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The Portable Workspace

Posted by indroneel on April 21, 2007

The term ‘workspace’ means different things to different people depending on the context in which it is used. In this article we shall use this term to denote the set of applications and associated data pertaining to an user’s daily activities on a single computer.

The user’s workspace is a dynamic environment. Applications are added or removed, usually using installation processes defined by the underlying operating system. At the same time, data associated with those applications are continuously modified. Workspaces tend to get fragmented over time with application files and user data spread across multiple folders in totally unrelated paths such as user profile, system and application root directories. All these factors make the workspace non-portable.

A portable workspace is one that can be moved across multiple computers without requiring repeated installation, customization and data setup. Such repetitions can be quite an overhead if your workspace includes applications that are non-trivial in nature (e.g. office suites, Web browsers, mail clients, multimedia tools and development environments to name a few). Read the rest of this entry »

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Browser on Steroids

Posted by indroneel on March 14, 2007

The last couple of years has been an era of unprecedented information growth. In 2006 alone, 161 billion gigabytes of digital information were created and copied. Even if we were to take a small percentage of this information as ‘relevant’ and ‘useful’, it still is a staggering volume to digest.

If you are a power surfer embarking on an information safari online, the default browser that comes bundled with the operating system proves to be inadequate even before you start. To be sure you will need a variety of additional stand-alone tools, but first, it is time to beef up that web browser. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in browser, desktop, feed reader, internet, knowledge base, open source, productivity, search, software, syndication, web | 4 Comments »

The Community-Powered Brand Success

Posted by indroneel on March 10, 2007

In a previous posting, we had an overview of community-powered applications as products that are being continuously enhanced, maintained and supported by their respective groups of end-users. The measurement of success, here, is not just acceptance but also user involvement. This article explores the factors that contribute to the success of community-powered applications. Read the rest of this entry »

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Community-Powered Applications

Posted by indroneel on March 8, 2007

Community-powered applications have a significant amount of their development effort and post-rollout support provided by external users1. While Linux remains by far the largest and probably the first community effort, there are many others that deserve mention under this category. Read the rest of this entry »

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