I took a quick trip to Charlotte, NC, yesterday and when the plane was taking off to come back home, it felt like it was a fat kid trying to pole vault. It seemed like it was really struggling to get in the air. Not a comforting feeling when you’re on a plane.
Anyway, the in-flight magazine made up for it. Surprisingly, it had a lot of fresh information that was well-written. Here’s an interesting column about how the Internet will potentially be used in the future. The columnist talks about an existing piece of technology — a desk clock-sized gadget called a Chumby — that logs onto your home Internet network and displays Web content through the use of widgets (bloggers will be familiar with that term).
For the writer, this triggered the possibility that “we’re entering an era where virtually every device in your home and in your pocket will live online” through the use of IP addresses. Appliances could be repaired virtually by repairman. Banks could use your IP address to verify your identity.
But, as always, what is used for good could also be used for evil. Nearly everything you use and how you use it could be logged and live on the Internet.