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The “family intranet” — or not

I talked a bit at the last Homebrew club meeting about setting up various web applications on our home server for use by the family. So far, we're now using: Owncloud for family notes and a family calendar, which automagically shows up on various PCs, tablets and phones by means of Caldav. Shaarli for bookmarking…

First personal clouds meeting tonight!

Thanks, Adrian and Kaliya and Adam, and everybody who has been helping to organize tonight's very first Personal Clouds community gathering in San Francisco. There's been so much interest that we have a waiting list! It's clear the time has come for cloud computing to become more personal. When I read a story like this…

Personal Cloud Architecture

Updated 2012-11-01 based on discussion on the Personal Clouds mailing list. See also Phil Windley's comments. Last week's IIW, as usual, facilitated a lot of interesting discussions including on the subject of Personal Clouds. It was the prompt for me to sit down and draw an "architecture" for Personal Clouds, which is consistent with the…

LID, OpenID and the Personal Cloud

When I started working on LID -- the first proposal for a decentralized web identity system -- about eight years ago, I did not just have a set of techie protocols in mind, but a technical architecture with social ramifications: people would grab a URL (say http://upon2020.com/), and set up their personal web presence at…

Personal Clouds and Life Management Platforms

Martin Kuppinger, of analyst firm Kuppinger Cole, has an interesting report out titled "Life Management Platforms: Control and Privacy for Personal Data". In it, he brings together some major technology and social trends to predict an opportunity for individuals to manage their own data, in a privacy-protecting way, while improving interaction with major vendor organizations…