Monday, April 10, 2006

Selling Devices With This Whole Site On Them?

As reported by Slashdot:

A new startup called Webaroo is launching [today] with an audacious proposition: You can search the Web without a net connection of any kind. Initial release consists of 'Web packs' on specific topics such as news, city guides or Wikipedia. Later this year they're promising a full-Web version that you can carry on a laptop -- provided you're willing to devote something in the neighborhood of 80 gig."

I don't mind people copying words and ideas from this site and posting on their websites (mentioning me as a source and without my permission) ... but I do mind people selling my ideas and directly profitting from my work without modification or addition of insight ... not that I would even make it into 'an internet essentials collection'.

This seems like a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Those technically savvy enough to care about Internet access will get it through a hotspot, library, or some other means. Those technical enough to care don't want cached info, but live data.

Besides this fact ... it doesn't support Macs.

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