Andre Durand

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Archive for August, 2005

Google does Jabber

August 24, 2005 By: Andre Category: Life

Google announced Google Talk instant messaging and VOIP this week. The underlying instant messaging protocol is XMPP (aka ‘Jabber’). It’s been a long road for Jabber (both the open source community and Jabber, Inc.), but this is likely one of the largest consumer facing endorsements of the protocol to date. Had I stayed at Jabber, I would have really enjoyed tackling the consumer services side of the opportunity, which I think has larger, more viral-like opportunities associated with it. As it stands, I would suspect that within another 3-4 years, XMPP may indeed become the internet standard for IM.

World’s Ugliest Dog

August 16, 2005 By: Andre Category: Life

I don’t normally post things like this, but damn, you’ve got to see this. This 14-year-old pedigreed Chinese crested recently won the Sonoma-Marin Fair contest for the world’s ugliest dog — third consecutive time — no surprise. “He’s so ugly even the judges recoiled when he was placed on the judging table, said his proud owner, Susie Lockheed, of Santa Barbara.”

SourceID Releases InfoCards for Java – Work-in-Process

August 13, 2005 By: Andre Category: Ping Identity

Yesterday we released our SourceID work around an InfoCard STS Toolkit for Java (Version 0.1 – Work in Progress). Kim Cameron and the group up at Microsoft are doing some very innovative things around identity, and this is Ping’s first foray into exploring that work and the implications to consumer identity infrastructure.


The SourceID InfoCard STS Toolkit for Java (available now for immediate download from
) is a
library and simple framework for writing server-side applications which interact with Microsoft’s new InfoCard identity system (InfoCard is
itself also still a work-in-progress as of this writing).

Microsoft InfoCard is an identity system scheduled for inclusion in Windows Vista (a.k.a. Longhorn), with a possible release for Windows XP
to follow. It allows users to create identity information cards (“InfoCards”)–and/or collect signed cards from third-party Identity
Providers–and use them to provision accounts and/or instantly sign in to web applications (via browser) and web services (via SOAP clients).

The best sources for InfoCard information are two web logs maintained by members of the Microsoft InfoCard team:

Kim Cameron’s Identity Weblog –
Andy Harjanto’s InfoCard Weblog –