Details have finally emerged about Blake Ross’ secret new project, Parakey. It gets to the meat on the third page.
“Although it looks like a Web siteâ€”down to the Firefox-style tabs that run across the top of the page, which each family member uses to display his or her own sectionâ€”it is, in fact, something much more ambitious: a universal interface. Even though Parakey works inside your Web browser, it runs locally on your home computer, which allows Parakey developers to do things inside your Parakey site that a traditional Web site could not do, such as interact with your camera.”
It uses a new language called JUL. I haven’t found anything about Parakey online, besides Parakey.com registered about a month ago. Most disappointing quote from the article?
â€œIf it were up to us, we’d open source all of it,â€ he says, â€œbut it depends on how the investors want to do this.â€
I’m guessing this might be a misquote. Investors are for money, advice, and connections, not product leadership. There are good examples now of scalable businesses being built on top of open source — don’t let anyone take you down a path you can’t believe in 100%. Think long term. I don’t know who Parakey’s investors are, but I’m sure Blake hooked up with (or could demand) folks smart enough to understand this.