Today this portal serves as an open public community, far different
from the exclusive and almost secretive community on our vpn. The ideal
place to post news and organise events.
NERDS> is a web-based community of IT professionals, split into eighteen
different channels of specialism. Each channel includes central forums,
news groups, mailing lists, irc channels, file stores, and a weekly newsletter.
The community organises technical workshops, 24hour industry news briefings,
technical support services, virus alerts, membership polls.
NERDS> works and functions just like a small town. Each and everyone has their
own function and responsibilities within the community. The state, jointly managed by
the editorial team and the democratically elected NERDS> Council, monitor the service
and the people.
In November 1998 the NERDS> Council imposed a subscriber limit, due to rapidly
exploding membership numbers, and inadequate technology and community resources.
On that day started a secret project to build a new community, with a new
platform and technology. This project was called NERDS> II, in February 2000
the project development was made public.
We maintain a waiting list for prospective members to fill empty places, up to the
subscriber limit, as they arise, on a first come, first serve basis. (There is
no technical test, or technical literacy requirement for membership)
When we launched the NERDS> II network in September last year,
we demonstrated how video technology should be implemented on the
Internet, via the use of a single point of access.
We're continuing our trials with volunteers from the existing community,
however, we don't have the bandwidth or server capacity to support much beyond
two thousand active users.
If you have experience with real time or distributed systems, we
are cycling about 100 users each month, so you can see the demo in action.
We value any ideas for further development or improvement.
Find out more about NERDS> II
Abstract: I define a secure and robust network of peer to peer nodes.
Each node can represent one or many users. The nodes are clustered together
dynamically in the creation of virtually simulated intranets. The network
of nodes facilitate groupware messaging and sharing facilities, with built
in unified personal information management, without the aid of an application
service provider. Each node provides a single point of access, accessible to
each user from any inter-connected network, i.e. the Internet.
The setup or operation of a node should require no understanding or system
training on behalf of users, with reference to the peer to peer network
topology - not even for advanced users. This lack of user customisation will
better enable the network to maintain/ensure reliability, and security, with
the ability to set the network’s own limits and constraints on the users.
Each user need only interact with their tasks, with their colleagues and peers...
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