Project Liberty Adoption – Wow!

Wow – I just looked at the new Project Liberty market adoption page. It seems we’ve been hiding the Liberty light under a bushel – particularly when you look at adoption in the Telecommunications and Online Service Provider segments. One of the strengths of the Liberty specifications is that they can become transparent infrastructure – AOL users don’t need to know that Liberty’s Web Services Framework (ID-WSF) is being used to link AOL’s services with third-party applications. On the other hand, this doesn’t lend itself to market awareness.

Congratulations and thanks to Britta, Lauren and the rest of the Liberty Business and Marketing Expert Group (BMEG) for driving this to completion, and to all Liberty members who contributed information. If you know of a Liberty deployment that is not listed, then please submit it online. As you can see from the current list, you can be listed anonymously or even not at all. In the latter case, the information is still valuable for aggregate measures such as ‘total number of Liberty-enabled devices and identities’

Mobile Web Services, SIM Strong Authentication, Java/.NET Integration

I had three emails today pointing to various useful documents. No reviews as yet, I’m simply pointing these out as ‘looking interesting’

Two of the pointers were to new resources for identity in the telco space. One is pretty expensive, the other is free. Hmm – I wonder which will of the following two links will get the most traffic?

  • Mobile Web Services : Architecture and Implementation – Frederick Hirsch, John Kemp, Jani Ilkka.
    If you’ve worked with Nokia or Liberty then Frederick Hirsch and John Kemp will be familiar names to you. I know Frederick from Liberty meetings; John only by reputation and his contributions to the Liberty mailing lists. This book looks like a soup-to-nuts explanation of web services in the mobile telco space. At $80 it’s expensive, but, if you work in this space, it looks like a good investment.
  • Offering SIM Strong Authentication to Internet Services – Dr. Do van Thanh et al.
    This whitepaper, published on the Liberty website, presents an approach to strong authentication using the GSM SIM card, as implemented in a proof-of-concept in Oslo. Free download, so worth a read if the title means anything to you.
  • Moving away from the telco market, the third resource, Java EE and .NET Interoperability : Integration Strategies, Patterns, and Best Practices by Marina Fisher et al, explains interop between the two environments from a number of angles – web services, messaging, transactions and much more. Much of my time now is spent working on integrating Sun’s identity products with Microsoft. While the synopsis of this book doesn’t specifically call it out, identity is an enabler for many of the technologies mentioned.

Security to the Extreme?

A friend of mine sent me this by email. It’s a real Microsoft Knowledgebase article. I’ll give you the title here and let you click though to enjoy the rest at

Error Message: Your Password Must Be at Least 18770 Characters and Cannot Repeat Any of Your Previous 30689 Passwords

Classic. I’d love to be looking over the shoulder of a user innocently stumbling across that one.

(BTW – if you think I’m having a gratuitous pop at our friends in Redmond, relax, I’m just as quick to point out instances where we – uh – fall short of ideal )

Sun Fire T2000 Free Trial

I guess a bunch of people have blogged about this – I’m piling on since I know a couple of friends who read this will be interested. Anyway – we’re running a free trial of the T2000 right now. Basically, you sign up online to try out a T2000 server, and, if you qualify, Sun pay the shipping (hopefully one way, since you’re like this baby so much you won’t want to part with it, but potentially two ways if you’re out of your mind ) and you get 60 days of Cool Thread fun.

Test-drive the New Sun Fire T2000 Server

So, snag a box, throw your worst multi-threaded torture test at it and see how it does. No charge. And, if you come up with a particularly neat app that really uses the T2000 to its utmost, you can win $50,000 in cash and a T2000 to keep.