Here's another reason I'd like to see the offline problem solved sooner than later and solved with a technology like JavaDB (Apache Derby) or Flash that can be implemented in thick or thin (well, OK, rich) clients. It doesn't matter what the reasons for going down are (if it were a planned outage, it would have been nice if I was warned with an email).
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OK, I've heard a lot a interesting arguments against the idea of moving more in the direction of browser-based computing (even though more and more people are taking delivery of their application functionality through their browsers and from application service providers every day). But most of them I believe are resolvable.
Microsoft announces that Bill Gates is relinquishing his day-to-day duties in July 2008, and will work with Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie over the next two years to hand over the reigns of sofware power. It sounds like big news, but this transition has been going on for months.
Pictured above is a partial screen shot of the visual that the Windows' Defragger on my Thinkpad T42 is presenting to me right now. I think this is bad.
I've been running on my MacBook Pro for about a week now. While I've had some issues in getting it set up exactly how I want, I have to admit that switching processors has been remarkably uneventful.
"Web-based computing is inevitable," writes David Berlind in a recent post Step aside Google Spreadsheets. Bricklin's WikiCalc has reinforcements "99.
Google's core business is search, not spreadsheets or photo albums. The just released U.
"I don't think we or anybody will have a MySpace anytime soon. It's a unique phenomenon to a large degree.
Worth reading: John Markoff and Saul Hansell of the New York Times published one of those big picture stories, "Hiding in Plain Sight, Google Seeks More Power," about how the Internet's epicenter is shaping up. Most of us have been focusing on the software battles--portals, Web applications, instant messengers, social networks.
HP is taking a page from Steve Jobs. The company was able to keep the wraps on a major product announcement that Ann Livermore, executive vice president of technology solutions, called "adaptive infrastructure in a 17-inch box.