Monday, July 03, 2006 Relaunched

CouchSurfing is alive! Sort of... They've put up a new site to explain the current situation and structure of CS, as it stands over there in Montreal with the Collective.

Also, usernames and passwords are not lost. People can rebuild their networks by diving back into their old emails, which always have had the sending CS'ers username listed.

The big big news is that it looks like the idea of decentralizing CS, from organizational to technical, administration will come to fruition. This crash probably has sped up the timeline for such a change. While staying with Marcus, we've had conversations about the decentralization. He has had some very good thoughts about it. Anyways, I'm glad the CS Collective is moving ahead with it.

And a side note from me, just being a geek (Non software people skip this). CS needs to take this opportunity to rearchitect the design of the overall system. For the truely geeky, I am saying; REST, Atom, AtomPP, RelaxNG to describe semantic vocabularies, distribute data stores, improve the Search abilities using GoogleAppliance or Lucene (Nutch) to aggregate information, use PKI as a basis for trust (can be great for distributed profiles), XMPP (proxy and bridge a user's real JID with an anonymous CS JID), everchanging anon CS emails so we can just click reply (server processing can still save these emails to the websystem, and can limit emails going through where To and From fields must be anon CS email addresses). Ok, just a few thoughts... I'll probably write up something on my main blog about these geek ideas.


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