Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Offline online services

I've recently started to use two services that's both online and offline;

* Remember The Milk and
* Google Reader.

Remember The Milk is a kind of online notebook. You basically keep tasks, like any other todo list. Sounds very dull and low-tech, but imagine this in a very slick web 2.0 costume. The features included are just what you would want without any bloat at all. It has some good services around the site (f. ex. low-graphic mobile version and a rich API). I'm keeping a task list for my SoC project on that site.

But it also sports the sweetest thing: Google Gears integration, which of course is a killer app for everyone with sparse time-to-time internet access. Think plane, train or car travels. It allows you to download the whole site with one click, then disconnect any internet access and keep using the site as you were when you were connected! Any changes you made offline will be uploaded to the site when you go online again.

When I heard about Google Reader, I thought "why would you want an online news reader -- isn't the point of news readers to be offline and local so you don't have to load a page aross the big sea every time you find something interesting you might wanna read?" Coming from liferea, running a friggin browser just to watch if some feeds changed just felt like a major waste.

Now I get the point. Reader also uses Gears (in fact it was the first app to ever go live with Gears.) and now has all the strengths of an online application (being available from everywhere) and offline application (being available from everywhere, for real.)

Please come to me, Future, so I can use GMail offline too.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The book

It's about time I write something about the book Google sent us.

The book is Producing Open Source Software by Karl Fogel. But, it's a little special -- Karl signed each and every one of the over 900 books Google sent out. Spectacular effort. Thank you Karl and Google.

Google has picked the perfect gift as the book is perfectly on topic. Even though the book is targeted at open source development, I think it can be a good read for anyone who's thinking of participating in any kind of distributed development, as it focuses much on communication and collaboration.

And of course, the whole book is published under a Creative Commons licese, so it's downloadable, redistributable and modifiable.