|The new functionality will be available soon!
||[Oct. 4th, 2005|01:17 pm]
As Matt pointed out, today's announcement of the Sun-Google partnership didn't exactly live up to the hype.
Sun and Google have begun a strategic relationship to promote and distribute their trail-blazing technologies. As part of the agreement, Sun will include the Google Toolbar as an option in downloads of the Java Runtime Environment from Java.com, Sun's showcase and portal for Java technology enthusiasts and developers.
That was the big announcement? Another freakin' checkbox on your J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 4 InstallShield Wizard? Oh, well, we can still dream, I guess.
My custom install unchecking finger is getting numb.
My favorite is when some of them are "Check if you want X" and others are "Check if you don't want Y", to confuse you into choosing something.
Briefly, 'cause I'm working, but, well, why does anyone use web-based email? Because you can get to your stuff anywhere and it's all cross-platform. I think those advantages are so compelling that tons of folks use it despite the fact that web applications are slow and buggy and hard to use and show their seams a lot. If we can get past those problems, and we're starting to, then why shouldn't everything be a web app?
I believe Kottke or someone also made the point that the web is a better platform for collaboration, and, furthermore, that the kind of apps it's best suited for might be ones that we haven't thought of yet. Now that's interesting.
In my experience, people only use web-based email when they don't have a choice (and then they complain about it).
Really? See, that doesn't jibe with my experience at all. I've been using web-based email since I was fifteen. I never used anything but
web email until about a year ago, for work. Gmail is still the easiest and best mail app I've ever used, due to bullet points one and three
.Most people only use one computer in any case, so portability/cross-platformness is less of an issue.
Work and home. Home and school. This office and the other office. Your place and your friend's place. Maybe my elitism's showing, but it really seems to me that, given that somebody's using one computer on a regular basis, she's probably using more than one.I find myself agreeing that the web is a better platform for collaboration and that new apps are going to be the ones best suited for the web, but I can't think of any examples
Killin' me, Smalls. What about Flickr?
I wrote this reply at home and work over the course of three days using my new writeboard
, by the way.