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Always available Personal Algorithms + Personal Data = Programs that matter

Submitted by Roland on Thu, 2013-03-07 18:17

Always available Personal Data + Personal Algorithms = Programs that matter. Inspired by David Ascher's Personal computing in a decentralized world: a hopeful direction. What if you could keep all of your personal data and personal algorithms in two places so that you always had a backup?

  1. In your home on something cheap and cheerful like a Raspberry Pi AND
  2. With you at all times in your pocket or on your wrist with a portable use anywhere computer like the StormFly.

What if programming wasn't so hard that you had to learn something so rigid like Pascal (the language of Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs) or C++ or even JavaScript but something approachable and more flexible (e.g. IFTTT, scratch, heck even a more accessible version of R). I predict that would allow people to use their personal data in all sorts of "helpful in real life" ways we can't even imagine!

And I don't see why this won't be possible in less than 10 years if not sooner.

Single Purpose Server Apps on multiple Raspberry Pis to overcome tyranny of the cloud & tyranny of hosted services

Submitted by Roland on Sun, 2012-06-03 10:13

Raphael's Raspberry Pi - raphaels-raspberry-pi-20120601-1.jpgThe Raspberry Pi was designed as a cheap low cost computer for education. Could it be also good as a low power server dedicated to one app (as Richard has it, a "thin cloud")? It's so cheap you could run two (one primary and one backup at different locations). No need for a datacenter, no need for a hosted service! Begone "tyranny of the cloud" and "tyranny of the hosted service" ?

My guess is the Raspberry Pi is too slow and my internet connection is too slow but it would work for a family webapp only used by two dozen folks! But in the future I don't see why it wouldn't be viable with a better internet connection and faster raspberry pis!

I am going to try this out when my Raspberry Pi arrves later this summer. I am thinking of running Open Photo (a private instance) for family stuff.

The other thing thing I am thinking of doing is using multiple Raspberry Pis to run cool server web app tech, e.g. 1 for clojure, 1 for node.js, 1 for haskell, 1 for racket, 1 for whatever is the common lisp flavour du jour :-) etc

And heck if i have spare time, I'll use multiple Raspberry Pis like D'Arcy, Dave Winer and Tantek; to reclaim my stuff and put it in my walled garden first :-) before I copy it to other walled gardens like Pinterest, twitter, flickr etc

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