The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
NOTE: This article is off-topic. That is, it does not concern anything to do with genealogy, DNA, or related topics normally found in this newsletter. However, I suspect that many newsletter readers will be interested in this article for many different purposes:
A new buzzword is becoming popular in high tech. Well, it isn’t really a new buzzWORD as much as it is a buzzABBREVIATION (if there is such a thing).
According to Wikipedia’s definition of IPFS:
“The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a protocol and peer-to-peer network for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system. IPFS uses content-addressing to uniquely identify each file in a global namespace connecting all computing devices.”
While that explanation is technically correct, I think it deserves a bit more explanation. I prefer the explanation offered on IPFS.com:
“A peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol designed to preserve and grow humanity’s knowledge by making the web upgradeable, resilient, and more open.””
Even that is a bit cryptic. I would prefer:
“IPFS is the next iteration of cloud computing.’
Another simplistic explanation might be: “The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a protocol and peer-to-peer network for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system.”
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