Thursday, September 6, 2007

ajaxWindows & Gmail

So you ask, what is ajaxWindows, what's the link to gmail and what can it do for me? Well, I am glad you asked.

The man who made Linspire (formerly Lindows) and developed now brings you a web based desktop that is platform agnostic: it works on any operating system- Windows, Mac, Linux, etc. So, what is the link with gmail? Well, currently it allows you to save your documents or whatever else direct to your gmail account so that it is not tied to a stationary computer. This allows you to access your files from any computer, phone, or electronic gadget that supports ajax. Currently Michael Robertson, founder of Ajax13, has this piece of software out on the market for us to use/test drive, he says that it will allow for options other than gmail such as thumbdrives or other online services, but you have to start somewhere.

Here is a quote from the article:
The company is Ajax13, the product is ajaxWindows, and the concept is pretty straightforward: The software platform is operating system-agnostic and based on the XML User Interface Language (XUL) to act as a Web-based desktop. Files can be moved around and opened, and applications launch with a mouse click. The interface also includes customizable wallpaper, start-up and shut down sounds, and browser bookmarks. But instead of interacting with the hardware, the user stores all desktop data, documents, and content, free of charge into a Gmail account.

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-Do you think you would find this technology useful?
-What are the benefits that interest you?
-Do you see this software idea as being unneccessary or does it fulfill a need in your workflow?
-Have you heard of any of Robertson's other developments? Have you used them?
-Did you sign up and give it a go? What are your thoughts?

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