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Where’s Pablo Soto?
February 10, 2007
Thomas Mennecke
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Asking “where’s Pablo” these days isn’t terribly different from asking, “Where’s Waldo?” The seemingly elusive P2P programmer, who shot into file-sharing stardom for his work on Blubster and Piolet (Manolito P2P), has appeared quiet lately.

Yet this doesn’t mean Pablo hasn’t been busy. In addition to fixing the connectivity issues with the Manolito P2P network, Pablo is taking a more forward looking approach to his next project. Named “Omemo” (Ownership Masquerading Explorable Metadata Overlay), he and his consortium of programmers are working feverishly to establish the next great leap forward in file-sharing technology.

The next project for the Manolito group utilizes the traditional “search” and “storage” philosophy of current P2P networks; however Omemo is significantly different as it will create a virtual hard drive among peers. Like any storage medium, the end user can save his or her file, however the file will be stored in cyberspace rather than the individual’s hard drive. If the network were to reach its full potential, the end user would experience a near limitless supply of storage space – as well as a near limitless supply of information.

“…most commercial vendors of P2P technology have failed to detect the real needs of end users,” Omemo’s homepage reads. “We intend to fill the gap, creating a distributed storage network that is fast, scalable and anonymous, allowing users to not only search-download from it, but also storing their files persistently on this virtual drive, and organizing its contents in folders.”

Each user dedicates a certain disk space percentage to the network and contributes to the virtual hard drive community. If the Manolito faithful can be converted over to this new project, it may spark enough curiosity to make this an interesting step forward for the file-sharing community.

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