Google Gears: I’ve seen it all before

Back in 2002 I was director of marketing for UserLand Software. You know, Dave Winer’s company. In January of 2002 we shipped Radio UserLand. It was pretty darn bleeding edge for its time. It had a built-in Web server. A built-in database. A built-in RSS aggregator. That let me read feeds in a river-of-news format. It even worked offline (I used it back then to read feeds on plane rides and I could write blog posts while in a plane and sync them up when back online).

This week Google Gears came out and Google’s Reader has offline capabilities.

Hmmm, I swear I’ve seen this all before. Thanks to Dave Winer for providing the roadmap to Google. Bummer that we didn’t make any money off of it, but it’s nice to see that Dave’s ideas, if not his implementation, continues to prove interesting in 2007.

54 thoughts on “Google Gears: I’ve seen it all before

  1. I thought of and suggested the idea that later was introduced as “HotMaiL” (a web site that provides user email addresses for no other reason than to provide an email address) to many folks long before geocities or anything that followed.

    I thought of a tabletop computer that takes customer orders via drag and drop touch menu when I was waiting tables (before we were called “servers”) before computers were even being used to enter orders in restaurants. I suggested development of this idea to a POS manufacturer

    I got used to being looked at as though I had three heads. So what, now what.

    I may have “seen” it all before but I’m excited to see everyone else using it all now.

  2. I thought of and suggested the idea that later was introduced as “HotMaiL” (a web site that provides user email addresses for no other reason than to provide an email address) to many folks long before geocities or anything that followed.

    I thought of a tabletop computer that takes customer orders via drag and drop touch menu when I was waiting tables (before we were called “servers”) before computers were even being used to enter orders in restaurants. I suggested development of this idea to a POS manufacturer

    I got used to being looked at as though I had three heads. So what, now what.

    I may have “seen” it all before but I’m excited to see everyone else using it all now.

  3. Yes those are some wonderful ideas except that Google Gears does not work. It says I’m offline when I am Online. That is crap. This gears stuff is just Hyperware if you ask me. I deinstalled the the Firefox-Plugin again. Please make software that works, dear Google.

  4. Yes those are some wonderful ideas except that Google Gears does not work. It says I’m offline when I am Online. That is crap. This gears stuff is just Hyperware if you ask me. I deinstalled the the Firefox-Plugin again. Please make software that works, dear Google.

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