Topic: Why not a distributed architecture?
I guess I never really realized that chumby.com/Chumby Co. was a single point of failure for my chumby. Especially now, this seems like a terrible design choice. Why can't people host their widgets individually, wherever they please, and our chumbys be smart enough to look for each widget at the specified uri? Someone might decide to host a lot of widgets, as chumby.com did in the past, but, as a user-community, we shouldn't be excited about any solution that puts us at risk of this same thing happening again in the future: that is, we shouldn't be satisfied if a single entity rehosts everything there used to be. Instead, we need a new architecture that let's anyone host a widget and enables any chumby to connect to that widget. (Note: I've never really hacked on my Chumby, so if I'm totally missing something that is impossible to design around, let me know.)