Craig Burton is blogging up a Perfect Storm at craigburton.com. In fact he's posting so many nice little nuggets that you only see about a day and half's worth when you go to his site with a browser. Make sure you navigate back using the calendar.
Since a couple of the recent pieces concern things I'm involved with, I'll pick up on those.
Let's start with the discreetly named Vendor Lock in Sucks:
Microsoft is planning to sync its Active Directory with its Live Web-based services to give users single sign-on for applications and services both inside a company network and on the Web.
Technically a good idea. Fewer namespaces and fewer administration models. Reality is, customers are loathe to get roped into Msft centrism. Msft has yet to make the cut to OS inpdependent Internet services.
Trust me, that is the future. The longer they put it off, the worse it is for everybody.
The open source community isn't much better. Politics is winning over common sense.
It will be interesting to see how Ozzie guides the company towards this end. Gates hasn't, won't. Ballmer is worse, Allchin…I have no more to say about that.
Let me talk to Craig directly for a minute.
Craig, take a look at the Windows Live ID whitepaper and let me know what you think of it.
In my view it is consistent with a number of the ideas you've brought to the industry for a long time now.
As far as I can see, there won't be anything proprietary about the way Windows Live ID federates with Active Directory or anything else – it will just use the WS-Federation and WS-Trust specifications, which are being implemented more widely, by more vendors, every day – and can be used on a royalty-free basis.
So then how does this initiative lock anyone in? I'm a non-lockin sort of guy. We need to win customer support by producing products that are cool to use and manage; that have superior reliability and integration with dev tools; and that are open to other implementations.
As for your comments on Bill (and his friends), you just can't produce the kinds of technologies we are about to deliver in fifteen minutes. Our work has been going on for a while (!) and involved a lot of patient investment. The truth is, Bill has been a great supporter of ubiquitous Internet identity and I want to stand up for all he's done to help, just as I would do for you. This said, Ray also brings a lot to the table.
Craig also has a recent post on Cardspace:
“Pamela Dingle, who always has the intestinal fortitude to ask the best darn questions at Catalyst (and other conferences), has posted a good â€œquick startâ€ guide for anyone wanting to play around with Windows CardSpace. Via that post, I found this CardSpace â€œsandboxâ€ site, which has some interesting pointers on it.”
Jamie Lewis points to some Cardspace resources. I opened my control panel the other day, and there was a new control panel named “Digital Identities.” It let me create an infocard. I have no idea what to do with it, but I know it came from Kim's group. I will try to find out more about this.
This is getting exciting. So Craig, now, while you are on identityblog, choose Login. When you get to the login page, click on my Information Card icon (a placeholder while we all agree on a real icon). Let me know how that goes too.
UPDATE: The original link for the Live ID Whitepaper was broken – I have fixed it.