Achieving Vendor Lock-In Through Open Source

There seems to be a renewed interest from proprietary software vendors in the use open source to create vendor lock in. This week, add Microsoft’s Silverlight 1.1 and Dynamic Languages Runtime to the mix alongside Adobe’s Flex SDK. Jeff Gould argues that open source has “jumped the shark,” and that: the magical words “open source” […]

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Slingshot – lightweight apollo?

Today Joyent announced the public release of Slingshot, a framework for (their words) obliterating the distinction between the web and the desktop. Slingshot lets developers take Ruby-on-Rails applications and deploy them to desktops (Windows, Mac OS X). Is it just me, or does the red rock in the slingshot graphic look a bit like the […]

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Web Apps with Offline Mode – Dojo Offline Toolkit

Reading Dion Almaer’s “Web 2. 0 Expo Was Poor?” (I couldn’t be there due to client commitments so I can’t comment myself) I noticed a comment from Brad Neuberg of the Dojo project. He’s posted a video of the talk he gave at the expo: “Creating Offline Web Applications Within the Browser.” It describes in […]

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Zimbra Desktop?

I ‘ve blogged thought I had blogged before here about Zimbra and their demos of “desktop” or “disconnected” functionality. Today, TechCrunch announced “Zimbra Desktop to Launch: Full Offline Functionality” – saying the launch will be announced “later this week.” The alpha appears to be available already: Zimbra on your Desktop. According to TechCrunch: Zimbra Desktop […]

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