Tech-o Tuesday #7: Web Apps on the Desktop

Recently I’ve noticed a trend towards taking web apps and integrated them more fully into the desktop environment so they act more like normal locally-installed software. (Which seems to defeat the purpose of using web apps? But I digress.) This week’s episode is an overview of three major pieces of that trend: the $200 Walmart PC (which runs Linux!), Mozilla Prism, and Google Gears.

Happy Tuesday, y’all!


Ryan has been proudly maintaining and contributing to Language Lab Unleashed since 2005, and is the current President of SWALLT. Since the summer of 2013 he's been causing trouble with his all-star colleagues in the UMW DTLT; when not wrangling websites Ryan can be found doing strange things with heavy objects.

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  1. bwakefield · November 27, 2007 Reply

    I just started playing with Prism actually. It looks like it might be a real valuable tool! I can’t think of how many of my peers keep Firefox open just for Gmail (myself included)! Prism is a great, light-weight alternative.

  2. Ryan · November 27, 2007 Reply


    Great to hear from you! I admit I haven’t used Prism much myself, as I always have several sites open and prefer to organize them using Single Window Mode (one window, a bajillion tabs, mua-ha-ha). I’d love to hear whether it becomes a must-have app for you, though. Maybe one of these days I’ll learn to like Prism, and you’ll learn to like Macs?

    🙂 Don’t work too hard!

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