If you’ve been in the web tech field for a while you’ve already begun to hear the conversations swirling above our small heads about the convergence of the web and the desktop (or even the full port over to the web as a desktop).
Essentially, some are arguing that we’re moving to a place where the web is rapidly becoming the “new” desktop: That’s because our abilities to do almost everything on the browser layer is becoming a reality.
My thoughts are mixed.
Although I like the idea and I’ve rejoiced in the ability to do things that desktop apps could once only do, the biggest roadblock for me is the fact that we’re still subject to hardware.
You see, regardless of all the functionality in the world, we still need an ethernet cord and an internet connection (or if you go all wireless… same thing is true). If you’re internet is down, then so is your life.
So a convergence of the two paradigms seems logical and reasonable until the confidence in the hardware leans a bit closer to the confidence I have in my own salvation (which is a tall order…)!
If you want a good “taste” of what all of this confounded babel-speak is all about, try hitting that “turbo” button in the top right hand side of your screen.
Like when you used to say it on the elementary school playground as you dashed around the slide saying “i’m going turbo speed!!!” … (maybe that’s just me).
Again, this is only possible if you’re running WordPress, but what this does is it installs Google Gears on your system, a funky little plugin that extends your browser to give you much more rich experience (Official WordPress post).
It also lets you access things “offline”.
What it’ll do for your blogging experience is that it’ll save portions of your blog to your desktop, like admin control panel features, images, etc… and increase your blogging experience and administration.
For those that hate having to wait that “extra” second for the modal window to pop up for you to edit or add a picture… this one’s for you.
The kicker? Once you’ve installed it and run it you’ve now stepped into the conversation of convergence of web and desktop… and you’re nerd-factor just increased.
w00t. Thank me later.