Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Famous three laws !

Clarke’s Three Laws (from the book "Profiles of the Future" by Arthur C. Clarke) [1]
  1. “When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.”
  2. “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”
  3. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Asimov's Laws of Robotics [2]
  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
[1] NYT Article
[2] Wikipedia Article

Saturday, March 8, 2008

EyeOS ! Is it anything more than EyeCandy?

EyeOS Professional Services has released this Browser based OS called EyeOS. Check the Demo at :

From the site :

eyeOS was thought as a new definition of Operating System, where everything inside it can be accessed from everywhere in a Network. All need to do is to login into your eyeOS server with a normal Internet Browser, and access your personal or corporate desktop, with your applications, documents and files... just like you left it last time.

eyeOS comes with a preloaded suite of applications, some for private use, like the file manager, a word processor, a music player, calendar, notepad or contacts manager. There are also some groupware applications, such as a group manager, a file sharing application, a group board and many more.

I am finding it difficult to comprehend why anyone would want to use this. Wasnt RemoteDesktop over VPN good enough?

This kind of technology opens a can of security worms. First of all, this is browser based and anyone can login from anywhere. So if a users account is compromised because he was logging into his company eyeOS server from a cybercafe, the companies data is at threat. Secondly, why would anyone want to leave word and excel and use applications provided by them? Or for that matter, why would anyone using Google Docs want to use this technology? I find it difficult to find the true value proposition in this product.

The idea is nevertheless neat.