TechCrunch writer Scott Merrill dubbed ownCloud an “Open Source Dropbox”. As such, installed on your own computer, I imagine that, extended the right way, it could create and maintain a “File Stream” for your ecosystem of devices, keeping a “most recently used” list of files, all easily available on any device, making it easier to work or play seamlessly as you switch devices throughout your daily life.
As a platform-agnostic personal assistant, Wintermute would be perfectly positioned to free users from vendor-delineated ecosystems. Its ability to work with multiple–in an ideal world, all–vendors’ ecosystems, would free users to use whatever ecosystems’ components they wanted, with Wintermute serving then as a PDI-level (Personal Digital Infrastructure, i.e., the users’ ecosystem of hardware, software, content, services, and social connections) service, or a property of the PDI.
Ecosystems should be considered in terms of UX and actively designed as a whole to be user-focused. Our separate devices, software, services, data, and content should work together in personal digital infrastructure (PDI) enabling effortless access and seamless interoperability throughout it.