Trapping User Data

Matt Cutts has a great post about how Google doesn't trap a user's data.

I think this is part of what makes Google so attractive. If you contrast this post with the ongoing tussle over office document formats (ODS versus Microsoft's Open XML). Part of Microsoft Office's dominance has been their ownership of the default format.

Microsoft isn't the only (or even worst) offender here. I've been recently frustrated by the closed data system of Adobe Elements, and the lack of a document tagging/category system in general. Vista has gotten some heat (I think Jon is correct that there isn't an obvious right/wrong) about how Vista has 'corrupted' some image files by writing tag data into their meta data.

Apple is another offender. My ongoing effort to maintain the ability easily export your Playlist data from iTunes is to compensate for a feature that really should exist in iTunes. At least they made the data relatively easy to access (XML).

I also noticed Matt's post didn't touch on Picasa. Google isn't perfect, and a lot of their existing sharing is for data that has well established formats (Email, Calendar, Docs, etc). Maybe we need a unified approach for Image tagging/categorization.

2 comments:

  1. Hi , dear eric.
    I am very interesting in your project JES.
    and I just want to know the upcomming feature about it.

    Now the JES support pop3 and smtp. then when would you like to support IMAP?
    and what do you think the web client just like gamil or live mail for the mail server.

    I am so sorry to trouble and thank you very much.

    Best Regards,

    Jim

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  2. Jim,

    Thanks for your interest in JES.

    Unfortunately, I'm not actively working on JES. I am still maintaining the project, but I mostly fix bugs and do minor feature enhancements based on user requests.

    I think IMAP support is unlikely to happen any time soon unless I find a developer willing to help work on it.

    Eric

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