Sunday, January 22, 2006

Mobile as server...

I've had a web server running on my phone for a couple of years now, and I'm not the only one, so I was fairly confused to see people making a fuss about having Apache available on your phone. Or rather I wasn't confused, after all it is a big deal, because now we have a full scale stable enterprise level server available on the Series 60 platform. But the publicity surrounding this seems to be focusing on the fact that it is possible at all...

This frankly surprises me a lot, I've been waiting for someone to come out with something vaguely like Rendezvous... sorry, I mean Bonjour, err, I mean Zero-configuration Networking... over your Bluetooth personal area network for Series 60, but it hasn't happened...

Maybe this is why? I guess people just haven't caught on that they have a computer in their jacket pocket. I mean most phones these days have heavier duty processors and more memory than the machine I did most of my PhD work on, there really isn't anything stopping people doing serious work on them now. Except the fact people think about phones as client only devices, and especially with the availability of both Python and Perl ports for Series 60, this hasn't been the case for a while...

After all, if you can have a web server for your PSP, what's the big deal about your phone?