From:
"Seth! Leary" <email@sethleary.com>
Sent: 6/25/2007 9:26:03 PM
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RE: [GPSstash] Re: Geooglecaching


Scout et al.,

I don't think that the P2P is a realistic comparison, either. Having to
download software--from a variety of developers--is going to be barrier for
a lot of users who would prefer to simply go to a web site, log on, and have
the data presented in a consistent manner. I'd hazard to guess that includes
most of the geocaching community. Then there is the matter of keeping the
data current. A shared song by the Stinkbuttfish is not going to be edited,
archived, logged, etc. but geocache pages are. Who hosts the current version
of the cache page? How do the log entries get stored? The P2P idea is a
completely different beast and not simply another spin on how geocaching
data is stored, used, and distributed. It makes my head hurt just thinking
about it.

Not that the P2P idea doesn't have merit; there might be some cool things
that could be done with it and geocaching. But it is not a substitute for a
robust web site. Not at the scale of worldwide geocaching, anyway.

As for developing features, I think that the geocaching community has shown
that people can generate ideas, programs, and features without competing
against someone else. Anyone who wants to can write a program that will
utilize GPX data. The fact that the data comes from Geocaching.com doesn't
really seem to foul up that scenario.

It's funny how companies like Microsoft and Groundspeak grow to the point
where they become Entities to be Disdained. When people post messages on the
Internet to blast Microsoft, do they stop to think that a huge segment of
the marketplace and government run on Microsoft products and that without
them, we probably would not be sending e-mail?* (Of course we would, but
only because brand X would be in place of Microsoft.) It would be like
calling your friend in 1972 to bitch about Ma Bell. The fact that there are
a million (or so) geocachers in the world to weigh in on the pros and cons
of geocaching.com is only possible because Jeremy and Groundspeak have made
sound business decisions. If it wasn't Jeremy, it would be someone else--or
the game would have died long ago.

Cheers,
Seth!

*I know, you use Linux...blah, blah, blah. But does your computer store?
Your phone company? Your ISP? Your carpal tunnel doctor?


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