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Thursday, May 11, 2006
Bye-Bye Browsers?
Emphasising mobility, Stowe Boyd blogs on the death of the browser, and has good stuff to say:

The browser will explode into a thousand fragments, will spawn a thousand specialized offspring. They will share common DNA, and many of the components will remain common, but I predict a huge surge in this form of innovation, especially as we move toward mobile, ubiquitous, handheld, always on computing. Like the dinosaurs, the browser will apparently become extinct, but in fact will live on, as in the form of modern day birds, a thousand times lighter, faster, and smaller than their lumbering ancestors....

What will this look like? What sort of files will we store? Where will we keep them, and how will we view them? Is universal wi-fi required to make this leap fully functional? I'm thinking of all the new Google products that bridge the gap between the hard-drive and the web. Are there benefits of accessing information through a single portal (browser) ? What are the key benefits of fully interactive "every application online all the time" computing? Are we also talking about signal integration here? Tivo / TV On-Demand? Is this the world of the refrigerator that can tell when you're low on milk & automatically order some more? Interesting & provocative piece. For sci-fi hi-tech we first have to abandon the browser and network all of our apps...

Some of these questions may be answered in this Oxford University webcast lecture that I (coincidentally) saw today on Resource Shelf.

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Posted at 12:44 PM by John.
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Blogger Johan Sundström said...
That would probably make the browser extinct in much the same way Microsoft Word made the text editor extinct. :-)

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Blogger Singpolyma said...
And how many years did they tell us we would soon be using only dedicated microprocessors because they are faster than the general ones? I don't see any proof of that except in washing machines ;)

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Blogger Greg said...
Once the browser address bar gets fully converted into a command line for the web, I will be able to relive the halcyon days of the glorious Norton Commander. (You young 'uns won't remember.)

Then try kicking me off it!

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Blogger Singpolyma said...
I'm already addicted to my own YubNub extension... I feel totally lost using someone else's computer without it ;)

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Blogger Gaby de Wilde said...
Oh, I wish we had dedicated microprocessors with firmware.....
Did any washing machine ever get hacked?

My bet is that the web will slowly die into localised monopoly.

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Blogger Gaby de Wilde said...
Are you working at the freshbrowser now? I can imagine the freshtags in the toolbar already. :0)

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Blogger Greg said...
This is how it starts ...

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