More on mobile applications and hardware
Right after my last post, I noticed two different things which are pushing the envelope of network computing: Google Gears, and the Palm Foleo.
Techcrunch's story on Google Gears describes it as the step that allows online webware to also work offline through a plug-in for your browser. Whether this actually solves that particular problem for a range of practical apps still remains to be seen but it's a piece that has been missing for a while.
Crave has a story on the recently demoed Palm Foleo, a new device that is not a UMPC (by Microsoft's definition) that works almost entirely as a thin client ultraportable laptop, that does the bare essentials of a web browser based interface that connects through WiFi or Bluetooth (to use a cellphone as a modem). The instant-on feature rather than a boot-up process is sweet, something that UMPCs still miss out on.