[LINK] Enum musings
Tue, 8 Oct 2002 16:11:37 +1000
"Chirgwin, Richard" <Richard.Chirgwin@informa.com.au>
... draft article that needs to be published, omitted for brevity ...
This is a response to just one specific point RC made:
>Under Enum, the onus is on the user to manage
>contactability/availability/choice of device etc.
I'm a moderately mobile person, and use my portable as my desk
machine when I'm at home. I've had a bit of bother sorting out the
most appropriate way to use Apple's Location Manager in order to have
the machine adapt to its surroundings as transparently, quickly and
reliably as possible. (Location Manager records clusters of settings
for such things as TCP/IP, VPN, Modem, Dialup scripts and telephone
numbers, printer, time-zone, etc.).
I currently have the following settings:
- home-office when connected via the hub and router (normal at-home setting);
- home-office when connected directly to the ADSL 'modem' (rare, but needed
if the router packs it in ...);
- travelling in Australia, using internal 56Kb modem and dialup to ISP;
- travelling overseas, ditto - needs one for each relevant country, because
of the variation in the number to dial, and the time-zone;
- connected to a client's Ethernet, where the client uses DHCP;
- connected to a client's Ethernet where the client *doesn't* use DHCP, and
therefore I need to remember what IP-Address I borrowed last time - needs
one per client.
Now overlay all of that with the need to think through which
number(s) I want to be reachable on at any given time, based on such
considerations as my need to be reachable (which differs between
clients and family), and the costs involved. The costs depend on the
current terms applicable to each device and connection-type - and
they vary often and a lot, e.g. as I move around, but also as the
service-provider changes the tariff.
As RC put it, "IOW, the Enum user could easily end up enslaved to
making themselves available, instead of merely deciding "do I answer
the phone?" Even the most devoted gadgeteer will get sick of
reconfiguring their 'availability' or 'location' etc every few
But if marketers would like it, you can bet it will be foisted on the consumer.
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