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Comment: Not only for gaming (Score 1) 111

by Heymdall (#31724138) Attached to: Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 — Gaming On Six Panels
Well, gaming isn't much of my thing (anymore). But with decent software supplied with it it'd make a great tool for (in my case art) video presentations having a different video on each LCD. Instead of needing a separate computer for each video, I could use one computer and have 6 lcds connected to it. Neat.
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+ - Dedicated web app client is needed

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Heymdall
Heymdall writes "I've been asking myself lately: why can't I get used to web applications like Google Calendar, Google Spreadsheets and so on. And I think the anwser is: web applications and browsers don't mix very well! A weird notion but let us consider it for a moment. While doing internet research on some topic I often find myself with up to 5 Firefox windows open, each containing some 5-10 tabs. Now which instance window/tab do I have my spreadsheet open in? The quick look over my Windows taskbar reveals nothing. Just a bunch of Firefox icons crowded in a small area. And I don't think other OS' are much better in that aspect.
The solution? Application client seperated from browser. Google desktop, Vista sidebar and OS X gadgets all go in that direction, but don't get far enough: they present easily accessible interface for their gadgets, but main work is still done inside the default browser. Together with all the browsing and the mess.
So my suggestion would be to build some kind of 'Mozilla Sidebar': built upon Mozilla (thus being more or less platform independent), supporting already existent gadgets (google, OS X and vista ones) and allowing to make new gadgets (either on one of the existing APIs or developing it's own) easily. The Mozilla Sidebar would serve as a launching point/task manager for Web Applications. Applications started there would open in a seperate client (browser) whose look would be optimised for such work.
That probably means tabbed browsing, no favorites (or at least not being an important part of GUI), search bar (if present) opening results in default browser. Adress bar, back and forward buttons, stop and refresh would probably have to stay but the rest could be dropped to gain as much workspace as possible. Workspace the state of which could be saved at the end of work, ofcourse. And perhaps the application could take care of my logging in my webapps too.
Web application authors wouldn't have to change their applications in any way: If they work in mozilla, they'd work here too. They'd just have to write a simple gadget. Probably a generic launcher could be built in the Sidebar for those applications whose authors wouldn't do it.
I really think separation of browsing and applications will have to come sooner or later. It will not be done by me (I'm not a programer) but it will come. What do you think?"

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