Yesterday's Joy of Tech sounds familiar.
I wrote about this in October. In item #2: "I'm getting to know someone new and I can tell she's going to be a good friend. So after our meeting a couple of weeks ago, the question is -- how are we going to communicate. I see her on Facebook. But that isn't my preferred way to communicate, for a variety of reasons. Only after a few days of negotiating, in a total fog, we decide to use email. It seems that could have happened much more quickly."
Communication is getting more difficult. Every time we invent a new variant of email, IM, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Skype, etc -- we're never going to stop inventing them -- the problem gets worse. At some point this is going to be bad for business. Maybe it already has.
It seems obvious that at some point there will be a way to cross boundaries between silos more easily. Maybe we'll have personal silos?
When Brent Simmons was talking about storing object databases in the file system on the Frontier-user list, I had a nagging feeling I had done something in this area. I had. Not even that long ago.
Here's the story.
I have a tool called gitHub.root that periodically checks the contents of a set of odb's you specify and exports any changed scripts to a folder structure, designed to by shared on GitHub.
I'm not releasing that tool at this time, because I want to do another review. But I am USING it, to release the code for another tool, this one is current, and you can download it from the Tools Catalog page in the OPML Editor website (choose Tools Catalog from the Misc menu). It works. I'm using it all the time. It's called superSync. It really is super and it does a nice job of syncing local folders to locations on Amazon S3. I have some software in the pipe that needs this functionality.
Anyway, it's both a Tool and a GitHub repo.
The docs are right there, in the Readme.md file.
I'm not taking pull requests, this is just for sharing, and you're welcome to fork it and do with it as you please. MIT License.
This also means interop will be easy, and makes it possible to have new blogging tools that are compatible with WordPress in new interesting ways.
May not mean much to end-users. By the time developers deliver features based on this stuff it'll be baked into the platform ten levels below the user interface. But that doesn't mean it's not important.
It's a good thing.
PS: I don't think this is available (yet) on wordpress.com.