Saturday, November 11, 2006

OpenId.. The Future of the Web?

OpenID aims to being about a global Web Identity system for every netizen. It is an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity. OpenID starts with the concept that anyone can identify themselves on the Internet the same way websites do-with a URL/ Web Address.

This sounds interesting, and is heavily dependent on the Netizens. I like the idea of freedom for all. However, I strongly belive that extreme democracy results in anarchy. Unmonitored freedom of a joint resource, eventually leads to a collapse.
It will be interesting to see how this particular concept gets polished. The present version of the specifications are pretty detailed, though they do have some open questions.

So developers, administrators and users, can check out

// Nrip Nihalani

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Considering this was my first posting, I did contemplate whether it made sense for me to write something meaningful…and decided in favour of it. After all, why write at all if its just to say “Hi! This is my first post here…Welcome Me…”

While reading today’s edition of The Times of India, I came an interesting article by Arvind Malhotra titled ” What is Innovation?” He has very correctly pointed out the inaptness of loosely labeling every action by today’s organisations as Innovation.

Think of It… How many products are advertised claiming to be pathbreaking, or revolutionary. Yes, this is the 21st Century, but that does not mandate everything we do to be labelled Innovative. Purists may claim that every product which differs and provides a new feature over the previous version can be technically labelled as Innovative. Well in which case, would it be correct to wake up 5 minutes earlier than yesterday innovative. However Efficient != Innovative. I am sure even the purists will agree with that.

Innovation is radical, a disruptive manner/product/technology which is not solely an improvement, but something not done before. Using a Steam Engine was innovative, but using the Diesel Engine was not….

// Nrip Nihalani