTI learn by doing and creating my own solutions. This gives me a chance to experience the future and see beyond the present. Join me in exploring the possibilities.
Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:23:27 GMTA seminal paper about the design point of the Internet by Saltzer, Reed and Clark
Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:16:53 GMTDan Bricklin's VisiCalc repository
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:06:27 GMTInterview by Business Insider with Dan Bricklin and myself talking about the history of VisiCalc.
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:59:23 GMTI had fun talking to the Vintage Computer Festival in New Jersey last spring - VCF 10
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 17:04:45 GMTWhat I learned on my summer vacation.
Sat, 19 Dec 2015 09:41:15 GMTIssues like capacity limits and network neutrality are framed in terms of telecommunications. We need a different narrative if we are to understand the Internet. (See further comments here)
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMTDan Bricklin does a great job explaining the need for Ambient Connectivity.
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 21:02:42 GMTThe idea of setting the rate for a given class of content is a concept that comes from the traditional world of telecommunications. It doesn't map into the raw packets of the Internet that are carried apart from their context.
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:30:47 GMTA big idea of the Internet is that we can focus on the relationships between two end points (devices) and not worry about what is between.
Sat, 17 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMTIf we're going to use the SSN as a primary identify we should update it from the 1930's design point.
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:40:20 GMTThe DNS -- yet another oops.
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:32:00 GMTIf your camear can run a telephony app does that make it illegal to use in a car even if it's stopped?
Sun, 27 Sep 2015 18:24:00 GMTThe telecommunications business model has problems. The FCC's well-meaning efforts to make that business work has the unintended consequences of protecting it from alternatives approaches that can work far better. This extends to protecting it from better engineering.
Sat, 19 Sep 2015 20:28:00 GMTWe need to be wary of claims that we can manage our way through disruptive changes. But nostrums and solutions sell books so we tend to try to tame disruption rather than embracing the new opportunities. We should read the The Innovator's Dilemma as descriptive rather than prescriptive.
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMTThe FCC may be getting ready to encourage set top box competition but that only fixes a symptom. It doesn't address the problem of silos.
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:56:29 GMTEliza -- now in Chinese as 小冰
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:27:59 GMTWe need to be careful about what we ask for and heed the lessons of Minitel which was the future in 1980 but lacked the dynamic of the Internet.
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:54:00 GMTWhat sucks is the idea that you can't owner your very identity nor reputation!
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:42:40 GMTIf we are to understand the world of connected devices we need to look behind the surface of the web to the APIs (Application Program Interfaces) that are the building blocks for the services we use and the ways devices “listen”. The hashtag #APIFirst emphasizes the importance of this foundation.
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:31:03 GMTWe tend have faith in algorithms as if they represent a divined truth.
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 21:35:36 GMTMy Keynote from the ICCE conference in Taiwan June 2015
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:01:46 GMTIs angel investing become too much like a lottery?
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:46:00 GMTGoogle is doing interesting projects but let's remember that they have a neat trick and not a crystal ball.
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:55:00 GMTThe idea of an "Internet Tax" misses the point that the Internet is just the latest face of ecommerce going back to Sears selling from a catalog over the phone.
Thu, 28 May 2015 17:07:00 GMTYet another reminder of how ICANN is more about classic telecom providing services rather than empowering us.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:26:49 GMTThe business “Television” as we know it is very much tied to the accidental properties of 1930’s vintage technology. We need to rethink very part of the technology and the industry.
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMTIn our search for swift and sure justice we imbue hacks like polygraphs with magical powers far beyond those of mortal devices.
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:23:00 GMTVerizon is selling VoLTE with the promise that one day it will be as good as Skype but that claim misses the point of VoIP which gave us the ability to do a Skype.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:16:03 GMTProducts that do their own reorders may create ecosystems that may give a strong advantage to incumbents.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:48:21 GMTMore DNS gaming of names for profit
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:29:00 GMTIPIrreperoducible
Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:03:17 GMTMy response to the Quora question about what it's been like to have been programming for half a century. You can also see the answer on Quora.
Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:26:00 GMTWhile there is value in big data many of the expectations are driven by marketing rather than real science.
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:02:40 GMTThe idea that we can gain by connecting our brains to the Internet. But our brains have never been isolated. They have always been connected to the rest of society and the intelligence outside the brain and inherent in its architecture have always been our source of smarts. We need to be careful lest this hubris lead us think this time we have the one true answer.
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMTAnother example of hubris in assuming that we can automate warfare ... and the rest of society.
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMTA prescient paper by Bob Fano from 1967 on the information utility.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:21:47 GMTAny one essay can only skim the surface. For further reading ...
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 23:22:40 GMTAmid all the recent discussion about "Network Neutrality" a concern is that we may be losing the soul of the Internet – the ability to create our own solutions. Our "flow" metaphors fail us when dealing with the tolerant and bursty nature of the Internet. The Internet is not a utility, nor is it a consumable we can meter like electricity or water.
Sat, 14 Feb 2015 14:01:11 GMTI will be setting up a site for sharing approaches to sharing connectivity with our neighbors and communities at Connectivity.xyz
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:36:00 GMTVerizon looks to wireless for profits but that may not last long
Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:21:39 GMTThe rise of the meritocracy risks policies based on the hindsight bias.
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 13:53:46 GMTThe idea of an automated home is premised on the idea that we can just put together any number of programs and they would auto-magically compromise a coherent whole. After a half a century of programming I know we still have a lot to learn.
Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:39:27 GMTThe talk I gave to ISOCNY November 11 2014 aimed at helping policymakers revisit their "givens".
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:33:15 GMTIt is very difficult to talk about connectivity policy when the very vocabulary implicitly assumes the 19th framing of telecommunications.
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:36:00 GMTIf you don't like reality pretend it doesn't exist.
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:09:00 GMTAnother chance to play "Web or Internet".
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:04:14 GMTThere is a tendency to project our world views on the Internet. To some it is a way to centralize power and control. But the origins of the Internet are just the opposite -- something that emerged from our ability to use computing to create our own solutions.
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:09:28 GMT(image) “In this episode, we talk a lot about how to think about what he terms "connectivity" rather than telecommunications. Telecommunications are a train track - the network owner determines when to move the trains and at what capacity. Our goal for networks is more akin to the roads, where we have more capacity to move around and pick our own routes on our own schedule”
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:28:29 GMTThe Internet is about much more than accessing web sites. Today we have "Things" that are using the Internet to connect with each other and things need more than "access" -- they need unfettered (borderless) connectivity.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:45:12 GMTThe power of the Internet comes from our ability to build connected applications. We use the term “Internet of Things” to extend this concept beyond computation to include the objects in the physical world.
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:02:00 GMTAs the Internet evolves it will be difficult to track what is happening as a byproduct of decentralization.
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:39:00 GMTAgain with the caps that don't apply to the carriers' own content.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:06:14 GMTThis story of scientists faced with harassment (and worse) makes me think of my mother's experience in trying to get her PhD in geology in the 1930's.
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:53:00 GMTConnectivity is not a luxury so we do we have public policies that leave us disconnected for days?
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMTWe should worry when research is considered a product rather than an effort to broaden our understanding.
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 15:07:06 GMTAnother reminder why speed is the wrong focus for connectivity policy.
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTThe idea that you can make promises in the network (QoS) is a retreat from the Internet and innovation outside the network.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:17:07 GMTIf you repurpose an entertainment system expect it to be treated as a noncritical distribution system
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:21:46 GMTThe battle over identity continues
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:39:37 GMTNow that we have a phone that can run more than one operating system the user should be able to choose which to boot.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTJobs are an increasingly anachronistic method of wealth (re)distribution.
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMTWe need to be aware of proof by example. We connect despite teleom rather than because of it.
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:38:04 GMTThe internet is a different way of using the same facilities (wires, radios etc.) used for telecommunications. The big difference is that the Internet approach is not limited to provider-defined for-profit offerings. The differences go far deeper. I use the term "borderless connectivity" for the new concept. The approach is being adopted from the edge -- driven by market forces. Telecommunications becomes just another resource as one way to extend connectivity as we shift from being dependent upon service providers to creating our own solutions. Today's Internet gives a hint of what we can do with the new opportunities.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:03:33 GMTWe are still dealing with the legacy of circuits using protocols and approaches which presume a common pipe for all packets and purposes.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:13:55 GMTI'm amazed at Internet-denialism. The end-to-end is about innovation outside of a network and opportunity. The old telecom metrics don't apply.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:28:47 GMTIf we are to get the benefits of the Internet's connectivity we need transparent paths without intermediaries either to press "agree" or having protocols like Bluetooth which insist on "understanding" the messages before passing them on.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:32:16 GMTToday's Internet as too many twisting winding passages rather than simple connectivity
Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:08:39 GMTQuestions about "Agree" screens and their ilk.