I really shouldn’t blogging that much now that I have three weeks left to pack up and move to Virginia. That’s another story if I get around to blogging it.
Recently on the OpenID mailing list, many people are asking for a free i-name to play around with, research and develop software against. Global i-names cost USD20 per year but if you just want to evaluate the technology, you can get a community i-name for free. A community i-name is analogous to subdomains in the DNS world. A global i-name is something like
=wil. A community i-name has an extra subsegment tagged to the end e.g.
The i-name / XRI community has awakened to the challenge that we need to provide more support and documentation to the developer community, and our response is the dev.inames.net wiki.
In my little way, I have also created a site (http://xrid.net/) to allow developers to experiment with XRI resolution and Yadis by providing free community i-names under
@xrid. The site allows you to have unlimited community i-names (you can even host your own like
@xrid*wil*work), and link them to authorities (identities) in any way you like, and most importantly, edit XRDS documents that will be served by the
auth.xrid.net authority resolution server.
So, if you’re a developer interested in experimenting with XRI technologies, get your free @xrid community i-name here.
(Note: you may be curious as to why
@xrid. Well, XRID was an earlier incarnation of the XRD which is a recursive acronym for “XRI Descriptor”. Later, it was decided that we don’t want to tie the XRDS document format to just being used in XRI’s (e.g. Yadis uses XRDS documents.)
Did I mention that you can login with an OpenID too?