Mitch Kapor smiles at the half-serious question: "Are you crazy
to try something like this?"
Kapor, a pioneering developer of personal-computer software, is
definitely not nuts. And it's no surprise to see the founder of
Lotus Development now leading an unorthodox project that could have
an outsized impact.
For more than a year, Kapor and his small team have been working
on what they're calling an open-source "Interpersonal Information
The software is being designed to securely handle personal
e-mail, calendars, contacts and other such data in new ways, and to
make it simple to collaborate and share information with others
without having to run powerful, expensive server computers.