Where to learn all you can about CardSpace

* The what and where of Windows CardSpace

Pam Dingle probably knows more about Microsoft's CardSpace (previously known as InfoCard) than anyone who doesn't draw their paycheck from the Redmond behemoth. Heck, she knows more about it than many who do. During her presentation at last year's Digital ID World conference, she had Microsoft employees clamoring to ask questions!

It may just be that the climate in her home town is more conducive to deep thinking (after all, what else is there to do in Alberta?) but it's not only her ability to fully grasp the concepts, architectures and implications of CardSpace but also the ability to make it understandable to those with only a nodding acquaintance of the identity space. The surprise is that she's a self-proclaimed geek, a former Unix sysadmin and a well-trained programmer - none of which normally qualifies someone as an interesting, entertaining and educational writer and speaker.

Before I get too carried away, let me get to what I really wanted to tell you about today which is a new document that Dingle has published: "CardSpace: Quick Start". She says the document is "...an attempt to compile the what and where of Windows CardSpace and to a lesser extent all of the bits and pieces comprising the Identity Metasystem." Quite a mouthful to bite off. But she succeeds admirably. Don't take my word for it, though. Mr. Identity Metasystem himself, Microsoft's Kim Cameron, didn't mince words when he said: "Her description of Cardspace is great"!

Read Dingle's cogent and succinct guide and if you want to experience CardSpace yourself head over to the CardSpace sandbox. There you can:

* Create a user account using a username and password or using a self-issued Windows CardSpace Information Card.

* Link one or more Information Cards with your user account.

* Sign-in to the site using your username and password or an Windows CardSpace Information Card that you have linked with your account.

There are full instructions including where to get, and how to install, all of the pieces you'll need. (Note that this is an official Microsoft Web site, by the way.)

Learn about CardSpace with Pam and then play with CardSpace in the sandbox. By the time Windows Vista ever gets released, you too can be an expert!

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