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Read Write Web has an i n-depth article on Offline Gmail . Apparently Gmail with Gears (Google's offline technology) has just emerged from Google Labs and is now available to all users. In the article Sarah Perez asks the question why Google bothered when they have also stated that they are abandoning Gears 2 development and focusing on using the offline features that are being baked in to the HTML5 specifications. Sarah, I have an answer to your question of "Why bother?"
Stowe Boyd's /Message blog always has some fascinating commentary. Today he picked up a great quote from an Editor of a well known Newspaper . As Stowe says - Telling Words indeed! " We are not a national news organization of record serving a general audience
Comment In March, Microsoft announced that their upcoming Internet Explorer 8 would: "use its most standards compliant mode, IE8 Standards, as the default." Note the last word: default. Microsoft argued that, in light of their newly published interoperability principles, it was the right thing to do. This declaration heralded an about-face and was widely praised by the web standards community; people were stunned and delighted by Microsoft's promise.
I have posted previous notes about the federated model in healthcare computing. Drs. Balis and Routbort recently lectured on the relevance of this model, closely linked to service-oriented architecture (SOA), at Lab InfoTech Summit 2008 (see: The Value of a Federated Architecture in Pathology : Test Order Entry ; The Value of a Federated Architecture in Pathology: Test Result Reporting ). For me, the most appealing aspect of this approach to healthcare computing is that it eliminates hierarchy among systems. Under the federated model in a hospital, each information system becomes a single-source-of-truth (SST). I recently encountered an article in the Financial Times in which an advocate of SOA made some very powerful arguments in favor of this approach (see: What IT means to me: Software will bring about the end of hierarchy ).
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Use the current Google hosted version of ESS here A simple, open source GAE project to allow enterprise users to maintain one single social graph. The goal is to explore and learn how Google App Engine can enable enterprise cloud computing. All work will belong to the community that contributes to this project.
One of the biggest criticisms of Google's App Engine have been cries of lock-in , that the applications developed for the platform won't be portable to any other service. This morning, Chris Anderson , the Portland-based cofounder of the Grabb.it MP3 blog service, just released AppDrop — an elegant hack proving that's not true. AppDrop is a container for applications developed with the Google App Engine SDK, running entirely on Amazon's EC2 infrastructure. Just like Google's Appspot, anyone can use a modified SDK to deploy their App Engine apps directly to Amazon EC2 instead of Google, and they work without modification. This proof-of-concept was built in only four days and can be deployed in virtually any Linux/Unix hosting environment, showing that moving applications off Google's servers isn't as hard as everyone thought.
Hewlett-Packard will apparently need close to two months to start fulfilling backorders for the (temporarily) revived TouchPad tablet. "It will take 6-8 weeks to build enough HP TouchPads to meet our current commitments, during which time your order will then ship from this stock with free ground shipping," read an email sent to customers and reprinted in a Sept. 7 posting on the Precentral.net blog. "You will receive a shipping notification with a tracking number once your order has shipped."