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>There are lots of ways to take that. But everytime
>someone says the web is the new operating system,
>I cringe a bit. MARCA put Netscape on the ropes
>with that approach. Web 2.0 smells of that same
>hype. The web is what it has always been: computers
>sending each other email a bit more conveniently
>than the old message boards did.
Web 2.0 doesn't claim to be a new operating system. Web 2.0 claims
to be the new and most popular platform levaraging open web technologies
case-study and run-away success story are web widgets introduced by
Apple and branded as Dashboard Widgets.
If I may quote from my Van2 posting titled "Beyond the Browser:
HTML5 Widgets Taking Off - 1001 Dashboard Widgets Available":
Apple (*) reports that more than a thousand Dashboard Widgets are now
What are Dashboard Widgets?
Dashboard Widgets are mini desktop apps running outside the browser
build using web technology such as HTML5 (including the canvas tag),
Find out more @ http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard and
(*) Disclosure: I work for Apple Canada.
PS: Note, that there are already free and even open source alternatives
to Apple Dashboard Widgets such as Yahoo!
Widgets (formerly Konfabulator) or Gnome gDesklets or KDE SuperKaramaba.
Vancouver Web 2.0 Forum (Van2) - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/van2
Vancouver XML Association (VanX) - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vanx