from the sharing-for-everyone dept.
Masem writes "ZDNet is reporting on two products that are based off the peer-to-peer sharing idea that Napster made popular to release two useful tools to the community. First, "Rumor" is a p2p program that helps to spread the updates to virus protections programs by having each client on an intranet act as a p2p node, reducing the load on servers and speeding the distrubtion of the update. The second new program called "Groove Transceiver", designed by Ray Ozzie of Lotus Notes fame, acts like an extended AIM client, allowing large groups of people to communicate as a whole, but without the need for something like an IRC server. It's good to see potentally useful programs attributing their success to the Napster model - hopefully they will help with further defence of it.
It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small
price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.