Applications and content roaming

For those who can read Spanish, I hearty encourage you to read César Córcoles entry Cambiar de lector de RSS hace pensar [RSS feeds syndicator shifting makes me think].

In his post he explains that he gave up Sharpreader because he had to maintain two different blogrolls (home and work) and that he’s moving to Bloglines, which is not a local application but a server application. Conclusion: “roaming in applications is something that should be considered more seriously” and that “all applications should access all data all the time”.

Right. I completely agree. Thinking in my “ICTlogy own terms”, one of the advantages of on-line learning is just this: you can follow your training wherever and whenever you want: content (and teachers!) are always there, at your keyboard’s reach. And this is specially important to people with random access to the internet, be it because you surf at work and at home (developed countries) but also because you have to go to some cyber cafe or (public) telecenter (developing countries).

Some months ago someone (cannot remember: I guess it was my colleague Genís Berbel) told me that desktops, laptops, PDAs, cellulars, etc. would, in the future, have just an operating system and no storage drives: all content would be in the Net (in your internet server), even your own profile and preferences, and that you’d access it from the desired device/interface.

Well, we’re not that far from it: the major part of our money is in the bank and we get to it through on-line banking, credit cards or cash street dispensers. It is just a matter of time.


If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2003) “Applications and content roaming” In ICTlogy, #2, November 2003. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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